Devices (recorders that are installed on vehicles) on the network are usually automatically discovered by Depot Manager when the server starts. Discovered unknown devices must be configured to be added to the active/available list. If devices are not automatically discovered, usually because of network limitations, they must be manually added. Only the Administrator can add devices to the Active list.
Depot Manager automatically discovers devices on the network when the services are running. Devices automatically connect to the server when they have been configured with unicast, multicast, or broadcast discovery addresses.
These settings determine how devices are automatically discovered.
When selecting how Depot Manager automatically finds IP devices, you can select from Multicast, Unicast, or Broadcast.
Select Multicast when you have a flat network where the server and devices share the same subnet, with no routers in between. The valid multicast range is: 224.0.0 to 126.96.36.199. MobileView recorders are configured to use 188.8.131.52 port 1601 by default.
Select Unicast when multiple networks are used with a router between the devices and the server. Any port is valid as long as it is not being used on the network.
Select Broadcast when you want to simultaneously transmit a data packet to multiple network devices. The broadcast address is 255.255.255.255.
Devices are automatically discovered when they are configured with the correct discovery address. They appear in the Unknown Devices list.
If devices are not automatically discovered, you must manually add them to the server. When you manually add devices, they appear in the Active/Available list.
Depot Manager contains a default list of vehicle groups. You can create your own through Maintenance > Vehicle Groups. See Creating New Vehicle Groups below.
Vehicle groups are important for diagnostics. You can create a diagnostic search based on the vehicle type, for instance, if a certain type of vehicle has a certain problem or component.