The UniFi Network Video Recorder (UNVR) is a surveillance video recording and storage device that supports up to 4 hard disk drives (HDDs) and all of the UniFi Protect cameras managed by your UniFi Protect Controller.
This article outlines the UNVR's installation requirements and setup process, as well as answers frequently asked questions about the device.
Set up your UniFi Network Video Recorder
Follow the Quick Start Guide or watch the video below for step-by-step installation instructions:
The UNVR requires at least one HDD to record camera footage for playback in the UniFi Protect Controller. We recommend using UniFi HDDs (8TB) with the UniFi Protect Network Video Recorder (UNVR) and the UniFi Dream Machine Pro (UDM-Pro). They can be purchased from the Store after you add your device to the cart.
If you're using third-party hard drives, make sure your HDDs are compatible with UNVR, please see UniFi - Hard drive compatibility and management.
To ensure a safe installation, insert your HDD(s) only when the UNVR is fully powered down. For a visual walkthrough of the hard drive installation process, please refer to UNVR's Quick Installation Guide.
To set up the UNVR once all hard drives are installed:
- Connect the UNVR to a power outlet using the power cable.
- Connect the UNVR to the internet by inserting one end of an Ethernet cable into its RJ45 port and the other into a UniFi Switch or LAN port.
- Set up the UNVR and UniFi Protect in either the controller's web UI or via the UniFi Protect mobile app (available on the App Store and Google Play).
For more information on setting up the UniFi Protect, see UniFi Protect - Set up the UniFi Protect Controller.
Frequently asked questions
Does the UNVR provide power over Ethernet (PoE)?
The UNVR does not provide PoE. You'll need to connect a PoE-enabled UniFi Switch to power to PoE-capable cameras.
Does the UNVR need an HDD to run?
The UniFi Protect application will run and all adopted cameras will capture live video that you can review without an HDD. However, you will need at least one HDD to record and store camera footage.
How many UniFi Protect devices can I connect to the UNVR?
You can connect up to 50 HD (1080p) cameras or 15 4K cameras to the UNVR. For additional information about the supported camera limits, see UniFi Protect - Supported camera limits by host device.
Can the UNVR support four 16TB HDDs?
Yes, you can use 4 16TB HDDs with UNVR. For additional information about HDDs, see UniFi - Hard drive compatibility and management.
What RAID configuration options does the UNVR offer?
For more information on the RAID configuration and formatting of the HDDs, see UniFi - Hard drive compatibility and management.
Can I mount the UNVR vertically or upside-down?
We have not tested either of these rack orientations, so neither is recommended.