How to Set Up a Webcam for Birds

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If you are an avid bird watcher, then you can set up a wireless webcam to keep an eye on the birds that visit your backyard 24 hours a day. This way you can watch for birds even when you are away from your home, whether you are at work or thousands of miles away on vacation. If you want to put it outside, you can purchase a weather resistant webcam that is protected from the wind and rain.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless network
  • Webcam with Ethernet port, power cord, and installer
  • Router's public IP address
  • Port number
  • Choose a place where birds can be easily spotted. This is where you are going to set up your webcam. A few places that you can consider are near a tree, at a window, or in the backyard.

  • Connect the webcam to your wireless router using the Ethernet cable to connect the devices together. Plug in the power cord for the webcam and the router as well.

  • Insert the CD ROM that came with your webcam into your computer. Click "Next" and follow the prompts for installation. This will walk you through the pairing process -- just follow the prompts and once it is complete, click "OK."

  • Disconnect your webcam from the router after the two devices have been paired successfully by disconnecting the Ethernet cable and the power cord.

  • Set up your webcam where it can easily capture the birds. Make sure that it is within range of your wireless network which is usually about 100 feet. If your webcam comes with mounting brackets, then you can drill holes to keep it in place.

  • Go to the router's setup page. This is given to you in the instruction manual. Go to the "Applications" or "Gaming" section. Type in the webcam's IP address (consult your manual) and click "Enable," and "Save Settings."

  • View the webcam by opening a web browser window. Enter IP address of your router in the address bar with a colon and the port number and then hit enter on your keyboard. You should now see your webcam feed.

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