How to add an IP camera to a Digital Sentry system?


How to add an IP camera to a DS VMS.

Product Line

Pelco Cameras, Pelco Video Management


  • DigitalSentry
  • IP Cameras
    • • Supports up to 128 IP Camera Streams
  • DS Quicksetup


Configuration of new and or existing IP cameras on a Digitalsentry system.


Table of Contents
Confirm available IP camera licenses
IP Address assigned to the camera.
Add IP cameras using DS Quick Setup (Recommended)
Add IP cameras manually using DS Admin (Not recommended)

Confirm available IP camera licenses

Before adding IP cameras to Digital Sentry, verify the licensing on the system.

  1. Navigate to Start > All Programs > Pelco > License Key Entry
  2. Click the blue diamond to expand the Product and show your IP camera license count (MaxCameras).
  3. If the License Key is blank and the MaxCameras field shows no value, do not  click on "Create a trial license key". A blank license key just indicates you are using the free licenses that ship with the product. 
    DSSRV / DSSRV2 = 8 free IP camera licenses
    DS NVS = 4 free IP camera licenses

Use part number DS-SW-CAM if more licenses need to be purchased.


IP Address assigned to the camera

  1. Verify the camera has been assigned an IP address and the address is known. By default, Pelco IP cameras will first attempt to auto assign the IP address using DHCP, if a DHCP server is not present the camera will self-assign a default IP address of with a subnet mask of  If a different IP address is desired, connect to the camera and changed the IP address first before adding to Digital Sentry.  The Oncam Grandeye EVO 360 series cameras use a default of  With other 3rd party cameras, refer to the manufactures documentation for the defaults.


Add IP cameras using DS Quick Setup
(Recommended method, some cameras require using this process  e.g. Optera IMM / Oncam Grandeye EVO's)

  1. Verify the IP camera is a supported model, either is a Pelco camera, supports ONVIF Profile S or is on this list Digital Sentry Supported Devices
  2. Verify the IP camera is viewable via the cameras web interface and the network IP address has been configured.
  3. Launch the DS Quick Setup utility    (Start > All Programs > Pelco > DS Quick Setup).
  4. Click Next.

  5. Click Yes when prompted for UAC (User Access Control) elevation.

  6. Select Add / Remove IP Cameras - Keep Existing Configuration and click Next.

    Note: If Add / Remove IP Cameras - Keep Existing Configuration is not selectable or grayed out, this would indicate a video recorder which as never been configured.  Select New Setup and follow below steps.

  7. Select the desired recording method and then click Next.

    Note: Analytics recording is supported by specific Pelco IP cameras only.  Verify the Pelco model supports Sarix Analytics and the analytics feature is configured in the camera before enabling.

  8. DS Quick Setup will now scan the network and detect Pelco, Axis and other 3rd party IP cameras using ONVIF provided they are on the same network subnet.

    Pelco IP cameras may be detected twice, this is because they will be detected using the Pelco driver and the ONVIF driver.  If both are detected, ignore the ONVIF option and use the option with the cameras model number listed.
    1. Verify you have IP camera licenses available to accept the new camera (1)
    2. You can enter a license if one has been purchased (2)
    3. If the camera is not detected (different VLAN..etc), you can manually add IP cameras using the Add Camera button (3)

    4. Locate the camera in the list and check the Record box. (4)

      You can Rename Camera by right-clicking on the selected camera.

      Note: Cameras that have already been added in the past do not need to be edited at all, just leave them to their configured settings (unless you want to make a change) and only configure the newly added camera.

  9. With the camera highlighted, select the Authentication tab.  Enter the cameras connection credentials and click Validate. 

    With ONVIF IP cameras, time sync may be required to authenticate the password.  If the credentials fail but you know them to be correct, time sync the camera using the cameras web interface. The time must be in sync with the NVR.

  10. With the credentials validated, click on the Quality tab.  Verify there is a list of resolutions available that match your model...i.e. 1MP = 1280x720   2MP = 1920x1080....etc.

    Select the resolution, frame rate and quality desired.

  11. Navigate through the remaining tabs and select the desired features.


    Common PTZ Protocols used with IP Cameras.

    - Pelco SpectraIP
    - Axis IP Server



    Lower value for sensitivity = more sensitive.

    For 3rd party IP cameras you may want to configure for Server-side motion detection, if using In-Camera motion detection with a ONVIF camera, the camera must be configured to trigger motion using the cameras web interface and the DS software must be at version 7.7.309 or greater.


    This feature is currently only supported with Pelco IP cameras.
  12. With the camera check-marked for recording and the desired features enabled, click Next.
  13. Verify the configuration information, when ready click Next.

  14. DS Quick Setup will now configure the system (this can take a couple of minutes). 
    When finished you will see Configuration Completed SuccessfullyClick Next and then Finish to complete.

  15. Run the DS ControlPoint software and verify video from the camera(s) (can take up to 15 minutes depending on camera count for all cameras to be displayed).

Related Articles:
How to add and configure an ONVIF compatible IP camera to a Digital Sentry system?
Digital Sentry: No live video from an IP camera in DS ControlPoint.


Add IP cameras manually using DS Admin
(Not recommended, cameras may not be supported)     top

Configuring IP cameras using Digitalsentry requires knowing the IP address as well as the supported resolution, frame rate, and compression of the camera. The below steps will walk through step-by-step on setting up an IP camera using DS Admin.

  1. Open DS Admin (Start > All Programs > Pelco > DS Admin).
  2. Login (Default is admin/admin)
  3. Click the + sign next to VAU

    VAU List
  4. Click on the name of the computer under VAU

    VAU IP Camera Tab
  5. Click on Add IP Camera
  6. Select the camera manufacturer (if adding a pelco ip camera it is recommended to select "Pelco" not Onvif.)

    Manufacturers List
  7. Input the desired setting on the Edit IP Camera settings page

    IP Camera Configuration
  8. The resolution field will need to be set for custom for resolutions that do not have a preset already available.
  9. Under Frame Rate keep this is a per minute setting. As an example 30 frames a second would be 1800.
  10. Click Ok once done entering settings.

Related Articles:
How to add and configure an Optera IP camera to a Digital Sentry recorder.
How to add and configure an Oncam Grandeye EVO-05 to a Digital Sentry (DSSRV) recorder.