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.

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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.

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: 3 Easy Ways

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.

Security Camera IP Address

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.

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, and the HTTP port is 805, the home security camera IP address should be “”. Enter it in the address bar, the live view will appear.

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

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
Axis root Pass/EMPTY
Brickcom admin admin
Canon root Model # of camera
Dahua admin admin
Dahua 888888 888888
Dahua 666666 666666
DVtel Admin 1234
HIKVision admin 12345
Honeywell administrator 1234 DHCP
Panasonic admin 12345
Panasonic admin1 password
Samsung root 4321
Samsung root admin
Samsung admin 4321
Samsung admin 1111111
Sanyo admin admin
Sony admin admin
Toshiba root ikwb

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 ( 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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