Initial Setup and Configuration for TurboView DVR's

This guide assumes the following:

  • You have one or more cameras connected to your TurboView DVR
  • You have connected your TurboView DVR to a TV or Monitor
  • You are able to see the live image coming from the cameras on the TV or Monitor

Setting the Time and Date

Step 1

Enter the menu by pressing the ‘Menu’ button on the DVR or your remote.

Step 2

The default username, ‘admin’, is already entered. To enter the password highlight the password field and using the numbers at the bottom of the remote control, enter in the default password of ‘1111’. Highlight ‘OK’ and hit enter. (Enter key is represented by the carriage return symbol, which is "?")

Step 3

Go down to the ‘Admin’ section of the menu and hit Enter.

Step 4

Change the current date/time to reflect your local settings. To change a field, highlight it and press Enter to select that field, then use the up/down arrows to the right of the field to adjust the numbers. Alternatively, use the numbers on the front of the DVR or on your remote control to set the date/time.

Step 5

Press the OK button (For silver DVR’s, looks like a small image of a diskette/monitor) to save your changes.

Setup Complete!

Adjusting the Recording Settings

Step 1

While in the menu, use the right button to move over to the ‘Record’ section of the menu.

Step 2

Highlight ‘Settings’ and hit Enter.

Step 3

From within this screen, you can adjust the camera’s resolution, quality, and framerate. See the descriptions on the right for more details.

Step 4

Once you have adjusted all cameras to the settings you prefer, hit enter on the ‘OK’ button (May appear as a diskette icon) to save your settings.

Setup Complete!

Your settings should now be saved, and your DVR is ready to record.


Adjusting the resolution to a higher setting will improve the look of the video on the screen, but will also make your video files larger. Larger video takes up more space on your harddrive, which can reduce the amount of time your system can record. 720x480 is the highest resolution possible.


Frames determines the number of frames per second you record at. Increasing the framerate will make your video more smooth and fluid, but it will also make the recorded video files larger which takes up more space on your hard drive. 30 images per second is the highest possible framerate.


Quality determines the amount of compression applied to the video. Higher quality uses less compression and will result in clearer video, but will also make the files larger. Lower quality uses more compression, which allows you to record longer amounts of time on your hard drive. Please note that Silver level DVRs (As well as some Gold level DVR's) are not capable of utilizing both the highest possible resolution and the highest possible framerate.

Configure Recording Schedules

Navigating to the Recording Schedule

Step 1

With the TurboView menu open, navigate to the the Record section of the menu, highlight Schedule and hit enter.

Step 2

You will see a grid, with the numbers 00 (12:00 Midnight) through 23 (11:00 PM) and letters on the left-hand side. The letters represent days of the week (H is a special schedule used for holidays), while the numbers indicate hours of the day.

Adjusting the Recording Schedule

Step 1: Selecting A Camera

Recording Schedules are applied to each camera separately. You can adjust schedules for specific cameras by changing the camera number at the top of the page, or if you want all cameras to follow the same schedule, set camera #1’s schedule first, then highlight ‘Copy to All Cameras’ to apply the schedule to all other cameras on the DVR.

Step 2: Select Recording Modes

Once you have selected a camera, you then select the desired recording mode. The grid allows you to specify different recording modes for different times.

  • Continuous: Allows you to record non-stop during the hour it is set to.
  • Alarm: Allows you to trigger recording using a wired alarm trigger (Such as a light-beam sensor or door/window sensor).
  • Motion: Allows you to trigger recording whenever the camera sees motion on the screen itself.
  • Pre-Alarm: When combined with Motion or Alarm recording, Pre-alarm recording allows the DVR to stick 5 seconds of video in front of any recordings it makes.

Step 3: Set Camera Recording Schedules

With the camera and recording modes selected, you can now set the recording schedules.

To set the Camera Recording Schedule;

  • For a Specific Hour: Highlight that hour and hit enter.
  • For a Specific Day: Highlight that day’s first letter (on the left) and hit enter.
  • For All days and All Times: Highlight the 9-panel button in the top left and hit enter.

Scheduling Complete!

Your recording schedule has now been applied.

To Remove Recording Schedules

To remove a recording schedule, first select a camera, then deselect all check marks from the recording modes section at the bottom. Apply the settings to the hours or days you wish to disable recording for, this will remove the recording schedules during the affected time periods.