Important Changes

Breaking Changes and Known Issues

  • Users of DW Spectrum Mobile v21.1 or earlier can no longer access systems running DW Spectrum Server v5.0 or newer and must update to at least DW Spectrum Mobile v22.1 for continued mobile support
  • M1 Macintosh users will not be able to connect with older Systems through the DW Spectrum desktop client’s compatibility mode
  • The existing version of DW Witness will no longer work with DW Spectrum Server v5.0 or newer. An updated version is available on the DW Witness product page
  • Unable to add or connect Servers with DW Site Viewer for Apple TV
  • System login using DW Cloud credentials no longer works without an Internet connection.
  • Digest Authentication is deprecated. Digest Authentication can still be used by enabling per user.
  • The following Web Client and Mobile Client features are unavailable:
    • Archive encryption
    • Last minute recording
  • Resource Panel and Notifications Panel can no longer be pinned/unpinned
  • Removed context menu and hotkeys for web pages:
    • “Enter” hotkey – maximize item
    • “I” hotkey – show info
    • “Del” hotkey – remove from the layout
  • Bosch analytics support was suspended for:
    • Blurry signal
    • Flame detection
    • Signal loss
    • Smoke detection
  • DW MEGApix model DWC-MT95WW28TW requires an additional file to be added to the DW Spectrum Server “plugins” folder to enable analytics for the camera. This plugin will be automatically included in the next DW Spectrum patch version

Operating System Platform Changes

  • Added support for Macintosh computers with the Apple M1 chip. A separate distribution is provided:
    • The regular distribution can be installed on x64-based Macintosh and M1 Macintosh computers but is not optimized for M1 Macintosh computers. This distribution is not available for versions 4.2 and older, so Mac M1 users will not be able to connect to their old systems in Compatibility Mode
    • The M1 distribution cannot be installed on x64-based Macintosh computers
    • Not able to connect with DW Site Viewer for Apple TV
  • Desktop client can now be run on Macintosh computers with Apple Silicon (e.g., Apple M1 chip) when using DW Spectrum v5.0 and up
  • Added support for macOS 12 (Monterey)
  • Added support for Windows 11
  • Added support for Windows Server 2022

Known Limitations

  • Scrolling in WebPage items works very slowly.
  • It takes a long time to open a camera’s Web Page.
  • Some ACTI cameras are not auto-discovered via HTTPS.
  • Some AXIS cameras cannot be added to the Server if the “People Counter” app is installed.
  • The video from the same NVR channel cannot be played in two instances of the Desktop Client (or browsers) simultaneously.

Tested Operating Systems:

  • Windows 8.1, 10/Enterprise,11, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016 v1607, 2019, 2022
  • Ubuntu LTS: 16.04, 18.04, 20.04
  • MacOS: 10.15 (Catalina), 11.0 (Big Sur), 12 (Monterey)