Affected Roles: Owner, Administrators
Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps: DW Spectrum
Last Edit: April 1, 2020
When setting up the DW Spectrum Server, the host computer relies on its networking setup to communicate with the connected security devices over the local network.
For this to work, the DW Blackjack unit’s network settings will need to be configured to identify with the camera network, as well as with the router and other local devices.
This article will outline a basic network setup for DW Blackjack Servers using the Ubuntu/Linux OS.
If you are using a DW Blackjack Series unit as the Server, there may be two NIC cards (see sample image).
Note: If you are using a Custom Built Server (not manufactured by Digital Watchdog), and have not yet added DW Spectrum, please read Installing DW Spectrum (Ubuntu).
Select the Wired option that represents the camera network (PoE Switch) connection, then select Options.
Note: Alternatively, you can open the Network tool by clicking on the connections icon, then selecting Edit Connections.
Select the Wired connection option that represents the camera network (PoE Switch) connection, then click Edit.
Change the Method (connection type) to Manual, then click the Add button.
Note: It is important that the Server is not assigned to an IP address that is also being used by any other devices within the network.
Additionally, the camera NIC’s IP address scheme must match the camera network’s sub-network IP address scheme.
Note: If the NIC is communicating through the router, use the Gateway address of the router.
Cameras assigned to IP addresses that also identify with the camera subnetwork, and that are connecting through the camera network NIC, should now be able to communicate and be added to DW Spectrum.
Note: If you still need to assign an IP address to a camera, please read Assigning A Static Address To New Or Defaulted Cameras.