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How to set up Linksys Wireless Camera with Linksys Wireless Router

How to set up Linksys Wireless G Internet Video Camera WVC54G with Linksys Wireless Router WRT54GS




I followed the instructions in the user guide and could not get my computer to detect my camera. Finally when I figured out how to do so, I realized that the user guide was designed for the user who doesn't encrypt his wireless router and does wireless surfing using the most open mode that you can possibly imagine. Hence, I decided to write this little article for the benefit of those who would be struggling like I did to set up the wireless camera in the home.




If I were to write a complete step-by-step guide here, it would take too long. Hence, I decided to only write the important points to note and assume that you'll know how to take care of the rest of the minor details. There are a couple of assumptions that is made here:


1                    You are using a Linksys Wireless G Internet Video Camera WVC54G with a Linksys Wireless Router WRT54GS.


2                    My wireless home network is WEP 128-bit encrypted.


3                    You are familiar with configuring the wireless router settings.


4                    You are somewhat technically competent or inclined.


5                    You understand what I'm writing about.


Configuring the WVC54G Wireless G Internet Video Camera Settings


1                    Do not plug the camera power plug to the power socket. Do not plug the network cable for the camera to anything yet.


2                    Disconnect any network connection from the computer. Set a fixed IP address with subnet mask


3                    The camera has a default IP address Plug the camera network cable into the computer network (LAN) socket. Then plug in the power plug of the camera into a power socket. The camera LED lights will come on and stop blinking.


4                    Using your computer, open up your Internet Explorer web browser and type in the URL You should be presented with the camera's admin screen. Click on the "Setup" link and a password box is prompted. The default username / password is admin / admin.


5                    Configure the camera settings as follows:


a                    Camera Name: Give your camera a name, e.g. MyWebCam.


b                    Date, Time, Timezone: Put in the settings accordingly.


c                    Configuration Type: For convenience, select "Fixed IP Address"


i                       IP Address: Put something like

ii                     Subnet Mask:

iii                    Gateway:


d                    Wireless settings


i                       If your wireless router has WEP encryption, then you need to set the same WEP settings on your camera for SSID, Network Type, and Security Settings. Click on the Enable radio button for Security.


ii                     If your wireless router has no encryption, then you only need to set SSID, Network Type, and Channel No (optional) to be the same as your wireless router.


6                    Click on the [Apply] button to save your settings.


7                    For the other settings, like image quality, admin password change and access control for limited users, it would be good if you visit the other pages and change the settings according to your preference. It is important however to change your camera admin password to prevent unauthorized entry.


8                    Under the Setup pages, there is a link called "Options". Click that link and change the settings for email alerts if you want. What is important is right at the bottom of the page - a setting called "Alternate Port". Some ISPs block the default http port 80 for some reasons and hence you need to put a setting here at "Alternate Port" so that you can still access your camera remotely from a computer outside your home. Put a number like 8001 or something. Then click the [Apply] button to save the settings.


Configuring Your Linksys Wireless Router WRT54GS


9                    Remove your static IP settings in your computer's network settings and connect it to your router again.


10                Using your Internet Explorer browser, login to your router admin page.


11                Click on the link "Applications & Gaming". You will see the "Port Range Forward" link.


12                Fill in the first record as follows:


a                    Application: Give it any name, e.g. MyWebCam

b                    Start: Give a starting port number, e.g. 80

c                    End: Give a ending port number, e.g. 9000

d                    Protocol: Select "Both"

e                    IP Address: Put in the IP Address of your camera. In the above example, it would be

f                      Enable: Click on it to check the checkbox.


Testing Your Connection


13                Open your Internet Explorer browser again, you should type in your camera's IP address followed by the alternate port number (e.g. , and see the camera's home page. If you had set user access control on your camera, you may be prompted for a username/password dialog box when you click on the "View Video" or "Setup" link. If you can see the home page, the connection works.


To Configure Your Computer At Remote Site To Access Your Camera


14                Install the viewer software ( filename: recorder.exe ) that comes with your camera in the set CD.


15                Open your Internet Explorer browser, and type in your camera's IP address followed by the alternate port number (e.g., and see the camera's home page. If you had set user access control on your camera, you may be prompted for a username/password dialog box when you click on the "View Video" or "Setup" link. If you can see the home page, the connection works.


To Setup Dynamic DNS for Your Wireless Camera


16                If you want to be able to remember your camera address easily, you can sign up for a free DDNS account at and configure your wireless router to recognize your DDNS domain name.


17                After you have registered an account at DYNDNS, you can configure, in your account, a DDNS domain name and the corresponding WAN IP address of your wireless router.


18                In your Linksys wireless router admin page, click on the link "Setup", followed by "DDNS".


19                Fill in the following fields:


a                    DDNS Service: DYNDNS.ORG

b                    Username: Your registered username with DYNDNS.ORG

c                    Password: Your registered password with DYNDNS.ORG

d                    Hostname: The hostname you configured at DYNDNS.ORG. Example,

e                    Click [Save Settings] button. You should see this message if the update is successful: DDNS is updated successfully


20                To test your connection, open a new browser window and type in your domain name in full including the port number ( e.g. ). If you see the home page of your camera server, then the connection works.


All the best!

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