How to install network camera on Windows 11

If you have a camera in the network, you can add it to Windows 11 to stream, record, and capture images with these steps:

Windows 11 install network camera
Windows 11 install network camera

On Windows 11, you can install network cameras in the same way as USB cameras through the Settings app.

Network cameras are devices that stream the data through the LAN (Local Area Network) using a TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) configuration rather than transferring data through a USB cable. Usually the preferred choice of device for security and surveillance purposes.

Windows 11 supports discovery, pairing, configuring, and stream TCP/IP-enabled for major ONVIF Profile S-compliant camera brands. When you connect the new camera, the stream can be routed through the existing APIs to capture images, stream, or record videos using the default Camera or third-party application.

This guide will teach you the steps to connect a network on Windows 11.

Install network camera on Windows 11

To add a network camera connected to Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Bluetooth & devices.

  3. Click the Cameras tab.

  4. Click the Search for cameras button in the “Add a network camera” setting.

    Install network camera on Windows 11

  5. Select the camera from the list to add it to Windows 11.

Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 should automatically detect and install the network camera driver. Also, you can use the built-in Camera or third-party app to view, record, or capture images from the stream.

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