How to Test an Internet Camera on My PC

Updated February 21, 2017

An Internet camera, or webcam, is used to communicate with another person over the Internet. One type of application that you can use with your webcam in Skype. However, to verify that your webcam will work properly, it needs to be tested to see if it works on the Internet and with Skype. To do this you will need make sure that the webcam has been connected properly to your laptop or desktop computer.

Insert the installation CD for the webcam into the CD/DVD drive for your computer and then wait for the Installation Wizard to appear.

Click the "Next" button to continue and follow the instructions on the screen.

Plug the webcam into an available USB port on your computer when prompted by the software. Allow a few seconds for Windows to recognise the device.

Go to the "Test Web Cam" web page to run a test of the webcam over the Internet.

Allow the Web page to load and display the "Adobe Flash Player Settings" window.

Select the "Allow" radio button and click the "Close" button. Keep the web page open to record video and audio from your webcam.

Double-click the "Skype" icon to open the program. Enter your e-mail address and password in the text boxes can click the "Sign In" button.

Click to the "Tools" drop down and select "Options". Go to the "Video" tab and put a check in the box for "Enable Skype Video".

Scroll through the list of devices and highlight it. Click the button for "Test webcam" to display a test page with a video. If you can see the video on the screen then your webcam is working properly.

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Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.