How to Install a Web Camera

By Ryan Bauer

Web cameras, also known as "webcams," allow people to communicate through the Internet on a live video feed. Web cameras can also record videos, take still photos and provide security surveillance. Most major electronics retailers carry web cameras that cost less than $50; some higher-end models have additional features like audio recording. It only takes a few minutes to install a webcam.

Step 1

Place the camera in a convenient location. It should be oriented for a clear view of the user's face. Many web cameras come with brackets so they can be fixed on top of a flat screen monitor.

Step 2

Plug the web camera's USB plug into the computer's USB port--a narrow, rectangular-shaped port usually located on the back of the system. If there aren't any available ports, use a USB hub so one port can be used by multiple devices.

Step 3

Wait a moment for the computer to recognize the USB device. A pop-up window will appear on the screen confirming that the device has been initialized. Click on "Start," then "My Computer." The web camera should appear in the list of available devices.

Step 4

If the web camera does not appear in your computer's list of devices, install the software CD that came with the camera. Insert the disk into the CD drive and follow the on-screen instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Secure the camera in an unsteady location with double-sided tape.

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