How to find IP cameras on your home or business network

How to find IP cameras on your home or business network


Here we will go over a couple of simple steps to search your network for IP cameras. This is useful when you are adding your own, or checking if someone else has added one.

We will discuss two ways, the web based scan which is quick and easy, and the downloaded program method, which is a little more complicated.

There have been times where we scan for cameras we have just added, and found cameras the clients didn't know were there, so it's good practice to have a quick check now and then.

Web based

The quickest and easiest way to scan is to go to the below web page and click "Scan My IP Camera". This page will search your network for devices that appear to be cameras and give you the IP address for each one. Almost invariably it will detect devices, however sometimes they may be printers or other devices.

To check each device copy the IP address which will be something like this into IE (Internet Explorer), do not use Chrome, FireFox or Edge as they may not work.

Presto you should see a login screen if it is a camera or some other identifiable marks.

We use this method to find cameras when setting up new systems where DHCP is used.

Advanced IP scanner

If you are looking for a more powerful solution that can scan deeper into your networks and cover more ranges, then we use Advanced IP Scanner.

Firstly you will need to download it from the below link, then once it is installed away you go.

The operation is reasonably straight forward, and to check each IP address, simply add them into IE (internet explorer) as per the web based method and away you go.

The program is free and very well known so there are a lot of resources online on how to get the most out of it.

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