Port Forwarding Basics

A software port is a numbered connection that your network will use to provide or deny access to your home LAN (local area network) from a remote location.  Since LAN ports are closed to Internet and remote traffic, port forwarding allows you to access your home LAN from any Internet connection.

IMPORTANT! Setting up port forwarding varies based on the make and model of your router.  These examples are provided to help you understand the port forwarding process and may not be specific to the type of router you are using. Please see the instructions provided with your specific router on how to enable port forwarding for your device.

Netgear

  1. Type your routers address into an Internet browser address bar.  By default this should be 192.168.0.1, however the information should be provided in your routers instructions or labeled on the router itself.  You will be prompted to enter a username and a password - for Netgear devices, the default username is "admin" and the password is "password" or "1234" unless you have changed them previously.
  2. Once logged in, open "Advanced" on the left navigation and click on "Port Forwarding".  You will see the Ports window open which contains information on existing HTTP and FTP ports (these are used to connect your router to the Internet).
  3. Click the "Add Custom Service" button and enter a new Service Name (“SmarthomeIPCamera1” for example).
  4. Enter the IP address of your camera into the Server IP Address field.  The IP address for your camera can be found in the IPCamera.exe device list.
  5. You will need to specify a port range to have open for your camera.  8000-8999 is a good range to work with, but make sure the port you open does not conflict with any ports you may already have open (from your list of Services on the "Port Forwarding" page).  To enter a single port (ex. port 8030), use the same port for the "StartPort" and "EndPort".
  6. Click "Apply" and logout from the router settings page.
  7. In the Internet browser address bar of your Smartphone, enter your camera IP address followed immediately by a colon and the port you have opened (make sure you are not connected to your local wireless connection).  For example http://192.168.1.4:8030.  You should see the camera login screen.

Linksys

  1. Type your routers address into an Internet browser address bar.  By default this should be 192.168.1.1, however the information should be provided in your routers instructions or labeled on the router itself.  You will be prompted to enter a username and a password.  For Linksys devices the default username is "admin" and the password is left blank unless you have changed them previously.
  2. Once logged in, open "Applications & Gaming" on the left navigation and click on "Port Range Forwarding".  You will see the Ports window open up which contains information on existing HTTP and FTP ports (these are used to connect your router to the Internet).
  3. In the "Application" field enter a new Service Name (“SmarthomeIPCamera1” for example).
  4. Enter the IP address of your camera into the IP Address field.  The IP address for your camera can be found in the IPCamera.exe device list.
  5. In the "UPD/TCP" field select "Both".
  6. You will need to specify a port range to have open for your camera.  8000-8999 is a good range to work with, but make sure the port you open does not conflict with any ports you may already have open (from your list of Services on the "Port Range Forwarding" page).  To enter a single port (ex. port 8030), use the same port for the "Start" field and "End" field.
  7. Click "Save Settings" and logout from the router settings page.
  8. In the Internet browser address bar of your Smartphone, enter your camera IP address followed immediately by a colon and the port you have opened (make sure you are not connected to your local wireless connection).  For example http://192.168.1.4:8030.  You should see the camera login screen.

D-Link

  1. Type your routers address into an Internet browsers address bar.  By default this should be 192.168.0.1, however the information should be provided in your routers instructions or labeled on the router itself.  You will be prompted to enter a username and a password.  For D-Link devices the default username is "admin" and the password is left blank unless you have changed them previously.
  2. Once logged in, open "Advanced" tab at the top and click on "Port Forwarding" in the left navigation.  You will see the Ports window open up which should contain information on existing HTTP and FTP ports (these are used to connect your router to the Internet).
  3. In the "Name" field enter a new Name into the field (“SmarthomeIPCamera1” for example).
  4. Enter the IP address of your camera into the IP Address field.  The IP address for your camera can be found in the IPCamera.exe device list.
  5. In the "Traffic Type" drop-down select "Any".
  6. You will need to specify a port range to have open for your camera.  8000-8999 is a good range to work with, but make sure the port you open does not conflict with any ports you may already have open (from your list of Services on the "Port Forwarding" page).  To enter a single port (ex. port 8030) use the same port for the "Start" field and "End" field.
  7. In the "Schedule" drop-down select "Always".
  8. Click "Save Settings" and logout from the router settings page.
  9. In the Internet browser address bar of your Smartphone, enter your camera IP address followed immediately by a colon and the port you have opened (make sure you are not connected to your local wireless connection).  For example http://192.168.1.4:8030.  You should see the camera login screen.
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