IP cameras, or sometimes dubbed as network cameras, are very unique types of cameras. They can be set up in your home and viewed from anywhere in the world where you have access to an Internet connection. You can keep tabs on your home or office from virtually anywhere. Though they may seem expensive and difficult to use, setting one up is actually quite simple.
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Connect the IP camera's Ethernet port to your computer's Ethernet port using the Ethernet cable. For the exact locations of the ports, consult your respective owner's manuals.
Install and run the camera's software on your computer, and open its main menu.
Enter the camera's IP address when prompted by the software, which can be found either on the camera's packaging, its instruction manual, or printed on a label on the camera's body. Some cameras' software have the IP address already entered.
Set up your camera in the area you wish to monitor. It must be connected to the Internet at all times, so you must have it connected to your computer or your wireless router via an Ethernet cable or a wireless Ethernet adaptor.
Setting up an IP Camera
From an Internet-connected computer, open up a web browser.
In the address bar, enter the camera's IP address and press "Enter."
Put in the camera's password (if applicable), which you could have made using the camera's software to access the camera's images.
Accessing the Camera
Tips and warnings
- Make sure to password lock your camera, which can typically be done with the camera's software upon its initial set up. This prevents random people from entering your camera's IP address and intruding upon its images.
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