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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 www.camcloud.com. 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. 

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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. 

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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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  • Guest
    jahir Saturday, 15 June 2013

    sir i went a my ip camera setup how do setup my ip camera.

  • Guest
    Diane Harrell Tuesday, 11 March 2014

    I need help setting this up on my Iphone.

  • Brendan
    Brendan Tuesday, 11 March 2014

    Hi Diane -

    The iPhone app is a 'viewer app' which means you need to set the camera up via the website first. Once that's done, you can then view and manage your camera from the iPhone.

    There are different steps for camera setup depending on the type of camera you have, but if you create an account at www.camcloud.com, login to the Cameras page, there are wizards and help resources to guide you. If you have further questions, just drop us a line at support[at]camcloud.com or on our Support page -- www.camcloud.com/support.

    Regards,
    Brendan

  • 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.
    http://www.camcloud.com/support/support-forum

    There are also plenty of quickstart guides, e.g. http://www.camcloud.com/support/articles/192-quickstart-setup-an-ip-camera-with-camcloud.

  • Guest
    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 ..

  • Guest
    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 :) ,

  • Guest
    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. :)

  • Guest
    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! :'>

  • Guest
    Crystal Cartel Monday, 29 July 2013

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  • Guest
    Evelyn Wednesday, 21 August 2013

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

  • 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.

    http://www.camcloud.com/features/supported-cameras

  • Guest
    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: http://www.camcloud.com/support/articles/192-quickstart-setup-an-ip-camera-with-camcloud

  • Guest
    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?

  • Guest
    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 : http://www.gadworld.org/what-is-an-ip-camera/

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