How to Monitor a Remote Web Camera

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A remote web camera can be an excellent way to keep an eye on your home and your possessions when you are away. By setting up a web camera you will be able to watch the video captured by that camera from any Internet browser, making it possible to keep watch on your home from the office, or even while you are on vacation.

Things You'll Need

  • Web camera
  • Computer
  • Internet browser
  • Set your web camera up according to the manufacturer's instructions. Check to make sure that the camera has been properly installed by clicking on "My Computer," choosing "Properties" from the menu and clicking on the "Hardware" tab. Click on the "Device Manager" button, locate your web camera and make sure there are no yellow question marks or red exclamation points next to the device. If you do see such an indicator, right-click on the device and choose "Update Driver" from the menu to install a new driver.

  • Determine the IP address of the camera so that you will be able to log on and view the video. Each web camera will have a static IP address which serves as that camera's unique network address. Since this address will not change, you will always be able to log on and view the camera.

  • Set up a user ID and password for your web camera using the instructions provided by the camera's manufacturer. You will use these credentials to log on to a secure website and view the video captured by your camera.

  • Log on to the Internet and open your web browser. In the address bar, type the IP address of the camera you need to view. For instance, if your web camera uses an IP address of 10.25.65.120, type that number in the address bar and hit the "Enter" key.

  • Log on to the secure website using the user name and password you created earlier. Once you have logged on successfully you will be able to view real-time video, go back and watch recorded video and operate any tilt, swivel or pan functions that may come with the camera.

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