How to Connect CCTV to Laptop Using Wifi

Have you got a CCTV kit for home? But have no way to view it from your laptop or PC? How about using WiFi as a means of connecting the two? Want to know how to connect CCTV to laptop using Wifi?

In the past, you would need to run cables from your camera to your television or monitor.

How much easier that we can use wifi-capable devices such as laptops and mobile phones to view our security cameras anywhere in the world!

With this idea, I will be showing how you can easily share a CCTV feed over a wireless network using an old phone’s WiFi hotspot. I have tested it by myself, and it works perfectly well!

CCTV camera compatible with laptops

Over the past few years, about 65 percent of US surveillance systems have been upgraded to high-definition.

The benefits are clear: it gives customers an improved experience, with better picture quality and fewer blind spots for operators.

But not all security cameras can handle high-def video or 4K technology. In fact, according to a recent study by Axis Communications, roughly one-quarter of installed devices aren’t compatible with HD recording at all.

And those that only accept the higher resolution in specific modes.

It’s important to note that this problem has nothing to do with bandwidth or processing power – you’ve got unsupported hardware operating on old software versions.

There are many CCTV Camera types and specifications available on the market which are compatible with laptops too.

You can connect a laptop to a CCTV camera using a WiFi connection. If you can’t directly connect through ethernet cables, you need a router that allows sharing the internet over wireless links.

How to Connect CCTV to Laptop Using Wifi
CCTV Camera

So without wasting time, go for this option!

Different methods

How to connect CCTV to laptop using WiFi

Did you know that it’s possible to connect a CCTV camera to a laptop computer? It is true! In this article, before we start, however, there are some essential things to remember:

– This works only with IP cameras; you need to port forward IP cameras and not iPhones or iPhone cameras.

– The webcam must be compatible with wireless N. Otherwise, the connection between the two devices will not be stable, and video streaming may suffer from interruptions and slowdowns.

You can check your web cam’s compatibility using this link:

I have used this method multiple times and have had 100% success with it. Follow the steps below to connect a wireless CCTV camera to your laptop using WiFi:

  • 1. Turn on your webcam by pressing the power button on its side.
  • 2. Once turned on, press the WPS button, which you can find next to the power switch of your webcam.

The WPS will blink rapidly, indicating that it is ready for pairing with a device such as a router or a computer.

Ensure that you are pushing the physical WPS button and not some other function like “alternate.”

  • 3. Next, head over to your laptop and click start (Windows XP users should open run instead). Then type “ncpa.cpl” in the search bar and press enter.
  • 4. This will bring up a window called “Network Connections.” Now you need to tell your laptop if it is to connect wirelessly or via ethernet cable.

To do this, right-click on your WiFi network indicator icon located on the bottom right side of your screen.

  • 5. Select “Properties.” You will now see another window titled “Wireless Network Connection Properties.”

It is where we are going to set up our camera for use with a wireless connection. To do that, you must first select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv)” from the list of items on the left. Make sure that “Obtain an IP address automatically” is selected and click “OK.”

  • 6. You will see a new window called “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv) Properties”. Select the option titled “Use the following IP address” and type in an unused, private IP address for the camera,

You must use different IPs if you have multiple cameras connected to your laptop; otherwise, they will interfere with each other and cause problems!

It means that one of my CCTVs was already on its network at 192.168.0.* I wanted to add another one; I would use 192.168.1.* for the second CCTV.

  • 7. Make sure that “Subnet mask” is set to and click on “Gateway.” Enter your router’s IP here, press enters, and then type in your router’s username/password if you have one.

If you are unsure about these things on your computer, check the manual that came with it or find them online!

This part may take some trial and error, so don’t get frustrated if everything doesn’t work on the first try.

  • 8. Next, you need to configure your network adapter so that your computer can recognize your CCTV as a webcam by identifying it with a mac address.

To do this click on Wireless Network Connection -> Properties -> Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv).

In this new window that opens up, you will see something like “Local Area Connection” or “Wireless Network Connection ”. Right-click on whichever one it says and then choose “Properties”.

If you can see a row of text with a line through it in the boxes next to both “Internet Protocol” and “Default gateway,” you must make sure that there is a checkmark in the box next to each one.

  • 10. For my camera to work correctly, I also had to configure my adapter’s DNS settings. Double-click on “Obtain DNS server address automatically,” then click on the option that says “Use the following DNS server addresses:.”

Fill this field out similar to what you did when setting up your default gateway, but instead, enter your router’s IP address.

If you are not sure about how this works, refer back to step 7 and 11. Once you have configured your network adapter, close out all the windows and restart your computer.

That’s it! You’ve now successfully set up your CCTV with your laptop! Now all you need to do is connect to the wireless video feed from a browser, and you should be able to see it streaming live on your computer or mobile device.

Step by Step

It is not easy to find the best outdoor security camera system, so please follow and try to connect.

Step 1:

Find a nearby CCTV IP address. Locate the pin on your CCTV camera and clip it off if there is any cover over it. This process is fundamental because the camera’s signal might get interrupted when it passes through an adapter or USB cable.

Step 2:

Obtain all the things that you need, such as a computer, video capture card, wireless router, and of course a WiFi CCTV camera. The last step would be connecting everything after we had set up our WiFi connection.

Step 3:

Install some software like VLC Media Player, etcetera which can record movies and videos. The VLC Media Player is used to view the live video while recording.

Step 4:

Connect your wireless router to your computer via an ethernet cable. Connect it to the router with another connection like an ethernet cable or USB if you have a laptop.

Step 5:

Connect your CCTV camera’s power unit using its adapter and turn it on after making the connections.

Don’t worry about your WiFi screen just yet because we still need other things for this kind of work.

Step 6:

After installing this software, activate them before starting anything else by going to their directory from your “Start” menu/button at the bottom left corner of the screen or desktop for Windows 8 users.

Step 7:

Wait for the live video and open your VLC Media Player.

Step 8:

Click on the “Media” drop-down menu and select “Open Network Stream.” A new box should appear; it should look like a URL or internet address.

We will get the video, so copy the URL and paste it into the VLC Media Player’s window.

Step 9:

Press the play button that looks like curved arrows. You can use arrow keys, too, if you want to forward or rewind while watching your video feed.

Step 10:

While playing, go back to your browser and see what happens with your camera’s signal using its IP address or local address.

Josephine is a technology enthusiast and loves to explore new technologies. She has been programming since she was 12 years old and enjoys learning about the newest trends in tech. Josephine is currently studying Computer Science at Stanford University, where she has become involved with organizations such as Women in Computer Science (WCS) and Code X: The Stanford Center for Professional Development.

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