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How to Find an RTSP Address for an ONVIF Compatible Camera/NVR/DVR

If you don't have Angelcam Ready camera and can't find a video stream path for your device, ONVIF device manager might help

Peter Ocasek avatar
Written by Peter Ocasek
Updated over a week ago

ONVIF Device Manager is an open-source software application (currently available for Windows only), which scans your network for cameras, DVRs, and NVRs, trying to locate a stream address that can then be used for connecting your device to Angelcam.

Who should use this?

If you’ve already setup port-forwarding for your device, but Angelcam can't find a stream automatically and/or:

  • Your device documentation doesn't mention an RTSP or MJPEG stream path

  • Your camera supplier or manufacturer provides no support

  • You can't find any documentation or information on Google

Finding a stream path

  • Step 1: Be sure that you are on the same network as the device you're trying to discover (advanced users can also try to find a stream address for remotely accessible cameras as well, just use the "Add" button and specify the public address and forwarded ONVIF port of the remote device)

  • Step 2: Download and install ONVIF Device Manager (Windows only)

  • Step 3: Click the "Refresh" button to scan your network

  • Step 4: Select "Live Video" from the menu

  • Step 5: Copy the stream address, shown under the live video, to your clipboard (be sure to replace your local IP address with the public one when connecting directly)

  • Note: if your camera is password protected, be sure to enter your credentials in the upper left corner.

Connecting a camera to Angelcam

a) With AngelBox

  • Step 1: Open AngelBox's Camera Connector, type in your AngelBox's ID, and let AngelBox detect your device

  • Step 2: Once found, click, "I want to use a different camera stream channel"

  • Step 3: Paste the stream address from your clipboard and delete everything except the part after the port. For example, if your camera stream has been discovered at "rtsp://admin:1234@" use "/cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=1" only.

A more detailed procedure is explained here.

b) Without AngelBox

  • Step 1: Port forwarding needs to be configured on your router for the designated camera

  • Step 2: Open Camera Connector

  • Step 3: Paste the stream address

  • Step 4: Replace the local IP address with the public IP address of your network

  • Step 5: Replace the stream port of the camera with the port you set up during the configuration of port forwarding in Step 1 

A more detailed procedure is explained here.

IMPORTANT: Always make sure your camera/DVR/NVR has synchronized time. If the time is not synchronized, ONVIF pairing might not work.

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