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Connecting a Wireless Security Camera to a WiFi Router

Connecting your Wireless IP cameras to a Wi-Fi router can be troublesome depending on your level of experience and expertise. Not everyone is well versed in networking terms and technologies. Let alone what to do when they see several series of numbers separated by periods. Let’s dive right in and get this accomplished.

Step 1: Access the IP Camera’s Web Interface

It is important to note that our WiFi security cameras are not capable of PoE, and the default wired IP address of our such cameras and other IP cameras and NVRs is unless otherwise noted. You may have to alter the configuration of your network to view the camera’s web service, our use the IP Config Tool to locate and change its IP address. Information on using the IP Config Tool can be found in another article located here.

Connect the camera to your network using an Ethernet cable, and plug in the 12v DC adaptor. Allow the camera a minute or so to power on and become accessible on the network. Using Internet Explorer 11 go to the camera's IP address. If you haven’t already done so, follow this guide on enabling ActiveX to view your camera’s web service. Make sure to download and install the plug-in, then log in using your admin credentials. Then navigate to [Setup > Network > TCP/IP].

Step 2: Configuring the WiFi Address

Select the drop-down box that states WIRE(DEFAULT) and select wireless. Click the button next to the dropdown box that says DEFAULT. Then select the Radio Button marked STATIC. Now you can alter the address of the camera. Make sure the address will not conflict with another device on your network, the subnet mask matches the rest of your network, and the default gateway is correct. FYI the WiFi address cannot be the same as the wired address, so set it to something like When you’re finished hit save. The device should refresh. You may have to log in again.

Step 3: Connect to Your Wireless Router

Navigate to [Setup > Network > Wi-Fi] and check the box labeled ENABLE. Click on SEARCH SSID to discover the available networks. (If your network doesn’t broadcast an SSID click ADD SSID instead and list the SSID) Double-click the name of your network and enter your credentials. The device can take several minutes to connect to the network depending on a number of factors.

To verify your camera is properly connected, disconnect the power and network cables from the camera. Wait 10 seconds and reconnect the power only. Give the camera about 2 minutes to boot and connect to the wireless network that you just configured. Then try to connect to the camera using your web browser using the wireless ip address you configured ( mentioned above).

If you are able to see the login page for the camera then you are ready to mount your camera.

If you would like to view this process in video form, please watch the video below.

Wi-Fi Connection Troubleshooting Steps

It does take time for a WiFi device to auto connect to a wireless network. Keep that in mind and be patient. Also consider the following troubleshooting steps if your wireless security camera does not connect.

  • Power the camera off for 10 seconds by disconnecting power then plug it back in (wait up to 5 minutes for it to connect)
  • Try connecting a network cable to the device, then disconnect it
  • Make sure your WiFi settings are correct. Confirm WiFi Key and IP address are correct
  • Reconnect the camera to a wired network, and DEFAULT the settings from the web interface of the camera. Then Reconfigure.
  • Make sure there isn’t an IP conflict with another device at that address
  • Try using a different Wi-Fi password on your wireless router or access point that contains only alphanumeric characters and no special symbols.
  • Change the encryption type* for your WiFi router or access point. Not all routers are created equally. Some inferior devices have a difficult time handling WPA and WPA2. You may need to lower the encryption to WEP or buy a new router. We recommend the Asus RT N66U used in this article.
Matt Rossi is a Technical Support Manager at CCTV Camera World, a leading CCTV Camera distributor located in Buffalo, NY. He is a technical support expert for everything video surveillance related.


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