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iDVR-E Series Surveillance DVR Remote Access Mac

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Below you can find instructions on how to setup the remote security camera access for iDVR-E DVRs from Mac. CCTV Camera Pros no longer recommends iDVR-E. We highly recommend our iDVR-PRO platform.

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The iDVR-E Series Surveillance DVR's and the iDVR-RT16 are remotely accessible using a Mac computer. Access through a Mac computer can only be done using the Mac DVR Viewer Software. The Mac DVR Viewer Software allows the user to view live video, configure DVR settings, view recorded video playback and control PTZ cameras. Users can also view multiple DVR locations on Mac by launching multiple instances of the viewer software.

Please Note: If you are using Mac version Lion 10.7.5 or Mountain Lion you may have to adjust your Gatekeeper options. To do this simply go to the Apple Menu on your Mac and select System Preferences. Then go to Security & Privacy and locate the General tab. Under the header that says "Allow applications downloaded from:" select Anywhere to allow the app to install and function properly. (Shown Below)

Remote Access Mac Instructions

To access the iDVR-E remotely using a Mac computer, please follow the instructions below.

1. First, you must ensure that the correct ports are forwarded in your router. If you have not yet done, please visit our Network Setup / Port Forwarding article.

2. Once your router is configured, please download the Mac DVR Viewer Software. Then follow the installation wizard to install it on your Mac. (Shown Below)

3. Now that the Mac DVR Viewer Software is installed, launch the program and select "New Connection". Then enter the DVR's IP Address, Username, Password and select "NTSC". Once entered press "Connect". (Shown Below)

4. Your iDVR-E Surveillance DVR should now be displayed. (Shown Below)

5. You can access the Setup menu by selecting the "DVR" button in the upper left of your Mac screen. (Shown Below)

6. Here you can configure the settings of your iDVR-E.


To perform playback on your iDVR-E using a Mac, please visit our Remote Playback (Mac) article.

Viewing Multiple Locations / DVRs from Mac

Many of our customers (especially businesses with multiple locations) need to be able to view multiple DVR locations at the same time from a single Macintosh computer. This can be done with the iDVR Mac software by launching multiple instances of the viewer application. At this time, the software does not have the option to do this from the menu of the app so CCTV Camera Pros wrote a command script that lets users launch additional instances of the DVR software.

To setup your Mac to run multiple instances of the DVR software:
  1. Click to download the command script.
  2. Save the file to your Applications folder on your Mac.
  3. The file is a .zip file, so you need to double-click on it to unzip and extract the actual .command file
  4. Double-click on the run-isms.command program to launch the application.
  5. Connect to your first iDVR following the instructions above.
  6. Double-click on the run-isms.command program again to launch another instance of the application and connect to a second DVR.
The below screenshot was taken from our office in Lantana, Florida. On the left, we are connected to a 16 channel iDVR-RT16 (with 8 CCTV cameras connected to it). On the right, we are connected to an iDVR-E4.

Mac CCTV DVR Software Multiple Location View
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About the Author

Mike Haldas

This article was written by , co-founder and managing partner of CCTV Camera Pros. If you have any questions about iPhone security camera app for iDVR, please email me at