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Functions & Features


Video and Camera Support

  • Supports up to 64 network cameras
  • Supports all D-Link network cameras
  • Supports an extensive range of third party network cameras1
  • Connect to D-Link NVR devices to view videos through remote live viewer
  • MJPEG/MPEG-4/H.264 compression format
  • Megapixel network camera support
  • 30 fps maximum recording per camera
  • Intelligent search tool for quick and accurate search of video footages

Pan/Tilt/Zoom Control

  • Auto pan to scan surveillance area automatically
  • Manual control
  • Preset positions and patrolling for effective surveillance area monitoring

Ease of Use

  • Multilingual support
  • Live monitoring
  • Automatic discovery of network cameras
  • Alarm status for easy and instant response whenever an event occurs
  • Remote playback/web playback support
  • Video playback control

Technical Specifications


Camera Support

  • Supports up to 64 cameras via 2 x 32 channel licenses  
  • Megapixel network camera support

Video Compression

  • MJPEG/MPEG-4/H.264 compression format 

Software Features

  • Triple monitor support
  • Widescreen support
  • On-screen display (OSD) setting
  • Live monitoring
  • 30 FPS maximum recording per camera (subject to camera and video server capacity)
  • Automatic discovery of network cameras
  • Multilingual support
  • On-the-fly configuration changes
  • Auto reboot function support
  • System DDNS support
  • SMS alert
  • Lock system to avoid unauthorised changes
  • Basic counting application

System User Management

  • User validation
  • User password restriction
  • Dual password validation
  • User profiling
  • Access privilege control
  • Microsoft Windows Active Directory support



  • Supports multiple storage locations
  • Record by schedule
  • Record by event
  • Digital watermark protection
  • Manual recording support
  • Boost recording support
  • Pre-record/post-record support
  • One-way audio recording of multiple channels
  • Record and live display at different frame rates and resolution
  • Supports flexible recycle

Data Search and Playback

  • Video playback control
  • Smart search support
  • Histogram quick search method for videos
  • Video stamp
  • Extract snapshots from video
  • Extract video to AVI/ASF
  • Supports remote playback/web playback
  • Instant playback

Video Mode

  • Screen division layout support
  • Monitor display allows for drag and drop of videos
  • Supports full screen video
  • Information window support
  • Multiple channel playback support
  • Runs main console on selected monitor
  • Enable move function to control a P/T/Z camera
  • Digital zoom in/out support
  • Duplicate camera
  • Supports remote live viewing to display video
  • Supports camera multi-stream (model-dependent)

Map Mode

  • Multiple map support
  • Alarm notification
  • Customised map background support
  • Camera preview
  • Camera and I/O indicator
  • Private mask setting

P/T/Z Control

  • Auto pan
  • Manual control
  • Preset positions (device dependent)
  • Preset patrolling
  • Multiple patrol group support

I/O Feature

  • Output port control
  • Input port trigger on event
  • Output port relay when an event is detected
  • Digital input trigger preset go
  • Digital input trigger SMS
  • Digital input trigger CMS
  • E-mail notifications


  • Backup database for logs and videos
  • Import/export configuration
  • Burn backup files to DVDs on Windows XP
  • Auto backup


  • ONVIF support
  • Device pack support
  • Compatible with D-Link NVR
  • Compatible with third party CMS        
  • D-Link DWM-156 (H/W vers. A3/A6) adapter support for SMS alert
  • All D-Link network cameras and a range of third party network cameras (visit for more information)

Supported third party IP network camera brands

  • ACTi
  • Alphatech
  • American Dynamics
  • Arecont
  • AXIS
  • Brickcom
  • Centrix
  • CNB
  • Dahua
  • Dallmeier
  • DlinkCN
  • Etrovision
  • Everfocus
  • GE
  • Grundig
  • Guardliner
  • Honeywell
  • IQinVision
  • JVC
  • LevelOne
  • LG
  • Messoa
  • Onvif
  • Panasonic
  • Pelco
  • Sanyo
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • UDP
  • Videosec
  • Yudor
  • 3S vision


  • Remote live viewer
  • Playback system
  • Backup system
  • DB tool
  • Verification tool
  • Remote desktop viewer

License Key Options

  • 32 channel licence (DCS-250-VMS-032-LIC)
  • IVS Counting license (DCS-250-COU-001-LIC)
  • IVS Presence license (DCS-250-PRE-001-LIC)

Minimum System Requirements2


  • Intel Core 2 Duo E5300 or equivalent


  • 2 GB 

Display Card

  • ATI Radeon 4650 or equivalent 


  • Fast Ethernet (100Base-TX)    

Hard Disk3

  • 250 GB free


  • 32 bits: MS Windows XP pro SP3/ Vista SP1/ Win 7 SP1/Win 8
  • 64 bits: Win 7 SP1/ Win Server 2008 R2/Win 8/Win Server 2012
1. Please refer to the “Supported 3rd party IP network camera brands” section above
2. To determine the minimum hardware requirements for your planned surveillance system if it is not listed in the above table, please consult the SI (system integrator), the reseller, or D-Link Technical Support.
3. Recording video over a long period of time will consume large amounts of disk space. Make sure that you have enough disk space if you want to use the recording function.

Warranty Document
This D-Link product includes software code developed by third parties, including software code subject to the GNU General Public License (“GPL”) or GNU Lesser General Public License (“LGPL”). As applicable, the terms of the GPL and LGPL, and information on obtaining access to the GPL code and LGPL code used in this product, are available to you at:
The GPL code and LGPL code used in this product is distributed WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY and is subject to the copyrights of one or more authors. For details, see the GPL code and the LGPL code for this product and the terms of the GPL and LGPL.