How To Set Up an IP Camera

If you have recently bought an IP camera and are confused regarding how to set up an IP camera, there are certain steps and instructions that you need to follow in the same respect.

These cameras are much better than the traditional surveillance cameras that require proper wiring and manual setup. So, the configuration and setup are quite simpler and easier too.

Getting started with IP Cameras

Tools and accessories required

To set up the IP Camera system, you will require a wifi-enabled IP Camera, network video recorder, network cabling, along computer monitor or TV.

Network configuration

Setting up the network cameras is very different from the webcams and other analog CCTV cameras.

Follow the below-mentioned steps.

  • First of all, connect the network camera to the local area network.
  • Plug the ethernet cable into the Ethernet socket and then plug the other end into the router.
  • Now, find the IP address of the network camera you have. Make use of the utility program from the vendor of a camera to find the same IP address. However, make sure the DHCP is in use. For some special cameras, you will require the client application.
  • For discovering the camera IP, make use of the configuration page of your router. If you want to find the assigned IP address of the camera, then simply unplug and plug in the ethernet cable. For seeing which device is going to be connected, get the list of the device IPs.

Configure Wi-Fi using the browser

  • For getting access to the user interface of the camera, make the configuration with the IP address and the port. Some cameras make use of different ports.
  • Now fix the IP address while making the address static. In most cases, an IP address is dynamic. However, you can change it after a power cycle of the network camera or the router. Usually, the router starts functioning using the same IP address by default. However, it is not good to rely on the IP address.
  • For the achievement of the objective, you have to configure the network camera for turning the dynamically assigned IP address into the static IP address. You can also use the cameras, or web user interface for fixing it.
  • Now start using the Wi-Fi by unplugging the ethernet cable. You can also move the camera to the desired location. For that, you have to unplug and plug in the power cable when needed.
  • Now start searching for the new IP again. Usually, the network camera obtains the new IPs for the Wi-Fi. It happens in a very different pattern than wired connections. For that, you will have to know the new IP for the configuration.

Configuration of the applications

Users usually want to access network cameras outside the local area network. Some applications have the automated setup process to a great degree that will require only a fraction of a second before enjoying the video. However, others take a longer time.

  • The first step of the configuration of the applications is to choose the type of device you want to configure. You have to follow the instructions of the camera for connecting to the LAN by the ethernet cable or Wi-Fi.
  • Start verifying the accessibility of the camera on the LAN. You have to figure out the application version for the windows or phone you are using.
  • You can see a + symbol that means the completion of the camera configuration. In case the camera is discovered, you have to tap on the discover button and make the selection of the camera for setup.

Configuration of WAN access

Some users want access to the network cameras outside LAN. So, there is a need to access via Wi-Fi hotspot or cellular connection at the workplace network.

  • You can simply configure the router for the forward external port to the device. Configure the router for forwarding the external port. In this application, you will also have to look at the new device by making use of the IP address.
  • In case you see that the public IP isn’t being static, you have to set up the DNS for the router. In case you have more than one device that requires access, you have to configure the router to the forward external port.
  • Then, configure the router by following the onscreen setup instructions. Unless you find the static IP address, you have to continue setting up the DNS for the router while replacing the given IP address with the obtained DNS address.

Bottom-line for how to set up an IP camera

Following the above-mentioned steps with a few other customizations( depending on the IP camera model) will give you the successful setup of the IP camera.

After a successful setup, you can enjoy uninterrupted surveillance of your home or office without issues.

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