How to set up video surveillance online via the Internet. Or daddy sees everything
Hello everyone and good mood! We continue to develop the topic of video surveillance of an apartment and a small child. And today we will consider a situation when one of the parents leaves for work, but, nevertheless, still wants to keep the situation under complete control.
This is where the question arises about how you can set up video surveillance online via the Internet.
That is, we want from outside to get access not only to the archived recordings of the camera, but also to see what is happening in real time.
And we must proudly say that such a decision was made by the Pope, he is also the author, and was successfully found. And, surprisingly, quite simple.
But in both of these ways, there is one significant drawback. The devices were connected to each other in a straight line and formed a closed system. After all, what kind of online video surveillance via the Internet can we talk about if the video camera is not even connected to the home router?
Therefore, we urgently need to correct the current situation. And first of all, you need to “dock” our camera, code-named “peephole”, with a modem. To do this, you need to enter its settings, we discussed in detail how to do this here.
After entering “inside” the IP camera, immediately follow the “Wireless LAN Settings” tab and start scanning to find the SSID name of the modem:
Everything is quite simple here: click on the “Scan” button and in the list that opens, select a wireless access point that distributes the Internet. Then, in the “Share Key” field, enter the password to gain access. After that, do not forget to press the “Setup” button to save all the changes made.
Now the camera will go to reboot, and when it comes back to life, you will need to re-enter the settings menu in order to be sure to change the port number and set permanent IP addresses. This is done in the “Basic Network Settings” section:
- Obtain IP from DHCP Server: uncheck the box;
- IP Addr: you need to specify an address from the range of home. router;
- Subnet Mask: specify the value as in the picture above;
- Gateway: specify the IP address of the router distributing the Network;
- DDNS Server 1: specify the value of the provider, or 18.104.22.168;
- http Port: specify a value other than the default (0).
Typically, the default port number will be “80”. But it does not suit us for further setting up video surveillance online, therefore, specify another arbitrary number. After that, a reboot is waiting for us again:
Also in this issue, one more very important point should be noted. Keep in mind the fact that after changing the port number, the access address to the video camera itself will also change.
Now if you connect to the “peephole” via Wi-Fi directly, then in the address bar of the browser it will look like this:
And if we dial up to him already through a router, that is, as part of a home local network, the address bar will look like this:
From this it follows that the experimental device has several network cards installed. And to be precise, in our case, as many as three:
- MAC: wired (LAN) card for cable connection;
- WI-FI MAC: wireless card for connecting to a modem;
- AP MAC: wireless card for access point mode.
Well, okay, let’s not be distracted from our goal, setting up a video surveillance system via the Internet. At this step, we will assume that the “docking” of the Chinese “eye” and the same router was successful.
But, as it turned out, this is still not enough to see the camera from outside the local network. And the thing is that for this you need to have an external static IP address that will never change.
In the case of the author of the article, we have a simple ADSL modem, the address of which changes regularly with a new connection, as well as chaotically within 24 hours. Damn, how can we solve this problem?
And to solve this problem, we will use the wonderful dynamic domain names service dyn.com. Its meaning is that we will bind to a non-permanent external IP-address, a certain immutable name.
Such a tricky, but at the same time, simple-to-implement scheme will allow to get around the above problem. Only here is one caveat: the services of this site are paid, but before there was one small loophole.
As you can see, dear readers, some beautiful words have been crossed out above in the text. And the thing is that while writing this article, it turned out that this service completely covered up the freebie and now you have to pay forty dollars a year for its services. As they say, here’s hello to you:
At the moment, here you can get a dynamic domain name for free only for three days and that’s it. Although, in principle, you can try to use one more nuance of the system.
I can’t say exactly how things are going now, but in the past, Dyn.com allowed one free host for owners of D-Link network devices.
You just had to first create an account on the dlinkddns.com resource, and then, using the same registration data, log in to dyn.com. But it looks like this theme is no longer working either. Now they have introduced control by serial and Mac addresses:
Of course, to be honest, you don’t want to pay forty bucks for one name, so for example, we’ll take a free three-day test. But for those people who are seriously thinking about video surveillance over the Internet, the author would advise you to ask your provider for the cost of a permanent IP address.
For example, Beltelecom’s service is not that expensive. Look here:
But in this situation, all this hemorrhoids with the registration and purchase of dynamic names automatically disappears. Well, we went for a free three-day test, otherwise the meaning of the whole article is lost.
To do this, first of all, you need to register on the dyn.com website itself:
How security camera remote viewing works.
After the author filled out a small form with data, a letter with a code and a confirmation link was sent to the specified E-mail. Copy the code, click on the link and we are inside the service.
At this step, being on the main page of your account, you need to select the “My Host” item:
Then you need to follow the link shown in the screenshot to subscribe to a free test:
Here it should be noted that even with a free trial period, you still had to enter your full name, residence address and even credit card details (!).
This is done to confirm the seriousness of our intentions, as well as to automatically withdraw money from us in the future. Yeah, what else did you want, after creating the domain name, we will definitely delete the card details.
In general, after some wandering through the pages of the site, we find ourselves in this section, where you need to select the “Add New Hostname” item:
Now the most important window has opened in front of us, in which in the “Hostname” column you need to specify any arbitrary name and select the domain you like from the proposed list:
All other settings can be left unchanged, the main thing is not to forget to click the “Activate” button at the very bottom. Now we can safely breathe out, since we managed to register the dynamic name:
Well, let’s not waste time, as we have very limited time. Now you need to go to the direct settings of the IP camera for online video surveillance via the Internet.
Just don’t forget, finally, to delete your credit card information from your Dyn.com service account. This is done in the “Billing” section:
All guys, we are already very close to the goal. Just a little bit left, believe me. At this step, go to the camera settings and look for the “DDNS Settings” section:
- Third Party DDNS Service: select the value DynDNS.org;
- DDNS User / Password: login and password from the Dyn.com website (where the domain name was registered);
- DDNS Host: here you need to enter the dynamic name itself;
- DDNS Status: this line will display information about the connection status and the full address of access to the camera from outside.
It is also worth mentioning here that at this stage of the settings, our “eye” is already connected directly via Wi-Fi to the router, that is, it forms a local network with it. Therefore, it remains only to open the camera port on the modem itself.
How to do this in all details, we have considered in this article. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend doing it now. In general, we should get the following picture:
Well, let’s now check if the software port indicated in the screenshot above has opened. To do this, go to the site 2ip.ru and look at the results:
As you can see, the red inscription means that everything was done correctly. And this means that all our torment with the settings is over, now we will only use and enjoy.
Well, since the purpose of this article was video surveillance via the Internet, then we will run this system on the author’s old smartphone. So, in this matter, the wonderful tinyCam Monitor program will help us a lot.
If you have not read the above article, then I strongly recommend doing this in order to understand the essence of further actions. Although, in principle, there is nothing more to explain, since everything is very simple.
Open the program and in the settings section, in the “Hostname / IP address of the camera” column, you need to enter the newly created dynamic name:
And that’s it, now all that remains is to enable mobile data transfer:
The principle of remote login from a computer is exactly the same. We enter our name and port number into the address bar of the browser. But here it should be noted that the dynamic domain will not work on the local network, only from outside.
Well guys, you are probably already tired, because the article is so long? Because of this, many readers may conclude that online video surveillance via the Internet is quite a difficult thing.
But actually it is not. You just need to configure everything once and forget. Although in our case, the question with the dynamic name itself remains open, we received it only for three days.
Well, okay, let’s see if we can find another loophole to get around this obstacle. And on this, let me take my leave, if anything, I’m waiting for your questions in the comments. And now we have according to plan, musical pause.
OWN HAND VIDEO SURVEILLANCE
It is assumed that if a person is looking for information on how to do something with his own hands, then he does not have sufficient skills in this direction. Video surveillance, including remote access via the Internet, is no exception. For those who want to choose, install and remote video surveillance on their own, we can recommend the following sequence of actions:
- Statement of the problem. the formation of requirements for the system.
- Choice of equipment with the ability to access the Internet.
- Installation and configuration of cameras, video recorders, etc.
Despite the seemingly triviality of what has been said, many users ignore the first point, as a result, resulting in the wrong thing. Let’s use specific examples to consider how to properly make video surveillance via the Internet on various categories of objects with your own hands.
Remote access to the video surveillance system via the Internet is implemented most often through IP equipment. It can have “standard” network functionality or be able to work as part of various services. The second for self-installation and configuration is easier and preferable. Of greatest interest here are:
- P2P video surveillance;
- and cloud services.
The providers of these services tried to simplify the process of installing the equipment as much as possible, so organizing Internet monitoring with your own hands in these cases will not be a problem. Video surveillance via the Internet using P2P technologies uses wireless connections, you can also work with the “cloud” over wires.
The use of specialized cameras that support certain services has one drawback. the impossibility of building video surveillance with a large number of cameras. To do this, you should use a wired connection to the Network, and include a video recorder or a computer with the support of the required number of video cameras in the system.
Setting up such remote monitoring can be carried out through a cloud service or in the manner described on this page.
How to set up CCTV cameras over the Internet
Remote viewing of CCTV cameras via the Internet.
Modern communication technologies allow a lot and bring into our life such pleasant and useful features as remote viewing of video cameras via the Internet. As a result of the installation of the system or a slight modification of the existing video surveillance system, you can view the image from video cameras mounted at work, at home or in the country in real time from almost anywhere in the world where the Internet is available. via a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Simply put, the internet is used instead of a wire that connects you to your system.
In this article, we will consider how it works and how to independently organize remote viewing of your cameras.
The system video recorder must have a LAN port and / or a USB connector with support for USB modems.
If the system is assembled on a video server (computer), then, as a rule, the software (software) supports remote viewing, but it all depends on the specific software.
It is necessary to organize Internet access where the video surveillance system is installed and preferably at a good speed. We recommend the bandwidth of the Internet channel for video surveillance at least 1 Mbps. It is also desirable that the Internet Service Provider (ISP) provide you with a fixed (static) IP address. As a rule, this is an additional service, but it simplifies device configuration and connection reliability.
If the subscriber’s IP address is not fixed, but floating (dynamic), then configure the program for viewing and managing video surveillance, incl. and the transfer of pictures to the owner is very, very problematic, even if the server (video recorder) of the system has the DDNS function (which in the common people is called a “web muzzle”).
It is not difficult to find out if your IP address is fixed: in the browser search bar, type. “find out the IP address” and go to the site based on the search results. You will be shown your current IP address, for example: 22.214.171.124. write it down. Then you need to disconnect the Internet, reconnect it (you can turn off and on the router) and once again determine your IP address. If the address remains the same, then it is fixed.
If you plan to use a USB modem that looks like a USB flash drive, then the default IP address of such a connection will be floating (dynamic). Providers (mobile operators) in this case can provide a fixed IP-address as an additional service, but you need to find out about this in advance, because modems are sold stitched for a specific mobile network and then changing the operator without replacing the modem will be problematic. Besides,
When working with most DVRs, as well as to use the Internet, not only for the purpose of remote viewing, but also directly for the intended purpose, you need a router.
A router is a device that organizes a local (local) network at your facility and is configured in such a way that when requested from the Internet, using certain (configured) parameters and a password, it connects the remote device to the DVR.
On the device from which you are going to view video cameras, you need to install the appropriate software. It is usually supplied on a CD with the DVR. You can also download on the Internet.
In the city, it is relatively easy to organize remote access via the Internet: as a rule, there is already an access to it. But it is quite problematic to stretch the cable to the dacha, and it is elementary to damage the stretched wires. In fact, the only way to organize video surveillance over the Internet for a summer residence is a 3G / 4G modem or other mobile (terrestrial) Internet. However, such systems, to put it mildly, do not suffer from excess capacity for any declared characteristics. And no provider will give any guarantees for it: the air is the weather, interference, the conditions for the passage of radio waves. However, such systems are also workable, albeit less reliable.
So, first of all, in order for you to have access to the video surveillance system via remote access, you need to correctly configure the router. Let’s consider the most common connection method: Internet. router. DVR.
To provide network access to your registrar, you need to correctly forward the ports from the router to the registrar. Only one IP address is visible on the Internet. this is the external IP address of the router, which does not depend on the number of devices connected to it. And since the request from the external network goes first to the router, and then to the registrar, you need to tell the router to which internal (local) IP address and on which port (HTTP port number) to redirect the request to it.
Of all the actions, the most difficult for the uninitiated in the intricacies of computer networks is just setting up a router. over, the actions for routers from different manufacturers may differ. Below are examples for common routers:
The articles referenced by the links above describe the general port forwarding process. When configuring the router yourself, you will need to specify the IP address of your DVR in the local network and the corresponding port number through which the DVR will transmit the video stream (as a rule, this is port 34599). This data can be found from the settings of the DVR, or set the values you need yourself.
Setting up a smartphone or tablet
The final stage is the installation of the program on the device from which you are going to view cameras.
To do this, you need to download one of the many free applications from the AppStore or Google Play, for example: vMEye, vMEyePro, vMEyeSuper and others. All of them are configured in about the same way. Let’s consider the setting using the example of the vMEye program.
To configure the application, you must click the icon circled in red.
Next, a list of devices will appear (the list will be empty).
By clicking on the Add button you open the window for adding your registrar to the program, for which you need to fill in the fields:
Device name. device name (arbitrary);
Address. the IP address of your internet connection;
Port. the port specified in the settings of your DVR for Mobile Monitoring (34599 by default);
User Name. an account to log into the DVR (by default admin)
Password. password for logging into your DVR under the account (for the admin user, by default, there is no password or also admin);
Max Channel. number of channels (cameras);
Port Forwarding for DVR remote viewing ( Step-by-Step)
After setting all the parameters, click “OK”
After that you will return to the device selection menu. When you click on the device name, you will see the following tab.
When you click on a channel, the video from this channel (camera) will be displayed on the screen of the mobile device.
You can switch cameras by pressing the number button (the number corresponds to the camera number), or you can return to the device selection menu and select the channel there.
The program allows you to take photos from cameras, for this click on the button with the image of the camera.
Remote View DVRs.
If you have any difficulties with self-configuration, please contact our specialists!
IP camera video recording
If you intend to operate the IP camera around the clock, in order not to record unnecessary hours of “blank” video, enable the motion tracking function. Then the camera will start recording only when something is happening in the room.
Cameras can record to a memory card or to an external source. You can use a video recorder, hard drive or USB flash drive connected to the router for these purposes. The inconvenience of this method of storing data is that the storage medium is in the same room with the camera, so the data can be deleted by an intruder who got there. In order to secure information, it is recommended to use cloud services for data storage. Your data will be encrypted and transmitted to a remote server and stored there.
IP CAMERAS FOR SURVEILLANCE OVER THE INTERNET
Any IP camera is suitable for organizing video surveillance via the Internet. The only question is how to connect it. The “classic” version requires the above manipulations with IP addresses and setting up intermediate devices: a router, computer or video recorder.
You can, of course, connect it to the Internet directly, but in practice this method is rarely used:
- firstly, this requires a dedicated line and a white IP address;
- secondly, there is no possibility to create a video archive, that is, monitoring will be conducted only in online mode.
Alternatively, there is a way to organize video surveillance through the already mentioned cloud service. But even in this case, using a “naked” camera is impractical, especially if there are several of them. The direct connection option is possible via wireless Internet, but there are also pitfalls here, which are written about at the end of the article.
By the way, some are interested in the use of wireless (WI-FI) IP surveillance cameras for these purposes. There is nothing special here. The use of WI-FI technologies allows for wireless signal transmission from a video camera to a router. nothing more. Then everything happens according to the standard already described schemes.
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Remote video surveillance via 3G / 4G and features of its connection
With such a connection, many nuances should be taken into account. The main focus should be on the modem. You should not literally take the maximum transfer rate indicated on it, it is unlikely to be achieved. The decisive factors here will be such points as the number of connected security cameras and the state of the cellular operator’s network.
When connecting the modem directly to a personal computer, remember that remote monitoring will be possible only when it is turned on. An exception is self-powered modems. A good option would be to use a modem in conjunction with a Wi-Fi router.
Video surveillance can be organized through the networks of cellular operators
Another way of editing is the inclusion of a separate recorder in the system, which will simultaneously record what is happening. But here, too, there were some pitfalls. Universal modems rarely fit a particular registrar, so you should think about this in advance.
Connecting such equipment and setting it up practically does not differ from the options described above (depending on the type of CCTV cameras).
Separately powered modems are much more convenient and reliable
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How to set up CCTV cameras over the Internet
IP camcorders: record and view video
IP cameras are used to organize digital video surveillance.
An IP camera is a “smart” webcam, a completely self-contained device with its own software that does not require a computer to operate.
IP camera can record
- To a memory card connected directly to it.
- External source: hard disk of computer or DVR. It is possible to record on a hard disk connected to the router via USB.
- Cloud storage on the Internet.
Also, the IP camera allows you to view video in real time both on a local network and over the Internet.
Thanks to these capabilities and ease of use, the IP camera makes it easy to organize surveillance not only in production or in the office, but also at home, in an apartment or in the country.
If the camera is intended only for recording video to the DVR or a computer performing its functions, additional equipment is not required for its operation. If it becomes necessary to access the camera via the Internet for remote viewing, then it must be connected to a router. A bundle of IP-camerarouterinternet is the most affordable way to organize video surveillance at a remote site.