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iPhone and Android Mobile App Push Notifications

How-to setup mobile push alerts for iDVR-PRO HD security camera DVRs.

Some users want to receive a push notification on their mobile phone when their security camera detects motion or when another significant event is detected by their surveillance DVR. The iPhone and Android apps for iDVR-PRO HD security camera DVRs support push notifications that can be triggered by many different types of alarm events. When the push message is received, the user can tap on the message to open the app. When the app opens, recorded video playback automatically starts at the time the event occurred.


Push Notification Support

Push notification support was implemented starting with 2017 iDVR-PRO hybrid models that support analog CCTV cameras, HD-TVI cameras, and AHD cameras. You can verify if you have an iDVR-PRO version that will support push notifications by checking your DVR's firmware.

Security Camera DVR Mobile App Push Notifications

To check the firmware on your DVR, select System Setup from the main Menu. Then select System Information from the System menu. On the system information screen, you see the FW VERSION on the screen.

If you have an iDVR-PRO A series DVR, the firmware must start with 54x10.
If you have an iDVR-PRO H series DVR, the firmware must start with 53x10.
Note: the "x" will be another number.

If your DVR firmware does not start with these numbers, your DVR does not support mobile push notifications. If your DVR does firmware does start with these numbers and you do not see the mobile push configuration options, please contact us for the latest firmware update.


Download Mobile App

To receive push notifications from iDVR-PRO DVRs, you must use the latest nViewer mobile app. Unfortunately, the iDVR-PRO Viewer app does not support push at this time. However, the nViewer app is identical in look and functionality. You can download the latest nViewer apps here.

Account Sign-up

To enable push notifications in the app, you must sign up for a Sequrinet account. After you launch the mobile app, tap on the Login for Sequrinet. Then tap Sign up.

Mobile Push App Sign Up

On the sign-up screen choose a User ID, password, and contact email address. Please keep close track of the user ID that you choose because once it is assigned to your DVR, it can not be changed. This User ID is only for the push notification service. It has nothing to do with the administrator login(s) on your DVR.


App Login

Launch the app and tap on Sequrinet login. Use the User ID and password that you registered to login.


Configure DVR in App

If you have not already configured your DVR connection settings in the app, tap on the plus "+" icon in the lower right to add a DVR.

Mobile Push Notification App - Surveillance DVR Connection Settings

On the Add DVR screen, enter the following configuration settings.

  • DVR / NVR Nickname - You can choose any name for your DVR. E.G. Home DVR, Office Security Cameras, etc.
  • MAC | DDNS/IP - Tap on the DDNS/IP option.
  • IP Address or Domain Name - If the Internet connection where that your DVR is connected uses a dynamic IP address, you should setup DDNS on your DVR using these instructions and enter the hostname name that you configured here. It will be something like "abc123.dvrlink.net". If your Internet connection uses a static IP address or if you are connecting using a local area network IP address, you can enter the IP address here. Please note, for remote access, you must also setup port forwarding for your DVR. Both the HTTP and RTSP ports need to be forwarded on your router.
  • HTTP Port - The default HTTP port is 8080.
  • RTSP Port - The default RTSP port is 5554.
  • DVR / NVR ID - The default ID is ADMIN - all caps.
  • DVR / NVR Password - The default password is 1234. You should change this on the DVR before you put your DVR into a production security environment.
  • Auto Login - Check this if you want to log into your DVR automatically when you start the app.

Configure Push Notifications on DVR

HD Security Camera DVR - Mobile Push Notification Setup Screen

To configure push notifications on the DVR, select System Setup from the main menu, then select Event Notifications from the Event menu.

HD Surveillance DVR - Push Notification Setup Frequency

On the Event Notification screen, you can select how frequently you want push messages to be sent. For example, if your security camera detects motion twice within 5 minutes, do you want to receive one push message or two?


Motion Detection from Security Cameras

HD Surveillance DVR - Security Camera Motion Detection Push Notification Setup

There are many different types of alarms that can be configured to trigger a push notification. The most popular is via motion detection from security cameras. To setup motion detection push alerts, select Motion Sensor from the Event menu. Check the Mobile Push checkbox for each camera that you want to receive alerts for. You can also set the Ignoring Interval which limits the number of seconds between alarms. When you are done, click on Apply, then Close.

Note: if you are setting up motion detection, you may also want to read this article on how-to configure motion detection sensitivity and masks.


Alarm Sensor Push Notifications

HD CCTV DVR - Alarm Sensor Push Notification Setup

Another way to trigger push notifications on iDVR-PRO is via external alarm sensors. Most iDVR-PRO models have inputs for external alarm sensors. These can be used to integrate PIR motion detectors, window / door sensors, etc. You can learn how-to set up alarm sensors on iDVR-PRO DVRs here. When you are done, click on Apply, then Close.


App Push Notification

HD CCTV DVR - Android / iPhone App Push Notification

This is what it looks like when a push notification is received on the Android and iPhone apps. When you tap on the notification, the app opens and starts playing back the recorded video at the time the event / alarm occurred.


iPhone App Video Playback

iPhone App Push Notification from Security Camera Motion Detection

Here is the iPhone app playing back recorded video surveillance footage from the DVR. This is the playback screen that users are brought to in the iPhone app when they tap on a push notification. The app will automatically go to the date and time of the event that triggered the push message.


Android App Video Playback

Android App Push Notification from Security Camera Motion Detection

Here is the Android app playing back recorded video surveillance footage from the DVR. This is the playback screen that users are brought to in the Android when they tap on a push notification. The app will automatically go to the date and time of the event that triggered the push message.


About the Author

Mike Haldas

This article was written by , co-founder and managing partner of CCTV Camera Pros. If you have any questions related to video surveillance systems, please email Mike at mike@cctvcamerapros.net.


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