How to set up a security DVR for remote internet viewing

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How to set up a security DVR for remote internet viewing
You can look at your security DVR from anywhere with an Internet connection. (B2M Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

A security DVR is a digital video recorder that doesn't just show you the nightly television program; it shows you what has been going on at your home, office or any other place you want to keep surveillance. You can set up a security DVR to view it online, but only if that function comes with your DVR.

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    Set up the DVR to record in the location you want it to. All security DVRs have different set-up options. Follow the specific directions in your DVR's manual or on the box.

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    Navigate your Web browser to the manufacturer's website specified in your DVR manual or on the DVR box. This is the site for set-up and viewing for your particular type of DVR. Each security DVR has a different website to save and view the recordings.

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    Click on "New User" or "Register" your first time accessing the site. Input your name, address and other personal information to set up your account. Then click "DVR information" and input information about the DVR. This will ensure that information from your DVR gets sent to your particular site, which is where you will view what your DVR records. This is specified and given to you during the set-up process. You will need the antenna number from the DVR, as well as the serial number from the box. You might need other information listed in your instruction book, too, such as a personal ID number for the DVR that differs from the serial number, or even your location.

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    Click on "Test" to test the DVR footage, which will show what is currently being recorded on the security DVR. You will be able to tell if the DVR is set up correctly by what shows on the test screen. As long as it shows what you want it to show, click "Finish" and exit the set-up screen. If it does not show the right thing, reposition your DVR and retest until it shows what you want to see.

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    Log into the site with the user name and password you set up under the Personal Information section to check your DVR or view footage remotely. Each DVR and set-up will keep surveillance for a specified amount of time, depending on the set-up instructions.

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