HomeDVR / HomeDVR-KT1 / HomeDVR KT1B Q & A
Q1: Does the “Alarm Output” have any power to support my external alarm device?

A1: No, the “Alarm Output” port on the HomeDVR does not provide any power to the external device.  The alarm output is only a dry contact relay, the external alarm output device has to have its own power source.

Q2: What type of SD cards is compatible with HomeDVR secure digital slot?


A2: HomeDVR is compatible with High Speed SD (Secure Digital) Media Class 4 (4MB/Sec) or higher is recommended.

Q3: Can I record each camera individually at the same time?


A3: No, the DVR only records what it sees on the screen.  This means that you will only record video from a particular channel as it is displyed on the monitor.

Tip: Go to system settings>scan setting and set up a scan time for 5 seconds.  This will allow each camera to loop back and forth allowing the DVR to record each camera for a period of 5 seconds.

Q4: Can I use the USB mini port to convert my PC into a DVR?


A4: No, the USB mini port can be used for playback and file transfer purposes only and is to be used when a PC card reader is not available.

Q5: How can I transfer recorded files to my PC?


A5-1: Remove the memory card from the DVR and insert it into a compatible SD card reader.  If you are using a PC:

  • A window will pop-up asking whether you would like to browse files on the memory card or launch Windows Media Player.  If the pop-up window does not appear, open My Computer and find the memory card in the list of devices.

A5-2: Connect the DVR directly to your PC using the supplied mini USB cable.

Q6: Can the system adjust to daylight savings time?


A6: No, there is no daylight savings time setting on the DVR.  Please change the date/time manually as needed.

Q7: Can the system display 12-hour format?


A7: No, the unit can only displays 24-hour clock format.

Q8: I accidently changed the video standard of the system from NTSC to PAL and there is nothing showing on my TV/Monitor.  What can I do to chagne it back to NTSC?


A8: Please take the following action:

Step 1: Turn off the HomeDVR for  10 seconds, then turn the HomeDVR back on and wait 10 seconds.

Step 2: Press the “MENU” button and then wait for 2 seconds.

Step 3: Press the “OK” button and then wait for 2 seconds.

Step 4: Press the “RIGHT” button and then wait for 2 seconds.

Step 5: Prees the “OK” button and then wait for 2 seconds.

Step 6: Press the “UP” button and then wait for 2 seconds.

Step 7: Press the “OK” button.

Q9:  Where do I connect all the cables too?

A9:  Let’s start of by identifying all the ports available on the HomeDVR.  Starting from top to bottom:
Left side:
• AV IN 1 (Audio/Video Input 1, for camera 1)
• AV IN 2 (Audio/Video Input 2, for camera 2)
• Alarm IN (Alarm Input for hard wired input device, eg. door sensor, panic button, etc.)
Right side:
• AV OUT (Audio/Video Output to TV)
• Alarm OUT (Alarm Output for hard wired output device, eg. spot light, siren, etc.)
• USB Mini (conect to PC for playback & backup)
• DC (AC/DC power Input)Now let’s start to match up the cables provided to their appropriate ports:

3x AV cables:
2x AV IN cables  (3.5mm prong plug to AV IN ports 1&2 of HomeDVR and yellow/white end plugs to cameras)

1x AV OUT  (3.5mm prong plug to AV OUT port of HomeDVR and yellow/white end plugs to the TV video/audio Output port)

2 x Alarm cables:

1 for Alarm IN

1 for Alarm OUT
1 x USB cable (USB mini port)
1 x Power adapter (DC)

CAUTION: Do not plug the power adapter into any port other than the one labeled “DC”.

Q10: Do I have to re-set everything again to my desired settings after unplugging the DVR and moving it to a new location or do my set preferences carry over when I turn the DVR back on again?

A10: Your desired setting should carry over when the system are turned off and on again, or moving to a new location.