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Viewing Cox Business Security Solutions Cameras on a TV or Monitor


Cox Business no longer supports connecting a monitor or TV using the HDMI port on the back of the Network Video Recorder (NVR).

To view cameras locally on a TV or monitor, you need a dedicated PC or laptop to be set up as a camera viewing station. Complete the following steps to set up local viewing. 


Verify that the PC or laptop being used as the camera viewing station meet the minimum requirements outlines below.


Using an HDMI cable, connect the camera viewing station to the TV or monitor being used to view the feed.

Note: See the minimum requirements for the TV or Monitor below.


On the camera viewing station, log into the Digital Watchdog DW Spectrum Client. See Logging into the Security Solutions Surveillance Application for more information.


On the TV or monitor, select the correct input source to view the image from the camera viewing station.

PC Requirements

The table below lists the minimum requirements needed for the camera viewing station.

TypeMinimum Requirements
Operating SystemMedia Server Supported OS:
  • Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 Pro/Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016 v1607 and later, 2019
  • Ubuntu LTS: 16.04, 18.04, 20.04
Client Supported OS:
  • Windows: 7 Home, 7 Standard, 7 Pro, 7 Ultimate, 8/8.1 Standard, 8/8.1 Pro, 8.1 Enterprise, 10 Home/Pro/Enterprise

    Note: For Windows 10, i5/i7 processors are recommended with 16GB RAM and a video card with 4GB RAM or higher.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016 v1607
  • Ubuntu LTS: 16.04, 18.04, 20.04
  • MAC OS X 10.14: “Mojave”, 10.15 “Catalina”

OS not listed above will be not be supported.

DW Spectrum® IPVMS v4.0 and over are designed for 64-bit systems only.

ProcessorIntel® Core i3® 4th Generation Processor or higher

Recommended: Intel® Core i5® 4th Generation Processor or higher

Recommended: 8GB RAM
Video CardIntegrated Intel graphics

Recommended: GeForce® GTX 480 video card
Network Interface1 Gbps
Hard Disk Space500GB HDD

Monitor Requirements

The table below lists the minimum requirements needed for the viewing monitor.

TypeMinimum Requirements
Aspect Ratio
The ratio between the horizontal and vertical sides of the display
  • 1.778:1
  • 16:9
Information about the number of pixels on the horizontal and vertical sides of the screen.
1920 x 1080 pixels
Full HD / 1080p
Pixel pitch
Shows the distance from the centers of 2 neighboring pixels
  • 0.265 mm
  • 0.0265 cm
  • 0.0104 in
  • 0.0009 ft
Pixel density
Information of the number of pixels in a unit of length
  • 95 ppi (pixels per inch)
  • 37 ppcm (pixels per centimeter)
Display area
The percentage of the approximate area, taken by the active part of the screen, to the total front area

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