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DW Spectrum Server Hardware Requirements

DW Spectrum® Server Hardware Requirements


Affected Roles:  Owner, Administrator

Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps:  DW Spectrum® IPVMS

Software Version:  DW Spectrum Server v4.2

Last Edit:  April 15, 2022


What are the Recommended Hardware Specifications for the DW Spectrum® Server?

The DW Spectrum Server application can be installed on most modern computers with an x64-bit architecture. However, while DW Spectrum is a relatively lightweight application, it does use a varying amount of hardware resources depending on the intensity that it is use and its stability is dependent on the hardware upon which it is installed.

This article will outline the recommended hardware specifications required for the DW Spectrum Server software.

**NOTE:  It is 32-bit operating systems, Ubuntu 14.04, Windows 7, Windows server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 are no longer supported by DW Spectrum.

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Hardware Recommendations

It is difficult to declare specific hardware recommendations that will meet the requirements for every situation and for all systems. The quality of hardware and need for more powerful processing resources increases with the number of security cameras that are added, the streaming resolution settings of each individual camera, the number of background programs that may be also running on a server (known only to the customer), etc. As so, it is recommended to refer to the DW Spectrum IPVMS Maximum System Size support article and/or to consult your regional sales representative for your area to support you with designing your system.

You may also use the DW IP Storage Calculator to estimate the number and type of servers that will be required to support your surveillance system.

Minimum Recommended Hardware Specifications for a DW Spectrum Server

Below are the minimum recommended hardware re


Minimum Recommended Requirements


Intel i5 8th Gen or better


16 GB DDR3 1600 MHz or better

Network Interface

2 x1 Gbit or better


Intel chipset with support of OpenGL 2.1 and higher

OS Storage Drive

Dedicated SSD or NVME disk for the OS, 128 GB

Additional Storage Drives

Please make sure that the read/write capacity of the storage drives is sufficient to handle the load created by the cameras*

* = use the DW IP Storage Calculator to estimate the number of servers that will be required for the system