Netcam Watcher Professional is a DVR application for network cameras. Netcam Watcher Professional can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which allows you to have the script start automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the script and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use FireDaemon Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

Netcam Watcher Professional Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Download the latest Netcam Watcher Professional Installer from the official website.

By default Netcam Watcher Professional installs to C:\Program Files (x86)\beausoft\ncwproXX. Replace XX with the version number for the purpose of this HOWTO.

Run Netcam Watcher Professional at least once to change any settings. In particular, go to the Options window (File Menu->Preferences) and do the following:

  • On the Program Options tab: uncheck "Show Icon in System Tray" and uncheck "Automatically check for new version"
  • On the Apperance tab: make sure "Always show tray icon" is unchecked

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation. Note the required parameters.

The most important field on the tab is the Parameters. The Parameters define the initial setup of your server. Here’s the full parameter list you should have:

  • -NOPASSWORD Skips the initial password check.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see Netcam Watcher Professional running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select “Hidden” from the “Show Window” dropdown. You must set the job type to "Global" so that child processes are terminated properly when the service is stopped or restarted. You can optionally run Netcam Watcher Professional as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to Netcam Watcher Professional or specify which CPU or core Netcam Watcher Professional will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).

Now click on the Lifecycle tab. Uncheck Graceful Shutdown as it can slow the shutdown of Netcam Watcher Professional.

Now click on the OK button to install and start your Netcam Watcher Professional installation!