Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dlink DCS 930L IP Camera and Recording with ISPY

Everybody now a days are looking forward to cheap surveillance & recording option... Dlink fits the bill

But along comes the pathetic DView recording and viewing software... being proprietary software... if you record with DView you will have to view in DView... and boy.... what a pain is it to view in it and play in it...

So my hunt for a solution which is easy & again... fits the bill.. starts..

Tried many Paid and Free but.... boy... its difficult to get anything work with it properly...

Finally.... Opensource and free came to rescue... ISpy

FREE AND FREE AND EASY... :) Surly fits the $$$ Bill $$$

Ok... Now lets start Installing it...

Download the software

Wait.... you have to download more... 


Full Download 32&64Bit

From FileHippo
Microsoft Link

VLC Player
You you require this... for Sound...

Now... lets start...

1) Install Dotnet 4
2) Install VLC Player
3) Install ISPY Connect software
4) Start ISPY
5) Click ADD
6) Select IP Camera with Wizard
7) Select Camera Model - Dlink
8) Model - DCS-930L
9) Click Next
10) Type in the user credentials for logging into the camera
11) Click Next
12) Type in you camera IP address, Select the Adapter if you have multiple adapters and Port if any customized.
13) Click Next
14) Select the URL which says http://User:Password@ (this URL will reflect the IP of your camera I have entered dummy test)
15) Click Next
16) Edit the Camera Name, Directory (for recording) etc.
17)Click Finish
WE are Still not finished yet..... Close ISPY
18) Camera is installed and it will Record Video but NO Audio Recording... Grrr... Houston!!... We have a problem!!! and we have the solution too.. :) 
19)  Download the Firmware update of camera or from DLINK Site
20) Extract the downloaded firmware zip file to a folder
21) Log into the camera
22) Type in you user credentials to login into the camera webapp
23) Click on Maintainance
24) Select  Firmware Upgrade from left side menu
25)  Click browse and browse to folder where Firmware was extracted in step 20
26) Click Upload and it will take 140 sec to complete the Upgrade
Nope it wont still record the Audio yet....
27) Now Open ISPY
28) Right click on the Video running of the added camera (Step 15) select Edit
29) Now Click on .... dotted browse button next to Microphone.
30) Select New and click on  >> button
31) Select the VLC tab
32) and enter the following in it http://User:Password@ (Change the IP & Login details according to your setup)
33) Below there is Reconnect every.... type in 30 there ( if you dont do this the recording auto stops after 32 seconds) ..... another issue resolved.
34) Type in the Name for Microphone and Folder for recording to mark the devices for future reference.
35) Click Alerts tab, Uncheck  Alerts Enable ( to prevent alerts when ever it records anything)
36) Click the Recording Tab and Select NO Recording (Yup no Recording... else it will auto record when ever it senses any sound)
37) Click Finish...

Now you will see MIC bar under the Video streamed of the camera. 

  OK... We are done now... right click and record not it will record record both Video and Sound that too in MP4 format, better quality, playable in Many many media players

Soooo long... DVIEW.....


  1. Thanks for the tips and instruction for DLink DCS 930LIP Camera and Recording with ISPY ..

  2. This is awesome. Thank You!

  3. Works great - DLink has a newer firmware but everything else is very pertinent. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for the setup breakdown. I got all 4 DCS-930L's up and running using this. You saved me a large learning curve.

  5. Well documented. Thanks mate!

  6. Thanks Bikram. With your instruction, it turns the simple D-Link 930L into a more advanced camera! I have it record to the NAS and sync with dropbox. Nice how-to article!

  7. That's an awesome solution.

    Did you have to do anything special to get VLC Player to record the audio? I can play audio in VLC, but still no audio in iSpy.

    1. By default you will not be able to record voice... check after step 18... those are for recording VOICE too Along with Video..

  8. Thankfor the info. i wanted to give some real world user feedback:
    1. When I try to update firmware, step 19, I get error "No suitable decoder module." Says, no way to fix.
    2. Step 21results in, "Error:Authorization

    1. you can visit the alternate link for downloading your camera model firmware...

  9. Site would not let me correct my typos prior to posting. Sorry for them.

  10. Step 21, where are we to log into that camera http with the numbers. I'm not a techie person so if you want to fill in instructions for average joe (but I'm a girl), I could help with that.

    1. That is the IP address of your camera... if you have not set it.. then default IP is http: user: admin password:admin or (BLANK) there is no password

  11. Thanx a lot for your article! I've just made audio capture with this cam)

  12. will this let me view a live feed outside of my network?

    1. Yes only if you have provided either External IP to the camera or if you have done external IP port 80 forwarding from your router to the camera

  13. if I do this, is it going to be private or all the people looking on ispy can also see my video? you can see a lot of surveillance camera on ispy. I wonder if I will try this one, probably, they will also see my videos. just making sure:-))

  14. Cant seem to get the sound going but other wise its great

  15. Hi Bikram,

    first at all: Great HowTo!.

    Sadly i am still struggling to get audio record...
    Followed your instructions step by step but still iSpy says "Device Lost Microfon 2" (i am using the DLink DSC930L/A2 as a second camera.

    Only change i made regarding to your configuration: FW 1.11b instead of you have any suggestions?

  16. Nice HowTo. I can now hear audio within the Ispy application, but I can not hear audio in a .mp4 clip. Does the audio goes to a different file or location on the computer?

  17. Ok, I failed to select a destination folder for the audio and I restarted the computer. Now audio in the.mp4 file. YOU Rock Dude!!! Thanks a million. Hope this helps someone like you HowTo HelpMe.

    Thanks !!!

  18. I've actually been pretty happy with the latest version of D-ViewCam. It is fast, stable, and easy to get up and running quickly for a few extra local monitoring features you can't get with the web portal.

    However, it is limited in its advanced capabilities, especially when adding other camera brands to the mix. So I am trying out iSpy for that reason.

  19. By just fooling around, I was able to record video and audio. I set up Realplayer as my default media and although the sound isn't as clear as I'd like it to be (some static at times), if something is said loud enough, it can be heard. I was able to record a conversation 12 feet from my camera.

    If you want to clear out the videos (mine are set for 5 minute intervals) on ISPY, you can still find those segments/clips (???) (don't know if that's the right word, I'm a newb at this) those files you "delete" from ISPY are still held in a folder named TJKU, which can be found by going into start, computer, type TJKU in the search....right click on the file, send to desktop (shortcut), boom, no need to look for particular segments, times, etc...they're all in that one folder. However, once deleted from that folder, it goes to your trash and once that's cleaned out, those particular segments are gone, so be careful what you delete (as I've found out the hard way).

    Great post, Bikram, you are my HERO/KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR!!!

  20. 2 years later and you're still helping people! Thank you!!!

  21. Thank you. Saved me a lot of effort figuring this out.. All hail crappy d-link products and software... but eh, its cheap..

  22. Fantastic instructions! However...what if you're a user on a Mac? iSpy is a Windows only software. :/

  23. Thanks for this, with the 1.14.02 (2015-10-06) firmware, /audio.cgi works... but only over http. Over https it blows out... the same way *video* used to... sure enough, it does the https protocol negotiation, and then doesn't bother to *continue* to perform the session encryption, so it sends "RIFF\0" in the clear, at which point curl (or any other sane client) blows up with a "wrong version number" error.

    I suppose it suggests that they've kept the same people working on it, if they've made the same mistakes five years apart :-)

  24. Hi Bikram,

    I am not able to see the video...i followed all the instructions as it is...
    I could see a red colored unplugged icon on the top right of the screen for the added camera...please guide me.

  25. Good tips! Thanks....

  26. Thanks for the guide, I was struggling to get the audio to work when I found this. Set me right up. Thanks again.


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