When you get a network camera you proceed as follows:

  1. Plug the network camera to your switch or router.
  2. Many network cameras are supplied with an installation CD, run the setup of this installation CD and set a static IP for your camera. Some devices can also be configured with a human readable name, if it's the case instead of the IP address use this name.
  3. Start ContaCam, choose Network / IP Camera from the Capture menu and enter the IP address or the name of your camera. For RTSP cameras the default port is 554, while for jpeg cameras it is 80.

Note: if the IP address has been forgotten then re-run the camera installation CD and set a new IP address or name for your camera.