Regulation of work
In addition to the specific settings inherent in certain models of cameras and routers, there is a general basic algorithm. For correct setup, connect the camera to your computer:
- Set the same subnet of the computer according to the IP address of the camera in the control panel;
- Come up with a login and password for accessing the Internet and write it down in the gadget interface;
- Go to the browser and write in the address bar a static ip-address and login data.
To connect one camera, these steps will be enough. A static IP address will allow you to watch videos from different sources, rather than from a stationary remote control. It is also necessary to configure the TP-Link router according to the manufacturer’s settings.
In the case of a wired connection, you need to connect the camera and TP-Link router with a wire. No additional wires required for wireless connection.
How to connect an IP camera to a computer
It is possible to describe the connection in simple steps:
- Supply power to the camera;
- Connect the antenna;
- Connect via Ethernet to the router.
Before starting to connect the IP camera, it is important to correctly determine its location. This is due to the fact that if the location is incorrect, the sound and image quality may be impaired. To avoid distorting the material transmitted by the camera, pay attention to the following points:
- WI-FI signal strength (the further the camera is from the Tp-link router, the worse the received signal will be);
- Channel congestion by different networks (if the same WI-FI network is used by other users on the same channel, then switch the signal of your camera to another network).
In the case of a wired connection of the IP camera through a router, such problems should not arise.
The big advantage of an IP camera is the ability to view high-quality images through any device and browser that has access to the Internet. Also, the pluses include simple connection, configuration and switching. over, with the active advancement of modern technologies, IP cameras will soon completely switch to wireless connection. Another advantage is the self-sufficiency of the device, that is, it is not only a gadget for video recording, but also a full-fledged network server that transmits a signal through Internet channels.
Algorithm for connecting an IP camera through a router
IT technologies are developing and improving every day. At the same time, the state of both individual safety and the safety of one’s home, property, etc. is rather disturbing. IP cameras have a tangible value in organizing measures to monitor and control their property. These devices are convenient for organizing video surveillance both in household premises, and in the retail and entertainment sector, and on the street, and in offices, since connecting an IP camera through a router is quite a simple operation, but it is of great benefit.
For two or more devices
The use of a TP-Link router in the chain of connecting several video surveillance devices is key, since it will distribute the Internet channel between all of them. In this case, a static address must be assigned to the router, since you will configure the rest of the equipment through it. Please note that the TP-Link router must have enough ports for the number of cameras you need.
First, using the method described above, you need to configure all the cameras. Through the TP-Link interface of the router, add all the IP cameras by specifying the port numbers and addresses. Then place the devices in the places you want, provide them with power and data cables. To have access to a specific device. in the browser, enter the address and port number that is assigned to the camera. When setting up the wireless equipment in the camera interface, enter the identification data of the WI-FI network.
Remember that a wired internet connection is more reliable than WI-FI.
Thus, connecting and configuring IP cameras through a TP-Link router is a manipulation not so difficult and accessible with careful adherence to the algorithm of actions. It’s hard to imagine the modern world without cameras. Due to the wide network channels through which high-quality video is transmitted practically without distortion and malfunctions, the use of IP cameras, which are precisely the network servers, is gaining relevance. With their help, you can always watch videos remotely from many devices online, and your home, office or yard can always be monitored.
Connecting an IP camera: diagram, configuration, instructions
So, an IP camera is an ordinary digital video camera that can transmit a video stream in digital format over an Ethernet network with the IP protocol. Each such camera has its own IP address. Actually, these are its main differences from a regular camera.
Most users who connect an IP camera on their own are usually unhappy with the result of its work. There are often cases when the device works with distortion or shoots video with an obvious desynchronization of sound and video stream. To avoid such troubles, it is necessary to consider in more detail the process of connecting an IP camera through a router.
Wireless IP Camera
IP camera connection
Depending on which camera will be used, a UTP cable may or may not be required. As you already understood, this cable is needed for a wired camera, the wireless one works via a wi-fi interface. There is nothing complicated about this: connect the cable to the computer, install the driver (included in the kit), after which the camera is detected in the system. The instruction is pretty simple.
With a wireless connection, it is approximately the same, only there is no need to lay a cable. That is, the connection scheme of IP cameras does not change much, the changes concern only the connection method.
Also note that even in the absence of interference with the Wi-Fi signal, problems are not excluded. And speech is not even in the quality of the signal itself, but in the congestion of the network through which the camera transmits the signal. So keep this in mind when connecting your IP camera to your computer. If such a problem arises, and even with a normal signal level, the picture will “slow down”, then it is necessary to check in the camera control interface whether there are signals from other networks on the same channel. If they are present, then it is desirable to switch the camera signal to another network, but let the channel remain the same.
All these issues need to be resolved immediately before connecting the IP CCTV camera. Only after that you can proceed to our question.
Checking the quality of signal reception
The very first thing to do. choose the right camera position. If you find a great place where you can attach it and then get a good picture, then you need to check if it is possible to receive a signal at all (we are talking about wireless cameras).
The easiest way to find out is to bring your laptop or phone to the place where you plan to place the camera and check the Wi-Fi signal strength. If the signal is weak or disappears altogether, then the camera will not be able to connect to the network and transmit the signal. over, it will not be able to continuously transmit a video stream. Remember that concrete partitions are obstructions to the Wi-Fi radio signal.
To provide access to the camera via a local network or the Internet, you need to start a web server using the WebcamXP program or using the software settings for the router and camera. Before starting the server and organizing access to it from the Internet, we need to find out our IP address. If access to the camera via the Internet is not particularly needed, then you can do without an IP address.
By the way, an IP address is a unique identifier for a device (it can be a computer, router, or even a camera). Can be local or external. The latter are divided into static and dynamic. Static, in turn, are permanently assigned to a device connected to the Internet. As for dynamic addresses, they are temporary and usually work until the connection session ends.
Remember that your connected router must have a “white” static address, otherwise you will not be able to access the camera over the Internet. If your provider provides you with a “gray” internal address, then either request a dedicated ip-address service, or change your provider. Without this, the connection of an IP-surveillance camera is impossible.
To check the address, you must first look at it in the status of a local network connection, and then check it on the 2ip website. If the two addresses match, then you have a dedicated IP address and the IP camera can be connected. Otherwise, you need to contact the provider.
How to connect an IP camera to the Internet?
The camera is usually connected through a home router. It is through him that the camera transmits the stream. The most common router is TP-LINK TL-WR941. Let’s show the camera connection using his example. It is assumed that the camera is already installed in its place and is ready to transmit the video stream. After installing the camera driver, we can change the port from 80 to another in the menu in the Basic. Network. Information sections. Take, for example, 20,000. Also here you need to find out the address of our camera (it usually starts with 192.168.0.)
What does the instruction say? From the computer, open the settings of the router (usually you need to go to the address 192.168.1.1 through the browser), there we are interested in the Port forwarding section. Depending on the router model, it may have a different name. In popular TP-LINK models, you need to open the Forwardint. Virtual Server section. In the window that appears, you need to create a new record. We enter the value 20000 into the PORT line, and the IP Address. the address of our camera in the line. Next, click the Save button.
So we have created a virtual server, and the connection of the IP camera to the computer is almost complete. If you type in the browser the address http: // your_ip_address: 20000, then you will immediately be taken to the menu of the camera that you just connected. Now you can watch the broadcast from any point where there is Internet.
In the settings of the camera itself, you can set a password to access it. This is necessary so that no one can connect to it via the Internet. Only those users who have a “login / password” pair will have access.