Configuring the Media Gateway role to receive video requests - Security Center 5.7

Security Center Administrator Guide 5.7

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To request live and playback video and receive raw video streams using the RTSP protocol, you must configure the Media Gateway in Config Tool.

Before you begin

Create the Media Gateway role in your system.


  1. From the Config Tool home page, open the Video task.
  2. In the entity tree, select the Media Gateway role, and click the Resources tab.
  3. (Optional) Change the role’s primary server.
  4. To configure load distribution for the Media Gateway, add servers to the role.
    1. Under the Servers list, click Add an item ().
      A dialog box opens, listing all remaining servers on your system not assigned to the role.
    2. Select the server you want to add, and then click Add.
    The RTSP requests are now load-balanced between the listed servers.
  5. Click the Properties tab.
  6. Make sure that the default Start multicast address and port settings do not conflict with other roles, such as Archivers, redirectors, and so on, and applications on your system.
    In multicast, all video sources are streamed to different multicast addresses while using the same port number, because multicast switches and routers use the destination IP address to make their routing decisions. Similarly, the Media Gateway assigns that same port number to all streaming cameras, starting with the specified IP address, and incrementing the IP address by 1 for every new camera it encounters.
  7. If the default RTSP port conflicts with other roles or applications on your server, select a different port number.
    NOTE: The default RTSP port is 654.
  8. If User authentication is enabled, configure the users that can authenticate video requests made by RTSP client applications. Enabling this option is recommended for security purposes; however, you can disable it if you know that your network is secure.
    NOTE: The cameras that an RTSP client application can view in the system depend on the user account the client uses to log on to Security Center. Assign a password to each user account added to the list, preferably a different password than the one used in Security Center.
  9. Click Apply.

After you finish

See Creating the Media Router role for details about sending RTSP video requests.