This page explains how to set up network cameras on your local network. If you want to make your cameras directly available to a Mac running SecuritySpy from a remote location, without needing a computer on the local network, please also see Internet connection, Public IP addresses, and Setting up your router.
These cameras are truly plug-and-play. Simply use the bonjour menu in the Video Device Setup window to add these cameras to SecuritySpy. Axis cameras are identified in the bonjour menu by their MAC address, which corresponds to the MAC address printed on the camera. Cameras from other manufacturers may identify themselves differently, so please consult your camera’s user manual if you are in doubt.
Many network cameras are pre-configured to automatically get an IP address using DHCP when you first plug them in. Note that this requires a DHCP service running on your network (normally provided by the router).
To help you find out the IP address assigned to the camera, use our Network Device Finder, a small utility which lists the IP addresses of devices on your local network.
You may need to restart the camera for the changes to take effect.
Cameras with a fixed address by default
If the network camera has a fixed IP address by default, or if you do not have a DHCP service running on your network, you may need to temporarily change your computer’s IP address in order to access the camera for the first time.
To change your Mac’s IP address, open System Preferences, click on Network, then Ethernet (or AirPort if your Mac is connected to the network wirelessly), and select Manually from the popup menu marked Configure: