Forum Software Reolink Client No Option to Import Camera Config Since upgrading to Windows Client V 8.1.28

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    Richard
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    Since upgrading my Windows Client Software to version 8.1.28, the button to restore the configuration settings to a camera has disappeared, I navigate to the camera settings > System > Maintenance where I can see the option to Export Configuration but there is no option to import configuration? Please can you advise how to do this?

    Whilst talking about this subject, I would rather not have to do this at all however I have noticed that my camera's configuration is lost every so often (about once every 2 months) which is why I decided to export the config so I can easily and quickly restore it whenever this happens. Why is my configuration lost periodically? I actually have 4x C2 Pro cameras running and each of them have the same problem but at different times, they don't all loose their config settings at the same time but they each loose their config settings separately at random times but at least once every couple of months. Is there any reason for this?

    Thanks.

    #1289112

    Cynthia
    Keymaster

    Sorry that the import config files function has been removed last year. The older exported config files may not be compatible with our new desktop software and if users import the previous exported config files into the new desktop software, the software may crash. That's why you cannot find the import camera settings function after the update. Hope this clarifies.

    We have been receiving reports from our users that they have encountered compatibility issues when exporting and importing config files between cameras with newer and older hardware version. That's why we remove this function temporarily and work on these issues since then. We will relaunch this function later when we find solutions to eliminate the compatibility issues.

    As for the configuration lost issue, may I know when they lose the configuration, will they also ask you to set a new password and device name?

    #1289197

    Crimp On
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    I fear the engineering staff have ”fed you a line.” It is almost trivial to code a configuration file with the software version. When importing a configuration file, the first step would be to confirm that it was made on the current firmware. If not, reject the configuration file as incompatible.

    There is no reason to remove the ability to save a configuration file and import it into the same camera on the the same software release.

    #1289361

    Jose
    Participant

    +1.

    Sometimes I am stunned and astounded with some decisions taken by the engineering people in Reolink. Taking things a step further, any importing code could be so smart to read an old format or version, apply any usable settings, fill the remaining ones with the usual default values and inform user about this. But, in any case, having the possibility to backup and restore current configuration at least should be obligatory.

    #1289438

    Cynthia
    Keymaster

    Sorry for the inconvenience caused. And I understand your thoughts. Because we upgraded the new architecture with the new firmware. If the camera that originally used the old architecture/old firmware is upgraded to the new architecture, but the old config files are still used, compatibility issues will occur and the camera will not work properly. In order to avoid this problem, we canceled the import function in the new client.

    Thank you very much for your suggestion, we will forward to our R&D team. And see if we can make some adjustments in this aspect.

    And for the C1 pro, may i know will they also ask you to set a new password and device name when they lost the configration?

    #1290036

    Richard
    Participant

    Sorry that the import config files function has been removed last year. The older exported config files may not be compatible with our new desktop software and if users import the previous exported config files into the new desktop software, the software may crash. That's why you cannot find the import camera settings function after the update. Hope this clarifies.

    We have been receiving reports from our users that they have encountered compatibility issues when exporting and importing config files between cameras with newer and older hardware version. That's why we remove this function temporarily and work on these issues since then. We will relaunch this function later when we find solutions to eliminate the compatibility issues.

    As for the configuration lost issue, may I know when they lose the configuration, will they also ask you to set a new password and device name?

    Hi,

    Thanks for your reply, it seems odd to remove the import option and not the export option, what's the point in exporting the config if it cannot be imported again afterwards?

    I appreciate there might be some compatibility issues but surely if you export the config of a camera using a version of client software (example Ver 8.1.28), then as long as you are using the same version of the client software to import the config to the exact same camera, this shouldn't be a problem? Surely this simple check can be performed to restore this limited functionality in the short term until a more robust solution can be implemented? I could live with this because I would just perform a new export of all my camera's configs if I upgraded the client software to make sure I can import it again later.

    Anyway, as I say, I wouldn't even need to perform this regular import config to my cameras if it wasn't for the fact the occasionally lose their config settings.

    To answer your question, I can't give an exact time as its random. I can say that 1 of my cameras lost its config towards the end of January but I've just had another camera (same model but a different camera) loose its config last week and how I discovered the issue of the import button being removed.

    It doesn't appear to be all the settings that are lost, I know for sure the Info settings are lost (Camera Name) and the Display settings are lost so I lose the Camera Name position and the Date & Time position for example. I also loose the saved PTZ positions which is a pain as across all 4 cameras I have a total of 18 locations saved.

    Luckily, I still have an old version of the client software installed, Ver 7.2.2.28, so I have been able to use this to import my config settings again.

    Can you recommend a fix or work around with the current version of client software or something which will stop my config settings from periodically being lost?

    Thanks,

    Richard.

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