This article shares some basic knowledge about RTSP and the format of RTSP URL.
Applies to: All Reolink cameras (except Reolink battery-powered cameras, Reolink E1, Lumus, and the add-on cameras)
The Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) is a network control protocol designed for use in entertainment and communications systems to control streaming media servers. The protocol is used for establishing and controlling media sessions between endpoints. Clients of media servers issue VHS-style commands, such as play, record, and pause, to facilitate real-time control of the media streaming from the server to a client (Video On Demand) or from a client to the server (Voice Recording).
Request for RTSP URL
RTSP URL is usually used on third-party video players, such as VLC player. It cannot be used directly on a web browser, since web browsers don't support RTSP protocol. (or you may install the RTSP plug-in on a web browser to view the RTSP stream.)
The RTSP URL can be used both in LAN and WAN.
If you want to view the RTSP stream in WAN, you will need to do port forwarding on the router.
The format of the RTSP address is as below:
rtsp://(user name):(password)@(IP address):554/h264Preview_01_(stream type)
For example, if your camera or NVR has the following information,
IP address: 192.168.10.92
then the RTSP URL will be:
Main Stream: rtsp://admin:email@example.com:554/h264Preview_01_main
Sub Stream: rtsp://admin:firstname.lastname@example.org:554/h264Preview_01_sub
Note: For Reolink POE NVRs (with 4MP/5MP cameras connected), the username and password in the URL should be the ones for NVR. You may also change the channel number to view different channels.
For example, if you want to view channel 2 on NVR, then the RTSP URL will be:
Main Stream: rtsp://admin:email@example.com:554/h264Preview_02_main
Sub Stream: rtsp://admin:firstname.lastname@example.org:554/h264Preview_02_sub
Note: the 4k cameras connected with the 4k nvr system will only show fluent live stream instead of the clear live stream due to the H.264+(h.265) limit.
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