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Dummies Guide to watching a Security Camera System from the Internet

If you are not tech savvy and you are looking for an easy way to watch your security camera system from the internet then this guide is for you. Once you have your cameras connected to your recorder, and you can watch your cameras using a monitor connected to the recorder, then follow this guide on how to remotely view the system without any recurring fees.

Before you get started

Before you follow the guide below make sure you have the following:

  • You have a monitor connected to the security video recorder using the VGA or HDMI port
  • You can view cameras on the grid displayed on the monitor
  • You have a broadband internet connection at the location of the recorder

Step 1) Connect your Recorder to your Router

Connecting your Recorder to your Router

  1. The video above demonstrates the difference between a network switch and a router. The video shows an example of a 8-port network switch. A network switch will have only LAN ports and no port specifically designated for the internet. Your router has one port that is labeled internet or WAN and 4 numbered ports labeled LAN. Only use your router when connecting the recorder to the internet.
  2. Make sure your recorder is connected to one of the numbered LAN ports on your router. This connects your recorder to your local area network (LAN). Check to see that the lights on the back of your recorder are blinking. If those lights are not blinking then either your network cable is not plugged in correctly or your network cable is bad.
  3. If properly connected, you will be able to view your cameras over the internet following the steps below. We strongly suggest you avoid using switches entirely but, if you must, use only one switch. The video above shows how to incorporate a network switch with your router and recorder.

Step 2) Enable DHCP on your Recorder

How to set your recorder to automatically get an IP address

  1. The video above demonstrates the steps to setup a dynamic IP address for your recorder. First, login to your recorder using the graphical password or using your username and password. All of our recorders have a default username and password stated on a label on the top of the recorder.
  2. After entering in the password, right click and go to main menu. Go to Network at the bottom of the main menu. To change the IP address go to the TCP/IP tab. Locate your recorder's IP address in the box. The default IP address will be and which is a Static IP address. We want to set the DVR to DHCP which automatically gets a IP address from your router. Go to Edit which has a pencil icon, and then click on DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). Now, hit okay. Then, hit apply and okay.
  3. Restart your recorder for it to receive a new address from your router.
  4. If the IP address states after setting the DHCP and restarting your recorder then you have incorrectly plugged in the network cable that goes into your recorder or have a bad network cable that will need to be replaced. Check that your network cable is plugged into the port labeled LAN and that there are blinking lights around the network connector. If the lights are not blinking, make sure the network cable is properly plugged into your router. You may also want to make sure you have a good Ethernet cable.

Step 3) Install the mobile App on your Smartphone

To easily connect to your recorder without having to do complicated port forwarding download the following App from the App Store on your iOS Device:

If you have an Android device download the following App from the Google Play Store:

Step 4) Connect your recorder to your Smartphone

The last step is to enable P2P networking services on your recorder and scan its QR code in to the App on your Smartphone. It is an easy process as shown in the video below.

How to use the P2P method for remote viewing

Step 5) Connect your recorder to your the PC or Mac software

Finally you can also add the recorder to the PC or Mac software by using the P2P serial number. The P2P method makes it much easier to add for remote viewing without needing complicated networking.

How to Add a DVR to the Central Monitoring Software Using the P2P Serial Number

is a Technical Support Manager at CCTV Camera World, a leading Security Camera distributor located in Buffalo, NY. His area of expertise is in designing professional security camera systems for medium and large scale businesses, schools, and government projects.


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