IP camera address is the key to remote viewing.

The right IP camera address enables you to access the specific camera you want in the crowded Internet, which is oftentimes fully packed with various electronic devices.

Here we will introduce 3 ways to find the network camera IP address quickly and easily (with step-by-step guides and videos).

And more importantly, you'll learn how to set up remote viewing with the IP camera address here, in steps.

Content:
#1. IP Camera Address Basics You Need to Know
#2. How to Find Your Network Camera IP Address
#3. IP Camera IP Address Setup for Remote Viewing
∙ Web Browsers (with or without Internet)
∙ 3rd Party Software
∙ NVR Configuration
#4. Unsecured CCTV Camera IP Address List

Editor's Note: In fact, you don't have to mess around with the IP camera address for remote viewing, thanks to the P2P technology. The P2P enabled cameras allow you to access the live streaming locally and remotely by using the UID (unique ID) number for security cameras to add it to the software.

And some security cameras (Reolink cameras, for example) make the process much easier by automatically scanning the IP camera address and adding it to your monitoring software.

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IP Camera Address 101

IP Camera Address Basics You Need to Know

Why the IP camera address is so important?

You'll know it with the understanding of what an IP camera is and how it works:

An IP camera is a type of digital video camera that sends and receives data through the Internet. And each camera needs a unique IP camera address, so that you can find it, view it, and manage it on the Internet.

And generally, there are two ways for the CCTV cameras to get their IP addresses on the local network.

You may connect the camera with a router or an NVR (network video recorder), both of which are DHCP enabled and capable of assigning unique IP camera addresses to the camera automatically. (Make sure the DHCP function is enabled so that you can find the IP camera on network. Some camera brands may require you to do it manually on the camera setting page.)

That's why wireless security cameras need physical network cable connection for the initial setup – to claim a new IP camera address and connect it to your home router network. Yet the battery powered cameras connect to the WiFi network by scanning QR code with your phone, making the whole setup truly wire free.

Note: The NVR will only do the job in its subnet, meaning this IP camera address is only used for video transmission from the camera to the NVR. You can then access the recordings and live view after connecting the camera to a monitor. If you want remote viewing, connect the camera system with a router.

IP Camera Address

How to Find Your IP Camera Address: 4 Easy Ways

Here are 4 options you can find the IP address of a camera.

#1. Find the IP camera address via the security camera companion software

This is the easiest way to find the security camera IP address.

The easiest way to find the security camera IP address is to check the Network page on the CCTV camera software (mobile app or PC client). The network page will display all the IP address information of your camera.

Generally you can get the CCTV camera IP address with 2 easy steps. Take Reolink cameras as an example:

Step 1. Download the free Reolink software on your phone or PC.

Step 2. Come to its device settings, and then find the security camera IP address on the Network Status tab.

Security Camera IP Address

Here is also a video tutorial:

#2. Find the IP camera address via the router configuration software

Another easy option to obtain your security camera IP address is to check the ”DHCP Clients Table” or ”Attached Devices” page on the router configuration software. The page displays all the IP addresses of devices attached to the router. And you can quickly identify the IP address of your security camera with the unique MAC address of the camera.

For example, you may easily find the Reolink camera addresses via the following steps:

Step 1. Enter the gateway IP address of the router.

Step 2. Check the IP camera MAC address via the camera software.

IP Camera Mac Address

Step 3. Go to the WiFi setting page > DHCP server page and find the IP camera address according to the camera MAC address.

#3. Find the address via online IP camera address finder tool

There are many IP camera address finders and scanners online. For example, the Advanced IP Scanner (for PC) and Fing (for mobile device) can scan all the devices connected to the Internet and show you the security camera IP addresses, MAC address, and manufacturer for everything.

#4. Find the CCTV IP address via the URL of the camera configuration page

If you have access to the security camera settings and configuration page, you can obtain the IP camera address by observing the URL of your camera's setting page.

Here is the thing: the IP camera address is something that lists at the top of the URL. If the URL of your security camera's setting page begins with "http://183.37.194.134", then the camera IP address might be 183.37.194.134.

How to Get Web Remote Access with IP Camera Address

With the right CCTV IP camera address, your next move is probably the port forwarding setup.

Port forwarding is a general solution for remote viewing.

Actually, all you need to do is to find the public IP camera address (http://wanip:httpport), and then you can access the camera wherever you are.

Here are detailed steps:

Step 1: Find the IP camera address on local network. (We've already got it.)

Step 2: Check the "HTTP port" and "RTMP port" of the camera via the security camera software. Here we take Reolink client as an example.

Click "Network" -> "Advanced", and then click "Setup" next to the "Port Setting", and then you'll find the page with all the port setting information.

Port Value

Note: The port number can be changed before you forward it to the IP camera address.

Step 3: Log into your router to set up the port forwarding rules.

Enter the port number and IP camera address as required. Some routers may allow you to specify the packet types (TCP or UDP). Select both if possible, otherwise select TCP.

Example of Port Forwarding

Step 4: Check the WAN IP address of your router.

Click here to check your current WAN IP address of your home network.

Step 5: Enter the IP camera network URL address in the address bar.

The format of the CCTV camera public IP address is: http://(wanip):(httpport).

So if your WAN IP address is 183.37.194.135, and the HTTP port is 805, the home security camera IP address should be "http://183.37.194.134:805". Enter it in the address bar, the live view will appear.

Bonus: With the security camera IP address available, you can connect the security camera to your PC even without Internet. The critical thing you need to do is to change the computer's IP address to the same network prefix of the IP camera address. Here is how to do it (Check Method 1).

How to Set up Remote Viewing via 3rd Party Software

Some of you might prefer to use the 3rd party software like Blue Iris or iSpy for remote viewing. In that case, you'll need to add cameras manually via the IP camera address.

Note that your camera should be 3rd-party compatible so that the software could discover it.

Here we take Blue Iris software as an example to show the steps to configure the CCTV camera IP address:

Step 1. Launch Blue Iris and click + button and select Add new camera.

Step 2. Set up camera basic information.

Input the camera name and choose Network IP as the connection type. Check "Enable audio" and "Enable motion detector" and then click OK.

Add Camera in Blue Iris

Step 3. Configure the CCTV camera IP address.

Click Find/inspect button to search the camera in the LAN and choose the Make as your camera brand, Reolink for example. Remember to change the "Discover port" to 8000 (the Reolink camera default port number and you may change it according to your situations).

Configure Reolink Camera in Blue Iris

CCTV Camera IP Address Setup via NVR

As I mentioned, the NVR will automatically assign IP camera addresses to the devices connected to it.

So the cameras can communicate with the NVR in its subnet once they are powered up and connected.

That's to say the cameras will start recording and save the videos to the NVR without connecting to a router. You may also access the live view after connecting the IP address camera system to a monitor.

IP Camera System Network Connection

So you don't need to know what the IP camera address is for remote viewing. Many security camera NVRs, including Reolink, will take care of the whole process: Simply scan and add all the cameras on the LAN.

Camera IP Address

Unsecured Public IP Camera Address List

How to find nearby CCTV IP address?

That's how the IP address camera viewer online is adding more security cameras to its network over time. There are even websites doing live of IP address cameras online. Those sites are usually open to everyone worldwide without the camera owners' knowing.

Here is an unsecured IP camera IP address list indicating some camera types you may want to avoid. If you are using one of these easily hacked IP cameras, make sure you have changed the login password.

Camera Manufacturer Username Default Password Default IP
Axis root Pass/EMPTY 192.168.0.90
Brickcom admin admin 192.168.1.1
Canon root Model # of camera 192.168.100.1
Dahua admin admin 192.168.1.108
Dahua 888888 888888 192.168.1.108
Dahua 666666 666666 192.168.1.108
DVtel Admin 1234 192.168.0.250
HIKVision admin 12345 192.0.0.64
Honeywell administrator 1234 DHCP
Panasonic admin 12345 192.168.0.253
Panasonic admin1 password 192.168.0.253
Samsung root 4321 192.168.1.200
Samsung root admin 192.168.1.200
Samsung admin 4321 192.168.1.200
Samsung admin 1111111 192.168.1.200
Sanyo admin admin 192.168.0.2
Sony admin admin 192.168.0.100
Toshiba root ikwb 192.168.0.30

Source: Unsecured Security Camera IP Address List

  • Alessandro Annunziato

    I received the camera today and am not able to see the camera with the PC software. Accessing to the wifi network it does not find the camera. I know the IP address (192.168.1.5) but which is the Media port ? Please help

    Model is Argus 2 Pro

    • Flora

      Hi there, you may find the SMTP port number via the Reolink Client. Come to Device Settings > Network Advanced > E-mail Setup, and then you will see the SMTP port number.

      By the way, the battery powered cameras don't support port forwarding for web browser access to save the battery life, if that's what you are trying to finish. Actually, the Argus cameras can be accessed directly from the Reolink Client ( download at: /software-and-manual/ ) without having to know the IP address and port number.

      To add the camera to the software, simply enter the UID and the password. Hope this answers your questions.

      • Alessandro Annunziato

        Does it mean that I cannot access the camera from internet (even using your software) ? So I can use it only inside the intranet where the wifi is connected ?

        This is a strong limitation because it was claimed that one can use the camera images from anywhere.

        • Flora

          Hi Alessandro, you can certainly access the camera inside and outside your home network with the Reolink software. You may follow this step-by-step tutorial to set up Reolink cameras remote viewing in minutes: /how-to-set-up-ip-camera-remote-viewing/ . Let me know if you have any other questions. : )

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  • Thang Cho

    your cameras are worse than Hikvision

  • Jay Manuel Shelter

    Hi Flora!!!
    The thing is: i´m using an IP converter for my analog cameras,
    and when i connect it to my network, nothing comes up.
    I already tryed all these steps!!! I´m desperate now.

    • Flora

      Hi Jay, it is best to check if the IP converter that you apply is compatible with your analog cameras and also see if your analog cameras are connected to the Internet. We have also cover how to turn analog cameras to IP cameras here, /turn-analog-cctv-camera-into-ip-cameras/. You may take it as a reference.

  • B Muragesh

    Here two types of IP camera connection is there. one IP camera connection directly to router and other all IP camera connection directly NVR.

    here if we need remote access by NVR one IP is OK. But if we connected camera to router how to access all cameras.

    • Flora

      Hi there, if you want to access all the other IP cameras connected to the NVR remotely, you can connect the NVR to your router directly with a network cable. If all the cameras are connected to the router directly, you can access them via security camera viewer apps or web browsers.
      Make sure that there are no IP address conflicts among the cameras. Or else, you cannot access those cameras remotely. Hope this helps.

  • Steve Manners

    Hi I have a NVR with 4 wireless cameras, i have purchased an ipc router/repeater as my furthest camera has a weak signal. I have followed the instructions but cant get the NVR to see the repeater. my ip cameras have ip addresses of 172.20.14.30 to 33. it seems to connect but when i go to video manager it is not there as a device. is this because the ipc repeater is on the typical 192.168.0.1 range. If this is so is there a workaround. can i configure a repeater to the 172.20... range

    • Flora

      Hi Steve, are you connecting the 4 wireless IP cameras to the ipc repeater? Are the ipc repeater and the NVR under the same LAN? Please also specify the camera and NVR model that you are using so that we can help out. If those cameras are not from Reolink, it is best to contact the professionals from your security camera brands. 🙂

  • Flora

    Hi Steve, thank you for sending feedback. We want to learn more about how you run your system so that we can help out. Please specify the following:
    Do you connect the 4 wireless IP cameras directly to the NVR now? Can you access those cameras from the NVR?
    We know that one of the cameras has weak signal and you plan to connect that camera to a WiFi repeater, which is connected to the your router via Ethernet cable or WiFi. You cannot view that camera after connecting it to the router, is that correct?
    Please specify the network connection for that the 4 wireless IP cameras. If it is okay, send us a simple connection diagram. Thanks.

    • Steve Manners

      Hi Flora I connect the cameras wirelessly to the NVR and an ethernet cable from NVR to Internet via my modem. the modem is on network with IP range 192.168.0.1. I have looked at video manager and the ip address of the cameras are in the range 172.20.14.30 to 33. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9beecbb580b9598e5b82c8a6f3fb00ce43f6cfa7bd65610443746a121a077731.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5dfe701f58d5109a6d70edaefd8b57edee91b0f9b69d95baada5d2437f6762a4.jpg

      • Flora

        Hello Steve, thank you for sending us the feedback. We are not sure if it is the same case for your security system but for Reolink security system, you cannot see the WiFi repeater via the NVR or the security camera viewer software even your wireless camera is connected to the repeater successfully.
        Please try to connect the IPC repeater to your router and connect the furthest wireless camera to the repeater and see if it works. It seems that your security system works differently from Reolink's so we are sorry that we may not offer further help. You may send that connection diagram to the tech team from your security system brand and they may help you out. 🙂

  • John Geisler

    I have a night owl doorbell camera and need the url stream to it . They refuse to give it to me trying to get me to buy more product from them ? Does anyone have it or know the hack ? Thanks

    • Flora

      Hi, John. Not all security cameras are compatible with third-party software or web browsers. You'd better have further contact with the professionals from your security camera brands. Let me know if you have any other questions. : )

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