How to Set up an IP Camera: Basic Advice in Setting a Cheap but Effective Home Surveillance

How to Set up an IP Camera: Basic Advice in Setting a Cheap but Effective Home Surveillance

The IP camera is one of the easiest, most effective and most affordable means to add a home surveillance and security system. But how to set it up? How to use it?

Below we will explain the main principles of the installation of a standard IP camera and all that goes with it.

Why use an IP camera?

Most homes can be a target for burglary. The addition of a surveillance camera greatly reduces the risk of burglary as the burglars themselves know the risks they face when their actions get recorded.

Another issue that can be helped by the use of an IP camera is the monitoring of your children, elderly persons or any pets you may have living in your home.

And just one more thing before we move on to the good stuff: the rapidly declining prices and rapidly increasing quality of these devices also add to the appeal to install and use an IP camera in a home, garage, yard or an office.

How to install an IP camera?

Today on the market, there are practically thousands of different models of IP cameras. And the knowledge on the installation of every specific model is impossible, but lucky for you, we have made an in-depth research and found out the basic principles on the installation of the IP camera.

The basic installation is the proper placement of the IP camera in your home. Most IP cameras are installed via screws and special mounts on the wall or ceiling in the selected room in your home.

Wireless or wired connectivity?

Different manufacturers are offering wireless connectivity or wired connectivity IP cameras. The installation of these is slightly different as we will explain below.

Wired connectivity

After you unpack the IP camera and locate all the necessary cables and connectors you can start plugging everything in its proper place. The wired connectivity of an IP camera is done via an Ethernet cable (a CAT5 cable). The Ethernet cable connection usually does not require an additional power source to the IP camera as it gets powered through the modem via the CAT5 cable.

After you plug the Ethernet cable into the camera and connect it to your modem, you can run the installation software that you have surely gotten in the box with the IP camera. The software on most IP cameras is nice and simple enough and enables you to follow step-by-step installation instructions.

After you install the software, you need to set up the password for the camera and then you can log into the camera via your PC browser and set the necessary options.

Wireless connectivity

Most wireless IP cameras today have very simple installation. Almost all of wireless cameras can be used with an Ethernet connection, and this is done via the process explained above. Some of the wireless IP cameras require an initial Ethernet connection in order to set up a password and set the necessary wireless options, and after this is done, they can be unplugged from the Ethernet connection and used as wireless IP cameras.

The more recent products that have reached the market offer exclusive wireless connectivity. To set up this kind of an IP camera you need to follow these general steps. Unpack the camera from its packaging and locate the AC adapter. You will need to connect the AD adapter to your IP camera and plug it into a wall outlet.

Many IS camera manufacturers print a QR code on the bottom of the product. To properly set up this kind of camera, you need to download the dedicated app designated by the manufacturer of your IP camera. After you download the dedicated app and successfully install it on your phone, you will need to scan the QR code on the bottom of the camera via the app and follow the instructions on the screen. After the app recognizes and connects to the smartphone, you can access the IP camera options.

What to after the initial setup?

No matter the connectivity of the IP camera to the home network (wired or wireless), the further steps are almost the same.

After you manage the login to your camera, you will be met with a variety of options like brightness, contrast and balance of the image and a mirror flip of the image for compensation of the camera is mounted upside-down.

The universal settings should be made according to the place where the IP camera is located. Most IP cameras have motion detection properties. To properly set the motion detection you need to consider the placement of the camera in your home. If you aim the camera at a usually still place, you can set it to maximum sensitivity and it will be triggered by any kind of movement.

But if the IP camera is pointed at a window where a tree is located, then to compensate for the triggering of the motion detection by the movement of the branches, you need to set the detection to a lower sensitivity. As most IP camera apps send alert alarms in the form of an email or a text message, the proper setting of this feature is rather important.

The app access

One of the major reason to install an IP camera is the ability to remotely access the feed from the camera and have insight into the events that take place in your home. Most IP cameras today come with their own dedicated app that you can install on your smartphone, tablet or PC and use to control the main features of the camera. And this dedicated app usually enables you to get access to your IP camera wherever you have access to a stable internet connection.

Final thoughts

Here we have outlined the most basic setup of an IP camera. But here we have only outlined the essentials of setting an IP camera. The specific details that are related to the installation and setup of an IP camera depend on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Look at the website of the manufacturer when making a selection for an IP camera and consult the instructional manual for the correct installation of the particular IP camera you have purchased for your home.

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