Adding New Cameras To The Network

Installing A New IP Camera


Affected Roles:  Administrator

Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps:  DW Spectrum

Complexity:  Medium

Last Edit:  March 20, 2020



Adding Devices To The Network

When a new device is added to the network, it is necessary to assign the device to an IP address so that users may monitor and manage it through DW Spectrum.

By default, Digital Watchdog cameras are assigned with a dynamic (DHCP) networking protocol that allows network routers to easily assign IP addresses to the connected devices.  While using the Auto Discovery feature of DW Spectrum simplifies the setup process for devices, some set up on part of the user may be required.

This article will outline how to configure the network settings for a new IP camera.

Note:  The use of “device” and “camera” is used interchangeably for this article.

Supported/Affected Devices

  • DW MEGApix Camera Series

Configuring Device Network Settings

When configuring network settings for a camera, the device will need to be added to the Local Area Network (LAN).  If the camera cannot be reached by the other devices on the LAN, then external communication and DW Spectrum is unlikely to function correctly with the device.

Note:  If you have been provided a static public IP address by an ISP (Internet Service Provider) for the camera, assign the network information that was provided by the ISP to the camera.  This information should include the static public IP address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, DNS Server(s), and the Port Numbers that were opened for the device.

To configure the device for the LAN:

  1. Connect the camera to the router or to a PoE switch (Power-over-Ethernet) using Ethernet cable.

The camera should power on and communicate over LAN. 

If there is no Internet access for the device, then remote communication will not be possible.  However, an Internet connection is not required for communicating over the LAN.

  1. By default, most Digital Watchdog MEGApix cameras are assigned to the IP address of 192.168.80, however, installers should consult the device’s User Manual for any default information.

If the camera is using a DHCP protocol, then the IP address will automatically change after it is connected to a router through the network.  However, users may manually assign IP addresses to their DW cameras using the IP Finder tool.

To proceed with the setup, you must know the IP address of the camera.

  1. Open a web browser on a local computer, then enter the camera’s IP address into the address bar.

If the camera has been assigned a port number of anything other than 80, you will need to specify the port value in the address bar.


Camera IP:

Port:  8245

Example URL for connecting from a browser:

  1. The camera’s login pop-up will display.  If you have not yet set up a new Username or Password for the camera, 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 as a reference for changing or assigning the password to the device.

  1. If you are able to successfully connect and log in to the camera using a web browser, the camera’s LAN configuration setup is complete.

Adding to DW Spectrum

DW Spectrum uses an Auto Discovery feature to detect and add ONVIF compliant devices to the Server.  If the Auto Discovery feature is disabled or is not adding devices from the network, the camera(s) will need to be manually added to the Server.

For assistance with this, please read Adding Devices Manually to DW Spectrum.

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