Many consumers require a professional IP-based security camera system for their home, business, or property but under the impression that IP systems are complex and much more technology-heavy.
However, the truth is that installing up an IP camera is more manageable than you think. It includes a basic understanding of networking, and by following a few easy steps, you’ll have your IP cameras running in no time.
An IP camera can join directly to your network or computer, and there are three methods to do so.
- 12V DC power adapter with a network cable straight into a PC
- 12V DC power to camera + network cable to the router
- Camera to PoE Switch or PoE Injector
An NVR, or network video recorder, is the device to which IP cameras connect. The video delivered by the IP camera to the hard drive by the NVR in either HD (720p, 1080p), 2K HD, or Ultra HD (4K) depends on NVR the type of camera used with it.
IP cameras are network-based cameras, although they do not require Internet access to use because they are standalone devices that can be used on local networks.
Step 1: Document the configuration of the local network.
Achieve the network configuration by using a Windows-based computer connected to the network and performing the following steps.
- Press Win+R Key.
- A box will appear where you have to type the following cmd.
- Type ipconfig / all in the command prompt and press the enter key.
- IPv4, subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS will all be displayed. Document this information somewhere or write it for future use.
Step 2: Assign the computer a static IP address
- Press Win+R Key.
- A box will appear where you have to type ncpa.cpl and press the enter key.
- Now, the network connection icon will be displayed. Right-click Local Area Connection and choose Properties.
- Scroll the menu until the Internet Protocol version TCP / IPv4 is displayed or double click it.
- Now, click “Use the following IP address” from the box.
- Enter the IPv4, subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS that were previously documented and click OK to save this information.
Step 3: Disconnect the computer from any Wi-Fi network and leave it connected to only one cable.
Step 4: Connect the camera to the other end of the Ethernet cable connected to the computer.
This process may take 5–10 minutes to complete. If the device search tool is running, the camera may be wrong behind it. This indicates that the network card is functioning normally inside the camera.
To click the camera locally to the right, choose the network configuration and set the camera with the same network segment to the computer with the same static IP.