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Updating DW Spectrum IPVMS ARM for a DW Blackjack MINI

Updating DW Spectrum® IPVMS ARM for a DW Blackjack® MINI™


Affected Roles:  Administrator, Owner

Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps:  DW Spectrum® IPVMS

Complexity:  Medium

Firmware Version:  DW Spectrum® IPVMS ARM v3.2 or newer

Last Edit:  October 17, 2022


DISCONTINUED PRODUCT: As of October 2022, the DW Blackjack MINI is a discontinued product and is no longer eligible for future firmware updates.

DW Spectrum® IPVMS ARM

The DW Blackjack® MINI™ requires periodic updates to the DW Spectrum® IPVMS ARM firmware, which is responsible for managing the system as a headless DW Spectrum® Server.  If this firmware is not kept up-to-date, it could lead to operating issues, device communication issues, and other inconveniences.

This article will outline how to update the DW Spectrum® IPVMS ARM firmware to ensure that the DW Blackjack® MINI™ is capable of acting as a Server.

**NOTE:  This article is for updating the DW Spectrum IPVMS ARM firmware only.  If you are trying to update the firmware of the DW Blackjack® MINI™, please refer to Updating Firmware of a DW Blackjack MINI.

If you are trying to update DW Spectrum IPVMS for a server model other than the DW Blackjack MINI, please refer to Updating DW Spectrum.

Supported/Affected Devices:

  • DW Blackjack® MINI™ (DW-BJMINIxT)
  • DW Blackjack® MINI™ w/ RAID (DW-BJMINIxTR)

Updating the ARM Firmware

To update the DW Spectrum® IPVMS ARM firmware of the DW Blackjack® MINI™:

  1. You may acquire the up-to-date file on the DW Blackjack® MINI™ product page.  Scroll down the product page and select the Download tab to access the available firmware and software files.

Download the latest DW Spectrum® IPVMS ARM version for the DW Blackjack® MINI™.

Save the file to the computer’s desktop for easier access.

**NOTE:  Be sure to keep the firmware update files compressed in the .zip folder for later use.

  1. To connect with the DW Blackjack® MINI™, open a web browser on a computer that shares the same local network (LAN) as the DW Blackjack® MINI™ (or that can connect externally/WAN).

Enter the IP Address and Port of the DW Blackjack® MINI™ using the following format to connect with the unit’s web client.

http://<Server IP Address>:<Port>/static/index.html#/advanced

  • Example IP Address:  192.168.50
  • Example Port:  80 (default)
  • Example URL:

**NOTE:  If you do not know the IP Address of the DW Blackjack® MINI™, you can use DW IP Finder™ or check in the DW Spectrum Client to identify the address of the headless server.  Otherwise, the default IP Address is

  1. Once you have connected with the DW Blackjack® MINI™ web client, enter the Administrator login for the unit.
  • Default Username:  admin
  • Default PW:  admin1234

**NOTE:  The login information for the DW Blackjack® MINI™ and DW Spectrum® IPVMS are two separate logins.  Use the login for the DW Blackjack® MINI™ to access the settings of the device itself and not the video management system.

  1. After logging in to the DW Blackjack® MINI™ as an Administrator, click on the System tab, then select “DW Spectrum®”.

  1. The DW Spectrum® page will display including the currently applied firmware version.

If the firmware is outdated, click the Stop Media Server button to stop the DW Spectrum® Media Server.

After the Media Server has stopped, click the Install Media Server button and select the zipped ARM firmware

  1. The DW Spectrum® Install window will display.

Select Upgrade, then click the Install button.

  1. Once the ARM firmware has finished updating, a confirmation box will display.

Click the OK button to confirm.

  1. The new version of the DW Spectrum IPVMS ARM firmware will now be installed.

Click the Start Media Server button to have the DW Blackjack® MINI™ resume its regular operation.

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