How to Build a Wi-Fi Webcam

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With the influence of social media, there is a growing demand for personalized communication such as video calls, conferencing and chatting. A webcam, short for Web camera, is the hardware connected to your computer, allowing you the ability to speak with friends face-to-face online, view what the camera sees while you are away from home and more. The term Wi-Fi references the camera's functionality with wireless Internet. Install a Wi-Fi webcam to your computer in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • Webcam
  • Web-cam software
  • Wireless router
  • Internet connection
  • Connect the network cable, in the camera's package, to an open port on the back or side of the router.

  • Plug the other end of the cable into the webcam. Insert the power plug cable into the camera, then plug the power cord into a wall outlet. The camera will power up.

  • Insert the webcam setup software disk into your CD-ROM. Launch the software following the guide from the installation wizard.

  • Key in the information for your wireless network when prompted. The software will ask you for the WEP or WPA key, the network name or SSID and your router's password.

  • Write down the camera's IP address when it appears on the screen. Select Infrastructure mode, if given the option by the installation software. Give your camera a name in the field "Camera name."

  • Click "Finished" on the installation wizard when you are done.

  • Turn off the camera and disconnect the camera's cable from the port on the router.

  • Turn the camera back on and reconnect the cable to the router. Open your Web browser and type in the IP address you have written down for the camera. This action performs a test; if the installation went correctly you should see a picture from your camera on your computer screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • You will want to have information available in your router's manual handy; the information includes the WEP or WPA, the SSID or network name, and your router password.
  • Specific camera setup instructions may vary from model to model.
  • Disable anit-virus and firewall software if you encounter interference in the setup of your camera.

References

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