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The red hdd light on the front of my sentient cctv dvr flashes continually when the system in on. Is this normal? Does it mean the system is recording?

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Yes, and yes.

The HDD light shows when there is disk activity.

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Unfortunately it is past DIY stage. Consult a service center.

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SOURCE: Sentient 250GB DVR-RW CCTV N63HH - recording for longer peroids

Just reduce the frame rate slightly on each camera or the record quality and it will increase the data retention period.

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Hello Friend,
I am Nitin Khatri from India. 2 reason for this problem.
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Dowsing dvr 264 been working fine, just got no video on screen record lights in red are on no picture ?

Check the wires from the cameras to dvr. Animal may have chewed thru them.

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Yes you can definitely view your CCTV footage on your mobile phone at your work via internet. Sentient CCTV DVR basically is a night vision camera. You must know the IP of the camera and IP Video server. Connecting your phone to CCTV camera via the protocol you can view the CCTV footage's in your phone. Night vision cameras are used for surveillance purpose. I would prefer cctv camera with ir illuminator for good image quality in the night time that will clear footage quality in my phone.
Recently many new applications have also being launched by security cameras with a view to solve problem you mentioned.

I changed the admin password on my sentient cctv dvr from the default 123456. I saved the changes but now get the message incorrect password when I input the six digit password I stored. Please help


After system boot-up, hold a right mouse click

button and there will be login window. Hold a left

mouse button to click the order of "Account", and

input correct account. Then left click the order of

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left click "Login" to enter system. There is one

factory-preset login "account/password"
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Just installed a sentient 250gb cctv dvr system, cannot get the dvr box to display on tv even with specific cable bought from maplins and hdd light is flashing...help

By default it goes to VGA port out of the DVR.
So you could hook up a pc monitor to it and use that. Once logged in you can change to tv out via the desktop menus.
It is also possible to hold down a button on the DVR (cannot remember which one sorry) at DVR power up to switch it to use tv out instead of vga.
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