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Guide To Setting Up Port Forwarding to View Your Foscam Over the Internet

As promised, here is the guide on setting up your Foscam IP Camera to view it live on the internet and through your Iphone on the 3G network:

Setting up Port Forwarding on your wireless Router so you can view your IP camera live on the internet from anywhere (including on your Iphone):

Before you start, it may be helpful have your router manual handy in case you dont understand any of the terms. Your router manual can be found by googling “[brand of your router] manual”. Best of luck:

Step 1) Write down the local IP address of your camera. To find this address open IP Camera Tools (apple mac users, use IP Scanner Tool) and it will display the IP address of the camera as “h**p://[YourCamerasLocalIPAddress])

Step 2) Log into your camera and goto the “Basic Network Settings” and change the HTTP Port to 8090. At default the port is at port 80, however this is a public port and used too often and in the majority of cases can cause problems. We here at Foscam recommend users to use port 8090 as it is a generally unused port and safe to use. (If you have more than one camera then they should ascend accordingly ex. 8091, 8092..)

Step 3) Next write down your router’s external internet IP address. The easiest way to find this would be to Google “What is my IP address” and go to the first link which pops up and that is usually whatismyipaddress.com. This address is your routers identity viewed from the rest of the world. If you want to be able to access your camera from anywhere other than the  cameras home location, you will need this address handy.

Step 4) Log in to your wireless router. To do this you must enter the IP address of your router into your browser and then enter the username and password when prompted. If you are unsure of the ip address or username and password of your router, refer to your router’s manual or view a list of default router IP addresses, usernames and passwords by visiting our collection here.

Step 5) Go through the options on your router until you find an option that says “Virtual Server”, “Port Forwarding”, or “Port Mapping” (if you have your routers manual, it should explain this as well). Once you are able to access your Port Forwarding options you need to set the the Local/Private IP address to your camera’s local IP address, set the inbound port to 8090 and the outbound port to 8090 (you can change the port numbers later). Make sure the type is either “Both” or “TCP”. Save the configuration.

Port Forwarding

Step 6) To test it to see if you set it up correctly, open a browser and enter your external internet ip address into the address bar and press enter. You should arrive at your camera’s login screen.

Please let me know if you have any comments or questions. Thank you.

Best Regards,

www.foscam.us

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33 Responses to “Guide To Setting Up Port Forwarding to View Your Foscam Over the Internet”

  1. Foscam.us - Wireless IP Internet/Network Cameras Says:



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  4. elisa Says:



    Hello, I’ve been tryig to get all my four cameras working at the same time and be viewed on my external ip address of my router. However, I can’t configure them all at the same time. I have a d-link dir625 router with default address: 192.168.0.1 and log in name: admin and blank password. I can’t use http as “name” for 2 or more port forwarding. I can’t get it.

    Another thing,why I can’t receive any sms or email alarm even though the videos were recorded when motion detected?

    Last question, how can have videos recorded when my computer is not on? For example, when I am out of town, I can’t have access to internet anytime and my computer is not always on. How can I record videos if my cameras detect motion? I really need your help. Thanks.

    regards,

  5. Dane Richman Says:



    I was desperately trying to set up port forwarding with my verizon fios router but i was stuck on the dmz setting in the router. Until I called foscam, I felt like I was in a Quentin Tarantino movie getting help from Tim Roth. The support did an amazing job so late in the evening and helped me to make port forwarding work and kill the dmz. I had port forwarding set up to my IP Camera fine on the verizon fios router on port 80. And similarly on http port on the foscam camera was set to port 80. But unbeknownst to me verizon blocks that very port to reach any of the subscribers router so they can’t operate a web server. Which makes sense otherwise my verizon fios would be slower than dial-up or adsl. So now what? He told me to change that same port forwarding line in the verizon fios router from 80 to 8080. Then he had me back in the ip camera tool – network configuration and change the http port from 80 to 8080 of the foscam.
    Now it works like a charm. Thank you foscam and Tim and Quentin for making my day.

  6. KCH Says:



    How can I set this up to work for two, identical foscam wireless IP cameras? More specifically, step four will only allow one camera to be remotely accesses. I’d like to access both cameras. I am on a macintosh with a safari browser.
    We love using our cameras to see what our pets are up to while we’re at work during the day. They work great, Thank you FOSCAM!

  7. Paul Says:



    *HELP*

    I usually have my SSID switched off i.e. not broadcasting SSID. When its not broadcasting the camera will not connect. Broadcasting the SSID the camera works. It is possible to get the camera working without having to broadcast the SSID?

    Thanks

    Paul

  8. Mike Says:



    I purchased a combination of indoor and outdoor camera and I am having some problems with getting them setup. I left a voice message with my questions and my call back number.
    1) Firmware upgrade not working
    2) Setup mail funtion not working from me

    I have only opened one of the cams to see if these are going to work for me. I am using a Linksys N Ultra Range Plus router which supports Dual N Bands

    I am somewhat familar with teck talk but this is above me… Please give me a call

  9. cam Says:



    1st question when setting port fwd and dmz settings do we set both or choose and if we choose what is the differance

    2nd question when typing the external ip to test remote access do we type the cam ip or the router ip

    3rd question when accessing cam from iphone do we use iphone safari browser or an iphone app? thanks

  10. jim Says:



    Is it possible to access the camera from a wireless laptop within a home intranet? I can communicate with my wireless camera from a desktop connected directly to my router (d-link dir-655) but I cannot view it from a wireless camera. The IP Camera Tool can see the camera, however, the camera is not found when I double click the camera link from the tool and it loads in a browser window.

  11. William Says:



    Hi,

    I Purchased 3 Wireless IP Camera with Pan & Tilt, Night Vision, 2 Way Audio, Apple Mac and Windows compatible, and phone Installation Support Included.

    I’ve got them setup wireless through AT&T UVerse Gateway. Have created host domain on Dyndns.org, but can’t connect to cameras. Having some issues completing confirguration on Gateway.

    Would like support to complete camera setup. Please contact me for date and time.

  12. Roberto Says:



    Hi,

    I just got 4 Foscam FI8908W, and I´m having problem to get them at the same time using the foscam program.

    I just can access them using each port at time.

  13. Gonzalo Says:



    After port forwarding my camera no longer sends me email alerts to my Comcast email account.. Tech support can’t seem to figure it out… this is a common issue… any ideas out there?

  14. Peter Freeborn Says:



    Under Multi-Device Settings the User Guide Explains to set up the 2nd Device with IP and Http Port. But what if I want the 1st Device to have a different port and forward my DYNA DNS to the 1st Device?

  15. Walter Chow Says:



    Hello, I’ve been tryig to get all my four cameras working at the same time and be viewed on my external ip address of my router. However, I can’t configure them all at the same time. I have a d-link dir625 router

  16. Ryan Says:



    I am trying to get my (4) Foscams to be viewable from an external Computer not on my network. I have been unsuccessful do far. I believe I am not doing something correctly with my DLINK ROUTER (Virtual Server Settings) I can view 1 camera externally with the (192.168….:80) Port configuration but no others to work … please help me…

  17. Mike Says:



    Mail Services Settings???

    I bought a FI8905W and I am having a problem setting up email notification.
    I use gmail and below is what I have in my settings.
    Sender my gmail account
    Receiver 1 another my gmail account
    Receiver 2 my yahoo email account
    SMTP server smtp.gmail.com
    SMTP Port 25 or 993
    Need Authentication checked
    SMTP User my gmail account
    SMTP Password my gmail password

    And the test failed.

    Test … Failed
    Server Error

    I have tried diff. SMTP port number and they all failed the test.
    I made sure my SMTP User and Password are correct by logging in my email account.
    But all the tests failed.

  18. Charlie Says:



    To use multiple cameras simultaneously across the web, give them NON-consecutive port numbers and then set port forwarding in the router to each of those ports. You also will have to change the port numbers you use to access them locally with your browser. Fortunately, if you use the multi-camera option with any of them, it will find all the other cameras automatically.

  19. joel Says:



    I am trying to access f18908w camera from a remote location,the house has a dynamic modem,the say the ip address is always changeing,and i need a static modem,is this true,any way around this ,the camera is 2 1/2hrs from my home,need it for security reasons at the other location. HELP????????????

  20. Marcello Says:



    Hi, I’m using a wireless router to use the camera when I’m with my internet connection authenticated on my wireless network I can access the camera, but when I’m out of my wireless network, accessing my work not I, I’m only entering the camera’s IP in IE, I have to do some additional setup to access the camera out of my wireless network?
    Regards,
    Marcello Juliano

  21. ashley Says:



    does it record while you are logged off?

  22. Jimmy Says:



    have a westell 327w router…please help me set it up for internet viewing….help….thanks

  23. WILLIAM DICARLO Says:



    I HAD MY F18918W WORKING FINE. WHEN I TRIED TO GO WIRELESS. I GOT A MESSAGE FROM THE IP CAM SAYING ILLEGAL GATEWAY OR SUBNET. I CANNOT SEEM TO GET PAST THIS. I RESET THE CAMERA AND TURNED THE POWER OFF. NO LUCK? PLEASE HELP. THANKS! BILL IN NEW JERSEY

  24. Ian Says:



    1st question when setting port fwd and dmz settings do we set both or choose and if we choose what is the differance
    2nd question when typing the external ip to test remote access do we type the cam ip or the router ip
    3rd question when accessing cam from iphone do we use iphone safari browser or an iphone app? thanks

  25. Heart Bracelet Says:



    ~*- I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives up to date information -..

  26. Ronald Friesz Says:



    Above is my external ip address. I have gone to dyndns and established calbid.dyndns-ip.com
    The problem is i cannot the Basic Network settings right using my cellular modem in my cradlepoint router. Please email me to let me know who i can call for help. I have not found a support phone number.

  27. bob singh Says:



    Hi there bought a foscam f18918w wireless cam for securuity for baby, iv got it working wirelessly but only from my house cant seem to get it working remotely, please help as my thomson 585 router does not have port forwarding or virual server settings.

  28. admin Says:



    William,

    From your description then all you have to do is reset the camera. I’m surprised tech support did not tell you to do so. For resetting the camera, there is a reset button on the bottom, use a small round pin to press the reset button for 35 seconds until the camera restarts.

    You could also confirm that in the camera’s Basic Network Settings that when you deselect “DHCP” to get a static ip and assuming your router’s IP address is “192.168.1.1″ and you give the camera static IP address of “192.168.1.12″, your parameters should be as follows:

    Obtain IP from DHCP Server
    IP Addr 192.168.1.12
    Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
    Gateway 192.168.1.1
    DNS Server 192.168.1.1
    Http Port 80
    Network Lamp
    Submit Refresh

    _____________
    Best Regards,
    The Team at Foscam.us
    [email protected]

  29. admin Says:



    Bill,

    From your description then all you have to do is reset the camera. I’m surprised tech support did not tell you to do so. For resetting the camera, there is a reset button on the bottom, use a small round pin to press the reset button for 35 seconds until the camera restarts.

    You could also confirm that in the camera’s Basic Network Settings that when you deselect “DHCP” to get a static ip and assuming your router’s IP address is “192.168.1.1″ and you give the camera static IP address of “192.168.1.12″, your parameters should be as follows:

    Obtain IP from DHCP Server
    IP Addr 192.168.1.12
    Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
    Gateway 192.168.1.1
    DNS Server 192.168.1.1
    Http Port 80
    Network Lamp
    Submit Refresh

    _____________
    Best Regards,
    The Team at Foscam.us
    [email protected]

  30. Edison Hoolasie Says:



    I have just downloaded a free version of XProtect Video Monitoring software and I need the drivers for the Foscam F18918W.

    Can you provide this software for me Please.

    I await your feedback and your reply!

    Edison Hoolasie
    Owner – Foscam F18918W

  31. jess Says:



    is there a chance that i can view in realtime my ip camera even when i’m on vacation.

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