IP camera network setup can be confusing and technically demanding.

Good news is you don't have to go through the pains of messing up with the IP camera network!

After consulting the security experts on IP camera network and a deep dive into various IP cameras' networking process, here we've found the latest technology in IP camera network, which provides us the easiest way possible to set up security camera network.

Today let's walk you through the IP camera network setup process with all the necessary steps so that you can view IP cameras outside your home network and inside, even if you have NO experience in computer networking.

It is easy and it won't take long. I promise.

Additionally, we'll also cover the IP camera network troubleshooting and top-rated security cameras that guarantee easy IP camera network connection, and pro tips about IP cameras on network.

Part 1. IP Camera Network Basics (Important!)
Part 2. How to Set up IP Camera Network for Cameras (Charts & Diagrams)
Part 3. How to Set up Security Camera Network for Monitoring Devices (Video)
Part 4. Top 3 PoE & WiFi CCTV Network Cameras
Part 5. IP Camera Network Quick Troubleshooting

Just leave a comment if there are more you want to know about the home security camera network.

IP Camera Network Basics (Important!)

Actually, IP camera network setup is all about how to find IP cameras on network (WiFi or cellular network) locally and remotely via your phone, PC or tablet.

So basically, you need to deal with 2 things to set up IP camera network:

  • Set up IP camera network for cameras so that they are able to send data out.
  • Set up IP camera network for your devices so that they can receive data locally and remotely.

And accordingly, we'll break the big IP camera network project down into two tasks (Part2 and Part3):

Attention: Not all phone or PC access to the network IP cameras is remote viewing. Actually, the remote or local viewing depends on whether you access the camera in the LAN or WAN.

Comparison IP camera network Definition
Local viewing LAN (local area network) LAN allows nearby network devices to connect to share files, usually using the same switch or router.
Remote viewing WAN (wide area network) WAN is used to connect network devices that are not close to one another, and it usually spans over towns, regions, countries or the entire world.


Set up IP Camera Network for Cameras (Wiring Diagram)

In fact, all IP network cameras depend on the router network, cellular network, or their own private network to send data out. And thus, IP camera network setup will differ among various cameras.

IP Camera Network
Home Router Network Cellular Network Private Network
Traditional WiFi cameras Wired Cameras Wire-Free Cameras 4G Cellular Cameras IP Network Camera System

Home Router IP Camera Network Setup

You can set up the router IP camera network via either Ethernet cable connection (for traditional wireless cameras and wired cameras) or wireless connection (for wire-free cameras).

WiFi IP Camera Network
Reolink RLC-410W WiFi CCTV network diagram

(When the WiFi IP camera network setup is done, you are free to remove the Ethernet cable.)

PoE IP Camera Network
Reolink RLC-410 PoE IP camera network diagram

Wire Free IP Camera Network
Reolink Argus 2 wire-free IP CCTV network diagram

Battery powered cameras link to the router wirelessly by scanning a QR code containing all the WiFi information. So they are highly recommended if you want no trouble at all in IP camera network.

Cellular IP Camera Network Setup

To build cellular IP camera network, you only need to prepare an SIM card, activate it and insert it into the 4G IP network camera. Then, your 4G camera is able to send out videos and images using cellular data. That's to say, you can place it anywhere you like.

Reolink Go

100% Wire-Free 3G/4G LTE Mobile Camera

No WiFi & Power Needed; Rechargeable Battery or Solar Powered; 1080p Full HD; Starlight Night Vision; 2-Way Audio; Live View Anytime Anywhere.

Private IP Camera Network Setup

IP network camera systems can set up their own proprietary network automatically. That's to say, the IP network camera system (wired or wireless) will start to record and send data to the IP camera network video recorder (CCTV network DVR or NVR) once you power it up.

However, remember that you need to connect your wired or wireless network security camera system to a router if you need remote viewing, and monition detection alerts on your phone.

IP Camera System Network Connection
Reolink RLK8-410B4 CCTV network diagram

Set up IP Camera Network for Monitoring Devices

After you get IP cameras on network, your next step is to connect the monitoring devices to the network.

Just pay attention to the difference between the local and remote viewing (mentioned in Part 1).

And either way, the IP network camera and P2P (peer-to-peer) technology will provide you a shortcut.

Instead of managing the IP address things, you only need 3 steps to set up the IP camera network inside or outside your home by using P2P IP network cameras.

Otherwise, you have to learn to find IP cameras on network with the IP address and port forwarding.

IP Camera Network Configuration via P2P (Easiest Method)

Take the P2P camera Reolink Argus 2 as an example:

Step 1. Download the Reolink software to your phones or computers (Free download here).

Step 2. Launch the CCTV network software and enter a unique ID number (UID) to add the camera.

Connect IP Camera Network via Mobile Phone

Step 3. Click the IP camera on network and you can view your CCTV network camera inside or outside the home network.

So that's all for the IP camera network setup if you go with the IP network camera & P2P solution.

You can then freely access your IP camera on the local network, like watching your babies on the other room; or view IP camera outside the home network, like keeping an eye on your property when you are not home.

IP Camera Network Security Risks? No Worries!

Some of you may worry about the IP camera network safety risks with P2P technology. That's unnecessary. Now many high-end models, like Reolink cameras, have adopted advanced encryption, such as SL encryption, WPA2-AES encryption and SSL-TLS enabled to make your surveillance camera network 100% safe!

IP Camera Network Configuration via IP Address

The IP address is only needed when you want to get the P2P IP camera network via web browsers, or your CCTV network camera is not P2P enabled.

And a correct URL is the key to it.

If you want to find IP cameras on network locally, just enter the IP address of your CCTV network camera on the web browser. Follow the video to connect the IP camera network via the browser.

If you want to view IP cameras outside home network remotely, then the right key to access the IP camera network will be "http://(wanip) : (httpport)".

It's just like you are going to find someone in a neighborhood, you'll need his apartment number – that's WAN IP, and his room number – that's HTTP port number.

IP camera network configuration steps:

1. Check the IP address of your IP network security camera.

Follow the video tutorial to get the CCTV network camera local address via software, or you may refer to the router configuration software and find a page that shows the IP addresses of attached DHCP clients.

2. Find the "HTTP port" and "RTMP port" of your IP network camera.

Usually, there will be an IP camera network page on the default software displaying all the port setting information.

Port Value

3. Forward the "HTTP port" and "RTMP port" to the camera's IP address on the router.

You need to forward the HTTP port to find your IP network camera correctly and forward the RTMP port so that you can see the live streams wherever you are.

To set it up, just log into the web interface of your router and enter all the information required (usually the port and IP network camera IP address), like the screenshot shows.

Example of Port Forwarding

4. Check the WAN IP address of your router.

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

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

So we collected the WAN IP and HTTP port information of your IP camera on network, just enter them on the address bar via the format "http://(wanip):(httpport)".

For example, if your WAN IP address is, and the HTTP port is 805, the URL you enter on the web browser should be "".

Editors' Note: The WAN IP address changes all the time. To save your trouble of checking the WAN IP address of your router every time, you may configure the DDNS (Click here for a quick setup).

Best Network Security Cameras

Apparently, the camera types make a big difference in the IP camera network configuration.

And here are 3 top selling P2P IP network cameras to serve all your security needs and avoid complex IP camera network, providing you easy remote viewing inside and outside home network.

#1. Best Battery Powered IP Network CCTV Camera: Reolink Argus 2

If you want intuitively easy IP camera network in both design, configure, and remote viewing, this battery powered WiFi network surveillance camera should be your best choice. No messy cabling around your house.

Reolink Argus 2

100% Wire-Free Starlight Camera

Rechargeable Battery & Solar Powered; Outdoor/Indoor Protection; 1080 Full HD; Starlight Night Vision; 2-Way Audio; Live View Anytime Anywhere.

More great features you will like:

  • P2P technology provides easy IP camera network setup.
  • Rechargeable battery powered with 4-6 months' battery life.
  • Place & move the IP network security camera anywhere.
  • Starlight night vision offers clearer night images ever, up to 33 feet.
  • 1080p full HD images enable you to see plate number and face details.
  • IP65 weatherproof for both indoor and outdoor monitoring.

#2. Best Cellular IP Network Camera: Reolink Go

If there is NO WiFi IP camera network available in your monitoring area, and you want to keep your asset safe with remote viewing and push on your phone, then Reolink Go is a trouble free option!

It is easy to connect to IP camera network with NO wires and NO offline!

Reolink Go

100% Wire-Free 3G/4G LTE Mobile Camera

No WiFi & Power Needed; Rechargeable Battery or Solar Powered; 1080p Full HD; Starlight Night Vision; 2-Way Audio; Live View Anytime Anywhere.

More great features you will like:

  • Operates on the 4G mobile network, easy to setup & works anywhere.
  • Rechargeable battery powered or solar powered.
  • 100% wire-free. Works Independently with NO wire hassles.
  • Up to 33 feet starlight night vision captures details in low light conditions.
  • 1080p resolution provides you the clearest videos day and night.

#3. Best PoE IP Network Camera: Reolink RLC-410

If you prefer a wired IP camera network solution for 24/7 monitoring, Reolink RLC-410 is the one you can find with easiest home security camera network configuration.

More great features you will love:

  • Industry-leading 4MP resolution for facial and plate number identification.
  • Easy network connection, plug and play with IP camera network video recorder.
  • 100 feet long range night vision keeps your home safe during the night.
  • Accurate motion detection and push so you will not miss anything.

IP Camera Network Not Working Troubleshooting

Oftentimes, especially when you are using the non-p2p CCTV network cameras, you will come across the surveillance camera network not working problems, or you just can't find the IP camera on network.

And here we have summarized 6 common fixes to your IP camera network problems. Try them first and tell us if you need further help in the comment area.

#1. Check if the wireless security camera network antennas are fixed well or not.

#2. Check if the power supply of your IP camera on network is working properly.

#3. Check if the password is correct for the current IP camera network.

#4. Check the SSID in WiFi settings if you are using WiFi network security cameras. Make sure all the information is the same with your router.

IP Camera WiFi Settings

#5. Check whether the port number of your IP network camera is unique if you are port forwarding the cameras to your router. Note that you can't access two IP cameras from the Internet when they share the same port number.

#6. Update firmware and software for your IP camera on network.

If you have any confusion about these solutions, you may refer to our previous post for full explanations.

  • Venkata Naresh

    Nice Article.Thanks for sharing with us.

  • David Guerra

    This makes everything seem so easy. I've had my argus 2 for several days now...tried everything in the handbook and internet....scanned codes etc. but won't connect on either my cell phone or laptop....about to return it!

  • Flora

    Hi David, could you detail the problems you come across during the setup? (Please make sure that the WiFi is available in the monitoring place to proceed.) Thanks.

  • David Guerra

    I have tried just about everything. I downloaded the client app to my pc windows computer. I have a wifi router in the apartment that runs two computers. I charged the battery and clicked on "add device" and a list with the device is supposed to appear next but nothing happens. I also tried setting it up with the uid and also the ip address but doesn't work. According to everything I read, all I have to do is click on add device and it auto connects but it doesn't. My cell phone was also tried and I scanned the code that's in the handbook and downloaded the program but that doesn't work either. With the phone it says "unauthorized". I really bought this to use on my computer however, to live stream a picture. I've tried all the hints on the internet and even turned off my windows security with no difference.

  • Flora

    Hi David, that's really uncommon. Could you forward the information to our support team by submitting a request at https://support.reolink.com... ? They will help you troubleshoot your problem very soon.



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