How to Configure IP Cameras on the Network: A Complete Guide (2024)

IP cameras are network-based cameras that can be accessed and controlled over the Internet. They offer many advantages over traditional analog CCTV cameras, such as higher resolution, remote viewing, and scalability.

However, setting up an IP camera can be a daunting task for beginners who are not familiar with the network configuration and the options available.

In this blog, we will guide you through the steps of how to configure an IP camera on your local network, and what to consider when choosing an IP camera.

Step 1: Connect the IP camera to your network

The first step is to connect the IP camera to your local area network (LAN). You can use an Ethernet cable (also known as Cat 5 or Cat 6 cable) to connect the IP camera to your router, gateway, or access point. If your IP camera has Wi-Fi capability, you can also connect it wirelessly to your network. However, a wired connection is more stable and secure than a wireless one.

For wired connections

If you are using a Wi-Fi IP camera, you need to power it with a 12V DC adapter, and then follow the instructions on the user manual or the app to connect it to your Wi-Fi network. You may need to scan a QR code or enter a password to pair the camera with your network.

For wireless connections

To connect the IP camera to your network, you need to plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet socket of the IP camera, and the other end into a free port on your router. If you are using a PoE (Power over Ethernet) IP camera, you can use a single cable to provide both power and data to the camera. You can also use a PoE injector or a PoE switch to power multiple PoE cameras.

Step 2: Find the IP address of the IP camera

The next step is to find the IP address of the IP camera on your network. An IP address is a unique identifier that allows devices to communicate with each other on a network. You need to know the IP address of your IP camera in order to access its web interface and configure its settings. There are several ways to find the IP address of your IP camera.

Using the Vendor’s Utility Program

One way is to use a utility program from the camera’s vendor that can scan your network and find the camera. You can download the utility program from the vendor’s website or install it from a CD that comes with the camera. You can also use a third-party software or a network scanner app that can scan your network and find all devices connected to it.

Using Command Prompt

Another way is to use the Command Prompt program on your Windows computer. You can open the Command Prompt by clicking the Windows icon or button on your keyboard, typing “cmd” in the search box, and hitting Enter.

Then type “ipconfig” and hit Enter to see your computer’s network information, such as your default gateway and subnet mask. Your default gateway is usually the IP address of your router, and your subnet mask determines the range of IP addresses that can be used on your network. For example, if your default gateway is and your subnet mask is, then your network can use IP addresses from to

To find the IP address of your IP camera, you can type “ping” followed by an IP address in that range and hit Enter. For example, you can type “ping” and hit Enter. If you get a reply from that IP address, it means there is a device using that IP address on your network. You can try different IP addresses until you find one that belongs to your IP camera.

Step 3: Access the web interface of the IP camera

Once you have found the IP address of your IP camera, you can access its web interface using a web browser on your computer or mobile device. The web interface is where you can configure various settings of your IP camera, such as video quality, motion detection, recording schedule, etc.

To access the web interface of your IP camera, you need to open a web browser and type in the IP address of your camera in the address bar, followed by a colon and a port number if needed. You may be prompted to enter a username and password to log in to the web interface of your camera that can be found on the user manual or the label on the camera box. It is better to change the password after logging in for maximum security.

Step 4: Configure the network settings of the IP camera

The last step is to configure the IP address of your IP camera to match your network scheme and avoid any conflicts with other devices.

Dynamic IP Address

By default, most IP cameras use DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) to obtain an IP address automatically from your router. However, this may cause problems if your router assigns a different IP address to your camera every time it reboots or reconnects to the network. This will make it difficult for you to access your camera’s web interface or view its video stream.

Static IP Address

You can also set a static IP address for your IP camera that does not change with every reboot. To do this, you need to log in to the web interface of your camera and look for a “Setup” or “Config” button, and then look for a “Network” menu. There you can change the radio button selection from “Obtain an IP address automatically” to “Use the following IP address”.

Then you can enter an IP address that is within the range of your network scheme, but not used by any other device. For example, if your network scheme is, you can set your camera’s IP address to You also need to enter the subnet mask, which is usually, and the default gateway, which is usually the IP address of your router.

You can also enter the preferred DNS servers, which are usually provided by your Internet service provider or can be found on your router’s web interface. Save and reboot the camera for the changes to take effect.


Here’s how to configure an IP camera on your network, and what to do to make sure that your camera functions smoothly and your connection remains secure. IP cameras are great for security surveillance and remote access, however, they also require some network configuration knowledge to set up properly and securely. Consult a security company and make sure you get the IP camera that is compatible with the existing system if you have one.

Spotter Security offers security camera installation services around Canada and with experience and expertise of over 20 years, knows the ins and outs of security camera surveillance and best practices. Contact Spotter Security today for a consultation on your security camera system.

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Written by : Carlo Di Leo

At the age of 24, with no experience in the security industry or any money in the bank, Carlo quit his job and started Spotter Security from his parent's basem*nt. Founded in 2004, Spotter grew from a single man operation into a multi-million dollar security system integrator that caters to businessess and construction sites across Canada.

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