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    Finding your IP camera in the network if the IP Camera Tool is not working




    The IP Camera Tool (Windows), IP Camera Tool (MacOSX) or IP Camera Tool (Linux) is for sure the most comfortable way to find your IP camera inside your network. Instructions on how to set up your INSTAR IP camera with the Camera Tool can be found here.


    If, for some reason, the IP Camera Tool does not work on your computer, here are a few other options to discover the IP address. The camera will try to receive an IP address automatically (DHCP) during the first installation. Most routers will give you a log file of fresh DHCP requests, in which you should be able to find the camera´s IP address. You should reach the cameras login portal by typing this address into the web browser´s address bar.


    If you do not have access to your router or if your router does not have any log files please refer to alternative IP scanners - some examples are:


    Angry IP Scanner (Windows/MacOSX/Linux)

    You can find the newest Version here: for Windows/MacOSX/Linux - install and start the application:


    Angry IP Scanner
    Type in the IP range and start the search.


    Please fill out the field IP Range with the IP range that your router´s DHCP service is set to. If you do not know the IP range, then simply use the command line on Windows, type in "ipconfig" and check your computers IPv4 address (see screenshot below). Use this IP address in Angry IP Scanner and just change the last octet to 1 for the start IP address and 254 for the last IP address to search the complete /24 subnet. Make sure your camera is disconnected from your network and then press Start to begin the scan.


    Angry IP Scanner
    You can use the ipconfig command to confirm the IP range of your network.



    The scanner will now display all active devices in your network (marked in blue as shown below). In the case below we have 5 active devices.


    Angry IP Scanner
    The scan reveals that there are 5 active devices inside the given IP range.


    Now connect your camera to your router and re-run the scan. The scanner will display a new network device with the hostname "ipcamera" (only VGA cameras). If the Angry IP scanner does not resolve the hostname, it under Tools - Fetchers. If you are using more then one camera in your network we recommend, you only connect one camera at a time in order to differentiate them.


    Angry IP Scanner
    If you are unsure which host is the camera, unplug the camera and re-scan the network. The now missing entry will reveal the cameras IP address


    Once you discovered your camera´s IP address, simply copy the address by right-clicking on it and paste it into your web browsers address bar and press the Return button.


    Angry IP Scanner
    Copy the IP address and paste it into your browsers address bar to load the cameras web user interface


    You will now be greeted by the camera´s login page - the default credentials are username admin and the password can be left blank (or type ininstar in case of a HD camera model). Congratulations! You now entered the cameras WebUI.



    Fing (Windows/MacOSX/Linux)

    The newest version of the freeware application "Fing" can be found on www.overlooksoft.com. After installation type fing into your command console to start the software:


    Fing for Windows
    Type fing into your commandline tool to start the program



    Make sure that your camera is unplugged - then scan your network. Now connect the camera to your router and re-run the scan. The camera should have received an IP address by DHCP and be listed as a network device:


    Fing for Windows
    Let the Fing scan your network for a new active host.



    You can now use the camera´s IP address to access the WeUI with your default web browser.



    Fing (Android)

    The newest version of the freeware Android App "Fing" can be found on Google Play. After installation you will see the following interface:


    Fing for Android
    Let the Fing scan your network for a new active host.



    Make sure the camera is disconnected from your network - then start a scan. Now connect the camera and re-run the scan. The camera should show up as a new network device. Press the cameras IP address to open the advanced details. If you are using more then one camera in your network we recommend, you only connect one camera at a time in order to differentiate them.


    Fing for Android
    Let the Fing scan the host for active services.



    Please choose "Scan services" to discover the cameras http port - the default http port is 80.


    Fing for Android
    Choose the cameras web port 80....



    Press the http port and choose to open the camera´s WebUI.


    Fing for Android
    ...and choose to open the address inside your default web browser.



    Use the default username admin and no password (or password instar in case of the HD camera models) to sign in and continue setting up your camera according to the user manual.


    Fing for Android
    Login with the default username and password.




    Fing (iOS)

    The newest version of the freeware iOS App "Fing" can be found on the App Store.


    Fing for iOS
    Let the Fing scan your network for a new active host.



    Make sure the camera is disconnected from your network - then start a scan. Now connect the camera and re-run the scan. The camera should show up as a new network device. Press the cameras IP address to open the advanced details. If you are using more then one camera in your network we recommend, you only connect one camera at a time in order to differentiate them.


    Fing for iOS
    Let the Fing scan the host for active services.



    Please choose "Scan services" to discover the cameras http port - the default http port is 80.


    Fing for Android
    Choose the cameras web port 80....



    Press the http port and choose to open the camera´s WebUI.


    Fing for Android
    ...and choose to open the address inside your default web browser.



    Use the default username admin and no password (or password instar in case of the HD camera models) to sign in and continue setting up your camera according to the user manual.


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