Table of Content:
- Why Should You Bring Internet Protocol Surveillance Cameras?
- 9 Steps To Remotely View Security Camera Using Internet
- Wrapping Up
Are you struggling hard to monitor your loved ones and business from even miles away? We know that installing security cameras using the internet for remote access is not an easy job. Sometimes, the improper setup causes bad picture resolution, and sometimes it becomes the hardest task to set IP addresses.
Actually, you can’t even skip these surveillance cameras because then you will never know what your kids are doing in your absence without this miraculous technology. At the same time, when you come back home, you also want to know what’s happening in your commercial building.
It would be good to hear that we have brought you the easiest solution. Here you go with this easy-to-follow guide to have remote access to your security cameras using the internet. Additionally, you will also find out why it is important to implement them.
Why Should You Bring Internet Protocol Surveillance Cameras?
1. Covers Wider Area
A security camera with internet can cover a wider area than a normal analog CCTV. It would be surprising, but a single IP camera can conveniently cover the same entire area; for that, you will need at least four CCTV recorders.
Consequently, it is better to install 2 to 3 IP surveillance cameras than several analog cameras to cover the area around your house.
2. Remote Access
Accessing security cameras using the internet brings you a major benefit of remote monitoring. It enables you to check the footage anywhere, anytime. Moreover, IP surveillance cameras keep alerting you about the problem.
If you are a person who often travels regarding business meetings, this camera with the internet is an ideal option for you to keep an eye on what’s going on behind you.
3. Powerful Search Functions
Another reason that pushes to bring IP security cameras is that it comes with better search functionality and playback than numerous surveillance cameras and analog DVRs. These NVRs can have such advanced features as finding an object. For instance, if you have lost a box in the area where you have installed an IP camera, you can simply draw a box around the space, and NVR will automatically start the search activity in that area.
4. Superior Image Quality
Internet Protocol cameras offer better image resolution than analogs. They come with resolutions in the range of 1.3 megapixels to 5 if encoded and compressed transmission. You won’t believe it, but it enables you to cover a far wider viewing area for a detailed examination. Moreover, you can also get clear face recognition and better zooming-in views.
9 Steps To Remotely View Security Camera Using Internet
1. Basic Camera Networking
Commonly, you can connect your security camera to a regular Ethernet router with different network devices and computers. Through this standard router, all the devices will get access to the internet at the same time. There will be no restrictions on the outgoing data only if you connect it within your router.
Moreover, routers contain a firewall that prevents anyone from accessing your internet from the local network. This action keeps your network secure from hackers but it also does not allow connecting the cameras. Here comes the Port Forwarding, which is also called virtual servers or port mapping.
Port Forwarding describes the routers that you want to enable by giving access to a device using the internet without allowing access to other devices. So, you may connect the security cameras without letting the hackers attack the system.
2. Gather Network Information
For setting up the Port Forwarding, you will need to collect some network information, including; your security camera’s IP address, your router’s internal IP address, external IP address, and lastly, the port number to use. This is how you can do:
- Router Internal IP Address And Subnet Mask:
To get your hands on this information on Windows XP, head to the “Start” menu and hit “Run.” You will see a box opening on the screen, enter “cmd,” and type “okay” in that box. If you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista, just click on the Windows icon in the bottom line and type “cmd” in the search box, and press “enter.”
The Window’s ‘command window’ will now appear. In that small black box, type in “ipconfig” and hit “enter.” Then computer or laptop, whatever you are using will shell out the network information.
If you prefer a wireless connection between the router and your computer, then search for “Ethernet adaptor local wireless connection.” Moreover, if you are connected with a wire, seek out “Ethernet adaptor local area connection.”
Once you get your hands on the correct area, search for the default gateway. It needs to be something like 192.168.0.1, or else the figure will be slightly different. If it shows more than one, you don’t need to be confused and try entering the IP addresses into the web browser. Whichever will be correct, the IP address will pop up on your router’s page.
- Router External IP Address:
The external IP address does not stay the same for the long term. Just head to MyCamIp and check out the current external IP address of your router.
- Camera Port Number:
This step is quite easy because the camera port number is specified within the security camera’s web interface setting page. As a default, the port number may be set to 80. If you use more than one camera, you may need to change the settings; otherwise, leave it as it is. Moreover, when changing the port number, it would be best to opt for a value over 8000.
3. Set Up Static IP Address
If you are not familiar with your security cameras’ IP address, you can simply find it out using the manufacturer’s search software. However, mostly, default cameras use DHCP to locate on the network. Any changes in the IP address will break the rule and disable you from accessing remotely after setting up the Port Forwarding.
To prevent such situations, you will need to set a static IP address in your surveillance camera. For setting up, you will need to log in to your computer and head to the “network setting page.” There must be an option that says “obtain an IP address automatically.” Un-mark that option and type in the suitable IP address.
Additionally, you will need to enter that previously gathered information, including subnet mask and default gateway. The system may also ask you to enter the primary and secondary DNS server box. Enter your default gateway IP address into the primary box, and you can leave the second box empty.
Now that you have entered all the information save the changes and restart your camera.
4. Set Up Port Forwarding
Basically, we can’t go through configuration on all the routers because the keyboard would not allow for it. However, there is one way that can help setting up Port Forwarding on every router. To make it simple, we want you to imagine the Port Forwarding table as a phone book.
When you want to call a number, you just scan the names (with your eyes), search for the number that matches, and then dial that one. Similarly, in this case, scan the routers through port numbers and find the one that matches, and lastly, send the information to that address.
Moreover, when entering the port forwarding decree, the system may ask you about ending and starting ports. If you are using a camera with a single port, just make both ports identical, and the same goes for the cameras’ external ports but only if you are asked. Furthermore, if the system asks you about the traffic type, just go for the TCP.
Also, make sure to be aware because sometimes the system asks to generate a rule in just two steps. In such points, don’t forget to create a service first, and it will only ask you to add a name for your port and automatically specify the IP address.
After creating the rule, you will surely need to test it. Open your web browser and type in “https://external_ip_address:port” to access your camera remotely. Most importantly, if you are using a port with the value “80”, then you can access the camera by just entering “: port.”
Moreover, don’t try to connect the camera yourself. Let the device do it for you because you can encounter an effect known as NAT loopback. Because of that, loopback routers will not enable you to access a local device with an external IP address of the router. Unfortunately, it will start acting as a rule you entered is incorrect.
Another way to check out if the setting of Port Forwarding is correct or not is to try from any relatives or friend’s computer. Other than that, you can also check the Port Forwarding by using 3G or 4G internet on your mobile phone, but sometimes they provide inaccurate results. So, it would be better to go with the web browsing option.
6. Dynamic IP Address
You may have a static IP address that we have set before, but you will not necessarily need it in an internet connection. However, a wide range of IP security cameras comes with a Dynamic DNS client. It will enable you to generate any of the unique names which will always deal with your recent IP address.
7. Safety Concerns
Are you enabling remote access through the firewall? Does it really sound safe? Even if you allow access through the firewall, ensure that you perform all the steps in a very controlled and careful manner. Moreover, if you are accessing through the internet, you will only reach the devices you set up on the Port Forwarding screen.
However, you will only have access to a few ports. For instance, if you enable the device on port with the value “80”, you may not have access to that same device with port value “21.” But, if you have decided to enable your security cameras to use the internet, then make sure your password is highly secured.
8. Virtual Private Network
The Port Forwarding that we were discussing is easy to set up but usually comes with security issues. Therefore, it is usually not recommended these days, but if you think you can handle it better, then go for it. Moreover, as an alternative, you can also pick for Virtual Private Network (VPN).
It is a secure and temporary link between two different networks; however, it can also be permanent. For remotely viewing the security cameras using the internet, you would first need to log your cameras into the VPN and then access the remote device with their local networks. Moreover, you can also connect VPN directly from cameras using the internet.
9. Double Check For Troubleshooting
No matter, even if you set up Port Forwarding millions of times, sometimes things go awkward. Make sure to double-check the setting that you have already entered and restart the router only if necessary. If you are still facing some issues, then check out the following areas:
- Default Gateway
The default gateway is exactly the place where your surveillance camera will search for accessing the internet. Moreover, if the information entered in the default gateway of your camera is incorrect or missing, then you will never know where it has sent the information.
Other than that, in 99% of the network configuration, the default gateways are counted as the internal IP address of your router. Don’t forget to confirm this address through the “cmd” process as described above.
- Hopping Port Forwarding
It’s not a new thing; in fact, millions of times, we have seen people using more than a single router with the same connections. Note down somewhere that using more than one internet router with a single connection is never a good idea unless you are a pro user. We recommend you to keep things simple, and as a result, the steps will be much easier to port forward.
However, if you need to implement more than one router, then you will need to set Port Forwarding for each device to pass information from one router to another. This option is really very tricky, in our opinion you should set it as a last resort.
- ISP Blocking
You may don’t know, but some ISPs block remote access on some specific ports. Usually, on a satellite link, and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) that connects the devices from the internet prevents access from the internet.
Moreover, if you are facing a lot of trouble in accessing remote view using the internet, it would be the best option to give ISP a call and confirm if it is possible to connect your camera now or not. Or else, try to change the port number to “80”, which may solve things.
- NAT Loopback
We encountered a very common problem when people try to use an external IP address for accessing through the same router to their camera. Mostly, NAT Loopback makes it impossible. This only happens when you try accessing a local device using the domain name or external IP address.
However, only some routers are enabled to do so while others don’t. You can check out the user manual for your router; it may have given some suggestions. Don’t forget if your router doesn’t support the NAT Loopback; then it would show as “system is not working.”
Remote access to the security cameras will help you keep your eyes on your loved ones 24/7 so you can see what they are doing. Moreover, it will also raise the cybersecurity for your commercial building to keep your confidential data secure and safe.
So, that was all about the setting up of surveillance cameras using the internet for remote accessing. Now you have an exclusive guide for the installation process to troubleshoot and configure every Port Forwarding scenario. Hopefully, you found it informative and helpful!