You can test your IP camera or recorder using an ONVIF device test tool that works on a computer (such as the ONVIF Device Manager) or as an alternative use an App that allows you to run such a test on your smartphone.
In this article, I explain how to use the ONVIFER which is a Free ONVIF device test tool that works on android and it's very easy to install and use.
As you can see in the picture, the smartphone using the App connects to the router and looks for the camera in the local network by sending a broadcast to the switch.
How to use the ONVIF device tool (ONVIFER)
Just look for the ONVIFER App on the play store and download it to your mobile.
As soon as you open the App it shows some online cameras that are installed somewhere in the world. It's just an example of how the app works.
To add your IP cameras just press the (+) button on the top of the App.
The next step is to click the From discovered button so the App shows the IP cameras that were found in the local network.
Make sure that your mobile phone is connected to the local Wi-Fi router, otherwise, the App won't be able to find the cameras in the network.
Be aware that the broadcast traffic does not cross the router to look for cameras that are on the Internet, so if that's your case, just use the IP address and port number that you are using on your IP camera.
It's necessary to inform the username and password used by the IP camera.
After entering the username and password the camera is connected to the App and shows the image on the screen.
Extra information about the ONVIF protocol
The interesting part of this software is that it allows you to have information about the ONVIF protocol that is available in the camera.
You can use such information to configure the IP camera on different platforms.
Video: ONVIF device test tool for smartphone
Watch the video which shows how to use the ONVIFER App.
You can use your computer and the ONVIF DEVICE MANAGER software if you have a computer available or just use a mobile phone and the ONVIFER.
Either way, it works and you can have access to the camera ONVIF information.
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Claudemir Martins is a former Samsung Engineer with 19+ years of experience in the surveillance industry. He has been traveling around 17 different countries to teach people how to design, and install CCTV systems. He is currently working for Axis Communications as a Technical Services Engineer and living in the United States with his family.