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.
#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
∙ 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. With P2P enabled cameras, you can access the live streaming locally and remotely by simply entering the UID (unique ID) number and password, via free PC and phone software.
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.
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.
Here are 3 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.
Usually, there is a network page displaying all the IP camera addresses. And you can get the CCTV camera IP address with 2 easy steps. Take Reolink cameras for 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.
Here is also a video tutorial:
#2. Find the IP camera address via the router configuration software.
Typically, there is a page on the router configuration software that displays all the IP addresses of devices attached. You may find the right IP camera address 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. Find the WiFi setting page and check the IP camera MAC address.
Step 3. Go to the DHCP server page and find the IP camera address according to the MAC.
#3. Find the address via online IP camera address finder tool.
There are many IP camera address finders online. For example, the IPCam Scanner can scan all the devices connected to the Internet and show you the security camera IP addresses.
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.
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.
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 188.8.131.52, and the HTTP port is 805, the home security camera IP address should be “http://184.108.40.206:805”. Enter it in the address bar, the live view will appear.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The IP camera address being a key to access and even control the security cameras, those unsecured security cameras with default username and password may easily suffer the IP camera address hack.
There are even websites doing live of IP address cameras online. And 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|
|Canon||root||Model # of camera||192.168.100.1|