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How to Watch Dahua CCTV on Your PC

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If you have a Dahua CCTV system installed at your home or business, you may be wondering how you can view the footage on your PC. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to do just that.

Download the Software

Watching live CCTV footage from your Dahua system on your PC starts with downloading the software. To do this, you’ll need to go to the Dahua website and click on the “Downloads” page to find the appropriate software for your system. Once you have found the software, you’ll need to download it to your computer and install it. Once the software is successfully installed, you can then begin to watch the live CCTV footage.

Download the Dahua SmartPSS Software

In order to watch your Dahua CCTV on your PC, you must first download and install the free Dahua SmartPSS software. The Dahua SmartPSS is a versatile monitor and management application designed for remote monitoring, video playback and configuration management.

Simply navigate to the Dahua download portal, select your OS of choice then download and install the SmartPSS file associated with your device by clicking “Download File” or “Install Now”. Once installed, all remaining instructions and configurations can be completed within the SmartPSS interface.

It should be noted that if you are using a 64-bit Operating System such as Windows 8 or 10, you will need to also install a 32-bit runtime environment prior to being able to utilize the full functionality of the SmartPSS software. This can be done by downloading Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package from the Microsoft website then following their provided instruction for installation before attempting to run the Dahua SmartPSS software again.

Download the Dahua ConfigTool Software

The first step to viewing the Dahua CCTV on your PC is to download and install the Dahua ConfigTool software. This software, manufactured by Dahua Technology, is designed for network management and lets you quickly configure your cameras’ settings for proper video display. To begin the installation process, navigate to the respective device’s product page at productlist and locate the latest version of ConfigTool software available for download – either Windows or Mac OSX compatible. Once you have downloaded the Zip file, unzip it to gain access to the contents inside and begin installation.

To install, accept all of the default selections during setup and let it complete – this should take no more than 3 minutes or so depending on your computer’s hardware specs. Once ConfigTool has been launched successfully, you can start adding devices (CCTV cameras) as per your requirements. For any technical queries related to download/installation of Dahua CCTV Software please contact us at [email protected] or call +91 123456 789

Configure Your Network

Before you can view your Dahua CCTV footage on your PC, you need to correctly configure your network. This includes setting up your network settings, such as configuring your router, setting up port forwarding, and enabling Dynamic DNS. Doing these steps correctly will help ensure that you can access your CCTV footage remotely. Let’s explore the steps needed to configure your network.

Connect your PC to the same network as the Dahua CCTV

To access your Dahua CCTV over the Internet, you will need to configure your computer’s network settings. Typically, this is done by connecting your PC to the same router as the Dahua CCTV system. To do this:

1. Connect an Ethernet cable between the router and your computer.
2. In most cases, no additional setup is required and you should be able to browse the internet.
3. If not, open “Network and Sharing Center” (in Windows) or “System Preferences” (in Mac) and go to “Manage Network Connections” or “Advanced Settings”
4. Follow the wizard prompts to activate any networks (LAN) connections related to the setup of your PC for connection to the same network as that of Dahua CCTV system.
5. Once all the configurations are set up correctly, you can access web interfaces of Dahua devices from your computer connected on that same network through its IP address without having any problems with firewall rules if present in between them.

Configure the Dahua CCTV’s network settings

The first step in setting up your Dahua CCTV to be watched on a PC is to configure the network settings on your device. This guide will give you step by step instructions and helpful tips so that you can successfully connect your CCTV to your local network.

Before beginning, ensure that your PC and CCTV are both connected to a modem or router that provides internet access. You’ll need to know the hostname of the router and either its IP address or DDNS URL (Dynamic Domain Name System).

Accessing the Dahua configuration menu:
1. Make sure your Dahua device is powered on.
2. Press and hold down the reset button for 10 seconds until you hear a beep sound
3. Connect an Ethernet cable from the device directly into a laptop or computer with set static IP configuration (192.168.1.*) onto same network as DVR
4. Open a web browser in this laptop/computer, type http://192.1681* (default IP) into address bar and press enter 5. The device login page will appear 6 . Enter the username and password provided with purchase of the DVR system
7 .Now select Device Configure then Network then LAN 8 . Click Advanced Settings – go down to “TCP/IP” section, Enable DHCP Server & click save 9 .Under DHCP Server Information , make note of DNS & “Gateway IP address” as they may be different etc etc

Connect to the Dahua CCTV

Watching your CCTV from a PC is a great way to keep an eye on your property from anywhere you want. You can do this easily by connecting the Dahua CCTV to your PC. Connecting the Dahua CCTV to your PC is a simple process that only requires a few steps. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of connecting your Dahua CCTV to your PC.

Open the Dahua SmartPSS Software

Once you have downloaded and installed Dahua SmartPSS (the software needed to watch CCTV on your PC), open it. An icon for the software should be on your desktop or in the Start Menu, with an image of a laptop and surveillance camera. Click on this icon to open the software.

When you open Dahua SmartPSS for the first time, it will automatically search for surveillance devices connected to the same Wi-Fi or LAN network that your computer is connected to. It should find any cameras connected through either of these networks, if they are set up correctly. If they cannot be found, enter their IP address manually.

If your cameras are already shown in Dahua SmartPSS, you can skip this step as these will already be added to its database. Once opened, you will see an ‘IP Camera’ menu at the top left-hand corner of the window – click on it then select ‘Add’ in order to begin connecting your CCTV online with PC. If this is not visible, select ‘Device Manager’ then ‘IPC Management’ instead – each method allows you to add a new camera device into SmartPSS’ database.

You may be prompted to enter detailed information about each camera being registered: its name and channel type; stream type; model name/number; resolution and protocol profile – as well as some other simple setup details like IP address, protocol type etc which will vary depending upon the type of camera being added (Dahua models may differ from one another).

Add the Dahua CCTV to the SmartPSS Software

Once the Dahua CCTV is properly connected to your computer, you’ll need to add the device to your SmartPSS software. To do this, open the SmartPSS and select the “Device Manager” icon at the top of the page. You’ll then be taken to a page that lists all of your connected devices. Select “Add” in the top right corner and fill in any relevant information. Once done, a window will appear presenting you with two options: Cloud ID or IP address.

If you have a Cloud ID from Dahua CCTV account, enter it into appropriate field and click “Next” button to proceed with connecting your device via P2P/DDNS on Dahua CCTV system server. If no cloud ID is available, click “Explorer” button next to “IP Address/Domain Name” field to search for local Dahua devices on local area network (LAN).

Once done, select verified device from pop up list of devices and enter valid username (generally admin) and password for camera login credentials (often by default or provided with company documentation). Click “OK” button after submitting required fields correctly; you should now see details of your connected CCTV listed in Device Manager page.

View the Dahua CCTV

Watching your Dahua CCTV on your PC has never been easier. With the right setup, you can make sure your home is being monitored from your work or home. This article will guide you through the steps of setting up your PC to have access to your Dahua CCTV. It will also discuss the advantages of using Dahua CCTV and its security features. So, let’s get started.

Launch the Live View

Once you have successfully installed the Dahua SmartPSS (Dahua Professional Surveillance System) software on your PC, you are ready to view live feeds from your CCTV camera! Before launching the Live View, make sure that your PC and the CCTV device are both connected to the same home network.

To launch Live View:
1. Open SmartPSS and click “Device Management”
2. In Device Management, click “Device List”
3. Select the device that you’d like to view from the list and click “Monitor”
4. You will be taken to a live preview page where you can control your CCTV feed settings – including turning PTZ (Pan/Tilt/Zoom) ON or OFF and adjusting image brightness – as well as engage in two-way audio communication
5. To view more than one camera at a time, simply pop out each feed onto its own window by clicking on the three small dots in each monitor screen’s upper right corner
6. To save a snapshot of your feed at any time, simply click on the camera icon located in each monitor screen’s upper right corner

Adjust the camera settings

To view your Dahua CCTV stream on your computer, you’ll need to adjust the camera settings first. Depending on the Dahua CCTV model you have, there might be several settings that need to be changed, however most of them are fairly easy to set up.

For many Dahua CCTV models, you’ll need to access the Settings menu by pressing the Setup/Menu button on your device’s remote control or by right-clicking anywhere on the live video feed. Once within the Settings menu, select Network and then DHCP. Here you can toggle DHCP on or off and make sure that it is set to “on” for it to detect an IP address from your router in order for your camera’s streaming signal to be received by other devices.

Next you’ll want to configure basic network settings such as IP Address, Subnet Mask and Gateway which should also be listed under Network in Dahua’s Settings menu. Setting up these basic parameters will allow your camera’s stream signal to reach any device connected to your local area network (LAN). If you’re using wireless connection for streaming data instead of a wired one, make sure that SSID (Service Set IDentifier) is turned on with not-hidden category and that both matching password and encryption type is provided upon configuration accordingly.

Lastly, it is recommended that DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name System) protocol is enabled within your Network settings in order for proper access of your detailed network configuration from both inside or outside of local area networks worldwide. Keep in mind that static IP configuration should also be enabled with DDNS protocol if video footage needs faster response time when being pulled up from remote location as well as equally flawless stream performance compared with fully functional local LAN connection.


Watching Dahua CCTV on your PC can be tricky, since there are a few steps that need to be taken to get your CCTV stream to play on your PC. If you are having trouble, there are some troubleshooting steps that you can take to get your CCTV stream to play. In this section, we will cover the different troubleshooting steps that you can take to get your CCTV stream to play on your PC.

Check the network connection

In order to watch Dahua CCTV footage on your PC, you must first ensure that there is an active network connection between the two devices. Before testing this connection, take a few minutes to identify and record the IP address of the camera you want to monitor.

First, make sure your computer is connected to the same local area network (LAN) as your Dahua CCTV camera. Check by opening up the Network connections window on your PC and looking for an icon that corresponds to ethernet or Wi-Fi connection. Once you have established that a valid internet connection is present on your PC, use a web browser like Google Chrome and navigate to http://192.168.1.x (where x stands for any available IP address). This page should bring up a preview window with access options for further configuring your Dahua device. If this page does not open up properly it may mean there is an issue with the LAN configuration or an internet connection problem that must be addressed before you can successfully view CCTV footage on your PC.

Once these basic steps have been confirmed, try connecting directly to the device URL by entering its IP address in an internet browser search bar, such as: http://192.168.1.(the corresponding number of the Dahua CCTV system). If all of these components are functioning correctly, a live stream preview of what’s happening around the camera should appear in your computer display window within seconds after inputting desired authentication credentials (username and password).

Check the Dahua CCTV’s power supply

Before attempting any troubleshooting steps, the first thing to check is the power supply of your Dahua CCTV System. Ensure that all cables are fully connected and that all power supplies are operating correctly. The Dahua CCTV System must be receiving sufficient power in order for it to record and store videos to be watched on your PC.

If there appears to be an issue with the relevant cables or power supplies, you should ensure these connections have been made correctly and all hardware is properly updated. Power supplies should also be checked for any visible damage or deterioration and replaced if necessary; wrong voltage supplied can cause damage or prevent functioning altogether. Additionally, it is always recommendable to check the manufacturer’s user manual or instructions before attempting any repairs as they will provide more detailed information on how to fix potential problems related to your Dahua CCTV System.

Check the Dahua CCTV’s settings

Before attempting to solve any issues connecting to your Dahua CCTV camera from a PC, it is recommended to check the settings of your device. Depending on which model you have, the configuration may vary slightly. Most models have both software and hardware-based solutions, so if one isn’t working you may be able to switch over to the other in order to successfully view footage from your IP cameras.

First, you will need to check the network configuration of your CCTV camera. On most models, this can be done either through the user interface of the camera or through a web-based control panel. Make sure that all settings are correct and match those found on your router or modem. For example, verify that the subnet mask matches or that each device is connected within its own private IP address range.

Next, ensure that port forwarding has been enabled for your CCTV camera. This will enable communication between the internal and external IP addresses on the same router or modem. To enable this feature on some Dahua models, go into its local setup page located in its web control panel. Once there make sure that port forwarding is enabled and configured correctly for incoming and outgoing traffic in TCP/RTSP ports (554/UDP). You may also want to set up port range triggering if needed for a more secure connection between your internal network and Internet access point (router).

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