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How to register your camera with Axiscam.net

Axiscam.net

We’ve been asked about this many times so here is the complete guide to setting up your Axis IP camera or video server with its very own ‘Axiscam.net’ domain name.

First of all, what is ‘Axiscam.net’? Well, it’s all about accessing your camera from another location across the internet. The beauty of IP cameras is that you can connect to them from anywhere in the world, but in order to do so you must know the address to type into your browser. This is known as your ‘Public IP Address’.

Public IP Address

This address is given to you by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). So if you have your broadband with BT then BT will allocate you a public IP address from their pool and this will become your personal public IP address, or internet address.

The downsides

Sounds easy enough, but there are two major downsides. Firstly, a public IP address is not something we can easily remember as it consists entirely of numbers. An example of a public IP address is ‘http://216.239.59.104’ which is actually the same as typing in ‘http://www.google.co.uk’ into your browser. I know which I find easier to remember…

Worst still is that a regular domestic broadband account will generally be on a ‘dynamic’ public IP address. This means that if you do manage to remember your IP address, chances are it will change the next time you try to use it!

The Solution

The solution is to use a Dynamic DNS service which is exactly what ‘Axiscam.net’ is. Dynamic DNS services allow you to register your public IP address. Once registered you can select a much more memorable name for your camera such as “Bobscam.axiscam.net” and the service will translate the public IP address into the more meaningful name for you automatically.

Also, by registering, your camera will make continuous updates to the service automatically, so if your public IP address does change your camera will be kept up-to-date on the service. This means that by typing in your ‘Axiscam.net’ address you will have access to your camera permanently.

It’s a neat solution and something which Axis provide free of charge to their camera users.

Great, How do I set this wonderful service up?

Enough blabbering, let’s see how to set this up:

Step 1: Install your camera on the local network. Make sure it can be accessed locally through an Internet browser and it has a steady green light on the front.

Step 2: On the camera, press the reset button once. The green light should flash for a moment and then return with a steady light.

Step 3: Go to http://www.axiscam.net/ and enter the serial number of your camera (same as the MAC address) and then click the ‘proceed’ button.

Step 4: You will be directed to a page showing a temporary domain name for your camera. The temporary domain name will only work over the local network and will expire in 14 days unless made permanent. To enable external access you should make the address permanent.

Step 5: It will then show you a list of parameters as below:

Axiscam.net settings

These cannot be changed as they come directly from your camera, so this is for confirmation only.

Step 6: Underneath those parameters you will find an option to enter your own unique subdomain for your camera. This is where you choose what to call your camera. Enter a name and click the ‘save’ button.

Axiscam.net subdomain

That’s all there is to it. Your camera should now be set up.

As ever, if you have any questions relating to this guide please leave a comment and we would be happy to give you an answer as quickly as we can.

Published on August 20th, 2007 by Greg

5 Responses to “How to register your camera with Axiscam.net”

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  2. Greg says:

    Hi Andrea.

    It does sound strange as the instructions above should be all you need to do to set this up.

    There is a settings page within the camera, one of the options being 'disable registration/update using the control button' so it might be worth checking that. You can also remove any previous registration etc.

    Access these settings by going into the setup pages of your camera then selecting 'system options > network > TCP/IP > Basic' and clicking the 'settings' button at the bottom of the page next to 'AXIS Internet Dynamic DNS Service'.

    If you still have problems please let me know.

  3. Andrea says:

    I recently bought an Axis network camera (the 207) and was able to get everything set up, but cannot seem to register with their dynamic DNS service. I was on the phone with their customer support people today for several hours; they finally told me to wait and try again this evening. When I hit the reset button on the back of the camera, it flashes green, then red, and then is a steady green. When I enter the serial number into the website, it tells me that the number is not registered. Any ideas??

  4. KB says:

    Yes. To be fair, most manufacturers will build something like this into their products, though only Axis and Panasonic really support it natively. Also, most routers will have a similar capability in one form or another, but the Axiscam.net system and Panasonic's Viewnetcam.com are the most mature systems built into IP cams so far.

    There are also plenty of stand-alone DDNS services out there like http://www.dyndns.com and http://www.no-ip.com. these aren't tied directly to your camera though.

  5. Angelo Bercolli says:

    Are there any other manufacturers that offer a Dynamic DNS service?