How to Access RTSP in Your Lorex

With your Lorex camera, you can use the RTSP stream to work in specific applications and circumstances and isolate a video feed for use in an NVR for basic recording.

In general, you can establish Lorex RTSP streaming with the following steps: 

  • Through your third-party software, enter the RTSP address. 
  • Enter the IP address of the DVR/NVR & the system’s RTSP port number.
  • Fill in the channel number you want to stream from. 
  • Enter 1 to stream as a substream, or enter 0 if you’re streaming as a mainstream.  All done.

In our article below were going to go into more detail on the basic steps we listed above, by the end of this you should be able to access your RTSP stream with your Lorex without any issues.

What is RTSP?

The RTSP, which stands for “Real-Time Streaming Protocol,” is a network control protocol that governs streaming media servers in entertainment and communications systems. It is used to create and manage media sessions between endpoints. Third-party software programs use it as an optional connecting method. (1)

For specific camera models, Lorex supports Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP). The RTSP URL information varies per camera model. With particular versions of DVRs, NVRs, and IP cameras, you can access Third Party RTSP streaming. Also, through RTSP streaming, you can use a web address to stream video from Lorex cameras. (2)

Accessing RTSP in Your Lorex

You can use various RTSP third-party software apps, but here we’ll use the VLC Media Player. To connect RTSP camera video streaming through the VLC Media Player, follow the steps below:

apps that uses RTSP (youtube, winamp, spotify, wmp, and skype)

  1. Open the VLC Media Player.
  2. Tap Media, then open the Network Stream.
  3. Enter RTSP address, (default: rtsp://::@:/cam/realmonitor?channel=&subtype=).
  4. Fill up your login credentials. You can find the default username and default password in your user manual.
  5. Enter the IP address of the DVR/NVR. You can find it under your DVR/NVR’s Network menu or System Information.
  6. Enter the system’s RTSP port number (default: 554).
  7. Enter the number of the channel you want to watch/stream.
  8. If you want your Lorex camera to stream as a substream, enter 1, and if you want to stream as a mainstream, enter 0. When connecting through the Internet, I advise that you use the Sub Stream.
  9. Press the Play button. The VLC Media Player will then display RTSP video streams.

Take Note

To view the RTSP video stream over your internet, you must be able to port forward the RTSP port (default: 554) on the router to your system’s IP address. I recommend referring to your product’s user manual for port forwarding instructions for the RTSP port.

What If Lorex Can’t Connect to RSTP?

If it still doesn’t connect, try the following:

  • Make sure the RTSP address syntax is correct.
  • Ensure that the system is linked to the internet.
  • If connecting over the Internet, utilize the system’s remote IP address and ensure the RTSP port is open.

Take a look at some of our related articles below.

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