Unlike surveillance of past generations, a home or business owner can easily stream the view of their security cameras on any computer or cellular device outside of their own system. With this advancement, peace of mind has never been easier to attain.

 

Security Camera Systems and Browser Compatibility

Unlike surveillance of past generations, a home or business owner can easily stream the view of their security cameras on any computer or cellular device outside of their own system. With this advancement, peace of mind has never been easier to attain. However, for those not familiar with security camera systems, enabling the ability to stream may be a confusing process. That is why A1 Security Cameras has taken the liberty of writing this post, outlining the basic information around the ability, and which browsers are distinctly best for doing so. After reading this post, you should have a better understanding of streaming your devices and the best methods of doing so.

What is camera RTSP?

Standing for Real Time Streaming Protocol, RTSP is a protocol used to transmit ongoing or live audio and video from one device to another through a given network. As such, this protocol is not explicitly confined to just streaming the view of a security camera. Still, for simplicities sake, we will only refer to it concerning surveillance.

This information is significant because it makes streaming from modern surveillance products more accessible and is required for products from different brands. For example, you will need the RTSP of a given IP camera when using it with an NVR of another manufacturer. Cameras that use analog signals do not apply to such and cannot be streamed through RTSP. Furthermore, for network security camera systems, it provides enhanced compatibility with ONVIF and makes a smoother streaming experience. To find your device’s specific RTSP, check the corresponding user manual for that particular information. Contacting the original manufacturer is the best course of action when the manual does not feature it because each product will have a different RTSP. when that does not work.

What is port forwarding for cameras?

What is port forwarding for cameras?

A1 Security Cameras has authored a previous article titled “Port Forwarding for IP Security Cameras and Networks” specifically meant to explain the subject in greater detail. As an overview for this post, port forwarding is the use of a specific address or code created by IP cameras and network video recorders that can be searched in a given browser to live stream either device. Such information is important because it is one of the easiest ways to stream from a cellular phone or computer not connected to the main surveillance system.

How do I view a security camera on my browser?

Put simply, some brands of security cameras and recording devices are either specific when it comes to browsers or work through each of them. Down below, A1 Security Cameras will provide a list of many of our security camera IP camera and NVR brands and how to access them through a browser. A1 Security Cameras has also already authored a guide that helps with resetting your IP cameras based on the information provided to us by manufacturers.

  Chrome Firefox Internet Explorer Cellular Apps

Hikvision

Incompatible

Firefox ESR

Specific Version
-After 91.0.86
-Before Update 21H2

Hanwha Techwin

Recommended

Version 80+

Compatible

Version 72+

Compatible

Version 83+

AXIS

Recommended

Firmware 7.10+*

Recommended

Firmware 7.10+*

Prior to

Firmware 7.10*

Vivotek

Compatible before Firefox 52

Compatible with

web plugin

Arecont Vision

Recommended

Compatible

Compatible

ACTi

Requires

ActiveX Plugin

Dahua

< Version 42

< Version 52

Internet Explorer 11

Bosch

Firefox 10+

Internet Explorer 11+

Uniview

LTS Security

Incompatible

Without plugin

Recommended
(not edge)

Digital Watchdog

Geovision

Only streaming

Only streaming

Recommended
Internet Explorer v11+

Mobotix

Pelco

Incompatible

Incompatible

Internet Explorer 7+

Speco

Incompatible

Incompatible

Recommended

Panasonic

Compatible

Compatible

Edge and Explorer 11

Honeywell

Multiple

Verkada

Ubiquiti

Not supported

Not supported

Recommended

QNAP

Compatible

Compatible

Support discontinued

*Note on Axis: Browser compatibility with Axis remote streaming requires updated firmware.

*Note on Honeywell: This brand has developed its own browser that provides support for Honeywell security cameras and related products.

What is the best browser for CCTV streaming?

What is the best browser for CCTV streaming?

As shown, each manufacturer features compatibility with at least one of the major internet browsers. However, there is not one universal example that applies to each security camera brand. Furthermore, some even require a specific version of a particular internet browser when remote streaming from a laptop or traditional computer is concerned.

How do I configure my phone for remote streaming?

A1 Security Cameras has previously covered this topic in an article titled “How to Configure your Mobile Device for Remote Viewing” that more thoroughly describes the process. Whether with brand-specific or third-party applications, the downloaded app itself does much of the work for mobile viewing.

However, in order to view most security camera systems remotely, you will need to port forward your internet protocol system. Such a process is easy and allows separate computers and mobile devices a route to remote streaming through compatible web browsers.

Why should I connect my camera to a recorder instead of the router?

Why should I connect my camera to a recorder instead of the router?

Connecting your security camera to a recorder allows for greater support in remote streaming and an added edge in cybersecurity protection. IP addresses when accessed through a browser tend to roll and cause difficulty for easy access. While at best, a mesh router would be better, A1 Security Cameras encourages security camera system owners to just use a centralized recorder that effectively connects all of the cameras before linking to the router.

How can I connect my CCTV camera to my phone without the internet?

As described in our article titled “Can IP Cameras Work Without Internet?” remote streaming is not possible without a WiFi link to your security camera system. Unfortunately, a security camera system has a dependence on the connection with a router for features like remote streaming and mobile communication based on functions like motion alert.

Those that own a security camera system can find a workaround with cellular hotspots, applying internet infrastructure to a location, or choosing cameras that work off of a cellular network. However, without a connection to a network, a phone cannot stream a security camera because the stream is not being ported to the internet.

Can I live stream from my security camera?

Absolutely, as shown above, you can easily attain the tools for doing so from A1 Security Cameras. Whether you’re a homeowner, managing a business, or developing your own channel, our team can provide you with various products and installation services. From what has been described above, streaming is possible from even some of the older analog cameras to the newest and most sophisticated internet protocol cameras. We’ve even seen some news and politics channels effectively use PTZ cameras to enhance their content.

If you are looking to apply a security camera system to your home or business and need help designing it, our design team is here to help you. Fill out the form found through the link, and our professionals will reach out to you as fast as they are able!

Feb 27th 2022 Wayne Hahne

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