How To Make Your PTZ Camera Setup Wireless
You can achieve wireless pan, tilt, zoom control using an IOS app for your PTZ camera. You can use a wireless router to achieve this wireless control. There are different apps you can use, and you just need to connect everything by networking.
How to Get Started
You can begin by plugging your PTZOptics camera into the Ethernet, using PoE. If you have more than one camera, you can connect them by daisy chaining them. You will need a Cisco switch. One option is to use the Linksys E1550, but any switch will work. You can connect the cameras and the laptop to the Cisco switch.
Once everything is plugged in, you will login to the switch itself from your computer. You want to look at the IP address, and make sure that it has the same range as the IP address of your computer. For example, if the IP address of the switch is 192.168.111.1, then the range is 111. You want to make sure that your computer’s IP address has the same range of 111 in its IP address. This is important because the cameras and the computer need to be on the same range.
Set a Unique IP Address for Your Cameras
The search button in the Cisco program will show you the PTZ cameras on the network. You can click on Config, you can click on the IP address for the camera, and choose the last numbers. For example, if the IP address is 192.168.111.88, you want to choose the 88 and change it. If you make it 87, you can now set the default IP. You should click the Set button, and then click OK.
This process is important because you need to set a static IP address for your camera. You will need to have a unique static IP address for every camera on your network. By doing this, you can connect to each camera individually.
You can also do this by typing the IP address, and the signin box will appear. The login and password are “admin.” You can do this on any computer that is a part of your Local area network as long as it is in the same IP range.
The first step is to set up a DHCP IP Video Network with Wireless and PoE. A modem will connect a computer or a router to your Internet Service Provider. The router is important because it connects your wireless and wired devices to each other and to the modem, which is where it receives Internet service.
The switch, in this example the Cisco Linksys E1550, is the device that allows you to connect multiple wired network devices to your home network. Your router should have Ethernet ports, but you will need an additional switch if you have more devices than you have ports.
You will want to have your manual for your switch available so that you have the exact directions available. You may have different passwords or login information, and this information will be available in the user manual.
On the back of the switch, you will find a built in switch. There is a spot where the switch connects to the router, and it will have Ethernet ports. You will connect your devices with these Ethernet ports. There is a power port, which is where you plug your switch into a power supply. There is also normally a power indicator that will light up when you are connected.
You will plug your computer into the switch, and you will also plug the cameras in to the Ethernet port. If you use Power over Ethernet for all of your cameras, it can be plugged into the router, and all of your cameras will be powered by PoE.
Step-by-Step Wireless Setup
To summarize, here is the step-by-step guide for connecting your wireless cameras:
- Connect cameras to the Switch
- Connect your laptop to the Switch
- Make sure that your cameras and laptop are on the same IP range
- If they are not on the same range, you should log into your DHCP Router / Switch and check the IP range
- Set the camera’s IP addresses to the correct range
- Add your smartphone device to the Wi-Fi
- Enter the IP addresses of the cameras
You can type the IP addresses of the cameras into your settings on the app on your smartphone.
IOS Camera Control App
The app has a digital controller for your pan, tilt, and zoom features. It also has the ability to set presets, and you can name them. You should name them because when other people need to operate the system, they will know what the setup presets are.
The IOS app allows your IOS device to control the cameras wirelessly. You will be able to control up to four cameras. This app is very helpful when you want to use a wireless setup to control your PTZ cameras.
Final Thoughts On Wireless PTZ Camera Setup
Setting up wireless PTZ cameras is not too difficult as long as you follow the directions. You will want to have the user manual for your Switch so that you can make sure that you have it set up correctly. If it has a login or password to get into the settings, you will find it in the user manual.
Once you connect your laptop and the cameras to the Switch, you will make sure that they are on the same IP range. Then, you should set a static IP address for the cameras so that you can easily locate and control them. You can wirelessly connect your smartphone or tablet to the Switch, and then enter the IP addresses for your cameras. Once you do this, your cameras are set up and ready for wireless operation.
You can use the smartphone or tablet to control the cameras. It has functions that allow you to preset camera angles and shots. You will enjoy easy control and operation of your video production system using this setup.
We hope our wireless PTZ camera setup guide has been helpful to you.