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How to Monitor Multiple H.264 DVRs with Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15



Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15: A Complete Guide




If you have a generic H.264 DVR and want a free software for monitoring, you might be interested in Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15. This is a universal CMS (Central Monitoring System) software that works with most DVRs, especially those manufactured in China that do not have a brand or a manual.




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In this article, you will learn what Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15 is, how to download and install it, how to use it for local and remote monitoring, and how to troubleshoot common issues with it. By the end of this article, you will be able to use this software to view live and recorded videos from your DVR or IP camera through your computer.


What is Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15?




Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15 is a software that allows you to monitor multiple CCTV DVRs (works with H.264 DVR) from your computer. You can use it to add your DVRs or IP cameras to the software, view live and recorded videos, adjust the settings and preferences of the software, and access your DVRs remotely from a web browser or a mobile app.


Features and benefits of Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15




Some of the features and benefits of Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15 are:



  • It is free and easy to use.



  • It supports most generic H.264 DVRs and IP cameras.



  • It allows you to monitor up to 64 channels at the same time.



  • It supports multiple screen modes, such as full screen, split screen, picture-in-picture, etc.



  • It supports playback of recorded videos with various functions, such as fast forward, rewind, pause, etc.



  • It supports PTZ (Pan/Tilt/Zoom) control of compatible cameras.



  • It supports alarm notification and event management.



  • It supports remote access via web browser or mobile app.



  • It supports backup and export of video files.



How to download and install Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15




To download and install Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15, you need to follow these steps:



  • Go to https://www.multistarworld.com/software and click on "Software" under "MultiStar".



  • You will see two files available for download: "Software" and "Software 2". Download both files to your computer.



  • The first file is a zip file that contains the setup file for the software. Extract the zip file and run the setup file. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the software.



  • The second file is a rar file that contains a patch file for the software. Extract the rar file and copy the patch file to the installation folder of the software (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\MultiStar).



  • Run the patch file as administrator and click on "Patch". This will update the software version to 15.



  • You have successfully installed Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15 on your computer. You can launch it from the desktop shortcut or the start menu.



How to use Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15 for local monitoring




To use Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15 for local monitoring, you need to configure your DVR and computer for local monitoring, add your DVR to the software, and view live and recorded videos.


How to configure your DVR and computer for local monitoring




To configure your DVR and computer for local monitoring, you need to make sure that they are connected to the same router and have valid IP addresses within the same network range. For example, if your router's IP address is 192.168.1.1, then your DVR's IP address should be something like 192.168.1.XXX (where XXX is any number between 2-254) and your computer's IP address should be something like 192.168.1.YYY (where YYY is any number between 2-254).


You also need to check the ports that your DVR uses for communication. These ports are usually HTTP port (for web access), Server port (for CMS access), RTSP port (for video streaming), etc. You can find these ports on your DVR's network configuration menu or on its manual. For example, if your DVR's HTTP port is 80, Server port is 8000, RTSP port is 554, then you need to make sure that these ports are not blocked by your router's firewall or any other security software on your computer.


You can use a tool like Advanced Port Scanner to scan your network and find out the IP addresses and ports of your devices.


How to add your DVR to the software and view live and recorded videos




To add your DVR to the software and view live and recorded videos, you need to follow these steps:



  • Launch Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15 from your desktop shortcut or start menu.



  • You will see a login window asking for username and password. The default username is admin and the default password is blank (leave it empty). Click on "Login".



  • You will see the main interface of the software with four tabs: Live View, Playback, Device Manager, and System Settings. Click on "Device Manager".



  • You will see a list of devices that are already added to the software. To add a new device, click on "Add Device".



  • You will see a window asking for device information. Enter a name for your device, the IP address, the server port, the username, and password of your device. You can also choose a group for your device if you want. Click on "OK".



  • Your device will be added to the list. You can edit or delete it by right-clicking on it.



  • To view live videos from your device, click on "Live View". You will see a window with multiple screens. You can drag and drop your device from the list to any screen. You can also double-click on any screen to switch to full-screen mode. You can use the buttons on the bottom to control the video, such as pause, play, stop, snapshot, record, etc.



  • To view recorded videos from your device, click on "Playback". You will see a window with a timeline and a list of channels. You can select the date and time range that you want to search for recordings. You can also select the channel that you want to view. The recordings will be marked with different colors according to their types: green for regular recordings, red for alarm recordings, yellow for motion recordings, etc. You can drag the slider on the timeline to play back the recordings. You can also use the buttons on the bottom to control the playback, such as fast forward, rewind, pause, play, stop, snapshot, record, etc.



How to adjust the settings and preferences of the software




To adjust the settings and and duration of the alarm, and set the alarm linkage actions, such as pop-up window, sound alert, email notification, etc. - Capture: You can set the capture path, mode, and quality of the snapshots taken by the software. - Log: You can view the operation log and alarm log of the software and export them as files. - User: You can add, edit, or delete users and assign different permissions to them. - About: You can check the software version and license information. How to use Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15 for remote monitoring




To use Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15 for remote monitoring, you need to set up port forwarding and DDNS for remote access, and access your DVR from a web browser or a mobile app.


How to set up port forwarding and DDNS for remote access




To set up port forwarding and DDNS for remote access, you need to do the following:



  • Log in to your router's web interface by entering its IP address in your web browser. The default IP address is usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. The default username and password are usually admin and admin or admin and password. If you don't know your router's IP address, username, or password, you can check the label on the back of your router or contact your ISP.



  • Find the port forwarding or virtual server section on your router's web interface. It may be under advanced settings, firewall, NAT, or something similar. Every router has a different interface, so you may need to refer to your router's manual or website for more details.



  • Add a port forwarding rule for each port that your DVR uses. You need to enter the DVR's IP address, the port number, the protocol (TCP or UDP), and a name for the rule. For example, if your DVR's IP address is 192.168.1.108 and its HTTP port is 80, you need to enter something like this:



Name IP Address Protocol External Port Internal Port ---------------------------------------------------------- DVR_HTTP 192.168.1.108 TCP 80 80 You need to repeat this step for each port that your DVR uses, such as server port (8000), RTSP port (554), etc.



  • Save the port forwarding rules and restart your router if necessary.



  • Find out your external IP address by visiting a website like https://www.whatismyip.com/. This is the IP address that you will use to access your DVR from outside your local network.



  • Register a free DDNS account from a service provider like https://www.noip.com/. DDNS stands for Dynamic Domain Name Service and it allows you to assign a domain name to your external IP address. This way, you don't have to remember your external IP address or worry about it changing.



  • Create a hostname for your DDNS account and link it to your external IP address. For example, you can create a hostname like mydvr.ddns.net and link it to your external IP address.



  • Configure the DDNS setting of your DVR by logging in to its web interface using its local IP address and port. Go to Network > DDNS and enable DDNS. Enter the DDNS service provider name (e.g., No-IP), the hostname that you created (e.g., mydvr.ddns.net), the username and password of your DDNS account, and click Save.



  • The DDNS setup is now complete. You can use your hostname (e.g., mydvr.ddns.net) followed by a colon and the port number (e.g., 80) to access your DVR from outside your local network.



How to access your DVR from a web browser or a mobile app




To access your DVR from a web browser or a mobile app, you need to do the following:



  • Run the web browser on your computer or mobile device and enter your hostname (e.g., mydvr.ddns.net) followed by a colon and the port number (e.g., 80) in the address bar. For example: http://mydvr.ddns.net:80



  • The web browser should automatically redirect to the web interface of your DVR. If it doesn't, you may need to add "http://" before the address. For instance, a common web address for an NVR or DVR is: http://192.168.1.108



  • Input the username and password of your DVR and click Login.



  • You will see the same interface as when you access it locally. You can view live and recorded videos, adjust the settings and preferences of the web interface, and download the mobile app for your device.



  • Run the mobile app on your smartphone or tablet and enter your hostname (e.g., mydvr.ddns.net) followed by a colon and the port number (e.g., 8000) in the address field. For example: mydvr.ddns.net:8000



  • Input the username and password of your DVR and tap Login.



  • You will see the same interface as when you access it locally. You can view live and recorded videos, adjust the settings and preferences of the mobile app, and receive alarm notifications.



Conclusion




Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15 is a free and versatile software that allows you to monitor multiple CCTV DVRs from your computer. You can use it for local and remote monitoring, view live and recorded videos, adjust the settings and preferences of the software, and access your DVRs from a web browser or a mobile app. In this article, we have shown you how to download and install Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15, how to use it for local monitoring, how to set up port forwarding and DDNS for remote access, and how to access your DVRs from a web browser or a mobile app. We hope this article has been helpful and informative for you. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us.


FAQs




Here are some frequently asked questions about Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15:



Q: What are the system requirements for Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15?


  • A: The system requirements for Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15 are: - Operating system: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 - CPU: Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or higher - RAM: 1 GB or higher - Hard disk: 100 MB or higher - Network: Ethernet card or wireless network card - Display: 1024 x 768 resolution or higher



Q: What are the supported DVR models for Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15?


  • A: Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15 supports most generic H.264 DVRs and IP cameras. However, some specific models may not be compatible or may have limited functions. To check the compatibility of your DVR model, please contact us or refer to your DVR manual.



Q: How can I update Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15?


  • A: To update Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15, you need to download the latest version of the software from https://www.multistarworld.com/software and install it over the existing version. You do not need to uninstall the previous version.



Q: How can I backup and export video files from Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15?


  • A: To backup and export video files from Multistar DVR H 264 Software 15, you need to follow these steps: - Go to Playback mode and select the date, time, and channel of the video file that you want to backup or export. - Click on the Backup button on the bottom of the window. - Select the backup path, file name, file format (AVI or MP4), start time, end time, and channel of the video file that you want to backup or export. - Click on OK to start the backup or export process. - You can find the backup or export file in the backup path that you specified.



Q: How can I troubleshoot common issues with remote monitoring?


  • A: Some common issues with remote monitoring are: - Unable to connect to the DVR or IP camera. - No video or audio output. - Poor video or audio quality. - Delayed video or audio response. To troubleshoot these issues, you can try the following solutions: - Check your network connection and make sure it is stable and fast enough. - Check your port forwarding and DDNS settings and make sure they are correct and valid. - Check your firewall and antivirus settings and make sure they are not blocking the ports or domains that your DVR or IP camera uses. - Check your web browser or mobile app settings and make sure they are compatible with your DVR or IP camera. - Check your DVR or IP camera settings and make sure they are configured properly for remote access.




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