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How to remotely view security cameras using the Internet

Feb 15, 2021

Best remote access security camera guide

There are many reasons why you may want to get remote control over your security camera system. For instance, it gives you the ability to keep an eye on your business directly from your laptop or smartphone when you are away. Also, if you want to know what is happening to your beloved when you are not around, you simply set up web access to security cameras and see what’s going on in your house while miles away.

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In this article, we’ll tell you about the easiest way to connect to your IP security camera remotely and supervise your household when you are on a business trip or traveling.

Getting remote access to security cameras

Let’s imagine that you want to connect to your security camera over the Internet in order to get the video feed directly to your remote computer. What you should do to achieve this is share your camera over the network. That’s where you'll need a dedicated third-party software capable of forwarding USB devices to the remote side. Probably the most popular solution you can find today is USB over Internet software developed by Electronic Team, Inc. This app is designed to redirect traffic from any networked USB device to a remote computer over the Internet.

Here’s how it works:

  1. 1
    You physically connect your camera to a local computer (we’ll call it the server) and install the app on both the server machine and the PC (the client) from which you are going to access the camera remotely.
     Step 1
  2. 2
    Launch USB over Internet app on the server computer and open the Local USB Devices tab. Find the camera in the device list and click “Share next” to it.
     Step 2
  3. 3
    On the client computer, you start the software and go to the tab named Remote USB devices. Locate the security camera there and click “Connect” next to the device name.
     Step 4

From this point forward, the camera will be displayed in the Device Manager of your remote computer like it was plugged directly into that PC. So, now you can use any specialized software to remotely control the security camera as though it was your local device.

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USB Network Gate supports cross-platform connectivity. This means you can connect your camera to a PC and access it from a Mac and vice versa. Also, the software works well on Linux and Android platforms.

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If your server computer is not connected to the Internet, you can share your security camera over LAN. USB Network Gate seems to be a perfect solution to this. The app will not only share your USB security camera across LAN or WiFi but let you redirect USB traffic over RDP or the Citrix protocol to any remote computer.

USB Network Gate offers a handy device isolation feature. This is especially useful for USB devices like security cameras. With USB Network Gate you can grant access rights to a specific Microsoft user account or Remote Desktop session. Find quick guides on how to effectively isolate USB device on Window OS and in Remote Desktop session.

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Configuring remote video surveillance

When it comes to remote video surveillance, the first thing that comes to mind is real-time video monitoring from anywhere globally. It seems pretty convenient to be able to access an IP surveillance camera from any networked device like a smartphone, laptop or computer. Below we describe the next method to get remote access to a security camera system. This time you will need to know your camera's IP address.

By default, security cameras with remote access capabilities are fully compatible with a vast variety of web browsing apps. However, it should be mentioned that the list of supported devices may vary from browser to browser.

How to access security cameras via IP address

Now we’ll consider how to remotely view security cameras using the Internet. But before you begin, make sure your IP security camera is installed and connected to your router.

When everything is ready, follow these simple steps:
Find out the IP address of your security camera:

  • Launch your router’s configuration software and find the list of DHCP clients connected to the device. Usually, it is named the DHCP Clients Table or Attached Devices. If it’s not clear which of the IP’s is the required one, you can check your camera's hardware (MAC) address.
Copy the camera’s IP address to the address bar of your browser and enter your login credentials.
Find out which HTTP port your camera is using.

  • As port 80 (set by default) may be blocked by the ISP, you may need to change it. To do this, select Settings > Basic > Network and open the Information tab. Make the required changes, click OK and save them by rebooting the camera.
Adjust port forwarding settings on the router. Note that depending on which router model you use, the configuration procedure may differ. In our example, you will see how to configure port forwarding on a TP-Link TL-WR941ND router.

  • Open your router’s management page.
  • Select Forwarding > Virtual servers from the left sidebar menu.
  • Click Add New and enter the IP address of your security camera and the port it uses.
  • Select All in the Protocol field and click Save.
Open the Status page to find the router’s WAN IP address.
On a remote computer that does not share the same network with your camera, you can now get access to the camera. To do this:

  • open any Internet browser, enter http://(IP address of the router):(Camera port number) and press Enter.
Once done, you’ll be able to view your security camera over the Internet.
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