How to Convert Analog CCTV to IP


If you have analog CCTV cameras, you cannot connect them directly to your network; you need an analog-to-IP converter to convert the analog video from the CCTV cameras to digital video that IP surveillance software can decipher. Using an analog-to-IP converter is cheaper than replacing your current analog cameras if you want to upgrade your security cameras to IP technology. After converting your cameras, you can view your surveillance video feed over your home network.

Things You'll Need

  • Analog-to-IP converter
  • IP surveillance application
  • Insert the BNC connector at the end of an analog camera's coaxial cable into an open connector port on the converter. Repeat the process with the other analog cameras.

  • Insert one end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on the converter and then insert the other end into an open Ethernet port on your router. The converter is automatically assigned an IP address on the network by the router.

  • Launch a Web browser on your computer and then enter the router's IP address into the browser's address bar.

  • Press the "Enter" key to open the router's Administrator page. If prompted, enter the router's username and password in the appropriate fields to enter the Administrator page.

  • Click the "DHCP Client List" tab or "DHCP List" and then enter the router's password if prompted. The list of devices connected to the network and their IP addresses are displayed. Record the converter's IP address.

  • Launch your IP surveillance software on your computer. If you don't have an IP surveillance application, you can download one from a company that offers it on the Internet. SoftDVR Pro, NVR IP Surveillance Software and iSpy are examples of IP surveillance applications that are available on the Web (see Resources for links).

  • Enter the necessary information to access the video signal from the cameras in the appropriate fields, such the converter's IP address and the name of the converter. The video images from the cameras display on the screen.

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