Adding Devices Manually To DW Spectrum

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How To Add Devices Manually to DW Spectrum

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Affected Roles:  Administrator

Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps:  DW Spectrum

Complexity:  Low to Medium

Software Version:  DW Spectrum v3.2, v4.0, or newer

Last Edit:  March 19, 2020

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Adding Devices

When devices are added to the network, DW Spectrum will attempt to automatically detect and add ONVIF compliant cameras to the Server.  This setting can be disabled by a System Administrator, but is otherwise enabled by default.

In some circumstances, the Auto Discovery feature may need to be disabled or may encounter issues with automatically adding cameras to the Server.  In these cases, Administrators can manually add devices to the Server through the DW Spectrum Client.

This article will outline how to add devices manually to DW Spectrum.

Note:  In this article, the terms of “camera” and “device” are used interchangeably.

Note:  Cameras must be added and configured to the network before proceeding.  If needed, please read Assigning A Static Address To New Or Defaulted Cameras.

Supported/Affected Devices

  • DW Blackjack Series
  • DW MEGApix Camera Series
  • ONVIF Compliant IP Cameras (H.264, H.265)

Adding With Subnet Scan

If the Auto Discovery feature is disabled or is not adding devices from the network, users have the option of adding devices manually.  While using the Subnet Scan feature when adding devices, users are able to detect and add groups of cameras to the DW Spectrum Server, simultaneously.

To add devices using Subnet Scan:

  1. Launch the DW Spectrum Client and connect with the Server.
  1. From the Resource List, right-click on the Server and select Add Device.
  • Alternatively, you can open the Main Menu and select Add Device.

  1. If you are only adding a single device and know its IP Address, select the Known Address tab, then enter the IP Address of the device into the Address box.

Enter the Login and Password of the device.

If the device is using a TCP/IP Port value other than 80, de-select the Default checkbox, then enter the Port number.

Click Search to search for the device.

Note:  The default login for DW cameras is admin/admin.  If you have not yet applied a password to your camera(s), please read Assigning Passwords to IP Cameras.

  1. If you are adding multiple devices to the Server, select the Subnet Scan tab.

Enter the first IP Address of the address series into the Start IP box.  The End IP box will autofill.

Enter the Login and Password of the devices.  If a device is using a different login from the other devices, it will need to be added separately.

If the devices are using a TCP/IP Port value other than 80, de-select the Default checkbox, then enter the Port number.  If a device is using a different port number from the other devices, it will need to be added separately.

Click Scan to scan for the devices.

  1. The Add Devices window will display all discovered devices that qualify under the specified scan information.

From the Discovered Devices list, select each device that you intend to add to the Server.

Click Add Selected to add the devices.  The added devices will appear in the Resource List.

Adding With RTSP

On occasion, some cameras may not be able to be automatically discovered by DW Spectrum or will not work properly, as they are not fully compatible with ONVIF.  In this case, most devices can be added individually to the Server using an RTSP URL stream address.

Note:  Not all RTSP devices will be compatible with the client.

Note:  You must know the exact RTSP URL of the camera stream.  This information is typically located in the camera manual, on the camera web page, or by using ONVIF Device Manager (ODM).

To add a device using RTSP:

  1. Obtain the camera’s RTSP URL. 

If you already know the camera’s RTSP URL, proceed to Step 3.

If you do not know the camera’s RTSP URL, you can use ONVIF Device Manager (ODM) to obtain the address information.  ODM can be downloaded for free from Source Forge if needed.

Note:  ODM is compatible with Windows OS only.  If you are using a Macintosh, Ubuntu/Linux, or do not want to use ODM, the camera’s RTSP URL will need to be obtained elsewhere.

  1. Using ODM, enter the User ID and Password of the camera in the top-right of the window.  Allow ODM to detect the camera.

Click Live Video.  ONVIF video will begin streaming.

At the bottom of the window, copy the RTSP Stream of the camera.

  1. Launch the DW Spectrum Client and connect with the Server.
  1. From the Resource List, right-click on the Server and select Add Device.
  • Alternatively, you can open the Main Menu and select Add Device.

  1. Select the Known Address tab, then enter the RTSP URL of the device into the Address box.

Enter the Login and Password of the device.

If the device is using a TCP/IP Port value other than 80, de-select the Default checkbox, then enter the Port number.

Click Search to search for the device.

Note:  The default login for DW cameras is admin/admin.  If you have not yet applied a password to your camera(s), please read Assigning Passwords to IP Cameras.

  1. The Add Devices window will display the discovered device using the RTSP URL.

From the Discovered Devices list, select the device that you intend to add to the Server.

Click Add Selected to add the device.  The added device will appear in the Resource List and will only stream RTSP video.

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