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  1. NorthernOnt

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    Hello,
    I just purchased a D-Link DCS-932L camera that is currently being used as a baby monitor. I am able to view the live video from the camera on my laptop through a WLAN (wireless local area network) that i set up using a D-Link router (DI-624). With my laptop i can click on the camera when viewing the Network. It takes me to 192.168..... where i enter the username and password and presto.

    My question...
    Is there a way to view my dlink camera video on my Android (if it maters it is a LG optimus chic)through my WLAN and not use the internet?

    I know the are multiple ways to access the video using the internet but my camera is not connected to the internet so they do not work for me.

    I do not have internet available to me at my current location so i am restricted to using the LAN only via wifi.

    Thanks.
     

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    You might be able to do something with port forwarding on your router, so that all incoming traffic on the specified port would be forwarded to your camera.

    Assuming the camera has a web interface, then browsing to http://<your external IP>:<your forwarded port> should let you view the cam from any internet-connected device.
     
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    well i found a few options...
    Typing the address (192.169.X.XXX)in the android web browser seems to work (i have not been able to get video, just a single still image though).
    Also i downloaded the TinyCam app from the market and it works well...It saves passwords and usernames so i automatically views the camera with just one click.
     
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    For a while when I wanted to see what was eating the fish out of the backyard pond I set up a camera through ZoneMinder, which is an open source Linux based CCTV system. ZoneMinder (and any other video surveillance system out there) in 99% of cases won't record video, it'll just record a series of snapshots that play back in a semi choppy format. This cuts down drastically on storage space, as "true video" recording could max out terabyte drives in no time.

    That said, mpeg streaming was still an option for me, so I set up the main camera to be forwarded through my router and then I would do what the user above suggested and hit http://externalIP:port and bam - I had the mpeg stream. I found it somewhere on the ZoneMinder wiki, which allowed me to type in manually the full path. It was something like 192.168.1.100/cgi/mpeg.cgi or something like that. I forget.

    I downloaded "IP Cam Viewer", which I believe was this one:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.rcreations.ipcamviewerBasic&feature=search_result

    When you set up a camera, you have to put in the make and model of it. I can only imagine it's because not every camera uses the same stream url, so that way if you use the wizard to set up your camera it already attaches pre-defined settings to your camera accordingly.

    And like it's been said here, forwarding the port on your router may not be a bad idea. After all, what if you're stuck in an airport and there's wifi and you just want to see the lil guy/gal since you can't be home with them? ;)
     
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    Dlink makes their own mobile app for free. Look on the Google Play Store for MyDlink Lite. It will automatically pick up on all cameras in your house and allow you to change many settings through it, like zooming in, moving the camera, watch in 640x480 (max res of my 5020L's), control day/night mode for infrared or set it to auto, etc. Check it out if you haven't, and hopefully someone else with the same question will come along this. BTW, yes, you don't need internet to use this app, it can be viewed from your LAN with no internet. Or if you do have it set up to the internet, you can still use this app to view your cameras through the internet.
     

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