As a photographer, you’ll want to control your camera remotely on occasion. For example, if you’re shooting landscapes by the sea and don’t want to get your feet wet, taking a group portrait you’re also in, playing around with self-portraits, or making a timelapse, remote control is essential. Let’s explore some of the different options.
Use a Remote Shutter Release
A remote shutter release is the simplest way to control your camera remotely, and you can find both wired and wireless models. Remote shutter releases have been around since the invention of the camera, so they’re pretty mature.
The simplest remote shutter releases are just a button you press, and your camera takes a picture without you touching it (very useful for long exposure or landscape photography) but the vast majority include features like time-lapse, delay, and exposure timers.
We’re huge fans of remote shutter releases because they’re cheap, lightweight, idiot proof, and can live in your camera bag. The other options we’re going to look at are all either expensive, fiddly, or involve extra gear.
I use the Pixel TW-283. It’s both a wired and wireless shutter release, costs less than thirty bucks, and has both long exposure and time-lapse modes. There’s pretty much nothing not to like. Just make sure you get the version with the right cable for your camera.
If Your Camera Has Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, Control It With Your Smartphone
More and more modern cameras are coming with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so you can connect and control them from your smartphone or tablet. In general, you connect your smartphone to a wireless network created by your camera and then use either Canon’s Camera Connect app (iOS, Android) or Nikon’s Wireless Mobile Utility (iOS, Android).
The best thing about this option is it’s free; if your camera has Wi-Fi and you have a smartphone, you’re good to go. The other significant advantage is that you get a live view on your phone; if you really can’t be near your camera, you can at least preview your shot. It’s also convenient to be able to transfer photos to your phone quickly so you can edit and share them, no computer needed.
While remotely controlling your camera from your phone is an excellent idea in principle—and the apps kind of work—most of the time you’re not going to want to mess around with your smartphone when you’re trying to take a picture. The apps also lack some pretty significant features; there’s no timelapse mode or powerful video controls in either. To be honest, they’re both a bit half-baked.
If your camera has wireless, play around with controlling it from your smartphone. If it works for your needs, go for it. If not, check out the rest of this article.
Tether Your Camera to Your Computer
Studio photographers, and other professional photographers, regularly connect their camera to their computer. The main reasons are so that they—or their clients—can preview photos on a much larger screen and that the images are automatically backed up, but it’s also a way to control a camera remotely.
The most obvious downside to this option is that it involves your computer, so it isn’t a great portable travel solution. Instead, it’s best used if you want to do something like take a timelapse from your apartment, absolutely need a way to remotely control your camera, or have a super specific use in mind like astrophotography.
Adobe Lightroom supports tethered shooting with both Canon and Nikon cameras but, for features like time-lapse control, you’re better off going with Canon EOS Utility for Canon cameras (available on both Windows and Mac). For Nikon shooters, your best options are digiCamControl if you have a Windows PC or Sofortbild if you have a Mac. They’re all free; you just need a USB cable that connects to your camera.
The Serious Option: Camranger
The best—and by far most expensive—way to remotely and wirelessly control your camera is CamRanger.
CamRanger is a $300 box that connects to your camera. It creates a wireless network so you can connect your smartphone or computer and then use the dedicated app to control your camera. The difference between this and Canon or Nikon’s solutions is that CamRanger is incredibly feature-packed.
With CamRanger, you get a wireless live view, total exposure control, movie recording with focus control, macro and focus stacking, timelapse and HDR support, the ability to transfer photos to your phone or computer, and loads more. While it still has all the downsides and clunkiness of controlling your camera from a smartphone, CamRanger at least adds enough extra features that in certain situations, it’s definitely worth the tradeoff.
Every photographer needs a way to trigger their camera remotely. At some point, you’ll at least be roped into taking family photos where you have to be in them. There’s also really important if you’re into taking landscapes, long exposures, or time-lapses.
Technological advancement has made it possible for the functionalities of computers to be controlled remotely via another computer. One of such is that a computer can be switched on through another computer which is in another place.
Most of our treasured items are saved in our home computers. We hardly move round with them, so there might be the need for us to want to access some of the files saved in our home computer.
Imagine if you are at work and you wish to view a very important document in your home computer.
This problem has been fixed by software specialists.
4 Ways To Access Laptop Camera Remotely
- Using Wake-On-Lan Method
- Using Internet Method
- Switch On Laptop Camera
- Using Android Phone
I’m going to discuss these four ways of accessing laptop camera from remote location.
There are many methods through which you can control your computer from a faraway place using another computer or even phone.
There exist many ways through which this process can be achieved.
The only thing you need is just to get the software installed in your computer and in the computer with which you want to operate the remote computer with.
You also need a working internet connection in the two computers.
Modern computers with new motherboards may have an Ethernet controller that supports the functionality of switching on a computer remotely.
One of such ways is known as wake-on-LAN.
Wake-on-LAN is an Ethernet computer network that makes it possible for computers to be switched-on via another computer that is on the same local area network. This process is done remotely.
How To Switch On A Computer Remotely Using Wake-On-Lan Method
Now let us consider how we can remotely switch-on a computer using the Wake-on-LAN method:
First the target computer has to be switched-off completely.
It must have enough power in it to trigger on.It requires a network card in order to function.
The network triggers the computer to boot if and only if it receives a valid stream of data that correctly spells out the MAC address of the computer.
This stream of data is called the “Magic Packet”.
This method also requires a Wake-on-LAN tool. These tools are readily available on the internet. I recommend that you go for these three:
All three tools are very useful. When using any of the tool, all you have to do is to search for available computers on the LAN.
Locate your target computer through the MAC address or the IP address and select to switch on the computer.
If you want to connect speaker to laptop without wire, you can use Bluetooth speaker. Check out the article here:- How to connect bluetooth speaker to laptop and follow the steps.
How To Switch On A Computer Remotely Using Internet Method
The computer can also be switched on through the internet.
In this case, the computer is kept in another location and is triggered on remotely with another computer.
This can be done efficiently with the use of a software called the “Teamviewer”.
Teamviewer is a super software that enables remote connections between two devices.
First, you must ensure that Teamviewer is installed in the two computers. The Teamviewer can be configured to switch on the computer through public address or through the Teamviewer ID.
The host computer must:
- Have a working internet connection
- Have a network card that supports wake-on-LAN
- Be put in sleep mode, hibernated or shut down.
- The power cable has to be connected to a power source.
- Teamviewer has to be installed, configured and added to auto start apps list.
- You must take note of your network Teamviewer ID and IP address or DNS.
- You must configure the computer BIOS (this feature is not supported by all computers) and the Network card.
You can now proceed to switch on your computer using he Teamviewer.
Let’s say you wish to switch on your computer at home using the computer in the office, then you have to do the following:
1. Switch on the Teamviewer on the office computer, enter your Teamviewer ID.
On your computer Teamviewer contacts list you will find the home computer that you wish to switch -on. It will be among the list of offline computers.
Simply click the wake up button. If the home computer was configured correctly, then you will discover that it will show on the Teamviewer list that the home computer is now online, indicating that it has been switched-on.
If you want to switch-on the home computer using the public address or DNS, then you have to configure the router on the computer and set up port forwarding to the public address of the network or to the DNS address of the home computer.
You may need to check your laptop or computer specification. If you don’t know how to do it, check out my another post :- check laptop specs.
How To Switch On Laptop Camera
The Teamviewer is a very flexible tool that can be used to do a whole lot of things on the remote computer.
It can be used to access files and other documents in the home computer. It can be used to switch-on the home computer camera.
To achieve this, the host computer has to be switched on remotely and configured with the Teamviewer ID.
Then from your office, you can open the Teamviewer and connect with the home computer.
After a successful connection, the home computer will now be shown on the screen of the office computer.
You can then navigate through the windows to where you have the Camera app in the PC.
Go ahead and switch it on and it will certainly be switched on at home.
The above procedures work on both windows and Mac computers. But if it is not working for you, there maybe any problems with your laptop or computer. You can do a factory reset on your laptop.
How To Access The Laptop Camera Using Android Phone
The Teamviewer has the Android and iOS versions which can used on mobile phone.
It makes it possible for mobile phones to be used as the remote computer.
With the Teamviewer, you can switch on your PC as well as the camera remotely with your phone if it is well configured with the Teamviewer ID or DNS.
There are various software that can do this same job, but the Teamviewer is quite simple to use. All you have to do is to ensure that it is correctly configured.
Did you try these methods? Let me know in comments section.
Last Updated on December 9, 2020 by Stanley Hurst
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There are multiple ways of remotely control/view Sunba IP cameras, and we would like to break down each methods in terms of their security and connectivity.
1. Port Forwarding
This is a very conventional way of remotely connecting IP cameras. By definition, port forwarding will enable remote access by mapping traffic through specific ports to specific device on the LAN (Local Area Network).
Let’s try to break down this in a newbie and straightforward way.
Say your IP camera has IP 192.168.1.10 (which is the default IP of most static IP Sunba PTZ camera), and your router has IP 192.168.1.1, which is also the gateway of your LAN.
When connected to the Internet, your local network will have a corresponding WAN (Wide Area Network) IP, which you can find on your router:
Or you can find it on other websites such as http://canyouseeme.org
The ports that you forwarded through the router are like keys to individual device on your LAN network.
For example, Sunba camera requires you to forward media (TCP) port and http port. And let’s assume your external http port is 8181. Then the user will be able to log into your IP camera through http://22.214.171.124: 8181.
If you have other ports for other devices that you forwarded, then users can login those devices in the corresponding method by typing WAN IP: External http port on the address line of your browser or other supporting software.
Please refer to this article on how to set up port forwarding for Sunba IP camera: https://sunbatech.com/faq/what-is-port-forwarding/
Coupled with free 3rd party DDNS service, the hard-to-remember WAN IP (which may change if you don’t have static IP) can be mapped to a permanent domain that you easily memorize.
However, this method is not secured as hackers can simply scan all your ports and try to access your device in LAN, unless you have all your local data encrypted or you have established certain firewall to deny unauthorized access. Thus, we do not recommend using this as the preferred way of remotely accessing your IP camera.
2. P2P Cloud
Different from port forwarding, P2P (peer-to-peer) technology establishes a connection between you and the remote camera without the need of port opening. This doesn’t even require stream to go through a 3rd party server, and a 3rd party server is only there to verify the device UID (the P2P code/the serial number) and to authenticate the process. Therefore, P2P can only be used between the manufacturer’s own app/software; for example, a Hikvision app cannot verify a Sunba P2P code and only Sunba has the UID for all its registered P2P device.
And this direct connection is called “hand-shake”. However, what if a hand-shake fails?
For Sunba IP camera, 3 attempts will be made before the hand-shake fails. And if the hand-shake fails, the connection will be going through one of Sunba local server. Sunba uses Amazon Web Service to serve as a 3rd party server. In this case, the connection speed will be dependent on the server status.
To setup P2P on your smartphone, please refer to the video below:
3. VPN (Virtual Private Network)
This is absolutely one of the most secured ways of accessing your device remotely but the setup can be moderately difficult for beginners. VPN allows you to remotely connect to your LAN at home as if you are physically present at the remote site. This means you can view the remote IP camera through its local IP address as if you are at home. Meanwhile, all your data will be encrypted in the VPN server.
The first step is to set up a VPN server.
Currently the most popular VPN solution is OpenVPN. Most smart routers have built-in OpenVPN protocol encrypted that you just have to enable them to set up a VPN server. For specific steps of those, please refer to the user manual of your router. You can also set up VPN server through your PC NVR such as Blue Iris or even with your NAS.
Below is the setup page of OpenVPN through an ASUS router.
Note it is recommended to setup a DDNS in your router upfront, otherwise the VPN server may keep changing if you don’t have a static IP with you. Below is a short video introducing you how to setup OpenVPN and connect to a remote camera.
4. RTSP Live Stream Broadcasting
With RTSP stream, you can remotely view the camera in a broadcasting manner on a webpage, but you can not control the IP camera.
You can use 3rd party RTSP service provider such as Anglecam with the following url:
where 0 = mainstream and 1 = substream
Most RTSP service providers require you to forward RTPS stream. Some other service providers, such as OBS, can transfer RTSP stream into RTMP, enabling a broadcasting over YouTube (YouTube only accepts rtmp, the stream format for USB camera). For OBS, port forwarding isn’t required but you need to set the computer to be on all the time for decoding purpose (the computer will be served as the decoder as versus to the online 3rd party server, which is way port forwarding isn’t required).
Below is Sunba Live Broadcasting Demo on YouTube. If the link below expires, subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest link.
If you have a computer that will was set to “never sleep” at the remote site, you can install a remote desktop control software called Teamviewer, and set an unattended access. This way, you can remotely log into this computer, and indirectly get access to all information of cameras installed at a remote site.
For example, you installed a Sunba PTZ camera at home and would like to access this camera when you are in your office. You first will install Teamviewer software for your computer at home, and remember the “allow remote control” info, which is used to remotely access this computer.
Remember the “ID” here.
However, since the password changes constantly, it is better that you set an “unattended access” password option at Extra-Options-Security:
Remember the “personal password” for unattended access.
Then, you can install the same Teamviewer software at your office. And on the right hand side of your software “Control Remote Computer”, enter the ID of your home computer to establish a connection and then proceed with the unattended access personal password you set before.
Note your home computer must be on all the time so it is recommended to set it to “never sleep”.
Smartphone is becoming more of an assistant and helps us in a number of ways. Like making phone call, sending text messages, establishing connection with Internet, watching videos, listening music and capturing images. Selfies have come in trend. You can see people taking selfies and pictures even at work.
You might have seen a number of photos floating on your Facebook timeline of your Facebook friends. Yes, it is true photos act as a reminder of a particular moment. But before clicking photos, make sure your mobile camera is good enough. Since many cameras also come with a wide range of remote control capabilities.
If you are an Android user then there is good news for you. There exists an app called Camera Remote that you can easily download from Google Play store on your Android smartphone.
How to Remotely Control Your Smartphone’s Camera
Camera Remote app takes control of remote camera and allows you to take remote photo, download photos, play recording instantly, record preview frames and more right from your remote Android desktop, notebook or PC.
Camera Remote is composed of many amazing and exciting features. Let’s have a look.
1. Screen Recording
Camera Remote provides the ability to capture anything and everything that is displayed on your phone as a video file. We need to record our phone’s screen many times for different purposes. For example, last time I recorded my smartphone’s screen when I was creating a video tutorial.
- Once you open the app, you will find screen recording option at the right corner.
- Click on this and choose the screen record quality from high quality, medium quality and low quality.
- Once the permission is granted, Camera Remote will capture everything that is displayed on your phone.
- Once you are done with the recording you can stop it and it will automatically save video files as the recording.
2. Remote Camera Control
Camera Remote allows you to control your smartphone’s camera from another device including Android Wear Watch, Notebook, Desktop PC and from Web as well. For this, it comes with Camera Remote PC which is a windows application used as remote Android device controller. It is basically designed for Desktop PC, notebook, enabled with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
All the functions provided by Camera Remote PC is exactly same as original Camera Remote Android application.
3. Camera Remote Tools
Camera Remote is provided with different modes like Camera Mode, Remote Mode, Remote Sync, Wi-Fi Direct Mode and Image Video Utility. Remote Mode allows you to record the screen.
Camera Mode starts camera and connects it via remote mode. You can change front and rear camera between remote and camera modes. It also allows you to change preview frame rates, sound status (whether you want to keep it ON/OFF), to play the recorder frames instantly.
Remote Sync controls multiple remote cameras.
4. Bluetooth Mode and Wi-Fi Mode
There are two control modes available called Bluetooth mode and Wi-Fi mode. This means you can control your remote camera through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. For Wi-Fi mode, your Android device must be connected to local network and accessible through remote Android and other remote computers.
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For establishing a connection via Bluetooth, you need to install Microsoft Bluetooth Stack.
If you own a Canon camera equipped with WiFi then you can control it from your smartphone or tablet with the Canon Camera Connect App.
The short video below tells you how to use the Canon Camera Connect App. More information can be found here.
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Just recently, one of my AddictiveTips colleagues covered WiFi Camera, an iOS app that, by pairing a couple of iDevices together over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, allows one to snap photos with the camera of the other. As is often the case, whenever an interesting app arrives on one platform, users across the other platform tend to become curious about the availability of similar apps for their devices. While it is unknown whether or not WiFi Camera will be made available to Android users, we do have a very fine alternative for our readers. Remote Shot is a free Android and iOS app that works in almost the same way as WiFi Camera, meaning that you can remotely view and capture whatever the camera of the other device is looking at. However, connection can only be established over Bluetooth. Once paired, you have complete control over the camera of the target device, including toggling between front and rear camera view, capturing images or videos, selection of flashlight mode, and triggering the self-timer or burst mode.
Barring the Japanese tutorial screen, there is absolutely nothing about Remote Shot that is difficult to understand. All you have to do is ensure that the app is installed and running on both devices. In case you forget to enable Bluetooth on either device beforehand, fret not, since the app will help you with the process without having to navigate away to your device’s settings screen. Remote Shot launches directly to its viewfinder, where the bottom half of the screen sports buttons or toggles for the aforementioned options. The zoom slider can be found alongside the right edge of screen.
The pairing toggle at the top lets you decide whether you want the device to act as a Camera or Remote (unlike WiFi Camera, Remote Shot does not allow both devices to be controlled by the other at the same time). In either case, you’ll be prompted to select the other device from the list of nearby Bluetooth devices. Once paired with the target device, you should be able to remotely view whatever is within the viewfinder of the other device. As mentioned earlier, the app supports a Burst Shot mode, which lets you capture photos at 3, 7, 10 and 15 frames per second. The Timer Mode can be used to automatically capture an image after 3, 7 10 or 15 seconds. In the Android variant of the app, media captured through the app can be found in the RemoteShot folder on both devices.
We successfully tested the app with a Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy S combo, where both devices responded flawlessly, acting as both the remote and the target. Since the connection is established over Bluetooth, it is perfectly fine for the app to take its time retrieving images from the target device.
Anyone have success with this app? I downloaded and installed with no issues. Connected one android phone to another via bluetooth. Then I opened remote shot. Clicked on “remote controller”, searched for “target camera” by clicking on “connected cameras”. Response “Error-cannot find any target device”.
Too bad it doesn’t work between devices. iOS app is shit.
can i get the source code for this software ?
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What is AirDroid Personal Remote Camera?
AirDroid Personal remote camera allows you to remote access your phone’s camera from a computer without touch your phone, even it’s far away from you. You can use it for remote photography or view the surroundings of the camera in real-time.
How to use AirDroid Personal Remote Camera?
Option 1: From AirDroid Personal Desktop Client
- Download and install the AirDroid Personal app on your phone and sign in to your AirDroid Personal account
- Download and install AirDroid Personal desktop client on your computer and sign in to the same AirDroid Personal account
- Open AirDroid Personal desktop client, click on the telescope icon on the left menu bar
- Choose your device and click the Remote Camera to establish a connection
Option 2: From AirDroid Personal Web Client
- Download and install the AirDroid Personal app on your phone and sign in to your AirDroid Personal account
- Sign in to the same AirDroid Personal account on AirDroid Personal web client
- Click the Camera icon to establish a connection
If you want remote access your phone’s camera from your other phone, kindly check How to remote access phone’s camera from another phone with AirMirror App?
- During the process of establishing a remote camera connection and use, ensure that the AirDroid Personal app is running in the background of your phone.
What features of the AirDroid Personal remote camera have?
AirDroid Personal’s remote cameras currently contain the following features:
- Rotate screen
- One-way Audio
- Switch front and rear camera
- Switch flashing light
- Take screenshot and record screen (available on AirDroid Personal desktop client only)
The remote control feature allows you to take control of another participant’s screen in a meeting. You can either request remote control of another participant’s screen or the other participant can give control to you.
If you need admin functionality such as the ability to restart another participant’s computer, see Remote Support Session.
Note: For Mac OSX, you will need to give Zoom access in the Accessibility tab in the Privacy and Security preferences of your Mac. For more information on giving Zoom access in Security and Privacy, click here.
- Zoom desktop client for Windows, Mac, or Linux
- iPad with Zoom mobile app
- For use in webinars, must be the host, co-host, or panelist
Windows | Mac
Requesting remote control
You can request remote control from the host or participant who is sharing their screen.
- While viewing another participant’s screen share, click the View Options dropdown menu located at the top of your in-meeting window.
- Select Request Remote Control, then click Request to confirm.
The host or participant will get a notification asking if they want to allow you to control their screen.
- Click inside the screen share to start controlling the participant’s screen.
- To stop remote control, click the View Options dropdown and select Give Up Remote Control.
Giving remote control
While screen sharing, you can give remote control to another participant who is in the meeting. If the participant is on iOS or Android, they can remote control your screen using their mobile device.
- While screen sharing, click Remote Control and select the participant you want to give control to.
The participant can click anywhere on their screen to start control.
- To regain control, click anywhere on your screen. The other user can still restart remote control by clicking on their screen.
Tip: You can also click Stop Share to regain control and not allow the other participant to start remote control again.
Android | iOS
A participant who is screen sharing with the Zoom desktop client can give you remote control. If you joined a meeting on an iPad or Android device, you can’t request remote control or give remote control.
- After a participant gives you control, tap the remote icon to start remote control.
- Use these functions to control the participant’s screen:
- The mouse icon shows where the mouse pointer is located. Tap and drag it to move the pointer.
- Tap once to left-click the mouse.
- Tap and hold to right-click the mouse.
- Tap the keyboard icon to enter text.
- Pinch with two fingers to zoom in and out of the user’s screen.
Tip: You can use your mobile device in landscape to get a better view of the participant’s screen share.
Note: The steps below assume you already have your IP camera installed and connected to a router with Internet access. HTTP://192.168.1.101 represents the IP address of the camera being accessed.
Find your camera’s IP address. If you don’t know its IP address, click here.
Open a web browser and type the IP address. Enter your login information.
Go to SETTING > BASIC > Network > Information to find the HTTP port number used by the camera. The default is 80.
Usually there is no need to change the port number. However some ISPs block port 80, so you may need to change the port number accordingly. In the image below, we changed it to 3333.
After you change the port, you will need to reboot the camera in order to save the changes. You can do that by going to SETTING > BASIC > System > Initialize and clicking Reboot.
After you reboot, log back into the camera on your web browser, using
http://(IP address):(Camera port number).
For this example, the address would be http://192.168.1.101:3333.
After this, you’ll need to adjust the port forwarding settings on your router. The configuration depends on the router model. Consult your router’s technical support accordingly. For this example, we are using a TP-Link TL-WR941ND.
Log into your router’s management page (http://www.tp-link.us/faq-87.html).
Go to Forwarding > Virtual Servers and click Add New.
Type the IP address and the port used by the camera in the corresponding field. For the Protocol, we recommend you select ALL. Click Save to add this new entry.
Port 3333 can now be used by the camera.
Go to Status page to check the WAN IP address of the router.