Uniview Guide: EZTools

by Geoffrey Lomas

This Spy Monkey guide will focus on the features of the Uniview EZTools software for Windows. This program will enrich your Uniview Security System experience and provide greater accessibility, functionality, and convenience.

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Setup Guide

Configuration Guide

The information found on this guide is a condensed version of the Uniview official manuals. If you are looking for a more detailed and complete description of each functionality, please download the official operation manuals from the official download links provided in this guide. The hardware used in this guide are as follows:

Information

The Uniview EZTools program is a toolkit for device search and upgrades, remote configuration, recording time, and capacity calculation. Its key features include the following:

  • EZTools Version 2.0
  • Device Management: Search for a device. Change the device password and IP. Configure device remotely including device name, time, and network.
  • Channel Management: Configure the image, encoding, OSD, and audio (for IPC only) settings.
  • Batch upgrade: Upgrade devices using an upgrade file on the PC. Upgrade devices with an Internet connection.
  • Device Maintenance: Restore the device to default settings. Import and export device configuration. Export diagnosis info. Restart the device.
  • NVR Channel Management: Add or delete NVR channels.
  • Capacity calculation: Calculate the allowed recording time based on the given disk space. Calculate the required disk space based on the given recording time.

System Requirements

  • EZTools Version 2.0
  • System: Windows 7/Windows 8/ Windows 10 (32-bit or 64-bit).
  • Processor: Intel Pentium IV 3.0 GHz or higher.
  • Memory: 1 GB or higher.
  • Resolution: 1280*720 or higher.

    Download

    You can download EZTools from the Uniview EZTools Website. Please note that there are two versions of the EZTools. We will be using EZTools Version 2 in this guide as it supports Windows 7 up to Windows 10 operating systems.

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    • Choose where to save the program installer.
    • (Optional) Click on the Manual button if you also want the manual.
    • Wait for the download to finish.
    • Locate the downloaded file.
    • The program installer is in a Zip archive. Using any Zip archiver extract the program installer.
    • You should now have the program installer. At the time of this writing, the latest official EZTools Version 2.0 installer is EZTools-R1122.2.2.0(IN).exe

    • You can now launch this program to install the EZTools Version 2.0 on your system.

    Installation

    • Launch the EZTools program installer (EZTools-R1122.2.2.0(IN).exe)
    • Once you are on the Welcome Screen of the installer click Next.

    • You will then be presented with the Privacy Policy for you to review. Click Next to continue.

    • You can now choose where to install the EZTools program. Click on Next to continue.

    • Click Install and click Finish after the installation.
    • The Uniview EZTools Version 2.0 is now installed and will launch after a short delay.
    • A new shortcut should be added to your desktop, you can use it to launch EZTools 2 next time.

    Device Configuration

    The device configuration tab is the first tab we see once we launch EZTools 2. This tab provides various tools to help you manage your system. In this section, we will go through what each feature does from left to right starting at the top.

    EZTools Device Configuration

    • Refresh: Clicking on this button refreshes the list. This is useful when connecting new devices to the network and when modifying the Search Setup.
    • Search Setup: This allows you to configure the IP range that EZTools 2 will scan for devices and choose which information will be displayed on the list of devices.
    • Language: Displayed as a small triangle next to the current language, this shows a list of currently supported languages. Click on any language to shift to that.
    • Device Type: These checkboxes act as filters based on the type of device.
      • ALL: Show all detected devices.
      • IPC: Show all IP Cameras.
      • NVR: Show all Network Video Recorders.
      • OTHER: Show all devices that are neither IP Cameras nor Network Video Recorders.
    • Status Filters: This dropdown list acts as a filter based on the device status.
      • Logged In: Will show only devices that EZTools has access to.
      • Not Logged InWill show only devices that EZTools does not have access to.
    • Keyword Filter: This field acts as a search function to filter the list based on the keywords queried.
    • Login: This button behaves differently depending on whether you have a device/s selected (checked on the devices list) or not.
      • No Device Selected: Opens a window where you can provide the Device IP, port, username, and password. Filling the fields and clicking OK will cause EZTools to attempt a login using the values provided.
      • Device/s Selected: Opens a window where you can provide the username and password. Filling the fields and clicking OK will cause EZTools to attempt a login using the values provided.
    • Modify Password: Allows modification of passwords for the selected device/s.
    • Modify IP: Allows modification of IP address, Subnet Mask, and Gateway for the selected device. (Note: Please be wary of accessing this feature if there are others nearby as the Modify IP screen seems to display the device passwords in plain sight.)
    • Device Config: Allows modification of Device Name, Time and Time Zone, and other networking options (UNP, Ports, DNS) for the selected device.
    • Export: Allows the export of the devices on the devices list into a CSV spreadsheet format. Clicking this option will prompt you to set a file destination.
    • Operations: The options here are contextual depending on the capability of the device.
      • Details: Shows basic information about the device.
      • Modify IP: Allows IP address modification.
      • Modify Password: Allows password modification.
      • Device Config: Allows device configuration.
      • Remote Web: Clicking this will open a browser directed to the Device's Remote Interface.
      • Cloud Service: Allows modification of cloud service settings.

    Channel Configuration

    The device configuration tab allows you to configure NVR channels and transfer or manage configurations. It is located right below the device configuration tab. In this section, we will go through what each feature does from left to right starting at the top.

    • Refresh: Clicking on this button refreshes the list. This is useful when connecting new devices to the network and when modifying the Search Setup.
    • Search Setup: This allows you to configure the IP range that EZTools 2 will scan for devices and choose which information will be displayed on the list of devices.
    • Language: Displayed as a small triangle next to the current language, this shows a list of currently supported languages. Click on any language to shift to that.
    • Device Type: These checkboxes act as filters based on the type of device.
      • ALL: Show all detected devices.
      • IPC: Show all IP Cameras.
      • NVR: Show all Network Video Recorders.
      • OTHER: Show all devices that are neither IP Cameras nor Network Video Recorders.
    • Status Filters: This dropdown list acts as a filter based on the device status.
      • Logged In: Will show only devices that EZTools has access to.
      • Not Logged InWill show only devices that EZTools does not have access to.
    • Keyword Filter: This field acts as a search function to filter the list based on the keywords queried.
    • Login: This button behaves differently depending on whether you have a device/s selected (checked on the devices list) or not.
      • No Device Selected: Opens a window where you can provide the Device IP, port, username, and password. Filling the fields and clicking OK will cause EZTools to attempt a login using the values provided.
      • Device/s Selected: Opens a window where you can provide the username and password. Filling the fields and clicking OK will cause EZTools to attempt a login using the values provided.
      • Channel Config: Allows modification of Image, Encoding, OSD, and Motion Detection.
      • Operations: The options here are contextual depending on the capability of the device.
        • Details: Shows basic information about the device.
        • Channel Config: Allows modification of Image, Encoding, OSD, and Motion Detection.
        • Remote Web: Clicking this will open a browser directed to the Device's Remote Interface.

      Upgrade

      The upgrade tab allows you remotely upgrade the firmware of devices individually or in batches. It is located right below the device configuration tab. In this section, we will go through what each feature does from left to right starting at the top.

      • Refresh: Clicking on this button refreshes the list. This is useful when connecting new devices to the network and when modifying the Search Setup.
      • Search Setup: This allows you to configure the IP range that EZTools 2 will scan for devices and choose which information will be displayed on the list of devices.
      • Language: Displayed as a small triangle next to the current language, this shows a list of currently supported languages. Click on any language to shift to that.
      • Device Type: These checkboxes act as filters based on the type of device.
        • ALL: Show all detected devices.
        • IPC: Show all IP Cameras.
        • NVR: Show all Network Video Recorders.
        • OTHER: Show all devices that are neither IP Cameras nor Network Video Recorders.
      • Status Filters: This dropdown list acts as a filter based on the device status.
      • Keyword Filter: This field acts as a search function to filter the list based on the keywords queried.
      • Login: This button behaves differently depending on whether you have a device/s selected (checked on the devices list) or not.
        • Logged In: Will show only devices that EZTools has access to.
        • Not Logged InWill show only devices that EZTools does not have access to.
      • Local Upgrade: This device list tab allows you to select which devices to upgrade local using upgrade files found on your computer. Clicking on the Upgrade button found on the bottom left will launch a window that lets you choose which directory the upgrade file is located.
      • Online Upgrade: This device list tab allows you to select which devices to upgrade remotely using the selected devices' internet access. It will look for upgrades from the official Uniview servers automatically and install it to the selected device. Clicking on the Upgrade button found on the bottom left will launch a window that automatically checks the current version of your device and compares it with the version found on Uniview servers, you may then proceed with the online upgrade.

      Maintenance

      The device configuration tab is located right below the device configuration tab. In this section, we will go through what each feature does from left to right starting at the top.
      • Refresh: Clicking on this button refreshes the list. This is useful when connecting new devices to the network and when modifying the Search Setup.
      • Search Setup: This allows you to configure the IP range that EZTools 2 will scan for devices and choose which information will be displayed on the list of devices.
      • Language: Displayed as a small triangle next to the current language, this shows a list of currently supported languages. Click on any language to shift to that.
      • Device Type: These checkboxes act as filters based on the type of device.
        • ALL: Show all detected devices.
        • IPC: Show all IP Cameras.
        • NVR: Show all Network Video Recorders.
        • OTHER: Show all devices that are neither IP Cameras nor Network Video Recorders.
        • Status Filters: This dropdown list acts as a filter based on the device status.
        • Keyword Filter: This field acts as a search function to filter the list based on the keywords queried.
        • Login: This button behaves differently depending on whether you have a device/s selected (checked on the devices list) or not.
          • Logged In: Will show only devices that EZTools has access to.
          • Not Logged In: Will show only devices that EZTools does not have access to.
          • Restart: Clicking this button will restart the selected device/s.
          • Restore: Clicking this button will let you restore your device configuration.
            • Restore Defaults: Restore factory default settings except network, user and time settings.
            • Restore Factory Defaults: Restore all factory default settings.
          • Maintenance: This allows you to export diagnosis info, and export and manage configurations.
            • Diagnosis Info: This option will export various diagnosis info regarding the selected device.
            • Configuration Import/Export: This option will allows you to export configuration information from the selected device which you can keep as a backup to restore later or to transfer/copy settings to other devices.

          NVR

          The NVR tab which handles NVR channel management operations is located right below the device configuration tab. In this section, we will go through what each feature does from left to right starting at the top.

          • Refresh: Clicking on this button refreshes the list. This is useful when connecting new devices to the network and when modifying the Search Setup.
          • Search Setup: This allows you to configure the IP range that EZTools 2 will scan for devices and choose which information will be displayed on the list of devices.
          • Language: Displayed as a small triangle next to the current language, this shows a list of currently supported languages. Click on any language to shift to that.
          • Login: This button behaves differently depending on whether you have a device/s selected (checked on the devices list) or not.
          • Online IPC List: This tab displays online devices that can be added, removed, and managed towards the selected tab on the left. This is very useful when assigning or removing multiple IP cameras to specific NVRs. Orange names will be displayed for the IP cameras already assigned to an NVR channel.
          • Offline IPC List: This tab displays offline devices that can be added, removed, and managed towards the selected tab on the left. Login credentials will be required. This is very useful when assigning or removing multiple IP cameras to specific NVRs. Orange names will be displayed for the IP cameras already assigned to an NVR channel.
          • NVR List: This tab shows all NVR channels and their IP addresses.
          • Add/Delete: These buttons allow you to add or delete devices to channels.
          • Refresh: Click this button to refresh the list.

          Calculation

          The device configuration tab is located right below the device configuration tab. In this section, we will go through what each feature does from left to right starting at the top.

          • Refresh: Clicking on this button refreshes the list. This is useful when connecting new devices to the network and when modifying the Search Setup.
          • Search Setup: This allows you to configure the IP range that EZTools 2 will scan for devices and choose which information will be displayed on the list of devices.
          • Language: Displayed as a small triangle next to the current language, this shows a list of currently supported languages. Click on any language to shift to that.
          • Add: Clicking this button will open a window that lets you add a custom footage stream for calculation. Multiple footage streams can be added. You will be able to specify the following:
            • Number of Channels
            • Compression
            • Resolution
            • Frame-Rate
            • U-Code
            • Environmental Complexity
            • Bit Rate (Kbps)
          • Edit: Clicking this button will reopen the Add window which you can use to edit a stream data.
          • Delete: Clicking this button deletes the selected stream/s.
          • Search to Add: Displays discovered devices for space calculation based on their actual video settings.
          • Calculate Days: Allows calculating the number of days of footage can be stored on the Disk/Raid available when recording with the selected streams on the stream list.
            • Daily Recordings: Number of hours of recorder footage each day for calculation.
            • Disk Mode: Calculate how many days of recordings can be saved based on the daily recording time (hours) and disk capacity available.
            • Raid Mode: Calculate how many days recordings can be saved based on the daily recording time (hours), configured RAID type (0/1/5/6), RAID disk capacity, and the number of disks available
          • Calculate DisksAllows calculating the number of disks storage is needed to store footage when recording with the selected streams on the stream list.
            • Retention Time: Allows you to set the desired number of days to store footage.
            • Daily Recordings: Number of hours of recorder footage each day for calculation.
          • Disk Mode: Calculate how many disks are needed to maintain footage throughout the retention time when recording at the selected video streams.
          • Raid Mode: Calculate how many RAID configured disks are needed to maintain footage throughout the retention time when recording at the selected video streams.

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