Nx1 Quick-Start Guide

Get your Nx1 device up and running.

Before you begin: Things you''ll need to set up your Nx1.

A Philips Head Screw Driver

You'll need a phillips head screw driver to remove the Nx1 case to install a hard drive and to attach the mount (if needed).

A windows Computer

Make sure you have a Windows computer - ideally with an Nx Witness client app already installed.


A compatible 2.5" Hard Drive

The Nx1 is shipped without a hard drive. So you'll need to have a compatible 2.5" drive to set up your hard drive.

Nx1 Compatible Hard Drives

  • Max Height: < 9.7mm
  • Max Width: 69.85 ± .25mm
  • Max Length: 100.35mm +0.2/−0.25mm

A Network Switch or Router & Cable(s)

Nx 1 devices can be set up individually as a group via a LAN connection. Choose your networking infrastructure accordingly.


The Nx Server Tool

A new tool designed to make setting up multi-server Nx Witness systems simple. Available in either 32 bit or 64 bit versions.


Step 1: Unbox Your Nx1.

Open your Nx1 box to get started. You're already here - so you've obviously paid attention to the Quick Start Guide insert. Well done.


In the Box You'll Find:

  1. Nx1 unit (no hard drive) 
  2. Power Supply.
  3. Mounting Bracket
  4. Mounting Screws (2 x silver, 2 x black, 2 x screw anchors)
  5. Hard drive screws (4 x black) and rubber feet (square rubber thing - it's a technical term).

Step 2: Installing a Hard Drive in your Nx1

Every Nx1 is shipped without hard drives to allow users to select the appropriate size hard drive for their system. The Nx1 fits standard 2.5" inch hard drives (not Enterprise Class). See Nx1 spec sheet for compatible HDD sizes. 

Remove the Nx1's Case.

  • On the bottom your Nx1 you will find two phillips head screws. Using your phillips head screw driver unscrew each of the two screws - and put them someplace SAFE so you won't lose them. Once the screws have been successfully removed and stashed somewhere safe you can slide the case off the Nx1 to reveal the inside.

Use Phillips head screw driver to unscrew two bottom case screws.

Slide the case open to install a 2.5" hard drive.


Remove the Nx1 battery spacer.

  • On the bottom of the Nx1 battery you will notice a thin piece of plastic tab. Pull this plastic tab out before installing the hard drive to continue.

Install the Hard Drive of Your Choice.

  • Remove your hard drive from its packaging and slide the hard drive with the SATA connector forward until you have a firm connection with the Nx1's built-in SATA connector.

Slide the hard drive toward the SATA connector.

Make sure the hard drive is firmly connected before continuing.


Secure your hard drive with your hard drive screws.

  • In the small bag with the black rubber feet you will also find 4 black hard drive mounting screws. Use these screws mount the hard drive to the chassis. Make sure to use all 4.

Find the bag containing the rubber feet and 4 HDD screws.

Mount the hard drive to the Nx1 chassis using all 4 screws.


Install the Case & Mount.

  • After you have finished installing the hard drive slide the Nx1 chassis back into the Nx1 case.
  • If you do not plan on using the mount simply screw in the two screws you have kept safe and definitely have not lost and skip to step 3. 
  • Find the little plastic bag with the 2 x silver screws, 2 x black screws, and 2 x screw anchors and take out the 2 x black screws. Using these screws, line up the mount with the two small holes on the bottom of the Nx1 and screw in these 2 screws. And....you're done.

Align the mount with the 2 screw holes on the bottom of the Nx1.

Use screws to attach the mount to the bottom of the Nx1 thusly.

Step 3: Install Nx1 OS Image onto the HDD.

  • Take the Nx1 with the newly installed hard drive and plug it in power it on. The Nx1 PWR LED indicator will glow green when first plugged in while it is booting.
  • The first time you power on the Nx1 after installing a hard drive it will detect the new hard drive within 2-3 minutes and begin copying the Nx1 Operating System from the Nx1's native micro-SD card to the newly installed hard drive.  
  • This copying process takes approximately 15-20 minutes as the Nx1 OS image is fairly large, so please be patient. The HDD and SYS lights will blink like the GIF below during the copying process.
  • When the copying process is complete the Nx1 will automatically reboot and the top two LED indicators (PWR and HDD) will be green.
  • Well done. It's time to move on to Step 4 (aka software time).

Plug in your Nx1 to power on the device.

The Nx1 will blink like this while transferring the OS image.

The Nx1 will blink like this while transferring the OS image.

Step 4: Configure your Nx1(s) for use.

So your Nx1 now has a hard drive. Well done. Next step is configuring your Nx1 to be part of an Nx Witness System. 

First, connect your devices to a network.

  • After your hard drive installation is complete connect your newly-installed Nx1 (or Nx1s if you are setting up multiple Nx1's at the same time) to a network switch. 
  • It is recommended during the setup phase that you do not connect to a work network in order to avoid any conflicts.
  • It is also recommended that you use a network with a DHCP server to automatically assign your computer and the Nx1's an IP address - but it is not necessary as the Nx1 devices can be configured with a static IP address
Although the Nx1 supports static IP addresses, using DHCP is an easier way to setup your Nx1's.

Although the Nx1 supports static IP addresses, using DHCP is an easier way to setup your Nx1's.


Next, use the Nx Server Tool.

  • If you haven't already, download and install the Nx Server Tool (32 bit or 64 bit) on your Windows computer.  
  • If you have already installed the Nx Server Tool...launch it.
  • Make sure your Windows computer is connected to the same network as your Nx1 device or devices.
  • Follow the steps below.

Step 1 - Nx1 Autodetection

  • The Nx Server Tool will automatically detect all Nx1 devices on a LAN.
  • Detected Nx1 devices (as well as any other device running an Nx Witness Media Server) will show up on the left side of the Nx Server Tool.


  • Select all Nx1s you would like to configure to modify Nx1 System Name and Password and Date & Time settings.
  • Nx1s can be set up as a new System or joined to an existing system. To join to an existing system simply put the existing System name and Admin password into the Nx Server Tool.
  • Important: Make sure to assign the correct Time Zone and Time to your Nx1's during your initial setup.

Step 3 - CONFirm Changes Successful

  • After applying changes you will see a change log of all configuration modifications made to the Nx1 devices.
  • Click Ok to continue.

Step 4 - Confirm system assignment

  • In the left side of the Nx Server Tool you should now see the Nx1s as part of a new system or the System they were merged into.

Step 5 - View your Nx1s in Nx Witness

  • Launch Nx Witness on your computer and login to your new (or existing) system to confirm the Nx1s have been successfully configured.

STEP 6 - UPdate your Nx1's to the latest version of Nx witness.

  • Head to the main menu button and choose System Administration -> Updates
  • Make sure your Nx1 is updated to Nx Witness Build 9813 or higher. (Use build 9813 and password 1kncnz)

Step 7 - Give yourself a thumbs up.

  • If you have a camera connected and you can see yourself give yourself a thumbs up for a job well done, because you've successfully configured your Nx1(s).

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