How to Set Up IP Camera Remote Viewing: Step by Step Guide.
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How to Set Up IP Camera Remote Viewing: Step by Step Guide

The remote view security camera can live view when you are away from your home or business. After all, people lead busy lives, come in and out of work, go on vacations, and run errands so investing in a remote video surveillance system is crucial to the well-being and safety of your home or business.

Thus, much of the time you’re not actually able to be onsite where your cameras are installed.

So how to remotely view your security cameras using the Internet? What to do if you can view the IP camera through your LAN IP address but fail to access it from another computer network or via different WiFi connections?

In this post, we’ll show you the two ways to set up an IP camera for remote viewing step by step, through which you can easily learn how to watch CCTV cameras from anywhere using Internet.

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1. What is a Remote View Security Camera?

Remote video surveillance enables users to view live video on a PC or laptop from just about anywhere in the world with internet access. To facilitate remote viewing, you simply type in the IP address of your network security camera in your internet browser like you would a website. This is done through DDNS and port-forwarding, which is discussed in greater detail further below. Once you’ve configured DDNS and port-forwarding and have obtained an IP address to view online, you can then begin to experience what it’s like to view your security camera system from a remote location.

Remote security cameras are typically compatible with a wide range of web browsers. It is worth noting that specific web browser support varies by manufacturer.

2. Two Ways to Set Up an IP Camera for Remote Viewing Step by Step

Way 1: Stream IP Cameras over Internet via Manufacturers’ App/Client

The TOP 1 method (easiest and most convenient) for you to set up an IP camera for remote viewing, is to use the manufacturer’s App or Client.

Why?

The App and Client are totally designed for the security cameras by manufacturers, so unlike the third-party software, you don’t need to be concerned about any compatibility issues when watching CCTV cameras from anywhere using Internet.

On top of that, the security camera providers will also release new software versions regularly to unlock some improved features.

Thanks to P2P technology, you are able to watch your CCTV cameras from anywhere using the Internet in a breeze, like checking on your remote shed or cabin from the comfort of your home.

In our test, we used C1 security camera for the remote access setup via the UID method. And below are the 3 simple steps to configure an IP camera on Internet for remote viewing within less than 2 minutes.

Step 1: Download the ZOSI App or Client to your phones or computers.

Step 2: Launch the app and enter a unique ID number (UID) to add the camera device.

Step 3: Click the C1 camera on the App or Client and you can view your IP camera over the Internet outside the home network.

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In fact, not only yourself, your family members can also stream your IP camera over Internet simultaneously. (Read this to learn how to access IP cameras on multiple devices at one time.)

For ZOSI battery-powered security cameras, 8 users can remotely view the IP cameras online via the cellphones at the same time. And 12 users can simultaneously watch the ZOSI non-battery-powered CCTV cameras from anywhere using Internet.

This is certainly the easiest way to stream your IP cameras over Internet, no matter you want to monitor your boats beside your house or view your vacant properties/barn/farm/business from your home.

Important Note: Broadly speaking, the camera software provided by the sellers can only allow you to watch CCTV cameras of the same brand from anywhere using Internet. It can’t work with the security cameras of other brands.

Way 2: Set up IP Cameras for Remote Viewing via Port Forwarding

Set up a security camera to see it remotely via a web browser is the alternative to the UID method for you to stream IP cameras over Internet.

Here’s an easy-to-understand guide on accessing security cameras remotely with the use of port forwarding, This method works just fine for any IP camera make, and you can apply it to access security cameras outside of your LAN or Wi-Fi network.

Step 1: Find the IP Address of Your Security Camera

When it comes to CCTV remote viewing over the Internet, the first step is always the same: you need to find your camera IP address.

More often than not, this piece of info can be found on the status page of the camera application program. If not there, look through the list of DHCP clients currently connected to your router.

Step 2: Check the WAN/External IP Address of Your Router

You can visit here and copy (or write down) your router’s WAN IP address. Mind that you’ll have to do this every time you need remote access to your security cameras, unless your Internet service provider grants you a permanent IP address (a good bet they didn’t do that).

In case you want to know how to view a security camera over the Internet and not ever have to bother checking your router’s external IP, there is one other way. You can make your security camera available for remote viewing through the use of the DDNS service in such a way that the only thing you’ll have to remember is your camera’s hostname.

Step 3: Check the Camera Port Numbers & Forward Ports to the Router

You need to know exactly which port your camera is connected to. Using said number, your router can distinguish the camera from other peripherals and manage its traffic.

Go to your camera device settings and copy these two numbers: RTMP port and HTTP port. Keep in mind to not use the same port numbers for remote viewing of your other cameras, if you’ve got those.

Step 4: Set up port forwarding to your router

You need to know exactly which port your camera is connected to. Using said number, your router can distinguish the camera from other peripherals and manage its traffic.

Go to your camera device settings and copy these two numbers: RTMP port and HTTP port. Keep in mind to not use the same port numbers for remote viewing of your other cameras, if you’ve got those.

Set up port forwarding to your router.
Use your router’s web interface to configure port forwarding rules.

Step 5: Enter an address to a web browser

At this point, you’ve collected all the data you need. So here’s how to access security cameras using that data – in the browser, enter a URL address which consists of WAN IP and the port number.

E.g., the WAN IP is 101.02.104.105, and your camera is connected via the HTTP port number 8111, meaning, you’ll need to enter “https://101.02.104.105:8111”.

3. Questions About IP Camera Setup for Remote Viewing You May Ask

To offer you more insights into remote view security camera, here we’ve collected some common questions about how to set up an IP camera for remote viewing and watch CCTV cameras from anywhere using Internet.

Q1. Will We Be Able to View the IP Cameras Online on Our Smartphone When We Go Abroad

Definitely yes! By following the above procedures about how to set up an IP camera for remote viewing, you’ll be able to view your IP cameras outside your network using Internet or different WiFi connections, even you are travelling abroad.

Q2. Can I Set up My IP Cameras for Remote Viewing without Using a DDNS Service

If your Internet service provider offers you a static IP address, you can always remotely view your security camera using the Internet with the same IP address and the DDNS setup is not required.

Another easier way to stream your IP cameras over Internet without DDNS service is to buy security cameras for home that support P2P.

You simply need to enter the camera UDI and password, and then you’ll be able to view the IP cameras online outside your network from anywhere.

Q3. Is There Free Surveillance Software to Access my IP cameras from Another Computer Network? Is It Possible to Manage Multiple Cameras with the Same App?

Normally when you buy security cameras, the camera sellers would offer free software for you to set up the IP cameras for remote viewing (like ZOSI App and Client) via different WiFi networks.

And yes, you can also watch multiple CCTV security cameras from anywhere using Internet with the same App or Client. For example, both ZOSI App and Client allow for multi-screen live streaming (up to 16 screens for app and 36 screens for Client) on your phone and computer.

4. Tips for Setting up IP Camera Remote Viewing Problems

Still can’t view your IP camera outside your network? Or failed to remotely connect your IP camera to the Internet after trying out the procedures above?

There could be multiple factors responsible for the the issue of “can’t view security cameras remotely”, such as the incorrect username and password, weak network signals, out-of-date camera firmware versions, etc.

Now read the insider tips to troubleshoot the specific problems or refer to the infographics below for a quick glance.

What to Do If You Can’t View Security Cameras Remotely

  1. Check the camera username and password.
  2. Ensure that your cameras have connected to the network.
  3. Examine if your phone/computer has strong and stable network signals.
  4. Update your security camera and the sofyware to the lasterst versions.
  5. Ensure that your have enabled the UID of your security cameras.
  6. Open the firewall in the router to allow Internet access to the camera.
  7. Disable the firewall, proxy, ad-blocking sofyware, anti-virus software of your computer.
    Make sure the cameras are compatible with the web browser.

What to Do If You Can’t Watch CCTV Cameras from Anywhere Using Internet on Android Phones or iPhones via UID Method

  • Make sure you have entered the right username and password.
  • Ensure that you have enabled the UID of your security cameras.
  • Check whether your cameras have connected to the network.
  • Ensure the firewall doesn’t prevent the UDP port when you intend to access IP cameras online on android phones or computers via the UID method.
  • Check if your phones or computers have strong and stable network signals.
  • Update your security camera and the software to the latest versions.

What to Do If You Cannot Remotely View Security Cameras Using the Internet via Port Forwarding

  • Make sure your cameras are connected to the network.
  • Ensure all the ports of the network configuration are mapped to the Internet.
  • Open the firewall in the router to allow Internet access to the camera.
  • If your computer has a firewall, proxy, ad-blocking software, anti-virus software or the like, try to temporarily disable them and connect the Server again.
  • Check your Web Server Settings and ensure that your user account has permission to access the IP cameras.
  • Make sure the cameras are compatible with the web browser you are using for remote viewing.

If you have more problems about setting up your IP camera for remote viewing or watching CCTV cameras from anywhere using Internet, feel free to leave your comment below and we would love to help.