Nowadays, more and more people and trend to choose wireless items to use, almost everything that would normally connect to the computer, such as keyboards and mice, have become wireless for a good reason: fewer cables and more mobility. Thanks to the high technology give birth to these wireless devices, and bring a tons of benefits to our daily lives. If you want cameras that integrate into your local network and do not involve a mess of cables, Wireless IP Camera is the best solution. They are very simple to install, and all you have to do is open your browser on a computer in your network to configure them.
The setup process was very standard for any sort of web-enabled device. It’ll take a bit longer if you’ve gone through the steps before, but once you do it, you’ll know how to set up a whole slew of similar devices (such as home webserver, media servers, etc.) . There are literally hundreds of great tutorials on all of these topics around the web, so if any step or terminology is confusing, just Google it and you’ll find a bunch of good links. The following is the rough outline of the setup process for you.
1. Connected Wireless IP Camera via LAN cable, checked “DHCP clients” list on router to get local IP camera IP, and then typed this into your web browser to get to the camera interface. Alternatively, use the little utility included with the camera to get to the same place.
2. Added a new login/password, deleted admin login, and set up WiFi access in the IP camera settings. Then disconnected from LAN and moved camera to the desired location. Plug it back in and now it’s working via wireless.
3. Wnt into my router’s settings and assigned a static IP to the camera’s WiFi address. This is done with “DHCP Reservations” on the Airport, but of course the exact label will vary by router. Now the IP Camera web interface will always be accessible at the same local address within my home network.
4. To get external access outside of my home network, I went into my router’s “Port Forwarding” settings and forwarded some external port to port 80 at tje static local IP of the camera.
5. Since I have a residential internet provider, my external IP is dynamic, which means it could potentially change. To get around this, signup for a free dyndns account. Then just use the updater client on the IP Camera itself or one of many others that are available for free for mac, windows, and linux.
Tips & Warnings
1. If you already run a web server on port 80, change your camera’s web port. Find out how to do this by reading your camera’s operation manual. Each camera hs its Web server setting in a different place on its configuration interface.
2. Consider getting a dynamic DNS for your computer so you can connect easily to your camera’s Web address without having to remember your computer’s IP number (see “Dynamic DNS” in the “Resources” section). This means you will be able to type “mydomain.somednsprovide.com,” for example, instead of memorizing a sequence of four numbers in your IP address. This is also very useful for Internet connections that do not have a static IP address.
3. Since IP camera configuration pages are not uniform, it is best if you read the operation manual for your camera before following these instructions so you will know where to find anything. You can also refer to the manual while reading this article.