Purpose of The Guide

This guide will show you how to find out the IP address of your camera and use it as an RTSP stream to view your camera in a program called VLC.

Before You Begin

Make sure that your bird box camera is powered on, connected to your internet router and has been added to your Windows or Apple computer. If the camera has only been added to your phone or tablet, use this guide to easily add it to your computer.

Install VLC onto your computer, it is the best video player available so you probably won't want to uninstall it.

If you have one of the newer model of Wi-Fi cameras (NCIP2WF), you will also need to disable 'H.265' on your camera, follow this guide to do so. If you're not sure, follow the guide anyway. The option will not be available on other models.

Let's Get Started

First you will need to find out the local IP address of your camera. Open up CMS5, go to Device Manage, then note down the IP address of your camera. It will look something like, though it probably won't be exactly the same.

Now you need to convert this IP address into an RTSP stream

You can use this: rtsp://x.x.x.x:554/user=admin&password=&channel=1&stream=0.sdp?real_stream, where 'x.x.x.x' is the local IP address of the camera. If you have set a password on the camera you put it after the bit that says "password=".

So if the IP address of the camera is and there is no password set on it, your RTSP stream will be:


If I set the password on the camera as '12345Abc' then the RTSP stream would be: rtsp://

If you find this RTSP stream does not work, you may need to add an @ in front of the IP address, so for example:


You can enter this address into VLC to view it on your PC, just open VLC then select Media > Open Network Stream > Network then click 'Play'.

Next Steps

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