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How to Watch CCTV on Mobile

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Nowadays, it is very important to know how to watch CCTV on your mobile phone. This is because there are a lot of crimes that happen every day, and it is very difficult to keep an eye on everything.

Setting up the CCTV System

Setting up a CCTV system on your mobile involves a few steps, but the process is relatively straightforward. First, you will need to connect the CCTV system to your router by running an Ethernet cable or using a WiFi connection. After that, you will need to configure your CCTV system on your mobile device so that you can access the live stream. Let’s take a closer look at the steps you will need to take to set up your CCTV system.

Choose the right CCTV system

Choosing the right CCTV system for your property is essential if you want reliable security monitoring and a good return on your investment. There are a variety of factors to consider, including the type of cameras, their resolution and angle of view, data storage and compression, back-up sources and other features.

One important factor when deciding which CCTV system to buy is making sure it’s compatible with your mobile device or computer. Some systems come with pre-installed apps which allow you to watch live footage remotely via tablets or smartphones, while others require additional software or web browsers to access the video feed. It’s also important to make sure the audio/video quality will be sufficient for live-viewing on small mobile screens.

When matching your chosen CCTV system with a specific device, check that it works with the latest network technology such as Wi-Fi or 4G LTE as these are more reliable than Bluetooth in terms of signal strength and data flow rate. Additionally, if connecting multiple cameras together in one system – such as PoE (Power over Ethernet) cameras – make sure all devices support this feature so they can transfer power over long distances.

Install the CCTV system

Installing a CCTV system is essential for monitoring activities in and around your facility. The equipment you choose should be based on the locations that you want to monitor, the type of footage required, and any other customizations such as storage or networking needs. Before moving forward with installation, it’s important to understand the components that are typically used in a CCTV system.

Hardware components of a CCTV system typically include cameras, a digital video recorder (DVR), cables, power supplies and an optional monitor. Cameras can be placed both indoors and outdoors depending on the scope of coverage required for monitoring. Other hardware includes the DVR which is where footage from cameras will be recorded and stored; cables used to connect cameras to a recording device such as the DVR; power supplies capable of providing each camera with electricity; and optionally, monitors used to view footage.

Once all components are identified, mapping out locations is needed before installation begins. It’s important to also find secure mounting locations that are most suitable at each site where cameras will be installed so they are not easily accessible or overly visible while still capturing their intended point of view. After outlining possible camera sites based on predetermined security requirements, installation steps include mounting each individual camera at designated areas followed by connecting all necessary wires between sensors and recording devices or computers. Depending on specifications for cabling length, additional lengths may need to be purchased accordingly during installation phase as well as ensuring that all connections have been made securely between devices before powering them up once final configuration has been validated and approved.

Setting Up Your Mobile Device

Watching your CCTV footage on your mobile device can be a great way to stay connected to your home no matter where you are. It is important to ensure that your mobile device is set up properly in order to stream your CCTV footage. This section will look at the steps you need to take when setting up your mobile device in order to stream your CCTV footage.

Download the CCTV app

In order to watch your CCTV camera footage on a mobile device, you will need to download an app. The exact app you need will depend on the mobile platform you are using (Android, iOS, etc.). Once you find the correct app for your platform, follow the installation instructions for downloading it onto your device. Depending on the make and model of your camera, some apps may require additional software or hardware to be installed before they will work with your device. Ensure that any required software and/or hardware is installed prior to running the app.

Connect your mobile device to the CCTV system

Before you can watch CCTV on your mobile device, it is necessary to access the CCTV camera’s IP address and use it to configure a connection with your device. To accomplish this, start by looking for the IP address of the camera – which can usually be found in its instruction manual – then access it on your computer or laptop.

Once you have identified the correct IP address, you will need to set up port forwarding through your router in order to be able to connect from anywhere outside of your home network. You should do this by accessing the settings of your router, finding the rightful tab for port forwarding and inputting all necessary information requested by the instructions provided by
manufacturer of your router.

You will most likely be required input information such as protocol type (TCP/UDP), internal and external ports, IP address of the CCTV camera and a description that could help you recognize this specific port-forwarding rule when connecting remotely on a mobile device. After carefully configuring all settings do not forget to save the changes before going any further.

At this point you can be sure that anyone who wishes to view their CCTV cameras from any location outside their home network must have easy access via their mobile device. To do so, simply access an app like iVMS4200 or similar client application for streaming footage – search for it in App Store or Play Market depending on what type of mobile device is used – enter username & password and lastly select “Camera Setting” option to input previously obtained information regarding IP address, ports etc… Your local footage should become available shortly after all steps listed above are completed correctly!

Watching CCTV on Mobile

Watching CCTV on your mobile device can be a convenient way to monitor your home or business. It is possible to connect your CCTV to a mobile device so that you can watch the footage from anywhere. This will allow you to check in on your property from anywhere you have an internet connection. In this article, we will discuss the steps necessary to watch CCTV on a mobile device.

Access the live feed

Watching CCTV on a mobile is a convenient and affordable way to protect your family and property. While it used to be complicated and expensive to access video surveillance footage remotely, today’s CCTV systems can be viewed from anywhere with an internet connection. To access the live feed from your CCTV cameras, you will need the following:

A stable internet connection: This should be connected directly to the camera unit so that it can, in turn, receive all transmissions sent by the monitoring system.
An app or web browser: You can access your cameras directy through an app like “iVMS-4500”, which allows you to view live footage of your surveillance cameras anytime. Alternatively, you may use a PC or laptop with web browser such as Chrome/Firefox/Safari for constant remote access.
External port forwarding: In order for the unit to allow remote login from external sources (such as a cellphone), port forwarding must be enabled from its router’s settings interface.
Public IP address: If you want access while away from home, then it’s important that you have already set up and remember what is your public IP address at any given time. This will allow you to securely connect to the camera feed automatically whenever needed.
Mobile device or computer with webcam feature (optional): For added convenience if remote viewing is not possible at the time of need, then using a device such as a mobile phone or laptop with webcam capability will still allows one to watch via another computer wherever they are located in real time without relying on an internet connection.

View recorded footage

You can view recorded CCTV footage on your mobile device. To do this, you need a compatible DVR or Network Video Recorder (NVR) that is connected to the internet. You can access the recorded footage by downloading an app for your device, such as iDVR-PRO viewer for iOS or Android. Once you have downloaded the app, open it and follow the onscreen instructions required to connect to your camera or DVR and start viewing the saved video surveillance recordings.

When setting up the app, you will need to enter your username and password – these are typically either provided by your camera manufacturer or they can be set in the camera settings by you when it’s initially installed. Once connected, press ‘playback’ within the app and adjust settings such as time-lapse bar mode, speed control and format switch to suit your needs. Now you’re ready to view all of your previous recordings!

Take snapshots of the footage

Taking snapshots of the footage that you are recording with your mobile phone is a great feature for providing additional security. It allows you to save important images of any suspicious activity that may have been captured on the CCTV system for future reference. Taking snapshots on your mobile phone requires no special skills or equipment, just a steady hand and access to your CCTV system’s feed.

Depending on your mobile device, there are usually various options available when it comes to taking a snapshot of the footage while watching CCTV on your phone. Some devices allow you to take long-exposure shots of up to 30 seconds, while others have adjustable brightness settings so that you can snap clear pictures even in low-light circumstances. Additionally, depending on the quality of the camera in your device, you may be able to take still images at resolutions up to 12 megapixels or higher. The higher the resolution, the better chances you will have at capturing clear and detailed images from your CCTV feed.

Once you are able to capture some footage from your CCTV camera using your mobile device’s camera, there are other ways in which they can be stored and kept safe. You might want to consider saving some important captures onto a secure cloud storage account or even an encrypted computer drive so as not lose any valuable data should something happen with your phone’s hardware or software.


Watching your CCTV on your mobile device can be a great way to keep an eye on your property from wherever you are. However, with all new technology, there can be some issues that arise. This section will look at troubleshooting some of the common issues that may occur with watching CCTV on a mobile device.

Check the network connection

It is important to ensure that your CCTV camera is connected correctly and working correctly. To check the connection, start by making sure the power supply for your camera is functioning. Make sure that you also have a stable network connection between your router and the camera. If you are connecting wirelessly, use the appropriate app to check for signal strength and adjust accordingly if needed. Security Considerations should also be taken into account when configuring any network ports on your router, in order for you to access the stream from outside of your local network.

Check the app settings

Before attempting to watch CCTV on your mobile, you need to first make sure that the app is properly set up and running. To check this, navigate to the settings of the app and make sure that the video stream URL is correctly entered, as well as any other settings such as audio settings, video resolution, etc. Additionally, be sure that all of your cameras are marked as active so they will appear in the live view. If these settings are not properly configured or updated then it may prevent you from being able view your CCTV footage on your mobile device. Furthermore, it may be helpful to check the camera firmware if you have recently updated it or moved it to a new location. If there is an issue with the firmware then updating it may help resolve your issue.

Reset the CCTV system

If you are having trouble connecting and watching your CCTV camera feeds on your mobile device, one of the best solutions is to reset the CCTV system. Depending on the brand of system, you will either need to use a specific key combination or navigate through a menu-based process. The exact steps for resetting the CCTV system depends on its make and model, so it is advisable to consult the manufacturer’s instructions for obtaining this information.

Once you have obtained and followed the instructions for performing a factory reset of the CCTV system, please note that any settings that have been changed previously may be reverted back to their original state. You may need to set up ports forwarding to allow remote connection from your device over the internet as well as re-enter any IP addresses or user authentication details. It’s also recommended that you ensure your router is using either WPA2 or above security encryption protocol and has updated firmware installed.

To confirm successful connection and gain visual access with your mobile device, it’s important that you test each camera feed through its IP address while connected to the same network. When completed successfully, all associated camera feeds should now be available when attempting remote access via your chosen mobile device via internet access outside of the local network in which configuration has taken place.

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