You can set up your Zosi IP camera to have access via a web browser.
The process is very simple, you don't need to be an IP network expert.
Just set up the Zosi IP camera address to the same IP range that is used in your local network and you will be able to use a web browser to watch the live video.
In this article, I show the step-by-step on how to do that, keep reading...
Zosi IP camera setup diagram (original)
The first thing you need to do is understand how the IP camera is connected.
Here's a diagram that shows the Zosi IP camera connected to a router.
As you can see, this is the initial setup when you connect all the devices.
The original IP network range is 192.168.2.x as shown in the router and laptop.
The camera IP range is 192.168.138.x as shown in the Zosi IP camera. The laptop should have a second IP address in such a range to have access to the IP camera.
To make things clear. At first, your Zosi IP camera kit comes from the factory with the cameras using IPs 192.168.138.100 to 192.168.138.108 (8-channel kit).
So, after open the kit you just need to plug into your network as shown in the diagram and match the IP address range.
Yours is probably different from this example, but the idea is that you just need to change the IP range on the laptop, so it can access the IP camera at first.
How to set up the Zosi camera IP address
After connecting the devices in the network, you can add an extra IP to your laptop and then you can have access to the Zosi IP camera to work on the setup.
Remember, the extra IP address is necessary because of the network IP range.
Add an extra IP address to the laptop/computer
If you don't know how to add an extra IP address to your computer, here's how:
1. Open the network configuration;
2. Double click the icon that represents the laptop network card (Ethernet);
3. Click "Change adapter options";
4. Right-click the "Ethernet" icon and click "Properties";
5. Double click the "Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4)";
6. At the bottom right of the windows, click the button "Advanced";
7. Add an extra IP address and subnet mask and click "Add";
The idea is to have an extra IP address for your laptop/computer, for this particular example this extra IP is 192.168.138.160 and the subnet mask is 255.255.255.0.
See below the sequence of pictures that illustrate this process...
How to add an extra IP to your computer
And it's done. Now you have an extra IP address on your laptop/computer.
With this extra IP address, you can have access to the Zosi IP camera.
Just use a web browser to have access to the camera interface.
Setup the Zosi IP camera
Open a web browser and type the Zosi IP camera address.
Enter the username (admin) and password (admin) to login to the camera.
You will be able to see the live video stream from the camera (as shown below).
Click the "Setup button" on the top right and in the next window click the "Network" button to have access to the network menu.
Change the IP address, Port, Subnet mask and Preferred DNS Servers.
Here's an example of the setup for my network.
- HTTP port is used for web browser access.
- Server port is used to have access to the camera via software.
- The IP address is the new one, so the camera will be on the same IP range.
-Subnet mask is used to determine how big is the network (you can use this one).
-Gateway is the IP used by the router (set this according to your network).
-Preferred DNS is used to allow your camera to access the Internet.
-Alternate DNS is used just in case the Preferred DNS is down.
You can use most of the information the way they are on the table, just change the Camera IP address and Gateway according to your network IP range.
The Preferred DNS is the IP address of a server located in the Berkeley University and the Alternate DNS from Google, so you can trust them.
The final network diagram
So, here's the final diagram after everything is set up correctly.
Video: The Zosi IP camera setup
Here's a video that shows the setup. Just watch it to understand the process.
If you have Zosi devices there are some articles in this blog that can help you out.
Here's a list, just take a look at them...
You can also visit th official Zosi Website to ask for support.
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Claudemir Martins is a former Samsung Engineer with 15+ experience in the surveillance industry. He has been traveling around 17 different countries to teach people how to design, and install CCTV systems.