How many time you got to make a number of calls for the camera support and technicians to come to your home? The setup was a disaster, hence your waiting time.
What if I tell you installing a wireless camera system is more than easy? And the next time you meet trouble with configuration, there is no need to expect the tech guys on time.
Here you are – a comprehensive wireless camera system setup guide is right below. Scroll on to check out.
Guide to install a wireless camera system
Table of Contents
What you need
- A broadband Internet connection (cable, DSL, Fiber Optic)
- A PC or web-enabled tablet
- User login and password provided by the camera manufacturer
- A Router with a WPS button
In case the router doesn’t have a WPS button, you need SSID (network name) and the network WEP or WPA key referred to as your password.
Setting up step-by-step
Connect the cameras
Before mounting the camera, you need to connect the AC plug and link into a non-switch outlet.
Next, press and hold the WPS button on the camera and router for three seconds
**Routers without WPS button can connect to the connect temporarily via an Ethernet cable.
From the computer that shares the same network with the camera, login to the homepage of the camera dashboard with your registered information. Depending on the interface of each brand, you will follow steps to add cameras to your account.
Note that you can add as many cameras as you want if the system allows. Typically, a home wireless security camera system consists of 4 to 6 cameras in and out.
For each camera, you can modify settings in the configuration option. If you think you make any mistake during the process or meet any problem, you can always press down the reset button for 15 seconds and restart everything.
The setting profile of the system will let you manipulate how efficient your surveillance cameras will work. You can enable features to come with the devices, configure video quality, notification, alarm, and so on.
Find local IP
There are 4 ways you can apply to locate the IP address:
- Use the provided application
- Use the router configuration software
- Online finder tool
- Camera configuration page
Port forward setup
This step will provide you a remote viewing solution via the website. It means you can access your cameras anywhere from the public address.
Step 1: Assume you’ve got the IP cameras address on the local network, now check the HTTP port and RTMP port using the provided camera software. You will find a page with all the setting information.
Step 2: Now, it is possible to access your footage on mobile devices using the application and the same login information.
Step 3: Log into your router. It’s time to enter the port number and IP camera address into the required fields.
Step 4: Check WAN IP
This page will help you check your WAN IP http://www.whatismyipaddress.com/
Step 5: Enter the IP camera network URL address into the search bar, you will have the live view dashboard.
IP camera setup via NVR
Using NVR is even easier since it will automatically assign IP camera addresses once the devices are powered up and connected.
Connect everything to a monitor, you should be able to access the live view any time soon.
It’s time to get the guys hung up. What can novices do to make this work a breeze? Check out the mounting guide here.
Unless your wireless system consists of battery-powered cameras, you don’t have to worry about the electric source. But make sure you don’t get the cables messed up all over.
There will be drilling and screwing into the wall. So, keep all the components for the set up close and be careful when you need to make studs near the in-wall cable system.
It is best if you can prepare a drill template to confirm the locations of the holes on a paper. Tape the template on the wall and start boring holes. If it’s a wood surface, consider pre-drill holes to prevent wood cracking.
If mounting on drywall, brick, or masonry, drill in a quarter inch deep into the material then tap the wall anchors into place. Now, you can attach the cameras and screw it in.
Connect wireless cameras to your smartphone
First, you will need to download the app accordingly to the manufacturer sold you the cameras. Connect your phone to the same network that the cameras are surfing on. On the interface, input the information of IP, port, ID, and password. Once you successfully log in, the app should guide you to view the footage.
Optimize your wireless camera settings
There are a few things to keep in mind once you got the cameras to work; it’s not the final step though.
By default, the settings may not bring the exact needs of your preference. So, in the dashboard, you can interfere in some modification. Using the monitor, you can adjust:
- Frame rate
- Video settings
- Back Light Compensation
- White Balance
It is also time to enable advanced features like alarm, night vision, notification, audio, and whatever comes with your purchase.
How do you think? Easy like a pie!
Once you get the job done, you will get the overall control on the system and need no help from the sleeping support team.
Is there anything you want to query about this wireless camera system setup guide? Just leave comments below. I promise to be more responsive than any provider.