Remote control of cameras via the Internet

Remote control of cameras via the Internet

Controlling video cameras via the Internet is not just a trend of our time; it is an objective necessity. We are used to being in touch around the clock, communicating remotely via the Internet with our surroundings. So why can’t remote control of video cameras become an everyday attribute of modern life? Let’s talk in more detail …

Why do we need a remote control?

The average person spends almost 7 hours a day or 100 days a year online (data for 2020). If we subtract the time for sleep (8 hours), it turns out that 40% of the waking time we spend on the Internet. Accordingly, online video surveillance is in demand, relevant and accessible to most Internet users.

Advantages of remote video surveillance:

  • ease of installation. It is worth to read the article about common mistakes that kill the surveillance system during installation;
  • control over the situation at the facility/facilities (in one or different countries, cities) from anywhere in the world;
  • no need for personal presence;
  • the possibility of visual control over the object in real-time with sound;
  • remote, round-the-clock viewing of the video archive;
  • saving finances by reducing personnel and transportation costs;
  • quick and timely notification of current events;
  • general optimization of the video surveillance and security process;
  • increasing the level of business manageability (improving the quality of service and compliance with work discipline).

Organization of online video surveillance

Remote access requires preparation: you need to connect the elements into a single system and install the equipment in permanent residence places. In this case, the installation must be carried out considering the optimal height of the video cameras, a competent focal length and visual angle. Besides, it would be best if you prioritized high-resolution IP equipment. Only by combining these parameters can you ensure easy identification of persons and maximum security of the object.

Controlling video cameras via the Internet

Remote control via the Internet means that no special communications are required, except for Ethernet / WiFi, and administration is performed remotely. 

There are two sources of software used for remote control and management of video cameras via a global network:

  1. Software from manufacturers of video surveillance equipment. Because of its economic feasibility, such software is compatible only with its production video cameras, as a rule.
  2. Business applications, including mobile. They offer broad functionality even in the basic configuration and are easily compatible with most equipment popular on the market.

The article Video surveillance system: TOP-7 best video surveillance servicesprovides a detailed description of free services.

A set of necessary equipment

Considering the scale of the surveillance system, its goals and purposes, the amount of equipment may change. But the set of necessary equipment, as a rule, remains the same:

  1. Video cameras:
  • network or IP
  • outdoor or indoor; 
  • swivel or panoramic; 
  • with a record on a USB flash drive; 
  • others.
  1. Router for viewing records over the Internet. You can buy it at any computer store. 
  2. Network switch, if you need to connect four cameras or more. 
  3. Video recorder for data recording. Details are here
  4. Power supply unit. 
  5. Cables, wires, connectors and other consumables (corrugation, fasteners).

Do I need a separate IP address?

Let’s say a separate IP address is preferred. By the way, most Internet providers are ready to provide a dedicated address for a small monthly fee of 200-300 rubles. 

What to do if the address is dynamic or there is no technical possibility of obtaining a separate address? 

Use DynDNS services that provide static addresses for a fee (more expensive than providers) or connect P2P intermediary technologies.

Cloud management

According to TelecomDaily reports, Russia entered the TOP-3 countries (along with China and the United States), where the largest number of video cameras is accounted for per person. More than 13.5 million cameras or 93 cameras/person are installed on the territory of our country. However, only 5% of surveillance systems are cloud-based. It suggests that the Russian video surveillance market is just getting used to the fact that the cloud service is publicly available.

Pros and cons of cloud video monitoring: 

  1. Saving money to purchase a DVR or hard disk, memory cards, auxiliary materials. However, the need for a monthly cloud service payment remains. The price varies depending on the quality of the recording, storage time and volume. 
  2. Having a stable Internet connection. But mobile access is possible.
  3. Ease of installation, but simultaneously, if the equipment is “accustomed” to one specific cloud, flashing may be required when replacing it. 
  4. Maximum confidentiality. Some users are confused by the lack of personal control over the records. Although in this case, the administrative and criminal liability for keeping the archive with the user also disappears. The responsibility is on the service provider. 
  5. Availability of additional functions of intelligent analytics. But other options are charged separately.

Why is Faceter?

Faceter is a global cloud service that is fundamentally different from other cloud providers. 

Our advantages, which experts and real users have already appreciated:

  • simplicity and ease of installation;
  • free mobile application and free tariff “Basic”;
  • the ability to use not only video cameras but also mobile devices (phones, smartphones, tablets);
  • multifunctionality (for home and business);
  • Internet control, including remote and shared access;
  • broad functionality of video analytics. You have never seen such video surveillance. Details on the website;
  • online and archive viewing, including fragments;
  • unprecedented cybersecurity.


Controlling CCTV cameras remotely is an urgent need that meets the realities of modern life. This is due to the development of the technology market, low cost of the solution, its convenience, simplicity and availability.

Александр Вебер

Alexander Weber

Specialist in video surveillance, video analytics, cloud storage systems. Consultant on the integration of video surveillance systems and tools in various business sectors. Over 10 years of industry experience.

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