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not easy, but eventually works with Mac OS and iPhone, iPad etc..
on May 8, 2012
I had hell to try to work this using my Mac. i even used an XP netbook to config with failure..
Then, 6 months after i purchased it, I got it working using Mac..
Here is how..
1. I connected it to Airport Extreme route via Ethernet cable (alternatively, you can connect it to your provider router)
2. Since the reserved IP was no longer valid, I logged into my Action tech router given to me by Verizon FIOS service
3. I identified the device from Actiontech network menu based on the MAC address (the device MAC address is printed at the back of the camera). based on the MAC address, i identified the new IP address
4. Once identified the IP address, copied it into browser (Firefox in my case)
5. Voila...user name and password..admin..admin..in both cases..make sure you change the password later
6. now I am in camera configuration, i was asked to use the user name and password by Java again for some reason, no problem, retyped it both
7. now it is time to config your camera, change camera name etc...most importantly, see if it is working..it should give you a nice live image now..
8. then ensure that from network-->wireless, you configure it for your WiFi network, you should let it scan for the network from the menu and see your wireless network
9. click on the WiFi network find
10. select security setting now.. make sure select the right wireless security your WiFi router uses, and correct password
11. now, we know that t=camera works while connected to router via Ethernet cable.. but you want to use it wireless right?..
12. to do that, first unplug the Ethernet cable, then unplug the power for the camera
13. no need to hurry and move the camera away, test it in the same place just in case you need to plug back if wireless connection fails
14. now, connect the camera to power, after few minutes it should connect to your WiFi and green light needs to start blinking, if not, Houston, we have a problem...
15. lets hope that green light started blinking, now log back into camera with the IP and see if you see video
16. if everything is done right, you were able to configure WiFi connection from camera setting earlier, you should be bake to see something if so, skip the next bullet
- If wireless connectivity fails I suggest you reset camera settings and start over..I tried to restart without resetting, but failed, reset deletes all previous configurations and takes you to back to a clean start..i know hassle but better to start from scratch.. the way to reset is to push a pin into a small hole on the rear of the camera for 6 seconds and let is go while camera is powered.
17. Hoping that now your WiFi connection is working.. means you are good to go.. just unplug the camera and install it anywhere..
18. But here is the issue, your camera is configured to be access within your WiFi network. Don't you want to use it on 3G network or away from home?
19. If so, you need to get another IP address.
20. Verizon Actiontech router handles it for me. It has a setup remote access function listed next to the camera in network lists of all connected devices.it will give you an external IP address. This number contains the following:a. [...] b. your FiOS gateway's Internet IP Address, c. :, d. port number(s) of your web camera
21. -read the IP address to use it from outside..write it down..you will need it..I will tell you when below..
22. Accessing via iPhone and iPad over WiFi or 3G:
23. Now all is good to go, if you have iPad and iPhone, download LiveCamsPro app
24. Select security camera option
25. go to add camera
26. Select the camera model from the initial list, make sure you select the right one for this camera
27. In setting menu enter IP address, give a name to your camera (e.g. Home camera 1), username, password from original camera setting (I hope you changed default password), I chose refresh rate as 1..
28. Now, you should be bale to access your camera on 3G network while away from home.
REMEMBER: Due to lack of ActiveX, certain camera functions from IP access via browser will not be available when using Mac and non IE browser..
Anyhow, I know this is a way too long review, but the goal is to help Mac users out there..
If you have issues and cannot resolve after few resets, just add comment to this review, I will try my best to help.
Good luck !