Ethernet security camera setup

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August 31, 2011 at 04:52:53
Specs: windowsxp, 2gz/2gig
Ok i am always learning. Someone has given me some Micronet sp5510k internet cameras(not wireless) and i don't know much about networking. I have two computers hooked into the same router(D-link des-1005d) and that is hooked into the speedstream siemens 6520(which is router/modem) . This is the first time i have had some sort of network i guess. One machine runs windows and the other Ubuntu. How do i get these internet cameras to talk to whichever router? I logged into the speedstream today but i can't understand enough to make out what to do. I read on some website that i am supposed to open a port to get the camera to do whatever. I didn't understand much. This page was not specific to the models of equipment i have. I thought i just had to plug the cameras in and then open a browser and log into the cameras interface whatever. Anyway i tied but nothing happens when i type the address of the camera in the address bar. Both in linux and in windows. There is also software that goes witht he camera which i installed in windows called ipview but the button that shows the config for the camera is greyed out. Obvious there is something i am missing. The manual for this is missing a huge part fo what i am supposed to do and suggests i need knowledge of networking or lan or something....but no explanation or place to go on that....can anyone lead me somewhere on this?

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#1
August 31, 2011 at 21:25:04
The camera probably has a default address that you're not seeing. Try logging into the router where the camera is plugged in and look for 'attached devices' or assigned DHCP devices on the LAN. That should help find the IP address of the camera. Another helpful thing may be to go to the camera vendors website and look for a manual in the support area. That should indicate which port you'll need to forward on your routers to the camera. I'm guessing that you'll probably need to reserve the DHCP address for the camera also... Get it working and accessible on your local LAN before trying to see it over the public internet.

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#2
August 31, 2011 at 22:18:26
Sorry thought i mentioned i know the default address. I used that and no not getting results.Ok thought i also mentioned i don;t know how to log into the router. I plugged the same camera into the router of the modem(speedstream) and logged into it but i can't understand enough to do anything. This is just not an area where i know the terminology to do something. I have the manual for the cameras. IThe only mention it makes about the router whatever is that i 'have to have extensive knowledge of lan'....something like that. Which i have none!

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#3
September 1, 2011 at 07:33:03
First, ensure you have the two routers setup correctly.

Click on my name above in this response and read my “how-to” guide titled, “Add a second Router to your LAN

Once you have the two routers, and therefore your entire LAN, working properly you can add your cameras.

I would recommend using static IP's for the cameras. Check the DHCP Scope on the router running the DHCP server service and pick two IP's that are outside the scope so as to avoid the possibility of duplicate IP's on your LAN.

Configure the camera(s) with the IP(s) and connect them. You can test connectivity by pinging the cameras from a PC.

Once you have them communicating properly on the network then you'll need to read the camera documentation for info on how to "see" what the camera's see. Usually it's a direct connection to the camera or monitoring software which has to be installed on a PC. Read your manual(s) for that info.

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#4
September 1, 2011 at 21:06:52
The first router is within the modem. It is a working system that is currently functioning if you know what i mean. No hassles there.
I think i amnot getting my point accross. I attach one camera and the default address is typed intot he browser...nothing. I open the software and nothing. Sorry i don't know the terminology...but if i can't get this happening i don't think i can move on to your instructions?
Anyway it seem that the person that gave me these cameras might come today and set these up for me. I will let you know :0)

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#5
September 2, 2011 at 07:26:44
I think i amnot getting my point accross. I attach one camera and the default address is typed intot he browser...nothing.

I know that feeling.

As far as I know, with cameras that connect directly to the network, you have to plug the camera directly into your PC to configure it.....not a router. Chances are they two devices won't be configured with IP's in the same subnet and won't be able to communicate. This in turn means, your PC won't be able to communicate with the camera across the LAN either.

Therefore, you need to connect to the camera directly from your PC and then follow the instructions on setting it up. You will want to give it an IP in the same subnet as your router's LAN, but one that isn't within the DHCP scope (to avoid a duplicate IP). Once properly configured, that is the time to plug it in to a LAN port on one of your routers.

If the person you got the camera's from didn't give you the manual/setup guide for them, search the internet for that using the make/model of the cameras. You'll most likely be able to find them online in .pdf format.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#6
September 3, 2011 at 02:01:15
Hi thanks the guy explained that they needed to have their ip addresses changed according to the ip address used by my isp....i think i got that right...or maybe it it the network....anyway it all started with 10 so the new ip addresses had to go 10.0.0.1-254....so not the cameras are in that range. Apparently the d-link was not a true router he explained and so could not be logged into. Anyway he went into cmd...got a few things done there, then the webinterface using windows, then the software that camer with the cameras. Now i can configure them to do amny things that other cameras i have had(webcam and ip camera that plugs into a video capture card) do not do.....very nice! This is so nice of this guy to give this all to me and come and set up....freecycle .org is great!!!! Now and have to erected them wherever to catch the bad neighbours out with their destroying my property :0)
Yeah the manual i downl;oaded with missing heaps of info....ah well its all done and i appreciate your time. I have some cameras in the d-link device and some in the modem/router(siemens device) :0)

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