Setting up a wireless network camera could be a little tricky especially if it’s to monitor your home remotely eradicating every security concerns and you don’t seek professional assistance in setting it up. This article walks you through the procedures of setting up a wireless network camera all by yourself.
Peculiar setup differs with camera models but we decided to use the D-Link DSC-932L wireless network camera from Hikvision. Costs about $150 and can be connected to Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
Step1: Find a suitable spot for your camera.
Don’t get ahead of yourself. You should first decide where you want your camera to be. You should consider its closeness to a power outlet. Then it’s also important that you test your connection from the spot you’ve chosen. You can use a laptop to verify this easily. Just put the laptop on the spot you intend to put the camera and test the network strength at that spot. If it struggles to load a page, it’s easy to say your camera will suffer the same.
Step 2: Get your wireless network camera configured
Setup the camera. Directions for setup are specific to the D-Link camera that you’re using. Basically, begin by connecting the camera to a power source. Then establish a connection via Ethernet to your router or any other alternative means like a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) if your router supports it. Connect your PC to the same network and find your way around the setup wizard provided on the CD installing and making connections here and there. It should run just fine if not, you might need to first get the firmware updated. To update the firmware, follow this procedure:
- Click on camera settings at the end of the wizard setup and copy the camera’s local IP address
- Open the camera’s configuration page on a web browser. You do this by typing http:// and pasting the camera’s local IP address.
- Log in, using the already obtained login information during the setup wizard.
- Click maintenance, Firmware Upgrade and update the camera’s firmware to the latest version D-Link has on its website.
Once that has been done, go through the wizard setup again and run the app. You should be able to remotely view the camera via Mydlink.com or the camera’s web UI.
Step 3: Now, is to set up the wireless camera’s motion detection features
Your camera doesn’t have to be always on. Unless you want to be on your monitoring desk all the day. You can configure your camera to be on standby until some certain movement triggers it and you get notification via email or FTP which can be accessed through the camera’s web UI – This is a common feature of top companies like Hikvision cameras. The motion detection features allow you specify which areas of the image you want to pay attention to. To define how you want the detection to operate, click setup after opening the web interface. Click motion detection and side menu, click enable and specify which block you would like to monitor for motion. Once you’re done, click save.