What Is Wrong When A IP Camera Manufacturer Config Tool Cannot Find A Camera?

As you all know every IP Camera manufacturer provides a configuration tool that allows you to setup their cameras for your network.

[IPVM Note: See our directory of 40+ manufacturers configuration / discovery tools.]

This tool works even though the default IP embedded in the camera does not match your network subnet.

Every blue moon I have a situation where I try to configure IP cameras and the manufacturers configuration tool cannot find the camera on the network. So Im unable to change the IP to my current subnet. The way that I have been overcoming this issue is I temporarily change my routers subnet to the the default camera subnet, login to camera by the default IP and then make the changes I need in the cameras web interface. Sometimes I'm on a job where I am unable to change the routers setting so I have to take the camera back to my shop and do it on my network. I had this happen again today and it was a big pain. I lost over two hours.

My question is why does this happen and how can I correct it in the field.

Thanks for any input.

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