This article will help explain how to setup your very own IP Camera. As there are numerous brands there is no 'one size fits all' setup blueprint. These instructions are quite broad and should cater for most IP Camera's out on the market.
Remove all contents from the box and verify you have purchased an authentic wireless IP camera. Beware as there is a market for cheap imitations that are of poor quality.
Verify that you have all the parts by matching the contents with the contents in the instruction guide. With most wireless IP cameras you should receive a power cable, Ethernet cable, the camera itself and aerial. You may have also received a wall mounting bracket.
Once all contents have been identified begin screwing in the antenna. Ensure that it is firmly in place and you are done with the hardware side of things. Simple hey?
Now onto the software side of things. You will need to connect your wireless IP camera to your router via the Ethernet cable provided; you may choose to use your own Ethernet cable as the one provided may not be long enough. Now I know what you're probably thinking, isn't this meant to be a wireless camera? You would be right in thinking this however this is only for the installation process. You should now connect the power cable.
At this stage your camera should come to life, you should now be seeing lights flashing at the rear of the camera around where you plugged the Ethernet cable in.
The next process will require you to install the software onto your computer or laptop. You will be required to login to connect. With different cameras this process will vary but most are very user friendly.
You should now be able to setup the wireless aspect of your IP camera through the software menu. This should be under device management. You will then, under Wireless settings, scan for the network you are currently connected to via the router. Once the IP camera has recognized the connection you will then be required to enter your network password if you have one. The device should now be restarting itself. Once the restart has occurred you can now remove the network cable.
There you have it, your wireless IP camera is setup for use. Most devices should also have the option of viewing the camera from any desktop computer, tablet, smart phone, laptop or any other device with web browsing capabilities around the world with an internet connection. This will be addressed in a blog to come.
By Joel Seekamp