How to view Swann cameras on PC

Let's learn how to view Swann cameras on the PC using the SwannView Link software.

The process is straightforward; you just need to download the software for Windows or MAC and follow the instructions in the article. Keep reading.

The network diagram

Before installing the software, it's essential to understand the physical connection between the devices in your network. Check the diagram below.

security camera network diagram

As you can see, the Swann cameras and the computer are connected to the local network, and they can communicate with each other as long as they are using the same IP range that is distributed by the router.

If you have your cameras connected that way, it's time for the next step.

Download and install the SwannView Link software 

The SwannView Link software is available for PC and MAC.

Links for download

Software installation

Follow the steps below to install and setup the software.

  1. Click the file to install the software.
  2. Open the software and wait for a while.
  3. Check if the software found the devices in the network.
  4. Click the device to load the camera in the screen.

The software finds the DVR or NVR automatically.

SwannView Link Auto Detect

And that's it. Now you have the cameras connected to the software.

Let's take a look at how to add cameras manually.

Add cameras manually

If the software can't find the camera automatically, you can use the manual process to add a new one yourself. See the steps below and fill the fields.

  • Device Name
  • Register Mode
  • UID
  • User Name
  • Password

See the pictures below for details

If the software can't locate the DVR/NVR, click "Add Device".

SwannView Link Add device
SwannView Link Parameters

Change the camera stream

To improve the communication between the camera and the software, you can adjust the streaming settings and increase or reduce the resolution, frame rate, and control the bit rate (bandwidth used by the camera).

See the pictures below.

SwannView Link Change Stream
SwannView Link Encode
SwannView Link Encode Channels


You can view the Swann cameras on the PC using the SwannView Link software available for free on the Swann website. As long as you follow the instructions form this article, everything may work correctly.

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