You can use the camera within any Android smartphone or tablet running Android OS version 2.1 and later – but you should check if this camera is capable of images at least 2 megapixels or higher. Otherwise, your live video can be blurry.
Adding your Android camera to Cyber-RT now involves a 3-stage process described below. This process can take up to 30 minutes and you may need help from someone with technical knowledge – and you’ll have to repeat the steps for each camera (see “Adding 2nd camera”).
Do note you also need a PC or laptop available to configure your camera and Internet router.
Stage 1: Getting the camera ready
- To start, connect to Wifi (you don’t need a SIM card) and make sure your Android device’s “Location services” in Settings is turned on for “Location & GPS“.
- Open the app and scroll down to “Stream on device boot”. Tap to turn on this option, then tap on “Start server”
- Your Android device will now function as a video camera. At the bottom, there will be a web address with the IP address & port number. (IP address = “192.168.0.176” & port number = “9030”).
- Your Android device setup is completed and you now need to switch to the PC or laptop for the next steps. Using any Internet browser, type in the web address shown on the Android device (Example “192.168.0.176:9030”). Click on “Flash” or “Browser” at the “Video renderer” row to view the livestream from your Android device.
- Once the livestream is visible, scroll down and click on “Advanced settings”
- Click on “Video resolution” and choose 640 x 480. If this option is not available, your Android camera is too old and lacks enough resolution.
You have completed setting up your camera. Don’t make any other changes. At most, you should adjust only the “Zoom”.
Stage 2: Configuring port forwarding on your Internet router
- Your IP Webcam livestream can now be viewed only inside your own home/office wifi or wired network. To allow the livestream to be viewed elsewhere, you will need to make some changes to your Internet router. Please check with your tech person if this involves an office Internet connection.
- Open a new browser tab to get to your router settings (for example, type “192.168.15.1” but without the quotation marks). Check your Internet router model manual for specific instructions (or do a Google search – eg: “Linksys EA6350 router settings”) on how to view your router settings.
- Log into your router – this would typically be “admin” for User ID and “admin” for password (all lower case text). Check with your Internet installer or technician if you don’t have the correct User ID and password.
- Look for “Port Forwarding” – you will need to check your specific router model manual (or do a Google search) to find this option. Check with your router supplier or installer if you cannot find this option.
Note: Most Internet routers have the port forwarding option. If this option isn’t available, your router is an older or a basic model. The only solution is to buy a new router.
- Type in your IP Webcam app IP address & port number (Example: “192.168.0.176:9030” – the Local IP address = 192.168.0.176. The TCP/UCP port = 9030). Check your router’s specific instructions on how to do this or ask help from someone with technical knowledge. Click on “Apply” or “Save”.
- You now have to configure what’s known as Dynamic DNS (DDNS) on your router to ensure your camera stays connected to the Internet. If you are using a router from Asus or D-Link, you have a free DDNS account – just do an Internet search on what you should do.
- If you have other branded routers, you’d have to pay for a DDNS account – or if the router allows, you can use the free Duck DNS account (which also requires you to install a software later at a desktop PC that is used at least once daily). Open a 3rd browser tab and go to Duck DNS. Log in using your existing or newly-created Google, Facebook or Twitter account.
- Once you’ve logged into Duck DNS, type your preferred nickname (eg: “mytreeview”) into the sub domain field and click on “add domain”.
- Highlight and copy your new domain (eg: “mytreeview.duckdns.org”)
- Go back to the second browser tab to view your router settings again. This time, look for “Dynamics DNS” or “DDNS” – you will need to check your specific router model manual (or do a Google search) to find this option. Check with your router supplier or installer if you cannot find this option.
- At the Dynamic DNS or DDNS page, enable the feature and input your details following the example below. Then click “Save” or “Apply”.
- Go back to your first browser tab with IP Webcam. Type in your Duck DNS domain (eg: “mytreeview.duckdns.org”) and the port number (eg: 9030″), separated by the colon (“:”) as shown in the image highlight below. If you can see the IP Webcam page and view the livestream, you have successfully completed this stage.
Cool fact: You can now view this livestream from anywhere around the world (via the Internet) by simply typing “mytreeview.duckdns.org:9030” into your browser.
Note: If you’re using Duck DNS, you have to install the automatic updating software on a desktop PC which is used at least once daily. The software can be obtained at https://www.duckdns.org/install.jsp – choose Windows GUI for Microsoft Windows OS or OSX for Macs.
Stage 3: Registering with Cyber-RT
- To add your camera livestream to Cyber-RT, click on this Registration link or at the bottom of this instructions page.
- Fill the details below – your mobile number and email address must be active for verification purposes
- Check your email for further instructions on how to register your camera with Cyber-RT.