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Setup a Cloud IP Camera in 3 Easy Steps

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IP cameras are growing in popularity and are becoming much more cost-effective for home and small business use. Most of these devices have a pretty decent feature set, and often include some motion detection features and basic alert system, however to get the most value out of your camera, you'll want to consider features such as:

  • Cloud storage of recorded video or images
  • Mobile connectivity from your smartphone
  • Ability to view live video from anywhere, on any device
  • Ability to manage multiple cameras easily

How do you get all these features? The answer is to connect the camera to the cloud and turn your standalone device into a cloud IP camera.  

Getting these features on your own isn't really feasible, or at best can be quite time consuming. The best idea is to use a 3rd party service; we offer one called Camcloud, but there are others. This way you'll get more bells and whistles and have an easier time setting it up. Regardless of the approach, there are three steps required to setup a cloud IP camera:

  1. Enroll the camera with the cloud service.
  2. Set the camera up on your home network.
  3. Enter the cloud service settings into your camera.

(This isn't meant to be an exhaustive guide, read our IP Camera Setup Guide for more details).

1. Enroll the camera with your cloud service. In our case, that involves signing-up for a free account at From here, you need to tell the cloud service the IP address of the camera, as well as the camera login credentials. In the case of Axis cameras we provide a simple Axis auto-config tool which makes things easy. 


2. Set the camera up on your home network.  If you want to get live video from your camera to a mobile device or a web app, you'll need to port forward your router to the IP camera so the cloud service has permission to access the camera. You'll also need a static IP address - we have some recommendations on selecting a dynamic dns provider for this. 

3. Enter the cloud service settings into your camera. Every camera is slightly different here, but the basic idea is the same - you need to supply the camera with the cloud service login credentials -- either FTP credentials or other login credentials supplied by the cloud service. For example, in the case of Axis you need to create a 'user' and give it the username and password you selected in Step 1, along with setting up something known as an event server. 


That's the basic concept behind setting up a cloud IP camera. Remember, read our full IP Camera Setup Guide if you want to do this with Camcloud and try out our free plan.

I’m a co-founder at Camcloud and have been at numerous early stage companies in the cloud services, software tools, security and desktop software markets. I like to blog about industry trends, the mobile wars, and video surveillance topics. Follow me on Twitter.


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    Jasper Tiu Friday, 15 May 2015

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    masud ali Thursday, 16 April 2015

    The security measures definitely need to be looked upon in schools. Although most schools have security cameras and surveillance installed, still they need to regularly examine the security systems for their efficient functioning. Any

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    AUSDOM Thursday, 23 October 2014

    It's good and thanks for sharing.

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    Fredrik Svedberg Sunday, 21 September 2014

    Hi. Im missing the most important feature of them all.. Push notifications in android app instead of email..
    I get tons of emails.. and dont check every email.. with push notifications it would be awesome..
    AND PTZ controls in android app..

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    justin Friday, 12 June 2015

    what about auto-dial,phone call much notable than email

  • Brendan
    Brendan Monday, 05 May 2014

    Hi John - Our requirement is we need the camera to be accessible from the internet with its own IP address. I believe mobile hotspots like Jetpack have standard router features like port forwarding so that the camera can be made accessible from the internet on the correct port. Unfortunately we've never tested it ourselves so I can't tell you definitively.

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    John Hagan Sunday, 04 May 2014

    can i set up ip camera using a jet pack ? looking for a way to have a ip camers in a remote location without internet . Only will have cell phone service . Any ideas ???

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    Austin Vincent Tuesday, 04 March 2014

    IP camera makes use of internet protocol for the transmission of video or images which are clicked by a camera or group of cameras through the internet. The captured data can be easily copied and saved through various computer programs thus preventing the need for video tools and extensive surveillance tapes. Most commonly the IP camera is simply referred to as internet camera. Get more tips at :

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    Mustafa Khan Thursday, 26 December 2013

    I have an axis grandtec III camera in my home.I cant set it...i donot know the ip.what should i do?

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    admiralchip Thursday, 24 October 2013

    Hi Brendan! Thanks for the tutorial, however I've encountered some problems and I'm hoping that you can help me.

    I've got 4 IP cameras (AirLink) that I want to view live from wherever I am. My setup is made up of a modem-router, router, and my IP cameras. I'm using a Mikrotik Metal 2SHPn router. I've done the port forwarding (NAT) on my Mikrotik. My camera connects to the router wirelessly. I've registered for a free account (for now!) on camcloud to try out one camera to see if it works before I register for an account that can accommodate my other cameras. I've followed the steps that you have given here, but I can't view my camera. It says that it couldn't connect to my camera and so I can't see anything :( . I'll be really glad if you can help me out.

    Thanks in advance!

  • alen
    alen Thursday, 24 October 2013

    Hello admiralchip, Just email Camcloud support and we can help you out. Also check out the documentation on adding an IP camera:

  • Brendan
    Brendan Wednesday, 21 August 2013

    Hi Evelyn - we support Axis, in addition to any IP camera with H.264 or MJPEG video and FTP upload of video or images. Check out our supported cameras page and let me know if you have more questions.

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    Evelyn Wednesday, 21 August 2013

    very useful indeed, Is it only feasible for axis cameras or for universal use ?:)

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    Crystal Cartel Monday, 29 July 2013

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    Catherine Soriano Friday, 28 June 2013

    That's good. Having a tutorial/steps on how to access/installing of Cloud IP Camera for Home Security. It helps a lot. Thanks for the info! :'>

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    Susanne Tacda Friday, 28 June 2013

    It was nice, now i have an idea to set up my IP camera , it really helps me a lot. :)

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    gimayma Thursday, 27 June 2013

    thats great i hope i can do it in my IP Camera , thanks! :D Im looking for more tips, like about ip cameras on cars :) ,

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    justin.liu Friday, 12 June 2015

    4G ip camera use mobile signal to get internet connection so it can be used in cars

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    Regina Dineros Thursday, 27 June 2013

    Thanks for the more information and tips to this blog!.. :)
    Now I have my guide to setup Cloud IP Camera ..

  • Brendan
    Brendan Saturday, 15 June 2013

    Hi Jahir -

    Thanks for the comment. We can help you get setup but we need a few more details, such as:
    - camera type (brand, model)
    - a description of where you're getting stuck

    Best thing to do is provide this information in our support forum.

    There are also plenty of quickstart guides, e.g.

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