Setting TP-LINK Ip Surveillance Camera

Part A.  Remote Viewing

  • Typical Topology 
  • Remote view via web browser(Trough IP/DDNS)
  • Remote viem via IP surveillance software
  • Remote view via MSN
  • Remote view via VLC player
  • Remote view via Mobile Phone

Typical Topology

In a typical topology, the camera is connected to router Internet acces.

* Please make sure DHCP function is enable on yout router.


Case 1 : Remote view 
Via Web Browser

In this case, we'ar showing you how to view the camera using a  web 
browser such as IE, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

There are two ways to achieve the goal, through IP addreass, or using DDNS service.

Step 1 Change the browser's
security settings
(Operation On Local PC)

If you sre using IE, you will need to change some security setting to
install a ActiveX plug-in.

Open IE Browser, click tool - Internet Option - Security - Custom Level and select prompt Download signed ActiveX controls.

After you instal the ActiveX control, you can Disable the option above.

Step 2 Using Intelligent IP
Installer to search for the camera
(Operation on Local PC)

Install Intelligent IP Installer and run it. The main page will show
the active camera on the LAN. Select the relevant camera and
click Link to IE.

Step 3 Log on to the camera and
install ActiveX
(Operation On Local PC)

IE will open automatically and a window will pop up asking you to
enter the user name and password. They are both admin in lower
case as default.

When accessing the IP Camera for the first time, a yellow information bar
appears below the address bar : "This website might requrie the following ActiveX control : ''from 'TP-LINK TECHNOLOGIES CO LTD'............''
Just click Intstall ActiveX Control.

Click and Install ActiveX plug-in.

Live video displays in the centre of the web browser.

Step 4 Change the camera's HTTP port
 ( Operation On LOcal PC )

This is not an essential step, however some ISP (PCCW for example) blocks port 80, so you may need to change the http port to accommodate it.

By default, the camera is set to obait IP address automatically, so please make sure the DHCP server is enable on your router. Here we change the port to 1234.

After changing the port you need to reboot the camera to make the configuration take effect.

The reboot will take about 1 min, please have a drink and rest.

After rebooting you should use to access the camera.

Step 5 Open port on the router
( Operation on Local PC )

You should set the camera as virtual server or DMZ host on the router to allow the camera to be accessed from the Internet, the setting depend on the router you use, but they are quite similar. Here we use TP-LINK wireless router TL-WR741ND for example, and just set the camera as virtual server.

Log on to the router. Go to Forwarding - Virtual Servers and click add New to add new virtual server items.

  • In service port field type in the port wich is used by the camera.
  • In IP Address field, type in the IP address of the camera.
  • As for protocol we suggested you select ALL. With other routers, you may find TCP / UDP option.

Now port 1234 is opened for on the router.

Now, please go to the status page to check the WAN IP address of the router.

Step 6 Remote view via web browser using IP address
( On remote PC )

On remote PC, use (WAN IP address : camera's port number) to access the camera.

Please note : if it's the first time to use the PC to view the camera, just as on local PC, you need to check your security setting to install the ActiveX lug-in.

Step 7 Setting up DDNS for remote view 
( Operation on Local PC )

You may find that it's not easy to remember the meaningless IP address value when you want to log in the camera remotely.
Here's another method: you can use the camera's DDNS ( Dynamic Domain Name Server ) feature. It allows you to access the camera with a domain name, such as www.tplink It's easier to remember.

On your local PC, log on to the camera. Check 'on' to enable the DDNS function.

You have to register an account and a domain name from a DDNS service provider such as DynDNA first, and type the account information into the blank above.

When you see "DDNS:successful' in the system log, it means that the DDNS function is now working.

Step 8 Remote view with Domain name 
( Operation on Remote PC )

On a remote PC, use the domain name you've applied for, e.g. to access the camera. Also, you need to ensure the ActiveX plug-in is already installed.

Cace 2: Remote view via
IP Surveillance Software

In this case, we're showing you how to use the bundled video management software. The software is powerful and allows you surveillance of up to 16 cameras simultaneously.

You can use this software on both local and remote PCs, here we just take remote view for example.

On the remote PC, run main console and click Config - Setting.

Select the Camera tab and click Insert to add new camera. Click OK to finish the configuration.

You can also use your DDNA account to view the camera.

Case 3 : Remote view
via MSN messenger

Now we're introducing you an innovative remote viewing way even easier than the DDNS method----viewing the video right through MSN chatting window.

On local PC, go to SETTING - BASIC - Network - Messenger and check 'On' to enable Messenger function.

Login Account : Enter the MSN account you registered for you IP Camera.

Privasy : When this feature is enable, the MSN stream will be secured, then only users whose MSN IDs are in the Allow List can add the camera's MSN account as friend and view the camera video. when it's disable, any user can add the camera's MSN ID and see it.

Allow list: enter the Viewer's MSN account in the "User" field. You jsut sign in with this ID, then youcan add the camera as friend Click add button and the account will be added to the "Allow list". Choose an account in the "Allow list" and click the Remove button to delete it.

Alias: Give an alias for the account of your Ip Camera. Here we take "TP-LINK test" for example.

IP Notofication: When this feature is enable, the IP camera will notify "friends" on MSN account its IP address when it logs into the MSN account or when its IP address is changed.

Please Note : The IPnP function of the camera is enable as factory default, if the UpnP is enable on the router as well, no other setting jobs are required.

While if your router doesn't support UPnP or you can't confirm it, you may open port 20000-21000 on your router. For this "opening port" settings, you can refer to Case 1 step 5 for reference.

If you see messenger is Ready in the log, the function is working, the camera has signed in with the given account.

To successfully watsh the live video, please make sure that.
  • you're using the latest MSN version and
  • the intelligent IP installer is installed on your remote PC. The software can be download.

Sign in with your MSN ID(viewer's ID) and add the ID registered for the camera. The check the status of the camera's ID. Normally it should be online.

Click the video chat icon and select View this contact's webcam

Wait a short while and you will see the picture

* Now if you send "ping" to the camera, it tells you its ip address.

Case 4: Remote view
via VLC player

In this case, we're showing you how to view the camera with a media player which supports RTSP protocol. You can use VLC player or Quick Time. Here weuse VLC for example.

Run VLC media player, click media menu and select Open Network Stream.

Choose RTSP as protocol, and type in the RTSP URL address. The URL is rtsp://ip:port/videp.mp4,
another URL is rtsp://ip:port/video.3gp

Now you can view RTSP stream using VLC media player.

Case 5: Remote view 
via mobile phone

In this case, we're showing you how to view the camera with a mobile phone which has GPRS/EDGE/3G connection.

Method 1 :

Mobile view via web browser on your phone

Here we give you an example of viewing the camera viaweb on iphone 3G.

Step 1 : Select safari

Step 2: 
Enter http://<WAN IP>:<PORT> in theaddress bar. For example:

Step 3 : 
Enter username and password. Both are admin in lower case as defauld. Then click log in to log on to the camera

Now you can view the camera in the middle of the screen.

Method2 : 

Mobile view via media player

First of all please make sure your mobile phone has a media player which support RTSP such as RealPlayer. In order to view the video smoothly, you had better have 3G connection.Here we use Nokia N76 for example.

Step 1 : Click function and select Gallery

Step 2 : Click streaming links

Step 3: Click Option and add a New link.

Step 4: Type the new link name and web address. (The address is public IP or Domain name), Ex:rtsp://

Step 5: Real Player will open, click yes to connect.

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