How to Run a Webcam Behind a Router

Written by jennifer moore
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How to Run a Webcam Behind a Router
A wireless webcam requires set-up through a wireless router. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

You can use a wireless webcam to watch over any area in your home or business and view the video feed from any computer on the wireless network or from any computer that has Internet access. However, to do this you have to hook up the wireless camera to your wireless router and assign it an IP address that does not interfere with the router or modem's IP address.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Three network cables
  • Camera installation CD
  • Webcam installation manual

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  1. 1

    Connect your router to the cable or DSL modem by connecting an Ethernet cable to the first port on the modem and connect the other end to the first port on the router. Connect a second cable end to a second port on the router and the other end to the network port on a computer.

  2. 2

    Connect the wireless IP webcam to the router by connecting one end of a third network cable to the third port on the router and the other end to the webcam.

  3. 3

    Insert the installation CD that came with the camera into the computer. Allow the set-up wizard to start and click the "Advanced Configurations" option to get the set-up wizard to enter the camera IP address.

  4. 4

    Type in the user name and password when prompted for it. The default user name and password is "admin" and "admin," but check your webcam manual if this does not work. Wait for the camera IP window to come up through the set-up wizard installation.

  5. 5

    Scroll down the page that appears until you get to the "Fixed IP Address" settings.

  6. 6

    Change the camera IP address so it does not interfere with the router IP address by choosing an address that has an ending number of 200 or above, as in: Click the "Apply" Button and close the camera IP window.

  7. 7

    Disconnect the Ethernet cables from the modem, router, computer and camera. Place the camera in the area you want it to view.

  8. 8

    Open a Web browser and enter the IP number you chose for that camera. In this case, View the video feed on any computer on the network.

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