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Standard User rockdoctor
(learned) Mon 22-Jun-15 15:48:41
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Netcam requirements?


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Hi, more questions...
If I want to set up a camera in my UK house that I can access from anywhere in the world, I see there are apps that work on my iPhone to connect into standard webcams or netcams connected to my Mac and home network.
Do I need a static IP for this? Plusnet offer a static IP for a one-time £5 setup fee, so it is no problem to get one.
Are there any negative consequences of shifting to static IP? Will I have to set up my existing kit differently?

Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Mon 22-Jun-15 16:14:43
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Re: Netcam requirements?


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Depends on the ip network camera, many push the video to a web based host on the Internet, or use a DynDNS type service and UPnP to avoid complex set-up and the need for static IP.

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Standard User rockdoctor
(learned) Mon 22-Jun-15 17:08:43
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Re: Netcam requirements?


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Hi, yes I had seen that many webcam companies had workarounds to avoid the need for static ips, but I wondered, since it is cheap and easy for me to get one, what are the pros & cons of static ip?


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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Mon 22-Jun-15 17:27:02
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Pros - makes it easy to connect to a web service - which is what IPcams basically are,

Cons - but also means that device is public facing on the appropriate TCP port usually 80. So security and strong passwords are best.

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