How to add your NVR to Internet Explorer’s Compatibility View – Long Version

How to add your NVR to Internet Explorer’s Compatibility View

When you’re setting up an IP camera or NVR, some devices require a browser to pre-configure your camera. For many devices this means using Internet Explorer and the ActiveX plugin.

This setup can be frustrating if you can only see a white screen.

Using a video recording and management system can allow you to view and configure devices in some situations. There are still occasions when you can only change your settings through Internet Explorer (IE), especially with the lower-end cameras on the market.

 

Let’s take a look at how to set up Internet Explorer to allow ActiveX controls. However, we advise against this for security reasons, but acknowledge that some reputable manufacturers still insist on forcing camera config through ActiveX.

Setting up IE to view your IP camera

This should work for all IP cameras of any brand. If you are logged into your camera in IE and see nothing, this will most likely work for you.

This guide shows you how to set up Internet Explorer 11 to allow ActiveX controls. This will allow your camera or other network device to display and function correctly.

1. Enabling Compatibility View

To resolve this issue, your first step is to enable your browser’s compatibility mode. By turning on this plug-in you’ll be able to see your camera live view pages correctly.

In the main menu select the cog icon (or ‘Tools’ for older versions of IE).

Click on ‘Compatibility View settings’

Screenshot showing where you can find compatibility view settings in IE11

This opens the settings dialogue.

2. Adding your camera address

Next add your camera’s IP address (or domain) to the list of websites to be opened. The settings dialogue will open with the current website or camera already visible as you can see below.

Screenshot of adding an ip address

You’ll notice an option to ‘display intranet sites in Compatibility View’. If you only have a few cameras leave this unchecked.

3. Installing ActiveX

Once you close the dialogue the browser will behave like an earlier version of IE. So, a dialogue asking you to install ActiveX from your camera should be visible at the bottom of the screen.

ActiveX download appearing at the bottom of a screen

Hit allow and you’ll see you’re browser reloading.

4. Enabling ActiveX

Check that you’ve enabled ActiveX, by clicking on the gear, then internet options, then the security tab.

Click the trusted sites tick and open the sites dialogue box.

Where to find sites in trusted sites

Add your URL as a trusted site and it’ll appear in the ‘websites’ list. Uncheck the option to require server validation.

Remember to add both your internal and external IP addresses as trusted sites if necessary.

Adding a URL to trusted sites

Next, you’ll be taken back to the security tab. Click on the ‘custom level’ button, which takes you into another dialogue box.

Enable all ActiveX controls.

Enabling ActiveX in security settings

That’s it! You should now be able to see the login screen of your device.

Viewing multiple cameras

If you want to view multiple cameras enable the option to display sites in Compatibility View. This is useful if you have a lot of cameras to view or configure. You can use different browser tabs to set up different cameras.

Please note this will affect all websites viewed through the IE browser. You can deselect this option later, if necessary.

Edge browser

Microsoft’s Edge browser behaves more like Firefox or Chrome and does not support plugin technologies like ActiveX. It doesn’t even support Microsoft’s own Silverlight player.

However, most cameras have a live view for viewing video, which is often displayed by default. Accessing configuration settings should be OK in most cases.

Where you require plugins to access your settings you will need to use the Internet Explorer 11 browser.

Microsoft has left IE11 on Windows PCs for just this reason. Compatibility View settings are in IE 11 but are absent from Microsoft Edge. Search your Windows PC for ‘Internet Explorer’ if you don’t see the icon.

Troubleshooting

One other small thing to note is that dialogues can sometimes take a while to show. After visiting your camera’s home page just wait a minute at least before assuming that nothing is happening.

The wrap up

Congratulations, you should now be able to remotely pre-configure your IP device, having enabled Compatibility View and installed ActiveX.

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How to Static an IP Address

In this tutorial you will learn step by step how to assign static IP addresses and DNS server addresses on Windows 10.

To set up a static address you need to locate the Connection you are using.

windows-settings

 

1. Click on the Windows Icon Lower left.

2. Click the Settings icon

3. The windows setting screen appears click on the network and Internet link.

windows-settings-Inter

4. In the Network status pane locate the change adapter options link and click it

network-status-window

5. You should now see your network adapters. I have two installed and the Wi-Fi adapter is disabled. If your PC is equipped with two; as most are, then only use one and disable the other.

network-connections-window
6. Right click on the icon and select properties from the drop down list.

network-connection-properties

7. Use the scroll bar to locate TCP/IPv4 and click it to highlight it,and then click the properties button.

Local-connection-properties

If you are using DHCP then you should see a screen like the one below.standard-ip-address-settings
You can uncheck the automatic assignment of IP address and or DNS server address. Then enter your own details as show below:

static-ip-address-assignment

Notes:

1. My home network use the network address 192.168.1 (first three numbers) also common is 192.168.0 and 10.x.x.x

2. The default gateway is the address of your router. This is assigned to the router as a static IP address.

3. The subnet mask is important as is usually 255.255.255.0

4. You need the address of 1 DNS server to access websites on the Internet. The Google DNS server is available to use for free but you can use your ISP DNS servers.

5. You can choose to manually assign the DNS addresses and automatically assign the IP address or vice versa.

Why it’s important to secure your remote desktop connections

Created by XKLN, this website gives a useful non-technical explanation of why RDP is so dangerous and why it’s important that it never be opened directly on your router, and explains in a way, why CNS utilizes VPN’s for Remote Desktop connections to our customers Servers.

 

 

View the full site at https://rdp.exposed/

Install MikroTik RouterOS on a Vultr VPS

MikroTik RouterOS is a Linux kernel based operating system that turns a computer into a network router. It possesses the following features:
  • Firewall.
  • Virtual private network (VPN) server and client.
  • Bandwidth shaping.
  • Quality of Service (QoS).
  • Ability to act as a wireless access point.
  • Bridging.
  • Portal-based hotspot.

Prerequisites

Step 1: Upload, deploy and run the SystemRescueCD live ISO

  1. Navigate to the Vultr’s Upload ISO page.
  2. Copy and paste a link to the SystemRescueCD ISO inside the “Remote URL” text field.
  3. Click the Upload button and the ISO will be installed in your personal library.
  4. When you are ready to deploy your server, proceed as you would normally, except choose the Upload ISO option when deploying, and click on “systemrescuecd-x86-x.x.x.iso” under My ISOs.
  5. Start your server instance.

Step 2: Download and install the MikroTik RouterOS raw disk image

  1. Open your browser to the MikroTik RouterOS download page.
  2. Scroll down to the “Cloud Hoster Router” section.
  3. Right click on the floppy disk image in the “Raw disk image” row and the “x.xx.x (Current)” column.
  4. Select “Copy Link Location” on the menu. The raw disk image URL will be saved to your operating system’s clipboard.
  5. Open a text editor and paste the URL for safe keeping.
  6. On the Vultr server instance page, click on View Console for your running SystemRescueCD instance.
  7. Use the wget command to retrieve the URL link you pasted in your text editor by typing it inside of the *View Console” window.
    wget https://download2.mikrotik.com/routeros/x.xx.x/chr-x.xx.x.img.zip
    
  8. Use the unzip command to extract the raw disk image.
    unzip chr-x.xx.x.img.zip
    
  9. Use the dd command to write the raw disk image to the Vultr virtual disk.
    dd if=chr-x.xx.x.img.img of=/dev/vda
    
  10. Under the SettingsCustom ISO section of your server instance, click the Remove ISO option. Your server will be rebooted.
  11. Refresh the View Console windows and type admin at your new MikroTik login. The password is blank. Just hit the “return” key.

MikroTik RouterOS is now installed to your Vultr instance. Follow the guide here to secure your router, which will allow you to access it remotely. Thanks for reading.