You can use the Dahua config tool for IP camera to find your devices in the network and manage them remotely.
This a smart way to deal with IP cameras and recorders and Dahua gives you this tool for free, which is an incentive to purchase Dahua cameras 🙂
But in fact, you can also use this config tool with different cameras as long as they use the same protocols, which indeed OEM cameras do.
Here's your opportunity to understand a little bit more about this tool...
What is the Dahua config tool?
Once the computer and the Dahua devices are located in the same network the config tool can start a scan process that looks for compatible devices, meaning Dahua and Dahua-like (OEM) devices.
Just in case you don't know the term, OEM ( Original Equipment Manufacturer) is a company that resells or distributes products or just parts of such products of another company putting the products under its own branding
The config tool usually finds other cameras such as Intelbras and IC Realtime that use the same hardware and a slightly changed firmware.
Download the Dahua config tool
The Dahua config tool is available for Windows and MAC (OSX).
You can choose to use the latest version or the classic which has an old interface appearance if you are using a PC with Windows.
Here are the links to download the Dahua config tool:
Just choose the best version for your case and beware that Dahua can update or even discontinue the tool in the future to introduce a new one.
You can check for the new versions in the Dahua website.
The software installation is very simple, it's just the standard process, you need to run the installer and follow the wizard. See the images below:
And it's done. Pretty simple, huh?
How to use the Dahua config tool
After the installation, you can simply open the tool and search for the devices that are connected to the same network,
The config tool finds the IP camera, DVR or NVR as shown below:
Once the device is found you can manage and change the IP address and play with the configuration. It's very intuitive and easy to use.
The picture below shows an example of an OEM camera distributed by Intelbras (Brazilian company) which has the Dahua hardware and can be found by the Dahua config tool. It's possible to see the live video streaming from the camera.
As you can see, it's possible to adjust the image by changing the brightness, contrast, gamma, saturation, etc. You can also upgrade the firmware or reboot the device.
There are a lot of brands that are Dahua OEM and work with the config tool.
Here's a list with some of them.
- Backstreet Surveillance
- BV Security
- CCTV Security Pros
- CP Plus
- Dax Networks
- Eastern CCTV (ENS)
- Honeywell (some models)
- IC Realtime
- Impath Networks
- Infinity CCTV
- Panasonic (some models)
- People Fu
- Security Camera King
- Space Technology
- Tyco Holis
- Tyco Illustra Essentials
- VIP Vision
There are also non-branded inexpensive cameras, DVRs, and NVRs that are manufacturedin China that use the Dahua hardware, so the list is even bigger.
Here are some extra articles that are related to the topic (Dahua devices).
You can use the Dahua config tool to scan for the devices in your network.
The tool is free and works with original Dahua devices and OEMs.
Sometimes you can find some glitch while trying to manage some brands since the tool is guaranteed to work with Dahua cameras and recorders.
I hope this article can help you. Please share it with your friends.
Claudemir Martins is a former Samsung Engineer with 16+ experience in the surveillance industry. He has been traveling around 17 different countries to teach people how to design, and install CCTV systems.