When choosing a security camera, the most imperative factor to consider is remote access. Many people consider this a huge benefit and oftentimes, this is the main reason people opt to purchase an IP camera.
Unfortunately, if you are a non-technical user, the process of setting up your IP camera for remote access can be quite complex.
The process is not as technical as it appears but it does require a bit of explanation before you can fully grasp how the setup is done. In this post, we are going to briefly discuss the process of setting up remote access for an IP camera as a way to aid beginners in using this device.
Basic IP Camera Setup
The basic IP camera setup is sometimes referred to as the basic camera networking.
Oftentimes, inexperienced IP camera users would connect their camera to a standard Ethernet router. This automatically connects the IP camera to certain computers and network devices. As a result, the IP camera will then gain access to the internet.
As far as outgoing data is concerned, there will be no restrictions. The problem is that you won’t be able to rely on it in terms of incoming data. That being said, instead of connecting the IP camera to a standard Ethernet router, we strongly recommend that you proceed with port forwarding.
Port forwarding is a method that will tell your router that you are going to allow access to an internet connection towards a specific device within your network (but not all devices).
In the next section, you will learn how to set up port forwarding.
Collecting The Right Information
To start setting up port forwarding, you will need the following information:
- IP camera IP Address
- Router internal IP address
- Router external IP address
Getting this information is simple. You can follow the steps below:
- Go to Start Menu
- Click Run
- Type cmd
- Wait for the Windows Command tool to appear
- Type ipconfig
- If you are using a wireless connection, try to locate “Ethernet adaptor local Wireless connection”
- If you are using a wired internet connection, look for “ Ethernet adaptor local area connection”
- The next step would be to look for the default gateway. The default gateway should look something like this: 192.168.0.1
There are cases when you will find more than one gateway. If that happens, you can enter the IP addresses into your web browser. The correct IP address will lead you to your routers’ page.
- Jot down the subnet mask located in the Windows command tool
As for the camera port number, take note that it is set to 80 by default. If you are going to use multiple IP cameras then you need to change the number. If not, the best thing to do would be to leave it alone. If you do change the port number, the best practice would be to set it over 8000.
We recommend that you go to http://www.mycamip.com/ if you need to look for the external IP address of your router. Take note that this data can change over time though.
Create A Static IP Address
You can use the manufacturer’s search software to find out the IP address of your IP camera. It is also important to note that most IP cameras use DHCP to locate themselves by default on your network.
That’s a good thing because it gives you a quick setup. The downside is that the IP address could change constantly without you noticing. This means that if you set up your port forwarding and then the IP address changes suddenly the rule will no longer be in action. With that, you won’t be able to access your IP camera remotely.
To resolve this, you need to set a static IP address. The process is pretty simple. All you have to do is to log in to your camera and then access the network settings page. There should be an option there that lets you obtain the IP address automatically. All you have to do is to untick this option and then enter a specified IP address.
If you do not know what IP address to use, we recommend that you go with the current IP address that the camera is currently on.
To know the current IP address your camera is on, take a look at the address bar at the top of the page while you are logged into your camera. This is your current IP address.
Earlier, we also gathered your subnet mask and default gateway. You will need to specify this information as you save your new network settings.
There might also be cases when you have to enter a primary and secondary DNS server. If your ISP provider never advised you regarding this, you can simply use your default gateway as your primary DNS and then leave the secondary DNS blank.
Consider using a proxy IP address for address security. This will keep your device and any sensitive data that comes with it safe from attackers. This is because proxy IP addresses mask your device’s real IP address.
Set Up Port Forwarding
The first thing you need to do is to log into your router via the default gateway address. Upon login, go to the port forwarding settings. Enter your router credentials which should be located in the sticker at the bottom of your router. Afterward, you can enter a name for your camera and type the port field you want to forward to.
Under Protocol, you can select TCP/UDP or Both if you are unsure. Finally, you need to enter the internal IP address of the port you want to forward it to. Save your settings.
Now that you have successfully set up your port forwarding, you’d want to test if the remote access works for your IP camera.
To do that, you can type https://external_ip_address:port into a web browser that is not your own. You can ask to borrow a friend’s or a relative’s device to use for the testing.
We do not recommend that you connect to your camera through your networked devices because oftentimes it will lead to a NAT loopback. This is a case when routers do not allow users to connect to the camera using the external IP address.
We would love to know if this simple process worked for you. Share your experiences in the comment section read more about new technology.