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Accessing the DW Spectrum Web Client

Accessing the DW Spectrum® Web Client


Affected Roles:  Owner, Administrator

Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps:  DW Spectrum® IPVMS

Complexity:  Low

Last Edit:  August 28, 2020


DW Spectrum® Web Client

In addition to the DW Spectrum® IPVMS desktop client, Administrators may use their web browsers to access the web client of their DW Spectrum® Server where they may view camera video and manage select administrative settings of their server.

This article will outline how to access the DW Spectrum® Web Client and some of the features within the interface.

Note:  The DW Spectrum® IPVMS Web Client is supports Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

Note:  The use of “server” in this article refers to the computer on which the DW Spectrum® IPVMS server application is installed.

The use of “system” in this article is used interchangeably to refer to either an individual server or to a group of merged servers.

Supported/Affected Devices:

  • DW Blackjack® Server Series

Opening the DW Spectrum® Web Client

Open Through DW Spectrum® IPVMS Desktop Client

To open the web client using the DW Spectrum® IPVMS desktop client, right-click on the target server, then select Server Web Page.

Your computer’s default web browser will open to the login page of the server’s web client.

Manually Connect Through a Web Browser

To open the web client using a web browser, open a web browser and enter the server’s Web Admin URL into the address bar, then press the Enter key.

  • URL Structure:  http://<Server_IP>:<Server_Port>
  • Example:

If you are able to connect with the server through your current network connection, the login page of the server’s web client will display.

Note:  The default Server Port value of DW Spectrum® IPVMS is 7001.

Logging In to the DW Spectrum® Web Client

Upon reaching the login page of the web client, there are two options for logging in:

  • Enter the Login and Password that you use when utilizing the DW Spectrum® desktop client
    • Default Login:  admin
    • Default Password:  admin12345
  • Enter the Email and Password associated with your DW Cloud™ account

Features of DW Spectrum® IPVMS Web Client

The interface of the web client is divided into six (6) tabbed pages, accessible to users depending on their user role permissions – Settings, View, Monitoring, For Developers, and Help.

Settings Tab

The Settings Tab is comprised of two menus – Server and System.

Features of the Server menu:

  • Info – displays the system associated with the server, your current user profile, the current server and IP address, current version of DW Spectrum® IPVMS, server platform, and other associated (merged) servers of the system.
  • Port – current access port used by the DW Spectrum® server for communication across network connections.
  • Reset Server – by clicking the Restore Factory Defaults button, all settings, features, and database configurations will be defaulted.  Additionally, if the server is part of a merged system, it will be detached from the array.
  • Detach Server from the System – by clicking the Detach from the System button, the current server will be removed from its merged system and all of its registered DW Cloud™ accounts will be removed from the server’s registry.
  • Restart – by clicking the Restart Server button, the server application will be remotely restarted on the server’s host computer.
  • Change Admin Password – use this feature to change the password credential for the Owner user profile (admin) of the system.

Features of the System menu:

  • Name – use this feature to change the title of the system.  Be aware that if the server is part of a merged system, the change will be applied across all of the other merged servers as well.
  • Merge System – by clicking the Merge Systems button, a pop-up window will display.  Enter the host IP address and server port, the Login, and the Password of another server to merge it with the current system.
  • DW Cloud – use this feature to connect or disconnect the current server from a DW Cloud™ account.
  • Traffic Encryption – allows users to change the encryption level of system traffic and video traffic.

View Tab

The View tab allows users to view live or recorded video from the current system.

  • Devices Panel (left panel) – lists devices (IP cameras) that are connected to the server.  Select a camera to begin viewing.
  • Camera View – displays camera video to the right of the Devices Panel.  Click in the Timeline to view previously recorded video.

To change the current video quality or to view the camera’s details, click the video settings button (Gear icon).

Monitoring Tab

The Monitoring tab is comprised of three menus – Graphs, Storage, and Log.

  • Graphs – displays a real-time line graph of the server’s CPU, Memory, HDD activity, and Ethernet throughput.

  • Storage – displays all connected storage pathing for the Server including HDDs and NAS drives.

  • Log – displays the system logs of your DW Spectrum® system.  This information might be requested by a Digital Watchdog support member for specific troubleshooting scenarios.

For Developers Tab

The For Developers tab contains tools for developers for creating and testing features in association with DW Spectrum® IPVMS.

The available tools include:

  • Generic Events Generator – a tool for developing and testing HTTPS Generic Event calls for use with the Events & Rules engine of DW Spectrum®.
  • Server API – provides developers with the ability to access almost every system feature within the regular DW Spectrum® desktop client.  Includes an API Testing Tool, API Changelog, and an API Documentation list.
  • Camera Details Panel – displays additional information for cameras in the View tab including Camera ID, links for available video-streams, and the ability to directly export video from the browser.  This feature is the equivalent of clicking the Gear icon for a camera while using the View tab.
  • Video Source SDK – provides the ability to integrate video sources (IP cameras, NVRs, DVRs, etc.) into the system, making it possible to create methods for discovering, displaying, analyzing, and recording video.  This also allows the integration of I/O ports and devices, as well as motion detection with 3rd party devices.
  • Storage SDK – allows the integration of non-standard 3rd party storage mediums.

Information Tab

The Information tab contains the means to check the status of the current server.

Features include:

  • Alerts – displays detected issues such as server storage errors or communication issues with devices.  This works in tandem with the Event Notifications engine of DW Spectrum®.
  • System – displays system information including the number of currently merged servers, number of connected devices, number of storage locations, number of users, and the current software version of DW Spectrum® IPVMS in use by the system.
  • Servers – displays information of all servers within the system including uptime information, average CPU usage, average memory (RAM) usage, public IP addresses, and current server OS time (differs from shared system time).
  • Cameras – displays information of connected cameras including server affiliation, type of camera, IP address, availability status, stream information, and archive storage analysis.
  • Storage Locations – displays the storage drive information of each server including status, number of issues (24h), read/write rate, and available storage space.
  • Network Interfaces – displays the Ethernet information of the servers within a system including affiliated server, availability status of the connection, IP address of the node, and I/O bitrate.

Help Tab

The help tab contains hyperlinks that will route you to the DW Technical Support request portal, DW Tools and Calculators page, and the mobile application page for DW Spectrum® IPVMS Mobile in the App Store or Google Play.

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