Affected Roles: Owner, Administrators
Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps: DW Spectrum, IP Finder
Last Edit: April 2, 2020
If a new camera has been added to the network, but you are unable to stream video or record through the DW Spectrum Server, the camera may still need to be assigned to an IP address so that it is reachable over the Local Area Network (LAN).
This article will outline how to manually assign an IP address to cameras using a web browser.
Note: If you must assign multiple cameras to IP addresses, you can use the Bulk Assignment feature of the IP Finder program to identify and assign cameras to a series of IP addresses. IP Finder is only compatible with Windows OS.
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An IP Address is a series of numbers used by computer systems and network devices to identify and connect with each other using a set of governing rules called “Internet Protocol” (IP).
Each device on the network should have its own, unique IP address to identify with other devices on the network.
If you do not know the camera’s IP Address, IP Finder can be used to scan the network for connected cameras.
Note: By default, most DW cameras use DHCP and start with an IP Address of 192.168.1.80. Please see the product manual for complete setup information.
If the camera has been assigned a port value of anything other than 80, you will also need to specify the port value in the address bar.
Camera IP: 192.168.1.90
Example URL for connecting from a browser: http://192.168.1.90:8245
If the address is entered correctly and the camera is communicating over the LAN, the camera's Web Viewer will display.
If you have not yet set up a new Username and Password using DW IP Finder, use:
Default Username: admin
Default Password: admin
Note: DW cameras now require a password assignment when connecting for the first time. Please read Assigning Passwords to IP Cameras for reference.
Set the camera’s IP Address to a Static Network Type and assign it an IP Address that is unclaimed by any other devices on the camera network.
Enter the correct Gateway for the camera's network.
Click on the Apply or Save button to apply the setting changes.
Camera IP Address: 192.168.100.94
Ports: 80, 443, and 554