How to Access an IP Camera From the Internet

By Anthony Smith

IP cameras are cameras can be viewed both over the world wide web or in a LAN, and can be monitored locally from a computer via the network to which the cameras are attached. Additional configuration of your network can give you the ability to access the IP Network Camera so that it can be monitored both locally and remotely using the Internet.This is the benefit of network cameras, as they can reside on IP networks and the video streams can be accessed or saved remotely.

Things You'll Need

  • IP Network Camera
  • Network
  • Computer
  • Router

Step 1

Get your IP Default Gateway. Do this by opening your Command Prompt and entering "ipconfig/all" and then hit "Enter." This will bring up your IP information, and number you want is your Default Gateway. This is under the IP address. It can be identified as a number with a pattern like the following: 123.456.7.8.

Step 2

Access your router. This is done by inserting your default gateway into the browser bar in you Internet browser.

Step 3

Forward your port by configuring your camera. Find the configuration section on the router web page where there is port forwarding. This section is located differently with each type of router. Refer to the documentation that came with your router when you purchased it.

Step 4

Access your camera over the Internet. To do this you will need your public IP address, this is different from your regular IP address. You may need to contact your Internet service provider to get this information.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can test the ability to view your IP network camera from another computer outside of the network to make sure the port was forwarded correctly.