There are many video surveillance projects that require the installation of hundreds of cameras simultaneously. Increasingly, these projects are using Hikvision's product line to meet their needs because Hikvision's video management platform is well optimized for large-scale projects. However, one key part of a successful project is how quickly the devices can be deployed and added to the network. Nowadays, it is hard to imagine a modern security system without IP or HD cameras. Such technology allows you not only to visually monitor . But integrate your devices as per your needs. The free Hikvision SADP (Search Active Device Protocol) tool is such an example, which allows you to search for IP devices over LAN using a web browser and also displays information about the camera, including its make and model, its current firmware version etc. If you want to learn more, then keep reading!

What is a Hikvision SADP tool?

SADP stands for Search Active Device Protocol. Hikvision SADP tool is free which enables users to search for and find active Hikvision network devices using their IP addresses on the local network. In case you are wondering, the devices include IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs, and any other IP device manufactured by Hikvision itself. Besides, it is a free tool, so everyone can use it to find the IP addresses of their IP devices.

What is a SADP tool used for?

Hikvision SADP (Search Active Device Protocol) tool is mainly used to locate and configure active Hikvision devices on the local network. However, in addition to searching Hikvision devices, you can use this software to change the device's IP address, view the number of active devices, and activate or deactivate them when needed. Moreover, the SADP tool allows you to reset your device's password, change the port number, configure the Hik-Connect app for your device and eliminate problems with duplicated IP addresses in the same network class.

How to download the Hikvision SADP tool?

Before you commence downloading the Hikvision SADP tool, you must know that there are different versions of the SADP tool. Sometimes this tool does not get the IP address of your device because you might have downloaded the wrong version on your PC. Therefore, you need to download the Hikvision SADP tool according to your needs. Let’s assume that you have a MAC PC; then, you need to download the SADPTool for MAC; otherwise, it won’t work!

For the downloading process, you need to first go on the Hikvision website and then choose the correct version you need to download by clicking on the “Download” button. But remember that the SADP tool setup file will be in a zip format, and you’ll need to unzip it to install it on your PC.

How to install the Hikvision SADP tool?

First, the Hikvision SADP tool's setup file must be downloaded. It would be in zip format, which you could simply unzip if you have WinRAR. Then, open the setup file's folder and double-click it. With that, the installation procedure will begin. Following this, a popup will open asking for your permission. To provide access, simply click the "Allow access" button. A second screen will now appear in front of you. Choose a language and then click the "Next" button. Then you'll see another window asking you to "Choose Destination Location." Just click the "Next" button because your PC would have already chosen a fine location for the setup file. Finally, you'll get to the next page, inviting you to click the "Install" button. Simply clicking on it will install the file on your PC. When the installation is finished, you will notice an icon on your desktop; double-click it. From there, you can see all of the network's active and inactive devices.

How does a SADP tool work?

As its name suggests, Search Active Device Protocol (SADP) is a user-friendly online device search tool. It searches the active Hikvision online devices within your subnet and displays the information of these devices. To be precise, the SADP tool works by scanning your local network and listing all the active Hikvision devices that it finds. It doesn't matter what the IP addresses of your IP cameras or recorders are, as long as they are on the same network, the SADP tool will list them. That is because it uses layer two protocols to discover and identify any active Hikvision device in a subnet. Additionally, you can modify the basic network information of the Hikvision devices using the SADP tool, as it comes in handy when you're creating your own CCTV network.

How to use Hikvision SADP tool?

To use the Hikvision SADP tool, download the setup file from the Hikvision website and then unzip it with WinRAR (since the setup file will be in a WinZip format). After installation, you will see an icon appearing on your desktop that you must double-click. This will allow you to see all active and inactive network devices. Then, if you wish to alter the IP address of one of the devices mentioned in the SADP tool, do the following. Just click on the device, and all of its information will be displayed in the right pane. Uncheck the "DHCP" option and change the IP address and port number to suit your needs. Hikvision's IP address is or by default. After providing the admin password for the device, click the "Modify" button. However, keep in mind that the Hikvision device's default password is 12345. You have now successfully modified the Hikvision device's IP address! Moreover, you can also use the Hikvision SADP tool to activate devices and change their reset password when necessary.

How to search for active devices with the SADP tool?

After installation, the Hikvision SADP tool automatically searches the local network for newly connected active devices, which are then shown in the main window. Furthermore, the list of freshly connected devices is refreshed every 15 seconds, whereas the list of disconnected or inactive devices is refreshed every 45 seconds, saving you time! You can also manually refresh the list of connected devices by hitting the "Refresh" button. In addition to listings of active and inactive devices, the main window displays basic information about network properties of the devices such as device type, IP address, communication ports, gateway, mask, MAC address, and so on. The SADP tool also provides additional information about the device firmware version, name, serial number, and activation status. However, by selecting the "Save as Excel" option, all of the information can be saved as an an.xls file on your PC, ensuring that you don't lose any data. Furthermore, the Hikvision SADP tool allows users to effortlessly get to the device login window by double-clicking on the device, which will instantly send you to the window via a web browser. That's about it!

How to activate devices using the SADP tool?

Choose an inactive device to activate using the SADP tool (or many inactive devices that should be simultaneously activated with the same password). Following that, create a new password for them and confirm it by clicking the "OK" button. The SADP tool will automatically check and show the entered password's strength. But keep in mind that a strong strength must have at least three of the following sorts of characters: numerals, lowercase letters (abc), uppercase letters (ABC), and special characters (!@$&). The device will be activated after the software has accepted the password.

Furthermore, before you begin, you should be aware that Hikvision NVRs with firmware versions greater than V3.3.0 and cameras with firmware versions greater than V5.3.0 that connect to the network for the first time will be tagged as "Inactive" by the SADP tool. This is due to Hikvision's enhanced security measures designed to prevent unauthorized access. However, in order to activate them, you must change the password for the "Admin" account. This may be done on the initial log-in through a web browser, SADP tool, or straight from the NVR.

How to restore default password with SADP tool?

Suppose you've forgotten or misplaced the password to your Hikvision device. In that case, you'll be relieved to hear that depending on the firmware version, the Hikvision SADP tool provides two options for restoring the default password. In the first method, pick the device, copy the date and time from the SADP tool's "Start Time" window and the device's serial number from the "Device Serial No." field. The data should then be sent to the Hikvision Technical Department. Now you must wait and be patient until the unlocking code file is returned (usually within 1-2 working days). After getting the file:

  • Choose the device to be unlocked again.
  • Copy the code from the "Security Code" field.
  • Confirm with the "OK" button.

Finally, the password will be reset to its factory default state (username: admin, password: 12345).

In the case of the second method, you will pick the device for the action in the main SADP tool window, just as you did previously. Subsequently, specify a place to keep the exported data in the area next to the "Export" button. Then, hit the "Export" button to transmit the data to the Hikvision Technical Department. Now, wait 1-2 days for them to provide you with a code. Select the device once more, and then input the location of the unlocking file in the area by the "Import" button and hit the button. The password will be changed!

The administrator account's password will be reset to factory defaults. The default password for the first method is 12345. In the second scenario, however, there is no password at all. As a result, you should alter or set the password to prevent unauthorized users from accessing the device at the first logging.