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How to access an IP camera remotely

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Hi,

I've given up tweeking various IP security cameras to send images etc correctly, so i'm looking instead to monitor them externally.

First step is the make the cameras accessible outside the LAN, is there a dummies guide to do this? Some kind of port forwarding on the router.

I will do this on 3 different networks, so a generic explanation would be ideal.

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Exactly you need a NAT config to expose the cameras outside...  a port mapping it is desirable too if the standar port are the standard ones;  (maybe 443 or 80) mapped to 4443 or 8088 or similar.

 http://wiki.mikrotik.com/wiki/NAT_Tutorial
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You need to figure out what port or set the port on the camera, then forward that port on the router.   You use a different port number for each camera.  

You can use something like BlueIris to monitor cameras from all 3 locations.

If we know what types of equipment you're using, we can give you more specific answers.

What router are you using and what camera models are you using?
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by:xenium
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THanks for all the info. I'm looking through it.

Here are specifics on one of the cameras:

Router: Netgear N150 model DGN1000

IP camera: Wanscam something like this http://www.wanscam.com/cd/index.php?ac=article&at=list&tid=136

Device Firmware Version	  67.2.2.180
   Device Embeded Web UI Version	  9.0.4.70
   Alias	  IPCAMERA3
   Device ID	  JWEV-234457-BACFE

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Local camera IP is http://192.168.0.12:99/
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Netgear options attached
netgear.JPG
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OK.  You need to setup a rule into the netgear box to redirect external traffic on port 99 to internal ip 192.168.0.12 port 99.
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Then using your public IP:   http://x.x.x.x:99 you will access the cameras from outside.
It is good idea to restrict access from the locations (IP's) from which you access normally.  This feature is a firewall rule that your netgear box maybe doesn't support.  Must check.
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From xenium screenshot, it seems that your netgear has firewall.
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Ok great thanks. Which settings do i need to tweak on the router?

Setup
	Basic Settings
	ADSL Settings
	Wireless Settings
Security
	Logs
	Block Sites
	Firewall Rules
	Services
	Schedule
	E-mail
Maintenance
	Router Status
	Attached Devices
	Backup Settings
	Set Password
	Diagnostics
	Router Upgrade
Advanced
	WAN Setup
	Dynamic DNS
	LAN Setup
	Wireless Settings
	Remote Management
	Static Routes
	UPnP

Web Support
	Knowledge Base
	Documentation

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Probably Firewall rules and Services.
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Services: what should the setting be here:

Service Definition
Name:	
Type:	TCP/UDP
Start Port:	
Finish Port:

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Firewall settings:

 
Outbound Services
 	#	Enable	Service Name	Action	LAN Users	WAN Servers	Log
 	Default	Yes	Any	ALLOW always	Any	Any	Never

 Add    Edit    Move   Delete
Inbound Services
 	#	Enable	Service Name	Action	LAN Server IP address	WAN Users	Log
	1		SSH	ALLOW always	192.168.0.17	Any	Never
 	Default	Yes	DMZ	ALLOW always	192.168.0.3	Any	Never
 	Default	Yes	Any	BLOCK Always	Any	Any	Never

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I have tried this, see attached Service and Firewall settings used. No luck.

I'm using the IP from IP chicken and then adding :99

Any ideas?

Thanks
add-service.JPG
inbound-service.JPG
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PS I accidentally deleted an existing service (no warning on Netgear, and no option to view an existing service so I could screenshot it) not sure what it was, hopefully router will continue to work!
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I think the router should allow that traffic without having to create a rule explicitly, because you have configured an inbound service.  Anyway, you could try to add this;

Inbound Services
 	#	Enable	Service Name	Action	LAN Server IP address	WAN Users	Log
	2		WANSCAM	ALLOW always	192.168.0.12	Any	Never

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so from anyplace you should be able to open an internet explorer and go to;

http://(public ip of your router):99
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by:xenium
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Hi Manuel, isn't your suggestion what i've done in the previous post? Apart from logging.
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Did you try to setup this?;

Inbound Services
       #      Enable      Service Name      Action      LAN Server IP address      WAN Users      Log
      2            WANSCAM      ALLOW always      192.168.0.12      Any      Never

Anyway, I'm asserting; it should work.
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hi Manuel, yes this is what i tried.

I attached 2 screenshots in that post:
https://filedb.experts-exchange.com/incoming/2016/08_w33/1110931/inbound-service.JPG
https://filedb.experts-exchange.com/incoming/2016/08_w33/1110930/add-service.JPG

The first is what you suggested (except the log)
The second, does it look correct?

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Your settings look correct.    How are you viewing your camera?   A browser, an app?
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Strange it is now working.

It might be a co-incidence, but I tried turning on Remote Management and then turning it off again.
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Sounds like a co-incidence.   Remote Management shouldn't make a difference.
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If it becomes inconsistent, you might have a failing router.   Once this is configured, it's shouldn't flake out.     When network configurations are correct, it should stay consistent.
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Thanks all, sorry for delay. I will close this and assign points shortly.
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