How to connect a camera to Angelcam

Plug'n'play or port-forwarding? Everything possible!

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Written by Peter Ocasek
Updated over a week ago

In general, there are 2 ways of connecting your device to Angelcam:

1️⃣ Plug'n'Play connection

Are you purchasing a new device or do you have an AXIS, Hikvision?
There are hundreds of video-enabled devices on the market compatible with Angelcam Connector, e.g. from Axis, and Hikvision. Having one of these devices is the easiest, most secure, and most reliable option to connect a camera to Angelcam.

Do you have cameras already?

The best option for easy, secure, and reliable connection of all your non-plug'n'play cameras is our AngelBox. Make sure that you try our AngelBox Compatibility Tester first, please.

For those not being the lucky owners of a compatible AXIS or Hikvision camera, you can request your camera manufacturer to add the Angelcam Plug'n'Play connection option into their cameras to make them Angelcam-powered.

2️⃣Using Port-forwarding

     ☠️This option is for professionals only!

  1. It's not easy. Prerequisites public IP address for your router, a static IP address for your router or dynamic DNS service, credentials to your router, and experience of setting port-forwarding in a router.

  2. It's not secure. The video stream nor credentials are encrypted. You are creating a hole from the internet to your network (unless you whitelist our IP addresses in your firewall).

  3. It's not reliable. If just one thing in your network setup changes, including the IP address of your camera, the whole setup stops working and the camera becomes unreachable for our servers (while it may be still accessible from your local network). This typically happens all of sudden, sometimes even Months from the initial setup. You can get a notification when your camera goes offline, yet still, you have to spend time fixing the problem.

❗️Before continuing, answer yourself three times YES:

      ✅ I'm fully aware of the consequences of using port-forwarding
      ✅ I'm a professional experienced in the networking setup
      ✅ I understand Angelcam is not providing any port-forwarding-related support

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