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Installing DW Spectrum (Macintosh)

Installing DW Spectrum® (Macintosh)


Affected Roles:  Owner, Administrator

Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps:  DW Spectrum® IPVMS

Complexity:  Low to Medium

Software Version:  DW Spectrum® v4.1 or later

Last Edit:  February 9, 2020


Creating A New System

DW Spectrum® is composed of two parts:

  • DW Spectrum® Media Server – the Media Server is Spectrum®.  The media server is responsible for the recording, contains the database information of your added cameras and user profiles, and is arguably the most important aspect of the DW Spectrum® IPVMS platform.  The Media Server is supposed to be installed on a computer that will be acting as your server.  If you have a DW Blackjack® server, this software is already installed.
  • DW Spectrum® Client – the Client software provides the graphical interface with which users may utilize to interact with the Media Server and allows users to see what the Media Server is doing.  Some features include allowing users to configure settings, view live and recorded video, and manage device connections.  The Client is helpful for accessing the Media Server, but is not required to remain running for the Media Server to do its job.  Instead, it is recommended that users install the DW Spectrum® Client software on a separate computer from the DW Spectrum® Media Server computer to save on processing.

These two portions of DW Spectrum® IPVMS coordinate to comprise a System.  A System can refer to a group of merged servers or to a single server.

This article will explain how to install DW Spectrum® IPVMS, how to connect with the DW Spectrum® System, and how to change the Owner/Admin password and System name.

**NOTE:  DW Spectrum® for Macintosh is for the Client only.  A computer with either a Windows OS or an Ubuntu OS will be required to create a Server.

Installing DW Spectrum® on Macintosh

  1. To obtain the installation files for DW Spectrum®, open a web browser and visit the DW Spectrum® IPVMS product page on the Digital Watchdog website.
  1. Scroll down and click on the Software tab.

Select the Version of DW Spectrum® that you want to install, then select the operating system that you are installing with (Macintosh).

Click on the Download icon to download the installation file.

  1. Open the downloaded .DMG file, then drag the DW Spectrum® application into your Applications folder.

Allow the process to run and complete the installation.  When finished, you can begin to set up the System.

Creating a New System

  1. To launch the application, open the Applications folder, then double-click on the DW Spectrum® Client application
  1. If your computer is on the same LAN as a pre-existing Server, the DW Spectrum® Client application may automatically detect it.  If so, click on the tile.

You will be prompted to enter your login credentials (User ID and Password).  Contact the System Owner or Administrator of the Server if you need a login to be created.

**NOTE:  DW Spectrum® for Macintosh is for the Client only.  A computer with either a Windows OS or an Ubuntu OS will be required to create a Server.

  1. If this is a first-time setup of DW Spectrum® Client, click the Add to Existing System button.

You will then be prompted to enter the Connection Options to connect with the DW Spectrum® Server.

  • Host – enter the IP Address of the DW Spectrum® Server
  • Login – enter the login ID of your DW Spectrum® user profile
  • Password – enter the login password of your DW Spectrum® user profile
  • Port – enter the TCP port of the DW Spectrum® Server (default: 7001)

  1. Once you have entered the connection information, click the OK button to connect with the DW Spectrum® System.

Changing the Admin Password

  1. To change the Admin password of a Server, launch DW Spectrum® and connect with the System.  You must have Administrator privileges to make system changes.

Right-click on the System (house icon) and select Open Web Client.

  1. A browser will open and connect with the System.

Enter the Owner ID (Admin) and the Password to log in.

**NOTE:  Another way to access this web client is to enter the Server’s IP address and port to connect through a web browser.

  1. After logging into the System’s web client, you may change the password under Change admin password, located in the Settings > Server menu.

This will change the password for the Owner profile of your DW Spectrum® Server.

It is recommended to keep track of your password.  If the Admin password is forgotten, a password reset form must be submitted for all Blackjack Series units.

If the DW Spectrum® Server is installed on a custom-built server (not a Blackjack Series NVR), a clean reinstallation of the DW Spectrum® Server will be required to reset a forgotten password.

To learn how to completely uninstall DW Spectrum® from the Windows or Ubuntu Server, check out DW Spectrum Clean Uninstall.

Changing the System Name

  1. To change the System name, connect with the Server’s web client and log in as the Admin.
  1. Under the Settings menu, click on the System tab.

Under Name, enter the new name of the System, then click the Rename System button.

Click the Save button to apply the changes.

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