Simple Guide to Setting up a LOFTEK CXS 2200
Last week I wrote a not-so-simple guide to setting up the LOFTEK CXS 2200, which really just turned into a long rant about my lack of common sense. So I figured it may be helpful to write a more straightforward guide with real steps rather than pictures of Gregory House, M.D.
I’ll also show you how to push images to Sensr.net so you can take advantage of all of our cool features, like SMS and email alerts, 30 days archiving, no firewall config, clip sharing, embedable live streams, guest access, etc.
Connect LOFTEK CXS 2200 to router via ethernet
Determine your router’s IP address – important.
Browse to the camera’s IP address (default: 192.168.0.178)
Tell Sensr.net about your camera
Tell your camera about Sensr.net via FTP settings
Though the LOFTEK CXS 2200 is a wireless network camera, you have to plug it in via ethernet in order to configure its wifi settings. Make sure the camera’s connected to a power source, too. Duh.
For Step 1, plug your camera directly into your router with an ethernet cable. The camera’s green light should start blinking, signaling its found your network. Woohoo!
For Step 2, you’ll need to be able to figure out your router’s IP address. On a Mac, you can do this by going to System Preferences -> Network -> Advanced -> TCP/IP, which will look like:
My router’s IP address is 192.168.0.1. Your router’s IP may be 192.168.1.1, or something entirely different. Ordinarily at this point you would log into your router’s configuration settings and find the network camera’s IP address. But the LOFTEK CXS 2200’s IP address is a static 192.168.0.178, making that step unnecessary if your router’s IP is already in the 0.x range. This means your IP must end in 0.x, so 192.168.0.1 would work, but 192.168.1.1 will not.
If your router’s IP doesn’t end in .0.x you’ll need to change it. Enter http://yourrouter’sIPaddress into a browser — so for me it’s http://192.168.0.1. It varies from router to router, but you can typically change its IP address in the LAN Settings. (WARNING: BEFORE DOING THIS, PLEASE BACK UP YOUR ROUTER’S SETTINGS) Once your router’s IP has been changed, you should be able to browse to the LOFTEK’s default http://192.168.0.178.
If your router’s IP address DOES end in .0.x, you can already browse to the LOFTEK’s default http://192.168.0.178 – you should see this screen after logging in:
Click “Mode 2 to view (For Firefox, Safari, Browser, etc.)” and you should be able to see your camera:
Hooray, your network camera is setup! Now it’s time to add it to Sensr.net.
For Step 4, log into into Sensr.net and go to “My Cameras,” as seen below.
Click “Add A Camera”
Now you’ll see a page with your camera’s FTP login credentials, which looks like:
Now you’ve got to tell your camera about Sensr.net. For Step 5, go to the “Alarm” tab. From here, go to “FTP Settings” on the right. Now just plug in all of the info from the Sensr.net FTP login credentials. Make sure FTP Mode is set to PASV.
Now set the Upload Interval to 1 second, and hit submit. Go back to the Sensr.net page, and you should start seeing images from your camera, and a sweet, sweet Success! notification like this:
You’re done! Now you can start sharing your LOFTEK CXS 2200 on Sensr.net with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Have more questions, or still having trouble getting the LOFTEK CXS 2200 setup? Let us know in the comments and we’ll try and get it working.