ZONT. smart DEVICES FOR SAFETY AND COMFORT. Frequently asked Questions. How to set up and connect an IP camera
Connection and configuration takes place in several stages:
- Setting up network equipment (router or router).
- IP camera setup.
- Getting an RTSP link to a video stream.
- Connecting a camera in your personal account.
RTSP (real time streaming protocol). real-time streaming protocol used for remote viewing of a stream from a video surveillance device.
How video transmission from IP cameras works
The IP camera captures video and broadcasts it in real time over a closed channel. The channel can be accessed using specialized programs using the RTSP link to the camera video stream.
Example RTSP link for Hiseeu camera:
- Rtsp. protocol type
- Admin. Hikvision account login
- 12345. Hikvision account password
- 192.168.0.254:554. Camera IP address
- 544. RTSP camera port
What you need to find out before connecting an RTSP camera?
Does the camera support RTSP protocol
As a rule, this information is indicated on the manufacturer’s website in the characteristics of the device. If there is no such information. use online services. For example, http://www.Ispyconnect.com/:
- Select camera manufacturer.
- Find your device model. If the device is in the list, it does not support this protocol and the link will not work to connect it to the ZONT security system using RTSP.
Does your ISP provide an external static IP address
In order for you to be able to view video from a camera from anywhere in the world, you need to have an external IP address. The external IP address can be fixed or dynamic. We recommend using a permanent IP address, as changing the dynamic IP address changes the camera’s RTSP link. Because of this, the video from the camera will not be available for viewing in the generation of a new RTSP link. Your internet service provider will provide you with information about the external IP address.
If you want the video to be viewable only on the local network. Use an internal static IP address.
If your ISP does not provide an external static IP address or you are not satisfied with its terms. use DDNS services. They allow you to view the stream of cameras from anywhere in the world, even if you have an external static IP address.
Does the camera and your network equipment support UPnP
For video from cameras to be available for viewing, you need to redirect the external network port to the internal port of your camera. UPnP makes this process much easier.
Upnp. automatic configuration of network equipment to simplify device management.
After enabling UPnP function, ports will be redirected automatically. If the function is not supported by the IP camera, router, or something went wrong with automatic configuration, the ports can be redirected manually.
How to set up network equipment
Although the setup process is similar for many routers, the parameter names and settings may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Review the hardware instructions before proceeding with the setup. In the article, the camera will connect to a TP-Link router (model: TL-WR842N, firmware version 150921).
If you are connecting an IP camera inside a corporate network. Please contact your system administrator. He will help with the setup.
Configuring a router consists of two parts:
- IP address reservation by camera.
- Network port forwarding.
How to assign an IP address to the camera. There are two ways to assign a permanent IP address to the camera:
- In the router settings
- In camera settings
In the example, we will analyze the first way.
Before proceeding to reserve an IP address, please enable DHCP in your IP camera settings. The procedure is described in the manufacturer’s instructions.
IP Address Reservation Process:
Connect the power cable and the network cable of the router to the camera.
Write in the address bar of the browser the IP address of your router to go to its settings.
The IP address of the router may depend on both the network settings and the model of network equipment. As a rule, the IP address is indicated in the documentation of your router (most often it is 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1). You can also learn it from a computer or laptop connected to your network.
When entering the settings of the router, invite your username and password. They are indicated in the instructions, on the box or case of the device.
Go to DHCP settings. If DHCP is disabled. enable the function and restart the router.
Go to DHCP Client List. You will see a list of devices connected to the router. In it you need to define your camera and copy its MAC addresses.
In most cases, the camera is signed by Unknown or has the name of the model or brand of the manufacturer.
Go to the Address Reservation menu and click Add New. Paste the MAC address of the camera and assign it an IP address. To avoid IP address conflicts, we recommend that you reserve the IP address for the camera, which was given to it by the router automatically. Please note that when connecting multiple cameras, it is necessary to reserve IP addresses for each of them.
Reservation of the IP address is necessary so that the IP addresses of the camera do NOT change after reconnecting it or overloading the router.
Reboot or reconnect the IP camera to the router. It now has a static IP address within your network.
How to redirect network ports
If your equipment has UPnP function. enable it in the IP camera and router settings. After that the ports will be redirected automatically.
How to enable UPnP function on TP-link router
- Go to router settings.
- Select category Forwarding.
- Go to the UPnP tab and click Enable if the option was disabled.
If UPnP function is not supported by your hardware or you want to manually redirect ports:
Go to the Forwarding section in the router settings. Select Port Triggering and click Add New.
Specify network ports: internal (which is used by the camera inside the network, the value is specified in the manufacturer’s instructions) and external (which will be accessible from the outside world).
It is not recommended to use the following network ports: 20, 21, 22, 53, 80, 110, 138, 139, 443, 3306, 3128, 3389, 5900, as they are most often used by various service services.
Please note that the external port must be available (open in the router settings and NOT busy with any service). You can check this using online services, for example: 2ip.Ru. If you are having trouble detecting an open port. Contact your internet service provider.
By default, IP cameras use port 554, but the port number may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. The exact value can be found in the device manual.
Save the settings and reboot the router. Ports forwarded.
When connecting several IP cameras for each of them, you need to select and configure its own network ports.
How to set up an IP camera
Setting up an IP camera depends on the model and can be done through a browser, mobile application or DVR. Therefore, when setting up video equipment, we recommend that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Instructions for setting up IP cameras:
How to get an RTSP link to a video stream
There are two ways to get an RTSP link to a video stream:
Method 1: Using the manufacturer’s documentation
As a rule, the RTSP link format is specified in the manufacturer’s documentation or the camera’s web interface. If such information is missing or you could not find it. use the second method.
Method 2: Using online services
Select the desired camera from the list on the site.
Fill out the form, indicated the external IP-address, network port, username and password of the camera.
Do not transfer data to third parties to receive an RTSP link or a link to a video stream.
When generating an RTSP link, we recommend that you specify incorrect data and change it to correct after generation. Thus, you protect yourself from intercepting links to the stream by third-party services or a keylogger.
Click Generate. You will receive a link to your video stream. If necessary, the submenu in the link is incorrect data correct.
You can check the operation of the RTSP link through the VLC media player or any player with the ability to view streaming video.
How to watch video from an IP camera using VLC media player
- Open VLC media player.
- Click File. Open network.
- Enter the RTSP link and click Open.
If the video is NOT streaming. the problem is in the settings of the camera or network equipment. Check all settings.
If the equipment is configured correctly and the stream from the video camera is still NOT displayed. Contact your video surveillance manufacturer’s support.
Save the resulting link to the video stream. You will need it to add an IP camera to the ZONT application.
How to connect an IP camera to a router
A modern surveillance system should not only broadcast video from cameras to a local monitor, but also make it possible to access data remotely. This requires an internet connection and a network-capable camera. The provider’s network cable can be passed directly to the IP camera, but this is far from always applicable or convenient (and even impossible if the camera is Wi-Fi, and in many residential and commercial premises, Internet access is provided by a router. Next, we will consider how to connect IP cameras via a router.
Depending on the camera model and the functionality it supports, there are two options for receiving data from the device:
- Through a router and a third-party or manufacturer’s own Cloud service;
- Directly through port forwarding.
A camera router is suitable for almost any. To access from an external network, it must support port forwarding (it will be discussed below) and have an Internet connection.
Note that the wireless video source requires a Wi-Fi router.
Setting the IP address
In order for the video signal source and the routing device to work on the same computer network, it is necessary to register them with a single IP address. General method of how to connect an IP camera to a router:
- Find out what addressing the router gives to the LAN interface (usually an address from the range 192.168.1.Xxx, 192.168.0.Xxx)
- Assign an IP camera from the appropriate range.
Many wired video devices have manufacturer-specific default IP addresses that are listed in the instructions. Before connecting such a camera to a router for the initial configuration, it will need to be directly connected to a PC / laptop with an RJ-45 Internet cable and set the correct addressing.
Important: for PoE equipment you will need an additional splitter device.
After that (Windows), go to the “Control Panel”, find “Network and Sharing Center” in it, open it and go to the “Change adapter settings” item. A list of active and disabled interfaces will be displayed. If the physical connection is successful, there will be an icon of the active network connection.
Next, you need information about the default video camera address. Suppose it is 192.168.1.108, it is usually used in popular and inexpensive Dahua gadgets. Right-click on the connection icon, select Properties, find “Internet Protocol TCP / IPv4” and click the “Properties” button below it. In the dialog that appears, you can view and configure IP addressing.
So, the default device addresses. 192.168.1.108. Specify the following information in the network settings for your computer:
- The IP addresses of the PC are 192.168.1.100. As you can see, it is in the same range as that in the connected video device, this is an extremely important requirement;
- The subnet mask is set to 255.255.255.0. In most cases, either this is used for local subnets;
- Main gate. equal to the default camera address.
Now you need to apply the changes. If the settings are correct, you can access the camera (192.168.1.108) using any browser. This will open the web interface (usually access to it is closed with a password, also contained in the instructions). In it, you should find the network parameters menu of the camera and enter the values there, corresponding to the internal network addressing given by the router. For example, if the IP of the LAN interface of the router is 192.168.1.1, then the camera can be assigned one of the range 192.168.1.2. 254.
It is important to avoid network collisions. assigning one address to multiple gadgets. To do this, you either need to know exactly the addressing of all clients on the network, or use the automatic assignment of DHCP parameters by selecting the corresponding item in the configuration menu.
When the settings are applied, you can disconnect the camera from the PC and connect it to the router, now it will become available from the internal network through it.
The Wi-Fi configuration on the camcorder is in many ways similar, only together with the settings of the camera’s LAN interface, you need to go to the corresponding tab of the web page and enter / select the SSID and the Assigned password for the wireless connection there. After that, the gadget will become available “over the air”.
The specific way to connect an IP camera via a Wi-Fi router is different for different manufacturers and modifications. But you will need to specify the key and SSID in almost any case, with the exception of a simplified procedure using WPS technology.
Interesting: when you activate the DHCP WI-FI camera, you can reserve a static address for it on the router. This is usually done by binding the IP to the MAC address of the paired device.
So, the device is installed and ready to use. The video stream of the configured camera can be received directly from the local network (by wire and via WI-FI), via the Internet or through specialized cloud services.
From local network
After completing the settings, a regular IP camera is immediately ready to broadcast streaming video to the network. You can connect in the following ways:
- Go to the web interface;
- Connect the video device to one of the supported surveillance programs, native or third-party. At the same time, it is desirable that the device supports the ONVIF protocol, this will significantly expand the list of acceptable software. In addition, it adds additional functions such as hard disk recording, video archive, and more;
- Using a media player, if both it and the camera support broadcast protocols (e.g. RTSP).
From the internet directly
To see a picture from a camera installed and connected via a router via the Internet, the following conditions must be met:
- The presence of a permanent “white” IP-address;
- Open port on the router “forwarded” to the signal source.
The port is recognized and, if necessary, changed in the web interface of the video camera. On the router, configure the firewall rules so that all connections to the external IP address and this port are “forwarded” to the camera. In professional terminology, this is called Port Forwarding; in the router menus, this function is sometimes placed on a tab with this name. In TP-Link devices, for example, the option is called “Virtual Servers”.
Important: sometimes the default port is 80. The same port is usually used to access the router’s configurator, so it is advisable to reassign it in the camera settings to a less standard one, for example, 10000, and others.
If everything is done correctly, then the gadget and viewing data from it will become available via a link of the form:
Connection via router and cloud server
Some cameras are natively supported by the developer’s cloud. So, for example, it is very easy to set up a Hikvision camera: remote access, recording and viewing of data can be organized through the proprietary Hik-Connect service. But popular cloud services allow users to plug almost any gadgets into them, as long as they support the required protocols. Among the most popular. RSTP and ONVIF.
Important: the network must already be configured on the camera, and on the router. “Forwarded” Required ports.
Let’s look at how to set up a connection using the Angelcam service as an example.
First you need to register an account at https://my.Angelcam.com/. This is done with the usual “mail-password” pair, or using authorization through social networks.
Next, the site will offer to connect the camera:
In general, the choice should be stopped on Regular IP Camera.
Here you can select a device from the list of supported ones, or simply add it manually. The process indicates:
- External IP address;
- If the device is protected by a username and password, the corresponding “tick” is marked and credentials are entered;
- If you need to manually specify the port, check Set Port Manually and enter the previously specified network port number.
Next, just click Detect camera, and, provided the settings are correct, the camera will be connected to the service.
Other “clouds” are connected in a similar way. In some cases, for example, with Xiaomi “smart devices”, the process is simplified to launch the application and scan the QR code, although when working through a router, forwarding of network ports is usually required for normal operation.
Connecting PoE Cameras
Power over Ethernet camcorders receive their electricity without an outlet, through a wired network connector. If the router does not have PoE support, then it will not work to power such a device from It.
But this problem has a solution: special PoE splitters, which are plugged into an outlet and have two RJ-45 connectors “input” for the Internet cable and “output” through which the gadget receives power and conducts network exchange.
The main problems arising during the connection and their solutions.
- The router does not see the camera. You should check the network settings on the router and the device paired with it, there may be connection problems or Wi-Fi does not work.
- There is a connection, but there is no picture. You need to check the ports and protocols, as well as their configuration.
- Everything works from the local network, but there is no access from the outside. Port forwarding settings need to be checked.
- The camera connects to the router, but does not turn on. Check the power supply. Perhaps an instance with PoE is used, then an additional POE splitter will be needed.
How to connect an IP camera to NVR
In this article, we will NOT consider the physical switching of IP cameras. It is simple and diverse. We will restrict ourselves to the diagram below, which displays the essence of this process, and if this is not enough, then you can refer to the corresponding “frequently asked questions” or search for information on the Internet.
In general, after the first physical connection to the IP camera’s network, you need to perform 3 basic configuration steps with it:
We will NOT touch on them separately in this article, but as part of working with the registrar, we will touch on the first two here. As an example, consider the steps for the most common equipment. from Hikvision. The names of menu items and settings used in the article may differ depending on the manufacturer and the version of the translation into Russian, however, all the registrars apply Similar principles.
You can connect IP cameras to the Corresponding Registrar yourself, they are NOT difficult to use, and their image can be viewed Not only from the Registrar, but also remotely on computer devices both in the local (non-routable) network and in the unlimited Internet, however, lack of necessary knowledge often confuses inexperienced users.
As a side note, do not forget to connect the DVR to the network before connecting the IP cameras to it:
We will consider the settings performed from the recorder itself, and then you need to connect a monitor to it:
There are four ways to enable the IP camera recorder. The differences are mostly dictated by different types of DVRs, not all methods are available for different models.
1) From the online list. From the list of compatible devices on the local network segment of the recorder. Adding cameras this way is not feasible for recorders with built-in PoE interfaces, where all channels are connected to them.
2) Manually (added by the user). By customizing the characteristics in the corresponding menus and forms of the recorder.
3) Plug-and-play. Only valid for cameras connected to the PoE ports built into the NVR per PoE port. one camera channel!
4) “One touch”. From the pool of working compatible devices of the local network segment of the recorder with activation, if required.
Note: PoE DVR is located simultaneously in 2 subnets. One for the LAN interface (connecting to a home or business network), the other for cameras. PoE port network. These subnets cannot share a common address space (Must not overlap)!
Note: When adding in plug-and-play mode and from the online list, it is recommended to make sure that the passwords from the admin account are the same on the DVR and the camera.
Note: Before connecting cameras to the DVR, update the firmware of the equipment to the current.
How to add an online IP camera
If you are in the view mode, right-click the mouse to bring up the context menu of the recorder:
Click Add IP Camera to bring up the DVR camera control menu.
If you select “Camera” in the main menu:
Free online cameras with their properties will be displayed in yellow below the already connected IP cameras in the list.
Click or One-touch Adding to connect the camera to the device.
Menu icons assignment
Note: If the admin user password in the cameras is NOT the same as the password reserved for cameras or the administrator of the registrar, then after adding the camera you need to go to its settings: and change the access password. Until this is done, the camera will be marked: and will not be displayed.
Note: When editing the password, it is possible that the camera will be blocked for some time due to the incorrect automatic entry of the password by the registrar.
How to manually add a camera to NVR
When adding to DVR with IP channels or regular NVR without PoE:
Connect the camera to a switch or, if possible, to a PoE switch. Connect the recorder to the same switch. Do not forget to pre-configure the network parameters of the camera and the DVR so that they are within the same IP subnet. However, the main thing is that the IP settings of the camera correspond to the network to which it is connected. The same goes for the registrar. You can change the IP address of cameras or DVRs using the SADP program, but only in the current segment of the physical connection. Each camera separately and the recorder can be located in their own subnets, interconnected by means of routing.
This is the only way to connect cameras to the DVR that are in different network segments with the DVR or are available to the DVR via the Internet.
Go to the camera management menu (Camera Management-Camera-IPCamera) as in the previous case. Then click Custom Adding to enter the menu for custom adding IP cameras.
In the upper part of the window that opens, a list of free online cameras will be presented, from which, as in the previous case, you can select a camera located in the same network segment as the recorder. At the bottom, you can enter your values, including addresses from the Internet.
You must enter new or, if you choose from the list, confirm the current parameters of the included IP camera: IP address, protocol, control port, and other necessary parameters.
Note: in this case, instead of the IP camera parameters, you can specify the data of a third-party DVR, the channels of which you want to additionally Register on your current DVR.
Click Add to add a camera.
If you add a multi-channel device to the NVR or hybrid DVR, and not a regular camera, for example, a fisheye camera or a third-party DVR, the channel selection window will be displayed:
Check in Channel No. Check the boxes in accordance with your needs the necessary channels for connection and click OK.
How to add an external camera to the NVR with PoE from the network replacing the previously registered one (It means that cameras are not connected to its PoE interfaces)
Note: The same method is applicable to NVR without PoE or DVR to change the previously registered IP camera.
As in the first method, go to CameraManagement-Camera-IPCamera and press Edit on the channel selected there.
Select the type of adding Manual (Manual) and enter the IP address, username and password from the connected camera.
Note: On DVR with IP channels and normal NVR without PoE, there is no Adding Method (always manual):
But not all registrars in the online list display cameras of second manufacturers, which can be connected using the ONVIF protocol. They can be connected manually by changing the protocol in the IP camera edit (add) card.
If everything is fine with the connection, the line will be marked with a blue circle. “Camera connected”. In many recorders, clicking on it brings up the camera preview window.
Note: If you add a camera in manual mode, and the camera is connected via an external switch, then the passwords on the camera and the recorder may differ.
How to Add a Plug-and-Play Camera to a PoE NVR.
Connect the camera to the DVR. In this example, the camera is connected to PoE port 2. Be sure to use 8-wire twisted pair at least cat.5 to connect the camera.
Note: Make sure that the passwords for the cameras and the DVR are the same or connect a NOT activated camera to the PoE port.
As in all methods, calling CameraManagement-Camera-IPCamera, for example, select the D2 channel and click Edit
In the window that opens, Set the method for adding Plug-and-Play and click OK
Attention! Do not click One touch Adding with this connection method.
How to add a non-activated online IP camera with one touch
Note: In reality, the connection is made in 2 touches: first One touch Activation, and after One touch Adding or.
Connect the NOT activated camera to the network in which the recorder is located, and go to the cameras control, as described for other methods. 2. We select (as in the connection method from the online list) in it a NOT activated camera and click One touch Activation.
The camera will receive the admin user password Corresponding to the one specified for the cameras or the same as that of this user on the DVR (if the corresponding checkbox is put) and the IP address is set via DHCP Corresponding to the current network.
Note: There must be a DHCP server in the local network of the DVR.
Note: If you enter a password yourself, different from the registrar password, you will have to enter it manually after adding.
Find this camera among those activated in the online list and click One touch Adding as in the one of the same name.
And the camera is connected.
You can check the connection by clicking on the blue circle:
How to connect almost any IP camera to the Tantos IP NVR
Connecting IP cameras from well-known manufacturers to the Tantos NVR is usually straightforward.
An example of instructions for connecting Hikvision IP cameras with new firmware versions can be downloaded here, with previous firmware versions. here. An example of instructions for connecting Dahua IP cameras can be downloaded here. Connecting IP cameras from second-known manufacturers also does NOT cause problems in most cases. just find the cameras using the recorder using the ONVIF protocol and enter the camera’s login and password.
Problems may arise when connecting IP cameras from little-known Chinese manufacturers. But usually, having spent some effort, it is possible to connect almost any IP camera to the DVR.
To connect to the NVR, you need to find out the IP address of the camera, its login and password (it is found out by brute-force the most common combinations of login and password), ONVIF and RTSP ports, the ability to connect via ONVIF, as well as the timing of the video request via RTSP for the first and second video stream, if camera does not connect via ONVIF.
If the DVR finds an IP camera while searching. this is half the battle.
But what if the IP address of the camera is unknown and the camera is not found through the search for the registrar? The easiest way to find a utility for finding devices is on the manufacturer’s website (if the manufacturer’s website exists at all). If such a utility is available. will have to go the second way.
Install free software to work with IP cameras over ONVIF. ONVIF Device Manager. You can download it here or here.
After starting ONVIF Device Manager tries to find devices on the network using ONVIF protocol.
If the IP camera is found. perfectly.
If not. have to try another way.
Download and install the Avigilon Camera Installation Tool. Despite its name, this software perfectly searches the network for IP cameras of any manufacturer. You can download it here.
After the ONVIF port of the camera has been identified, it can be connected to the ONVIF Device Manager software.
If there is a video broadcast by the camera. fine, then the camera will most likely connect to the DVR.
If the camera does not send video via ONVIF, you can try to Receive video from it via RTSP. The RTSP request period can be found in the documentation for the camera (you need to find out the request time for the main video stream and for substreams) or using ONVIF Device Manager.
When connecting via RTSP, the query string is entered into the recorder NOT in the most obvious way.
Let’s say the RTSP query string is:
Rtsp: //192.168.99.100: 8554 / profile0 for main video stream
Rtsp: //192.168.99.100: 8554 / profile1 for substreams.
The protocol is selected. RTSP
Separately entered IP addresses, RTSP port (usually 554, in our example, 8554), login, password.
For the main stream, a string is entered, which in the rtsp request is located immediately after rtsp: //192.168.99.100: 8554 /, i.e. In our example, profile0 is entered.
For substreams, a string is entered, which in the rtsp request is immediately after rtsp: //192.168.99.100: 8554 /, i.e. In our example, profile1 is entered.
The full version of the “Guide for connecting almost any IP cameras to the IP NVR Tantos” with a detailed step-by-step explanation of the sequence of actions can be downloaded here.
How to properly connect an IP camera to a router
IP camera. It is a network protocol surveillance device that captures video in digital format. This device can be called a completely autonomous mini-computer, which has its own operating system and a number of settings.
The IP camera consists of a network interface, a central processing unit, a video processing and compression processor, a wide-angle lens, and a camera. In order for the device to go into shooting mode, it must be connected to the mains and power supply. You can find out how to connect an IP camera to a router in this article.
How to connect an IP camera
Any IP camera can operate in several modes and can be connected in three ways. The simplest option is to connect the device to a computer. The procedure is carried out using a USB cable through which data packets will be routed. However, this method is not in great demand due to its small range.
Also, the IP camera can be connected to a router. For this, a wireless module or a LAN cable is used. If connected via a Wi-Fi network, users will be able to access the device from any device. However, you should consider the limit of devices connected to the router.
The most efficient and simplest connection method. configuring the router. In this case, the user will be able to access the image and camera data from anywhere. It is this option that offers the most advantages, which are based on the wireless capabilities of the camera.
Unfortunately, NOT every provider can PROVIDE “White IP”, so in this case it will be possible to receive data from the device only at home.
Initial preparation of the camera and computer
After unpacking, any IP-camera will be equipped with the Initial network address and standard settings. You can find out the internal IP in the instruction manual that comes with the package. You will have to use this address just before setting up the network. This will connect the camera to the router. Consider what you need to do for this:
- Check the correspondence of the auxiliary networks of the video surveillance device and the computer. This procedure is performed using the Network Connection Center. To do this, click on the icon with the connection on the right mouse button, select properties in the context menu and go to the tab with information.
- You need to make sure that several leading digits of the camera and PC address match. If so, then you can proceed to the next configuration step. Otherwise, the user will need to GRANT the computer access to the auxiliary network. To do this, reopen the connection properties.
- Named on the line with the Internet Protocol version 4. Select the tab with properties again.
- Click on the button with additional parameters and select “Add”.
- Next, a window will appear in which you need to enter any IP. The main thing is that the first three digits of the network address match.
- Press the button “Subnet mask”, after which the data will be automatically filled in. Confirm the command with the “OK” button.
- The next step is to connect the video surveillance device to the network.
- Connect the camera to a router with a LAN cable.
- Enter the internal IP of the device into the search bar of the browser. The system will invite you to specify a password and login. By default, this is “admin / admin”. For greater security, after entering the interface, it is recommended to change the data.
- Next, go to the settings of the wireless network by selecting the “Wireless” section in the menu, then the “Wireless Settings” subsection and enter the verification data from Wi-Fi.
- Disconnect the LAN cable from the camera and wait for the device to automatically connect to the network.
Configuring intranet access
At this stage, it is possible to enter the starting address of the camera within the created network for any device. After that, a special panel will open, with the help of which it will turn out to View the image in real time.
You can get the same internal interface, only for this you need to purchase both devices made by the same manufacturer. However, this approach will lead to some difficulties. For example, it will NOT be possible to connect 2 cameras of the same company to the router at the same time. In this case, you will need to reassign the network addresses for each device. Let’s see how to do it:
- Perform the manipulations that were indicated in the previous paragraph. When finished, DO NOT disconnect the LAN cable.
- Open the administrative panel in the camera and go to the network settings. “TCP / IP”.
- Find the item “Network” (“Network”, “Configuration” or “Administration”).
- If you need to have access to the camera within the home network, then you will need to check the “DHCP” (“Dynamic IP”) box.
- Then disconnect the camera from the computer and control the device using the administration panel.
Configuring an IP Camera with Network Access
The main feature of the IP camera is the ability to control it from anywhere in the world. However, this requires special settings to be set. It is worth remembering that this task will only be possible if the provider supplies a static or dynamic IP address. First you need to go to the camera settings and do the following:
- Find an item with a dynamic address and check the box opposite the fixed IP.
- Enter the values for the network address that will match the router combination. These can usually be found on the back of the case or in the connection information.
- Next, you need to choose a permanent IP address. For example, you can take “22.214.171.124”, only in this case the last digits should not exceed 255.
- Find the field “Gateway” and enter the network address of the router in the line “DNS IP Address”.
- The auxiliary network mask must be “255.255.255.0”.
- If possible, change the combinations in the “HTTP Port Number” and “HTTP Port” lines. For example, you can put “9090”. If there are several cameras, then new values will have to be set for each of them. “9191” or “9292”.
- Follow the same procedure for all CCTV devices.
- Upon completion, you will need to click on the “Save” button and disconnect the LAN cable.
Configuring a Router with Network Access
Finally, you need to connect your video surveillance device to the Internet using a router. To do this, you need to configure access from the external network. Connecting an IP camera through a router is as follows:
- Open the admin panel of the router. This can be done by entering the address of the router into the search bar of the browser. Next, a test window will open, in which you need to enter your login and password (admin / admin).
- The next step will require port forwarding. Depending on the router model, the steps can vary significantly. For example, for TP-Link routers, you will need to find the Forwarding section and select the Virtual Server subsection.
- Create a table in which to add data in the connected camera: IP address, port, name, and so on. Each device has its own address and name.
- The next step is to make sure that you have selected a dynamic IP address and choose a permanent combination for it.
Further instructions will be considered using the example of a TP-Link router:
- Open the network section and select additional settings.
- Go to Dynamic DNS (DDNS). The connection method may differ depending on the cost of the router. If there is an expensive model, then you will need to go to the official TP-Link website, register and come up with a domain name. In the case of the budget model, the user needs to go to additional settings and connect the external No-IP service.
- Open the manufacturer’s official website, register your own PC and create an original name.
- Select a domain name and register port forwarding. “9090”. Next, the system will automatically set the missing parameters.
- From the created No-IP account, enter the necessary data into the router settings. After that, a static name for the router will be connected, thanks to which it will be possible to Access the device anywhere with the Internet.
Now you can connect to your video surveillance device via wireless Internet. To do this, open a browser and enter the camera’s static address and port “HTTP: / IP: 9090” in the search bar. IP. domain name or device address. After entering THESE data, an overview with the connected camera will open.
What programs to use
Each IP camera is equipped with its own web interface, which will allow it to be controlled. Video surveillance device developers have equipped their admin panels with various tools for more convenient use. For example, on advanced models, you can set an on / off timer or a schedule according to which the recording will be carried out.
The standard model is quite functional, however, for advanced capabilities, you should acquire special software. You can find the programs you need using several methods. Some models are supplied with disks with corresponding software. You can also visit the official website of the manufacturer and download the software manually. As a last resort, you can use universal utilities:
- Axxon Next;
- Webcam Monitor.
Using specialized software, you can get a lot of unique opportunities. For example, some programs allow you to track numbers and faces, recognize emotions, record videos in fast or slow motion and convert the camera to a tracking sensor.
To Synchronize the tracking device with specialized software, you will need:
- Open the program.
- Enter the IP addresses of the camera.
- Add to the list of supported devices.
- Providing read access.
- Save settings.
Only then will the user get the maximum opportunity to use the device.
There are many nuances to consider before connecting a wireless camera. The location of the device and the degree of its security play an important role. To do this, it is recommended to adhere to the following tips:
- For stable data transmission, you should place the camera as close as possible to the access point. If the device is located at a great distance from the router, then there is a high probability of failures while displaying the picture.
- The tracking device must be installed strictly on a flat surface. Otherwise, the image will be distorted.
- When installing a hidden camera, you should take into account the fact that it is prohibited by law.
- It is recommended to buy video surveillance devices with a built-in battery. In the event of a power outage, the device will continue to operate.
- When connecting the camera, be sure to change the standard password and login. Otherwise, an attacker will be able to gain access to the device.
- It is better to purchase models that have a slot for a memory card. In this case, you can continuously record what is happening without turning on the computer.
After reading this article, users will be able to independently connect the IP camera to the router. For more security, it is recommended to connect multiple tracking devices at the same time. If the settings are correct, then it will be possible to receive data from the camera anywhere in the world.