Manual Camera Setup
If your camera supports a local RTSP, MJPEG or HLS stream, IPCams should be able to connect and view it's stream with manual setup.
How do I get started?
Select the add button from the camera list to start, and then select the Add Camera Manually button from the Add Camera screen. This page will require a few key pieces of information. You'll need to know the camera's stream type, the IP address or host name of your camera, and the username and password if required.
What is the Stream Type
What are the different types?
RTSP streams are the most common stream available with cameras today. It is a more modern protocol that carries audio with modern encoding.
MJPEG streams are older stream types usually used by older (or inexpensive cameras). MJPEG streams are simpler in that audio is not included with the stream, but they usually load faster.
HLS streams are plain HTTP live streams that are similar to RTSP streams, but they are not usually supported by most cameras. This stream type can more commonly found with NVR software. It will also sometimes be referred to an H264 stream. If the HLS stream type doesn't work or you, try RTSP as that is usually more compatible.
Lastly IPCams offers a Web Page stream type. This isn't actually a streaming protocol but an option to add a web page from your camera to IPCams. This can be useful if you want to add a settings page from your camera for easy access.
How do I know which stream type to use?
What is my camera's URL?
The stream URL is the fully formed URL from your camera that provides the video stream. The URL is composed of a few key pieces of information. The scheme, an IP address (or hostname), port number, and path. This information can usually be found on your camera manufacturer's website.
If it is not available there, it can also usually be found with a simple internet search. For example, if your camera is a Foscam R2C, search the web for Foscam R2C stream url and one of the first results will usually have this information.
What are the different parts of the URL?
The IP address (or host name) is the address of your camera on your local network. If you don't know the IP address, you can usually find it from your router's dashboard or by using an app like Fing to scan your network.
For the example above the IP address would be 192.168.0.10.
The path of your camera is everything after the port number/IP address. It is the part that starts with the slash. In includes the URL path and any query parameters required.
For the example above the path would be /cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=0