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Adding Cameras To An HDSpotMod From VMAX IP Plus

adding cameras to an HDspotmod from vmax ip plus

In some cases, cameras will need to be added manually to an HDSPOTMOD, rather than allowing the device to scan/detect for cameras automatically. This guide will go over the different ways that cameras can be added manually when using Spectrum, VMAX A1, and VMAX IP Plus.

Affected Roles:  Administrator
Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps:  Web Viewer
Complexity: Medium

Last Edit:  October 11, 2019


The DW Spot™ Monitoring Module (DW-HDSPOTMOD) allows viewers to monitor and observe the live video streams from select cameras - available in either a 4-channel model or a 16-channel model. 

While it may seem more convenient to have your camera(s) stream directly to both the recording device and the HDSPOTMOD, it can actually cause streaming issues as that configuration would be creating more "work" for the camera. This article will go over how to manually assign cameras to an HDSPOTMOD from a VMAX IP Plus, while avoiding this issue.

Supported / Effected Devices:

  • HD Spot Mod 
  • VMAX IP Plus


Assigning from VMAX IP Plus

The VMAX IP Plus is a Network Video Recorder (NVR) that is utilized in conjunction with IP cameras to stream and archive camera footage. In this example, there is a VMAX IP Plus streaming and recording video from an IP camera. The camera is being powered and connected from the NVR's onboard PoE switch. While you could have the HDSPOTMOD simply scan for the NVR and add the camera over the network, you can also add the camera  to the HDSPOTMOD manually by an RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol) address. Here is how to do so:

1) If you have confirmed that both the VMAX IP Plus and the HDSPOTMOD can communicate with each other, it is easiest to perform this from the HDSPOTMOD web client. To connect, open a browser and connect with the HDSPOTMOD by entering the IP Address and Web Port of the unit. You can do the same for the VMAX IP Plus. 

2) After logging in, select Monitoring >> Registration >> Manual Registration. change the Protocol to "RTSP" and select the Channel that you want the camera's video stream to display in. In the fields "RTSP 1st URL" and "RTSP 2nd URL", we will assign the stream from the NVR to the HDSPOTMOD.

3) Let's take a moment here and look at how our sample camera is identifying by looking at the web client of the VMAX IP Plus. Notice how the IP address does not match the IP Scheme of the NVR, the other cameras on the network, or the HDSPOTMOD. This is because this camera is connected to the onboard PoE of the NVR, which is allowing it to power and record to the NVR. However, this also prevents the camera from being added to the HDSPOTMOD by trying to add it with this address as it would not be detected. Instead, let us go ahead and add the camera manually to the HDSPOTMOD, but through the NVR itself.

4) If you were to select the Network menu in the VMAX IP Plus, you will find the RTSP port for the NVR. By default, it is set to port 554. We will use this number, in combination with the NVR's IP address to create our RTSP URL address.

5) In the HDSPOTMOD's Manual Registration menu, enter the VMAX IP Plus's login (User ID/Password) in the top right hand corner of the Registration menu. If the User ID that you are trying to utilize does not have a password applied, you will need to do so before proceeding. 

Next, set the Protocol to "RTSP" and designate what Channel that you intend the video to stream in at the HDSPOTMOD.

Finally, use the following RTSP URL structure and enter the URL to the 1st and 2nd RTSP URL fields. 

Main Stream: rtsp://<NVR ipaddress>:<rtsp port>/main/ch<channel from NVR>

Sub-Stream: rtsp://<NVR ipaddress>:<rtsp port>/sub/ch<channel from NVR>

Select "Manual Add" when done.

6) At this point video should be displaying from the camera in the designated channel of the HDSPOTMOD and you have completed the manual addition of a camera from the VMAX IP Plus.

There is presently no Live View function for the DW-HDSPOTMOD web client.

To learn how to manually assign cameras to the HDSPOTMOD from other devices, please select one of the links below:

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