Live View

Monitor video streams from multiple IP cameras in real time, adjust camera angle and zoom, and set up smart analytics tools to catch suspicious behavior. Watch events as they unfold and respond swiftly to resolve any suspicious activity.

Surveillance anywhere

Surveillance Station works on PCs and mobile devices, and is compatible with popular operating systems and web browsers. With support for RTSP, you can enjoy a smooth experience when viewing surveillance feeds.  


Surveillance Station works on PC and Mac computers with major browsers including Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. For better performance and efficiency in operation, users can use the Surveillance Station desktop client. Learn more about specifications.

Mobile surveillance

Surveillance Station is also available on mobile devices running iOS and Android™. Install the free mobile app, DS cam and access Live View, playback, adjust PTZ, and receive push notifications. DS cam supports RTSP, allowing smooth connection to Surveillance Station anywhere in the world. Learn more about DS cam.

Concurrent Live View

With Live View, you can view up to 100 channels in HD, use on-screen tools and interactive e-maps, or navigate with a joystick. No matter how many IP cameras you have, your monitoring experience remains smooth and hassle-free.

Watch 100 channels in HD

Live View panel supports up to 100 channels in 720p resolution. View footage from cameras on one DiskStation, or merge different cameras hosted on various DiskStations through one single interface1.

Optimized system resource

The workload on the Synology NVR and network bandwidth can be reduced with multicast technology, as video feeds will be streamed to multiple clients via a single transmission.

Optimized Live View experience

On-screen operation tools including PTZ for up to 32 directions, absolute position, drag and zoom, and instant playback help refine your Live View experience2. Joystick support makes navigating Surveillance Station much more intuitive3. The interactive e-map provides an overview of camera locations while allowing live feed previews.


When auto-layout is enabled, Surveillance Station Live View adapts automatically to the amount of camera streams being displayed, providing an optimal viewing experience whether it is for a small home network or a massive multi-server deployment.

Suitable for large-scale deployment

Even for large-scale environments with hundreds of cameras, everything is unified and readily available.Consolidate live view feeds from different recording servers in the CMS host for efficient management, flexible deployment, and proactive control. Learn more about Central Management System (CMS).

Live View Analytics

With the built-in and in-camera event detection support, you can monitor suspicious events with appropriate event detection features and even with more than one option at a time. Events that match the pre-defined criteria will be automatically recorded and displayed on a live view or E-map. Recordings can be locked and archived for future analysis.

  • Built-in event detection

    Motion detection: System detects if there's any movement in a pre-determined area.

    Missing object: Any object that's removed or missing from a pre-defined area triggers the alarm.

    Foreign object: Any object that enters and remains in a pre-defined area is taken as a foreign object.

    Camera occlusion: When an IP cam's lens is blocked by unknown objects, the system will trigger an alert.

    Focus lost: When an IP cam's focus is adjusted or lost focus, the system will trigger an alert.

    No-idle zone: Any object that stays in the no-idle zone for over a set period of time will trigger an alert.

  • In-camera event detection

    Tampering: When an IP cam is sabotaged or blocked, the system will trigger an alert.

    Motion detection: System detects if there's any movement in a pre-determined area.

    Audio detection: System detects based on a pre-defined audio level.

    Digital Input: When an IP cam is triggered by an input signal, it will send a signal to Surveillance Station to trigger an alert.

    ACAP plug-ins: Surveillance Station supports ACAP plugins, for more advanced video analysis features such as Video Motion Detection 3, Digital Autotracking, Cross-line detection, and Perimeter Defender.


Sometimes a simple image is more powerful than an entire video. You can easily capture snapshots of camera feeds and then quickly edit each snapshot before saving it to your Synology NAS or downloading it to a local computer. Simple editing features include rotate, blur, and mask, allowing you to remove any sensitive information, such as bystanders' faces or vehicle license plates.


  1. For detailed information, please refer to the software specifications.
  2. On-screen operation support depends on each IP camera's specifications.
  3. For a list of currently supported joystick models, please click here.