A while ago, a friend of mine was setting up multiple Reolink cameras – several Reolink Argus 2 and Reolink RLC-410 PoE camera around her house.

Soon after getting all the cameras up and running, she came to me asking whether her husband could also view the cameras on his mobile phone.

The answer, of course, is a YES!

Then other questions pop up: Can my husband and I view our cameras at the same time? Can I view the cameras on multiple devices like my phone, iPad or computer online at the same time?

So today, we answer those questions and figure out how to view or share your cameras with your friends or families easily.

View Security Camera on Multiple Devices

Can Two People View/Access the Camera online at the Same Time

It largely depends on what brand of security cameras you are using.

For example, an Arlo user said she and her husband couldn't view their Arlo camera on their mobile phones at the same time and she will be bumped off or kicked out when her husband is viewing the camera feed or vice versa.

However, it's an entirely different case if you are using Reolink security cameras, such as Reolink RLC-410 IP camera multiple users (even up to 12 people) could view or live stream camera video on multiple devices such as mobile phones, laptops (Mac), iPad or computers simultaneously.

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Security cameras like Logitech and Amcrest also allow multiple accesses to the same camera at the same time. NETGEAR Arlo does allow users to grant access to friends and family with different emails/accounts instead of the same account like Reolink does.

How Many People Can View/Watch My Cameras at the Same Time

Many security cameras allow multiple users to view or stream video feeds from the same camera simultaneously.

For example, Reolink RLC-423 and other PoE IP cameras allow up to 12 people (same account) to view live feeds at the same time on Smartphone, computer (Windows/Mac), or laptop, which supports up to two users streaming in main stream (stream with highest-resolution and clarity) concurrently.

Reolink Argus 2 and Reolink Keen also allow up to 8 people to stream videos simultaneously with 2 people viewing main-stream videos on mobile phone.

Multiple user simultaneous viewing either on a mobile phone, computer or laptop is extremely helpful if you and your wife or your family or friends are accessing the camera at the same time, even remotely.

View IP Camera on Multiple Devices

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While many other cameras might not support multiple users (same account) streaming at the same time. Arlo cameras won't allow the same account being logged in simultaneously.

Note: Many cameras do have an administrator account (master account) and allow for multiple guest accounts, which doesn't translate into that fact that many people can access the camera with one account/login info at the same time. Many users could access to the camera via different user accounts (administer accounts and guest accounts with limited access).

How to Access/View Cameras on Multiple Devices Simultaneously

It's always nice to have friends and family to help to check in or to keep tabs on your house every now and then.

To do so, users normally could grant or share their login accounts with my friends or family, create a guest/friend account, or invite friends or family to view camera feeds.

For example, in order to allow friends or family to view or access Reolink IP security cameras on different devices, users could follow the steps below:

Scenario 1Share Access with Friends/Family in the Same Local Area Network (LAN)

  • 1. Ask friends/family to download Reolink apps (iOS & Android) to their Smartphone or computer/Mac/laptop.
  • 2. Launch Reolink apps and software. All existing Reolink cameras will automatically show up on the Device List.
  • 3. Choose and enter correct user account login information (username and password).

Scenario 2Share Access with Friends/Family outside Local Area Network (LAN)

To grant access to a second device or your wife or husband, you could share your cameras' QR code (UID) to them and allow them to scan the QR code to view/stream the camera live feeds.

  • 1. Ask friends/family to download Reolink apps (iOS& Android) to their Smartphone or computer/Mac/laptop.
  • 2. Launch Reolink app, click "Add New Device".
  • 3. Other users could add the camera to the list either by scanning QR code or enter UID (provided by you).
  • 4. Ask them to enter correct user account login information (username and password).

Note: you don' t need to configure or set up the camera again. Next time your devices are connected to the internet, you shall be able to view or stream live video feeds automatically. If you are using Arlo, then you should use Grant Access in Settings to add a person using a different email address and invite your friends or family to follow the invite email directions.

Keep in mind that Arlo system only supports streaming up to 4 cameras concurrently (at the same time) per base station. If you do want to allow multiple users online streaming at the same time, you do need to get multiple Arlo base stations though.

View Multiple Security Cameras

Conclusion

Many IP cameras allow multiple users to view or stream camera live feeds online at the same time on different devices. However, streaming live feeds from security cameras on multiple devices will require a lot of network bandwidth.

To gain better viewing experience and privacy, it's important to limit access and take other security measures to shore up security, such as regularly changing user account password or create a strong password.

  • Ильдар Садров

    On my side there is problem. I am admin and created several common (guest) accounts for my partners, not friends. It is important to me that partners could not change commont account password and don't see my wi-fi password. But from Reolink windows app they can change own password and see my wifi password. When this will be fixed in Windows app?

    • Olivia

      Hi, there, thank you for your suggestions. I've forwarded your advice to our R&D team and they'll fix it as soon as possible.

      • Ильдар Садров

        Olivia, thanks a lot for your support. I am happy to work with Reolink, excellent company. Waiting for fix.

      • Hi Olivia,

        your multiple users wifi camera is exactly what I am looking for.
        Please let me know what is your product description for this feature in your manual in English
        multiple users
        multi access
        shared video
        or multi concurrent users

        since buying wifi cameras I have never read anything of this kind.

        My project is to let 2-3 drivers to watch a front of a car, while driving, or stopping at stop sign
        Since starting an app on smartphone or tablet takes some time and wifi pairing takes another few seconds
        I tried to turn wifi camera into video broadcasting mode, like DVB-T transmitter, one to many.
        Byt it takes too much time to get application developed to read the same video stream.

        Please email me if you can
        manta103g@gmail.com

        thank you

        • Olivia

          Hi there, multiple users/access refers to that you and the authorized users (like your friends or family) can access the Reolink cameras and NVRs at the same time. In your case, I'm afraid that Reolink WiFi cameras are not the ideal options to meet your needs.

  • al_mark@verizon.net

    I have run into a problem with users accessing ReoLink 420 ipcams with the phone app – every time they check the livefeed, they use up a login session. After 12 sessions are used up, no one can access the feed any more, including a windows client acting as an NVR. It seems that closing the app on the phone doesn't log the user off, so the limit of 12 is reached very quickly. I have had to log into the ipcam remotely and reboot it to get it working again.

    • Olivia

      Hello there, please submit a request and contact with our support team here, https://support.reolink.com/hc/en-us/requests/new. Also, specify the following in the request: 1) Do the 12 users log in again after you reboot the IP camera? 2) If yes, can you access the feed successfully this time? 3) Or do you receive any notifications like ”connection failed”? 4) If yes, attach a screenshot of the live feed screen on your app and Client. Hope that the issue will get solved soon.

      • al_mark@verizon.net

        I am in contact with Cherry in support and she recommended a firmware update, which initially I could not get to work, but I finally got it updated. I'll see if it fixes the multiple login problem, but it introduced a strange side effect of not letting me go to the configuration anymore.

        • Olivia

          Hi there, we have forwarded your case to our support team and they will come back to you soon. Please let me know if you have encountered any other question.

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