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Hikvision disables Onvif by default

posted 3 Feb 2018, 16:30 by Andrew Sharrem   [ updated 1 Mar 2018, 15:49 ]
Hikvision firmware v5.5+ now disables the Onvif protocol by default, causing fustrution and issues for 3rd party integration.
NxWitness is one of those affected, but they have begun to address the issue in their latest patch release

The attached document from Hikvision shows the necessary steps to re-enable Onvif.
For NxWitness the "Enable Hikvision CGI" checkbox must also be ticked.

For the latest patch release of Nx, first enable Hik CGI as below - then add device to Nx.
Nx will create and enable the onvif user.

For the Nx stable release - on occasions the camera remains locked if Nx has auto-discovered the camera.
To fix this we use the following workaround;
  • Turn off Nx Camera & Server auto discovery
  • Delete camera from Nx
  • Soft default the camera (default except IP & passwords )
  • Enable Hik CGI & Onvif & user
  • Add device in Nx manually

Andrew Sharrem,
3 Feb 2018, 16:30