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How to Access Webcam Remotely

Olga Weis Olga Weis Jul 14, 2020

In the dynamic environment of the modern office, we often have to switch seats, desktops and laptops. It is obvious that carrying all our devices along is not always a feasible option. So when your cables are not long enough to connect us to devices at a distance, it becomes a bit of a problem. Say, what if you have a webcam in the cubicle across the office and you need to connect to it? How do you access the remote webcam?

In this article, we're going to show you a few ways to view webcam remotely. Read on and find the best for your needs!


Share webcam with USB Network Gate

Electronic Team, Inc. offers a software solution to this problem – a USB camera sharing software. USB Network Gate allows you to share USB camera over any network easily. No cable clutter on your desk or, in fact, anywhere in the office, remote webcam access is available to you from anywhere as long as you are in the network.

Webcam sharing software for Windows, Mac, and Linux OSes

Step-by-step guide to share webcam over LAN or WiFi

  1. First, you need to download and install the app on the computer that needs access webcam remotely over LAN (client) and the computer to which the camera is connected.
  2. Launch the app on the server and locate the webcam in the list of devices, click the button next to it.
  3. Launch the app on the remote computer and find the shared webcam in the list of available remote devices. Click button.

Or watch video tutorial:

Why choose USB Network Gate?

  • USB Network is easy to set up and easy to use, only 3 steps to access the webcam from any location!
  • USB Network Gate has a big advantage to offer, it works across platforms, i.e. you can connect Mac machines and computers running Windows and Linux OS.
  • The ability to create callback connection (connection with a client-initiated from the server-side)
  • Highly secured connection standards are provided by the embedded traffic encryption option. Moreover, you can add a password to control remote user access.

Supported Platforms:

For Windows run on 32-bit and 64-bit: XP/2003/2008/Vista/7/8/10, Server 2012/2016/2019

For Mac OS 10.9 and higher

For Linux was tested on: Ubuntu 14.04-18.04 and Centos 7

Price: Starts from $159.95


If you need to share a camera over network between two computers on Windows, use an open-source tool – Yawcam, it stands for Yet Another WebCAM software. This share webcam software works over WiFi.

Yawcam control panel screenshot

Written in Java it offers the following functionality:

  • Streaming video
  • Taking snapshots
  • Webserver built into the app
  • Detecting motion

Supported Platforms:

Unlike the software solution we discussed above, Yawcam does not work on computers running different operating systems, and if you do use Macs, Windows, and Linux machines in your network, this could cause inconvenience.

Price: Yawcam is completely free

WebCam Monitor

Another specialized Windows application - WebCam Monitor.

WebCam Monitor enables you to access your webcam remotely so you can monitor your home or office from any location. The remote webcam software provides automated surveillance by detecting noise or motion. These environmental events trigger alerts that can be configured to sound an alarm, make an audio and video recording of the incident, and notify users via text message or e-mail. The software can also be used to initiate recordings at set time intervals to document events within view of the webcam.

WebCam Monitor features

How to use WebCam Monitor?

All you need to do to use WebCam Monitor is to connect a webcam to your Windows machine. You can implement a surveillance system in minutes using the intuitive configuration wizard. Choose to have the system active 24 hours a day or customize its hours of operation. The scheduler function enables you to start and stop the application using any timetable you choose.

WebCam Monitor enables you to monitor your webcam from any place on the globe. It’s a great solution when you need to view a webcam remotely. Just connect a webcam to your PC and you can keep an eye on things no matter where you are located.

There are three different methods of using WebCam Monitor. Choose the one that works best for your situation.

  • Watch live broadcasts from the webcam

You can obtain a continuous live stream from your webcam with WebCam Monitor. With a robust Internet connection and adequate bandwidth, you can implement IP camera remote access and monitor all the action your webcam captures from a live feed.

  • Receive photos webcam of activity via emails

You can configure email notifications to include an attached photo either when motion is detected or at customized and regular intervals.

  • View uploaded video recordings and photos on your web site

Retain videos and photos generated by your webcam by storing them on an FTP server. You can have data sent at predefined intervals or when the software detects motion. Using a server to store the webcam’s images offers extra protection for the data if the computer or webcam is stolen. It also puts all of your recordings in one place, making it easy to analyze them if necessary.

Supported Platforms: Microsoft Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2012 / 2008

Price: $69.95 USD

Stream video from the remote webcam

Once you share camera over network, you need to set up a video signal. For that you’ll need special web platforms, YouTube or one-click software solutions.

Stream video from the webcam

Now this is how you stream a video over network:

  1. On YouTube website make sure you are logged in under Google+ ID you want to stream with.

  2. Go to the features page.

  3. Find ‘Live Events’ and click ‘Enable’, read Terms and Conditions displayed and click ‘I agree’. Click "Create Event" button – name your stream, add a description and tags.

    Note: You can choose to start streaming right away or schedule it for later.

    Note: You can regulate your privacy in Settings – public or private. In the latter case you will need to specify accounts with whom you share the video stream.

  4. If you do not have Hangout plugin, install it. Once you have it, enable Google Hangout on Air. Select ‘Quick’ instead of default ‘Custom’ option.

  5. Click ‘Go Live Now’. Hangouts window opens and it takes about a minute for the video to buffer. You are all set to broadcast now!

  6. Click ‘Start Broadcast’, ‘OK’ to confirm – that’s it, you are on air. Your broadcast can last up to eight hours.

  7. If you want to share the video stream with others, click ‘Links’ at the bottom of the Hangouts window, copy a link and share it with others. The stream will be seen automatically on your channel on YouTube.

There is an option that allows managing your viewers – it’s called ‘Control Option’. You can either mute or send out viewers you do not like.


Yes, you can. With special software, you can set up webcam networking and view it from anyplace with an Internet connection.
Install WebCam Monitor and locate your webcam by its IP address. This will enable you to view it remotely.
You can find the webcam’s IP address using several different methods.

1. Use the camera’s setup software which will typically display a list of the cameras on your network.

2. Many cameras use a webpage to configure the device and the IP address will be part of the URL. For instance, indicates that the camera’s IP address is Log in to the camera using that address to ensure it is correct.

USB Network Gate

Run on 32-bit and 64-bit: Windows 7/8/10, Windows Server 2008 R2/2012/2016/2019/2022
Also available on macOS, Linux OS and Android , 9.25MB size
Version 10.0.2450 (17 Jan, 2022) Release notes
Category: Network Software