You can add your CCTV camera (or IP camera) to Cyber-RT only if it has its own unique IP address – and is connected via WiFi/cable directly to an Internet router which you can make changes to.

You have a typical standalone CCTV camera with its own unique IP address if the live video can be viewed directly in a browser (Example: by typing “192.168.0.179” or “10.0.103.6:9030”) or using free software like iSpy or VLC (see below for details).

If your camera can be viewed only in a closed system (by using some special software running a DVR or NVR), or if you don’t have permission to make changes to the Internet router, this camera cannot be linked to Cyber-RT.

Adding the CCTV camera to Cyber-RT involves a 3-stage process described below using a laptop computer or PC. This process can take up to 30 minutes and may need help from someone with technical knowledge – and you’ll need to repeat the steps for each camera.

Note: For WiFi cameras, ensure the device is already connected wirelessly as the IP address will change when you unplug the network cable.



Stage 1: Getting the camera ready

  • Once you’ve installed your IP camera and turned on the power, first confirm you can view your CCTV video feed on the Internet browser using an IP address (Example: “192.168.0.179” or “192.169.0.179:9030”). This is possible only for IP cameras which support ‘http’ viewing.
  • Check the documentation for your IP camera or scroll down below the video on your browser – this is to change the IP camera settings. Make sure the video resolution is 640 x 480 – if such an option isn’t available, send the available resolution details to [email protected].

Note: If you cannot view the video feed in your Internet browser by just using an IP address, this IP camera operates on a different protocol call rtsp or onvif.

 For RTSP or ONVIF cameras:

  • Go to www.ispyconnect.com (Windows PCs) – download & install the free software. Make sure you choose the right software version – check if you’re using Windows 10 or earlier versions, and if the OS is 32 bit or 64 bit.

  • Click on <OK> once you start the iSpy software.

  • Click on the <Add> option from the top menu and choose “ONVIF Camera”

  • At the “Video Source” screen, use the information for your IP camera (typically stuck on the camera – see example below) to type in your “Username” & “Password”. Select the line highlighted in blue, then click on <Next>.

  • At the next screen, you should see your camera details (highlighted in blue). If there’s nothing displayed, your CCTV camera CANNOT be used for Cyber-RT. Take note of the details shown below, then click on <OK> to proceed.

  • Click on the <…> option to do the final settings.

  • Change the “RTSP Mode” to UDP, then click on <OK>. {Check your IP camera documentation, some may tell you to choose TCP instead).

  • Click <OK>, then wait a few seconds – the live feed should become visible.

You have completed setting up your IP camera. Don’t make any other changes.



Stage 2: Configuring port forwarding on your Internet router

  • Your IP camera 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 “192.168.0.1” 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 CCTV camera IP address & port number (See example above: “192.168.0.133:554” – the Local IP address = 192.168.0.133. The TCP/UCP port = 554). Check your router’s specific instructions on how to do this or ask help from someone with technical knowledge. Click on “Apply” or “Save”.

  • 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 the CCTV video feed (only for ‘http’ cameras). Type in your Duck DNS domain (eg: “mytreeview.duckdns.org”) and the port number (eg: “554”), separated by the colon (“:”) – the format should be “mytreeview.duckdns.org:554″ (without ” ” quotation marks). If you can see the CCTV camera page and view the livestream, you have successfully completed this stage.
  • For rtsp or onvif cameras, you’ll need to use a free software called VLC – download from www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html. Once you start VLC, click on “Media”, then “Open Network Stream”

Type in the camera ID & password plus the DuckDNS domain and port number as shown below – the format is “rtsp://1109309:[email protected]:554/onvif1″ (Don’t type the ” “quotation marks, and pay very careful attention to the ‘:’ and ‘@’ and ‘/’ symbols). Click on <Play> and the video feed will be visible after 10 seconds.

Cool fact: You can now view this livestream from anywhere around the world (via the Internet) by simply typing “mytreeview.duckdns.org:554” into your browser or “rtsp://1109309:[email protected]ew.duckdns.org:554/onvif1” using VLC software.



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. (Remember the camera resolution as shown in iSpy – example here is “640×360”)