To access your IP camera with the Android App TinyCam Monitor we recommend that you first download the newest version from the app market. Use the search word "TinyCam" to find our app inside the Play Store.
The Manage Cameras Window
After you have installed the newest version please start the App and choose Manage Cameras to enter the configuration menu.
Manage Cameras Window: The Manage Cameras Window allows you to add new cameras and change all the camera parameter you set when you added the camera to the app. Please come here in case a parameter has changed - e.g. the camera address changed or you choose a new password for the camera login.
Add a new Camera (Manual)
The Add Camera button in the upper right lets you add your IP camera manually.
Please provide the following data to add your camera:
Camera Name: You can choose a name for your camera - the name does not have to be identical with the camera name inside the web user interface.
Camera Model: TinyCam allows you to add cameras from different manufacturers beside INSTAR. Please choose the correct brand and model of your camera.
Hostname/IP Address: Type your camera's local IP address (e.g. 192.168.178.26) to access your camera at home or use your DDNS address (e.g. abcd12.ddns-instar.de) when you want to be able to access your camera from the road. Please be aware that you will need a Portforwarding rule inside your internet router to use the DDNS service! You do not need to add the camera's port here if your camera uses a http port different than the default 80.
Port: Type in the camera's http port, that can be found and set in the camera's web user interface under Network/IP Configuration. The default value is 80.
Username: To access your camera you will need to provide the username you use to log in to your camera's web user interface. The default username for both HD and VGA cameras is admin.
Password: Provide the password you use to log in to your camera's web user interface. The default password is instar for HD cameras and no password for VGA cameras.
Adjust General Settings
The General Settings allow you to adjust certain video settings globally as well as to export or import your app configuration.
Your cameras are now added to the app. Click on the Edit Button (pencil symbol) to make changes to the camera setup or click on the Return Button on the upper left corner to return to the app´s Start Screen.
The Live View Window
The Multiview window allows you to keep an eye on all your cameras.
Multiview Window: Every camera that you add to the app will be displayed in the Multiview window. The Video will be displayed with a low refresh rate to keep bandwidth requirements low. Simply touch the live video to access the corresponding cameras live stream.
The Camera View Window
You can access the Camera View by clicking on a camera video in the Multiview window. You will have access to different button layouts depending on the available camera functions of your camera model. Simply tap on the two arrows in the lower left corner to switch between different layouts.
Bandwidth Conservation: JPG Mode
TinyCam Monitor does not support the h.264 video stream of HD cameras at the moment - all cameras are treated as MJPEG cameras which leads to high bandwidth demands in case of an HD camera model. But you can use the JPG mode to preserve your bandwidth. Open the Advanced Settings and search for the JPEG Image Address. You can use the following two addresses - the first one will grab the full resolution 1280x720 pixel snapshot, while the second one uses a compressed JPG file that usually is more then enough for a small smartphone screen:
http://<IP or DDNS address of your camera>/tmpfs/snap.jpg 1280x720 Resolution
http://<IP or DDNS address of your camera>/tmpfs/auto.jpg 320x176 Resolution