How to Create a webcam for (almost) free
How to make a webcam (IP Camera or security camera) that you can view
over the net... for (almost) free.
First you need a redundant Android-based mobile phone that you can use
to access the
wireless network you want to use the webcam on....
Set it up to access your wireless network then use the web access to
install IP Webcam via Google Play:
Now fire up IP Webcam and make a note of the full address and port number
to access your device as a web camera.......
IP address: 192.168.1.77
Port number: 8080
media option: video
.. remember there is an audio option to disable as you like (and a few
other settings to explore)
Now download VLC Media Player for the platform you are interested in
watching the camera over:
VISIBLE FROM THE INSIDE
Enter the full address for your new IP Camera into VLC to check you
can at least access your camera over your internal network, the IP address
flashes up on the screen for a moment......
VISIBLE FROM THE OUTSIDE
Now we get a wee bit more complicated: you need to access the setup
pages of your internet router, the device between the wires that deliver
your internet service into your home (the wires you DON'T own) and the
wires/wireless that you DO own
Firstly follow the instructions for logging in to your router/modem
( if the password is admin or password or something equally guessable
change it!), when you have logged in, find the screen to assign a device
to the DMZ and enter the IP of your camera. You have now opened up a line
from outside THROUGH YOUR FIREWALL to your camera/device - you have also
kept the rest of your network safely BEHIND your firewall
I needed to do nothing else to make my camera "accessible",
you might have more to do as a result of the kind of router you are using
and/or the way your internet connection is set up and/or how youe security
SADLY I can't offer any technical advice with respect to how to get
this far, all I can say is that I have a fixed IP broadband account with
PLUSNET in the UK and have a Technicolor TG582n modem/router
Now you need to find out what the IP of your router is to enable you
to access the IP camera from outside. This bit is really simply, just
google "what is my IP" and the google page will tell you just
e.g. http://80.229.xxx.17 (anonymised that
Now take the part of the IP address for your webcam that IP Webcam added
AFTER the colon ":" e.g. 8080/video
and tack that on to the external IP thus: http://80.229.xxx.17:8080/video
now enter this in VLC in the same way......
... if you can see the same image as for the earlier internal IP...
job done! anyone anywhere should be able to see the same view as you.........
REMEMBER: if you do not have a FIXED IP arrangement for your broadband
(i.e. it is always the same between days or connection sessions), the
external IP will change when your reconnect.
AND.... If you can't access your webcam over your network, the chances
are you won't see it from outside