There are so many reasons why you might want to have a webcam in your home. If you have a business or are a freelancer and receive lots of calls, you may opt to use Skype. That is where the webcam comes in. You may also use a webcam to monitor the happenings around the home. For example, you could use it to see how your baby is sleeping in a cot or what is happening in the gardening.
If you just bought one and don’t know how to set it up, we have got you covered. In this article, we are going to show you how to install a webcam at home and enjoy watching everything around.
Things you need
Before you start the installation you will require to have the following items ready;
The right software
A webcam together with a USB cable in case yours is not wireless
A computer with a working internet connection
In case your computer does not have an inbuilt webcam, setting up one is simple if you follow these steps. Before you begin, you should be sure that your machine is running on Windows.
Get a good webcam
There are several brands and types of webcam in the market. Their installation instructions differ slightly. That is why you need to adhere to the instructions that come with your webcam. Read them carefully to avoid making mistakes during installation.
Connect the webcam
Use an Ethernet cable to connect the webcam straight to the network router. The reason you need this is for configuration of the machine.
Configure the camera’s wireless settings
You can do the configuration by use of the office or home Wi-Fi network. In this situation, a proper SSID for the network is needed and also the security keys needed to access the network. You cannot achieve this through guesswork but by following the guidelines offered in the manual for the specific webcam model that you have – read article on what is a webcam.
Disconnect the webcam
The next thing to do is to disconnect the webcam from your router and permit it to connect through Wi-Fi to the network. Try video stream through accessing the camera by use of the instructions provided for the specific camera that you have.
Another thing is to try the video path from a computer that is outside the area network. In case there is no video appearing, go through your webcam documentation once more. This will help you to find out if there is a network opening used by the camera that is obstructed by the router firewall.
Things to remember
In case the firewall router is obstructing the network ports needed by the camera, it might be hard to reach the webcam outside the area network. Therefore, you should check the documentation to see directions on the best way to open the needed ports on the router.
Well, there you have it. It is easy to install a webcam at home and enjoy seeing everything that is happening in your home.