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need help w/cheap ebay ptz wireless ip camera setup-install


 
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Gomer
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:50 am    Post subject: need help w/cheap ebay ptz wireless ip camera setup-install Reply with quote

I bought a cheapie ebay pant tilt zoom camera and I cannot get ti to work on my system at all. I am running windows xp on a wireless network at home. It uses its own software called ip camera or something like that. I use Mcafee virus protection and a wirless router. The camera has a r45 jack at the back and a power supply and is supposed to work wireless. I have had zero luck installing this. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME? I feel so stupid and I need detailed step by step instructions, I have tried the manual and I cant figure this out, I am sure it must be me, but I am also sure others have had the same problem and might be able to help? Thanks in advance.
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buellwinkle
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The software that comes with these cameras is just there to help you find the IP address the first time. Plug the camera in to your router, can't use wireless until you configure it. It's best to use the same router as the PC you will access it from or the subnets will be different and cause you more grief.

Then you use that IP address in a browser, and you can use any browser you want as long as it's Internet Explorer and you have every conceivable security option turned off and you are getting so many warnings that you are afraid, but you must keep going. I spent an hour turning everything hidden option on IE off. The camera will then install some sort of ActiveX control on your PC and allow you to log into the camera (the user and password are in the manual that is on the CD they sent you).

Then once you are in you can configure all the options, first thing is to pick a fixed IP address (or you'll be hunting for it each time you reboot the camera or router). For example, if your router assigns addresses in the 192.168.1.1-99 address range, just make it 192.168.1.100 and you'll always be able to find it. Then you need to go into your routers firewall and make that address and port available to the outside world (if you wanna access it from the internet). Once you configure the wifi stuff, then you can disconect the camera and use it via WiFi. There will be options to set motion detection, email alerts, ftp and so on.

These sort of cameras are extremely easy to setup once you can connect to them. The connection part is what people get hung up about, but it's easy once you figure out TCP/IP.
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