How to watch cctv camera from anywhere using the internet

Security cameras that can be connected to the internet directly are called IP cameras or PoE cameras. They are digital cameras that allow the camera to be connected to an internet connection without the need for a recorder or a computer to allow internet connectivity. In this guide we demonstrate how to configure a new uninitialized camera and connect it to the internet for remote viewing. For more information on how to connect a camera to an NVR/DVR, please see our “How To” Guide for connecting a camera to an NVR/DVR using the built-in network connection. This guide is designed for new cameras that are uninitialized and need to be configured. If you have a backup file from another camera or a IP camera with configuration files, this guide will not assist you in configuring your camera to the internet.

power Connect :

The first step, as with any electronics, is to provide power to them. IP cameras also need a network connection so they can be configured from a computer. Cameras may be connected directly to a desktop or laptop computer if a network router is unavailable. These methods are covered in more detail in our guide to connecting a security camera to a computer. The following sections will cover the specific hardware options for connecting an IP camera to a network router. If you want to take a look at our recommended security cameras, check out this article. Anatomy of a Network Connection Every computer, phone, or other devices that connects to a local area network (LAN) needs an IP address. This address is used by your internet service provider to route traffic to and from your device.

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Using Power over Ethernet or PoE:

Using Power over Ethernet, or PoE technology has greatly increased the flexibility of IP camera systems over their coaxial counterpart. PoE also simplifies power requirements and is much easier to troubleshoot. The two primary ways to connect via PoE are with a PoE injector or a powered Ethernet switch. We will go over both options and explain how each works.

A PoE injector has two Ethernet ports to connect an IP camera to a local network or computer. One port provides power and data connectivity to the camera. The other port simply forwards data to a computer or network. On the back of a PoE injector it requires a 110V-220V AC cord to a wall outlet, or surge protector. The back of the PoE injector also provides a DC input port that can be used to power the camera directly. A standard network cable connects from the PoE injector Ethernet port to the network switch or router that will provide power to the camera via the Ethernet cable. A second network cable is connected from the Ethernet port on the PoE injector to the computer or local network you are monitoring.

PoE Switch

A PoE Switch works similarly to a PoE injector, however, it includes additional ports for more devices, and usually includes 2 additional“uplink” ports for daisy-chaining or networking infrastructure purposes. In fact, PoE switches act as a combination of both a switch and a PoE injector. How much power can I push through a PoE connection? The current amount of power is limited to 15.4 watts for each PoE port. As a general rule of thumb, you should be able to power up to 20-30 wireless access points with one PoE port, without issue.

Using a 12V DC power adapter

Most, if not all, PoE IP security cameras also include a standard 2.1mm 12VDC power connector for local power. A 12VDC adapter requires a 110VAC socket to be near the installation location of the camera. Depending on the camera’s power requirements you will need to use an appropriate power supply. For smaller cameras with no IR or moving parts, a 12VDC 1 Amp power supply is sufficient. For larger cameras with IR, a 12VDC 2 Amp power supply is needed. For cameras that have moving parts like a PTZ pan-tilt, they will require a 12VDC 3 Amp power supply. Do you already have an IP camera? You can test your PoE IP camera’s power consumption by using the manufacturer-supplied AC adapter with a wattage meter. If you are not comfortable doing this, contact a qualified electrician to do the testing for you.

How to set up an IP security camera on a local network

After providing power to the camera and connecting it to the network or a computer the next step is configuring it. This guide approaches the setup using a camera that is fresh out of the box from the factory in an unconfigured or “uninitialized state.”If your camera arrives pre-configured you will want to hop on over to our Standalone Security Camera guide for further instruction. First, we will configure the camera to connect it to your local network and to an UpCloud account. On a computer or mobile device, open a web browser, and enter the IP address of the new camera in the URL field. The IP address can be found on the label located on the bottom of the box that your Arlo Pro 2 came in. If you are using a computer and do not know how to find the IP address, please consult your network administrator.

What is a local network?

A LAN, or Local Area Network, is a system of devices that are connected to one another using a network router usually contained in a single building or complex. On the other hand a WAN, or Wide Area Network, is a network that spans across and connects multiple LANs together. The Internet can be considered a type of WAN. In the picture below we show the difference between a WAN and a LAN . The first LAN and WAN are connected to each other, while the two LANs at the bottom are not. The main purpose of a network is communication and data transfer between devices. LANs are used for this purpose, but so are other networks. In the picture below we show the basic structure of a network. There is a server that holds files and applications that people on the network can access. The server will also be responsible for sending and receiving information to the Internet.

Accessing the web interface of your IP security camera

After initializing the camera you can access the web interface to start configuring the cameras settings, or view the camera’s video stream. In the video below we show how to open Internet Explorer and access a camera. The video below shows you how to view the live video stream in VLC. Video quality is good when compared to other wireless IP cameras we have tested. Audio works well too (through a built-in mic). Two-way audio is supported as well. The camera also has night vision capability and can go from color to black/white mode for low light situations. Like most wireless IP cameras, this one supports motion detection and push notifications.

How to access an IP camera

Cameras with newer firmware can also support the HTML5 player that modern browsers use. However, to playback stored footage from a camera’s internal SD card, and for some settings you will be required to use the Internet Explorer plug-in on a Windows computer. To check if your camera is compatible with the IE plug-in, please see this list. I’m getting an error message that says “There’s a problem with the content” on my computer The HTML5 player that modern browsers use is required to playback stored footage from a camera’s internal SD card. If you are getting this error message on your computer, try using the Internet Explorer plug-in for your browser instead (see above).

How to Port Forward an IP Camera through a Router

The final step to getting a camera to communicate over the internet without using intermediary P2P services is to port forward the camera through your router.Routers have security features built into them to prevent unwarranted traffic or hackers from reaching your local network. When a request comes in to your router, it first inspects the data to determine whether or not it is allowed to pass through. It looks at the port number, the IP address of the requesting device, and the protocol (TCP, UDP, etc.) being used. If any of these values do not match up with what is expected by the router, it will block the traffic.

Remotely accessing an IP Camera from anywhere

The hard part is over. Once the camera is set up on the local network, and is port forwarded to the Internet the last step is to finally enjoy the fruits of your labor. Below we cover some of the ways that you can access your IP camera remotely. 1. Live Viewing on a PC or Mac The easiest way to view the live stream from your IP camera is to go to the manufacturer’s website and download the viewer that they offer. Make sure that you download the correct version for your operating system. Most IP cameras will have the ability to be viewed by a web browser but this will not give you a seamless viewing experience.

Accessing a camera using a DDNS address in a web browser: If you’ve properly setup and tested your DDNS settings, you can now use the DDNS URL instead of typing the IP address. To access the camera in a web browser, enter the DDNS URL into the address bar instead of the IP address. For example, if you have the DDNS URL “” then you would type that into the address bar and hit enter: Note that this is the same procedure as accessing a camera using its local IP address.

Viewing a CCTV camera using the smartphone apps

Viewing a CCTV camera using the smartphone apps: Using the DDNS address in the smartphone app is a similar process to adding a device to our software or other apps using an IP address. The convenience of a DDNS address is you will never need to update the IP address in your phone, and it also reduces the need to create separate entries for local and away. To access your DDNS address using the app, first you need to log in to the configuration page of the camera at and view the “DDNS” page where you can see the DDNS address that has been generated for your camera. You will also notice a QR code here; this is the same code we created earlier to register your camera with the DDNS provider.

Accessing a camera using the PC software

Last but not least the most convenient way to view an IP camera without using the web browsers is the PC software. The camera monitoring software can connect to full systems and individual cameras alike. After installing the software you can add the camera to the software by manually entering the DDNS address, username, and password. This is the only real downside to the software, that you will need to login to the DDNS website and configure the details of your camera. The software gives you all the functions that the web interface does, so you can view live feeds, record video, take snapshots, and use motion detection alerts.