One of the biggest benefits of having IP cameras is being able to access them from the internet. Many of us have smartphones, iPads or netbooks that we take with us and it would be great to check in on the place, a pet or the elderly while at work, in a coffee shop or while traveling. Some cameras have 2 way audio, so you can even talk to the person or pet.

The problem many of us have is how do we do it. We all know that if we go to a certain IP address on our home browser, we can configure and view the camera, but how do we do the very same thing when we are not home.


There’s several steps into making this work, so it’s best to start at the camera. By default, most IP cameras are assigned a temporary IP address by your router. This is composed of 4 numbers from zero to 255 that are separated by periods that is how you find your camera. Then you use a program the vendor provided on a CD that finds the IP address assigned to the camera. You click on that and it brings up the in-camera software that lets you view and configure the camera. The problem with this is that it’s likely that this address will change next time turn off and then back on the router or camera. The first step is to set a fixed address on the camera so that it doesn’t change and you can always find it.

To do this, you will have to go into the configuration screen for your camera and set the option to have a fixed IP address and not use DHCP. Many times, unchecking DHCP will present you with the necessary fields for an IP address, subnet mask, gateway and DNS. This may be overwhelming. The easiest place to get this information is to go on a PC that is on the network and open a DOS window (on Windows, press the START button and then type “command” or on a Mac, run Terminal). In the DOS window, enter the command “ipconfig”, on a MAC enter the command “ifconfig”. You will see the IPv4 address, the subnet mask and the default gateway. Use this subnet mask (typically and default gateway (the IP address of the router). For an IP address, use the first 3 sets of numbers and chose a higher number up to 253 for the last, for example, if it’s, you can use an IP address like Just make sure that you do not use the same number twice, it must be unique and not interfere with the lower number that are used by DHCP, so I would recommend you start at least at an IP address of your PC plus 25. For DNS, put either the gateway address or as a last resort.

It will also give you the option of a port number. A port number is what is used to allow a single IP address to have multiple devices. The default is typically 80, but if you want to have more than one camera, you need to use a different number. To avoid port conflicts, it’s better to use a number higher than 8000 but less than 60000. For example, if you have 3 cameras, you can use 10001, 10002 and 10003. From that point on, since port 80 is the default, you must specify the port number after the IP address separated by a colon when accessing the camera, for example if you used 10002, you will use to view the camera from your browser at home.

Foscam IPAxis TCP


Once you have a fixed IP address, the next step is to update your routers firewall with this information. The job of the router is to use a single connection to the internet and allow you to use it with multiple devices like cameras and computers. By default, the router has what is called a firewall and it’s job is to block anyone trying to get into your network including you. You have to define which devices can been accessed from the internet. You do this by going into the firewall configuration screen (sometimes called a Port Forward screen or Application & Gaming) and tell it which IP addresses can be accessed and what port number they are using. Some are as simple as putting in address and port 10002 (start and end are typically the same). Some have separate screens where you define a service. A service is a port number assigned to a name, like Camera2 and port 10002, then in the other screen, you select Camera 2 and specify the IP address, If it asks for protocol, it’s TCP, but if you leave it at the default of Both it doesn’t matter.

Below are sample screens from common routers. While I can’t possibly show you every router, you’ll find that once you find the port forward or firewall screen, the process is simple.



When you are home, you access the camera using what is called the LAN address. This can only either start with 192.168 or 10…, so you know you are using an internal address if it starts with this. To access the cameras remotely, you need it’s WAN address. This is the address that the router uses to connect to your cable or DSL service provider. Any router will have the ability to display this, but it’s much easier to go any PC on your home network and go to http://www.whatsmyip.org. This will display your IP in large numbers on the top of the page. You should now test this, enter the IP and port and see if you can access the camera (ie. Some routers block the ability to loop back to your own network so it’s possible that this won’t work from home, so try it from a neighbor or friends network and see if you can connect. If it works you can use this to access your camera from anywhere in the world with one caveat, it may only last a few hours or at best a few days, so onto to the last step in the process.


Service providers have many, many customers and it would be very expensive to give each and every one of us a fixed IP address as you did with your camera in step 1. So they use DHCP and assign you temporary IP address and that can change. Some providers set this at once a day, some at once a week, it varies, but you can’t rely on this address to be fixed for very long.

To get around this, there’s a service called Dynamic DNS or DDNS. The way it works is a DDNS company assign you a host name, like myhome.dyndns.com and then your router or camera has the ability to keep this up to date every time your service provider changes the WAN IP address. There are some large DDSN services that are free and I would recommend DynDNS (http://www.dyndns.com). You create an account, pick a domain name from what is free (you can have your own domain name, but not for free), then pick a hostname which is the part of the name you can choose as long as someone else is not using it. Use only one hostname per location, so one for your entire home and maybe one for your vacation home or business.

The best place to maintain this is on your router. Check to see if it supports DDNS and most do. You’ll have to specify the name you chose, your username and password and the DDNS provider you picked. If your router does not support this, many cameras do. ONLY DO THIS ON ONE DEVICE ON YOUR NETWORK.

Once this is set up, you can use this name and port address to visit each camera at home. For example, http://myhomecams.dyndns.net:10001 for one camera and http://myhomecams.dyndns.net:10002 for the other.

If configuring the router is too confusing or not possible, there’s software to do this for you, but at a cost. The most popular is www.PortForward.com. This will only take care of Step2, you will still need to do the other steps and the software still requires the information noted above, so I don’t think it’s a good investment. You can always contact the support group for the router vendor to get help. Don’t contact me as I probably do not have the same router as you and won’t be of much help.

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2 days 22 hours ago

Hi, I have brahms camera and I need to let it available from the Internet, but the camera will be seated and installed the company network infrastructure with Firewall and Proxy. I’m not sure which one to use, Company DNS or through Proxy or the camera’s DDNS partner. Can I get an advise what else should I do?

The camera needs the following:

Server Address: I believe is given by the DDNS provider
Domain Name: I’m not if the domain requires .com or just a single word/name itself only
Username & Password: I believe is given when I created an account to the DDNS provider

But, what if I will use the company DNS, what details should I prepare and become available?

I am looking forward of your advise.

12 days 23 hours ago

i have a avitech dvr i m done with forwarding process bt still cant view the cameras through web in laptop bt can watch in mobile software of eagle eye

A Rogers
13 days 12 hours ago

I have been told that you can not use security cameras on Dish or Direct internet systems. Is there a work around to make it work.

13 days 20 hours ago

I bought a dlink wifi camera off someone so its not brand new Does anyone know if I install it in my home will the pervious owner be able to access the footage from their phone or computer???

11 months 23 days ago

Good Day,
Thnks for ths information. I have installed a VstarCam in my Office, 3 different locations. When i am in the Location where it is installed, it works well but when viewed from a remote location, its very slow and my internet connection is 4G…
What can be the problem???

3 months 18 days ago

“Very slow” I would think you are saying, might be that you are streaming too much data or the computer receiving is running at max CPU.
Remember even if you have 4G download speed, you need to check with your ISP on your upload speed, it can be only 1G for example.
If you are streaming a high FPS and high resolution on your first encoder you will have a high bandwidth, set your second encoder from H264 to Jpeg and use that one for watching remotely.
You can get a very low kbps stream for each camera if you sacrifice FPS and resolution.
Good Luck

11 months 23 days ago

Good Day,
Thnks for ths information. I have installed a VstarCam in my Office, 3 different locations. When i am in the Location where it is installed, it works well but when viewed from a remote location, its very slow and my internet connection is 4G… i have mailed VstarCam severally, but there feedback policy is so poor and bad

What can be the problem???

1 year 4 days ago

I am trying to set up Internet access to a Milestone XProtect Go/Mobile Server using the Milestone Mobile App for Android. Everything works fine using the Android app on my smart phone on my LAN using port 8082 for the server. I am having problems accessing my server from the Internet. My server LAN IP is I have tried several combinations for TCP port forwarding with no success (e.g., -> 80;> 443; -> 8080). Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Also, do you have any experience with PFConfig software for port forwarding? I am considering purchasing this software to help me configure my router.


1 year 15 days ago

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what this website is providing.

1 year 21 days ago

Hi there every one, here every person is sharing these knowledge,
therefore it’s pleasant to read this web site, and I used
to go to see this website every day.

1 year 2 months ago

Superb guide for the untrained. Unfortunately DynDNS is no longer free, I would probably recommend No-IP instead for those looking for a free option. The other option would be setting up your own DDNS server which isn’t too difficult.

1 year 3 months ago

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Noel Sheerin
1 year 4 months ago

I have a Wanscam ipcamera in a shed (monitoring livestock) connected to a Netgear 3G router also in the shed. Everything is fine and I have a DDNS account because of the ISP releasing only dynamic ipaddresses to the router.

I can log into the camera remotely on my android phone from any wifi available wherever I happen to be but for some unknown reason (to me) I cannot log into the camera once I am away from the wifi environment. I have checked with my phone ISP and they have no solution for me.

I use an app on the phone called IP Cam Viewer Lite and I have checked its settings too but still no luck in identifying the problem

I can log into the camera on my laptop/PC browser from anywhere and no problem either.

So what do you think is the problem when I try to login from my phone using the ISP network and have no success eventhough I can use Google etc no problem. Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


1 year 4 months ago

My camera is accessible through the no-ip website port fowarding just fine but it requires a log in each time, so i cant use the link for anything.. how do i get rid of the log in?

1 year 6 months ago

Bro ,can i connect ip-camera to the arduino GSM module and live-stream video to my computer over the internet …pls help

1 year 7 months ago

Hi, I have 2 foscams and a netgear DGN2200 router. I am only using these items for local visualization of the 2 cameras over the wifi.
I think everything is correctly programmed because with the PC I can access the cameras over wifi in Internet explorer.
The problem I’m having is that I get a login fail when I use my iPad foscam app.
Something is not right but I can’t find it anywhere.
Any ideas ?

1 year 8 months ago

Thanks bro.

1 year 8 months ago

Help here would be greatly appreciated.

My wireless camera is set up. Dyndns, router, port forwarding etc..
I can view camera on home network with my Blue Iris app & camera software.

My problem is when I leave my network range, my app shuts off. I use the same info that the “web server” on the blue iris software tell me to input & again, works fine from home.

When I disable wi-fi on Iphone, Ipdad etc.. using the same info imputed, it says on my app, “cannot connect to server”. It DOES work with wi-fi off on the camera software using my dyndns name & :.
Getting frustrated for it seems I’m missing a step or two.


1 year 8 months ago

Many thanks!

1 year 8 months ago

Very informative site. You have certainly helped many people and I hope you can assist me.
I have 4 Trendnet TP-IP551WI cameras that I have set up running through a 2-Wire modem/router provided by my ISP and using static IP addresses from No-IP. I am able to monitor them remotely from my phone etc.
Everything works fine however I need to change the encryption on the router from WEP to WPA2-PSK and the encryption key as well.
Will I need to uninstall the cameras and go through the entire set up procedure again or is there an easier way to keep the cameras working? Thanks for your assistance.

1 year 8 months ago

I had an old iPhone 3GS sitting around and I found out I can use it as a security camera. Using two apps I found both phones have been connected via wi-fi; one serving as the camera while the other is the viewable screen.

I want to take it a step further and watch the live video from anywhere. I have an AT&T system. Will it work?

1 year 9 months ago

Just setup an easyn camera through smart phone but when I try to make it wireless I enter my network password and get the message: “remote device no response”
Please help, thanks

1 year 10 months ago

Thank you very much.

1 year 10 months ago

Dear networkcameracritic,
I didnt buy the cameras, they came with the house i bought. i can’t get a hold of the previous owner, so i dont have any software/CDs. I tried finding the cameras using VLC,… but couldnt figure out what the ip would be.
the camera has an adt sticker on the side… i dont want the adt monitoring… i would much prefer to monitor myself.
i believe the camera i have is manufactured by sony. this is the description i pulled from online:
ADT NEW Color Day/Night Bullet Camera, 700TVL, 2.8-12mm 12vdc 30 leds ip67

any tips or suggestions/?

thanks again

1 year 10 months ago

i just bought my home. we have two outdoor cameras already installed with night vision.
Any idea how i can figure out what the IP address is for them?


Samuel Imarenakhue
1 year 10 months ago

Hi, I’m a CCTV enthusiast and a big fan of your reviews. Keep up the great work. I live in Nigeria and it’s pretty expensive to get a static IP address in the area where I live. What do you think about the Stratus connectivity feature of Lorex ECO4 systems? Are there any other systems with similar features?

1 year 11 months ago

Hello I just purchased a wanscam IP camera and connected to a TP LINK MR3420 3G router and I can successfully view and control it over the LAN network, wifi with the app but when i try to access it else where I cant but I can only access it from elsewhere if the 3G modem is browsing or on a data plan with the app is this normal or is there a way i can access the camera from my smartphone without necessarily the 3G modem on a data plan. Thanks

1 year 11 months ago

I have a Hikvision NVR DS-7616NI-SE/P and all of the Hikvision cameras are connected into the NVR, utilizing the POE. The NVR is fixed to and I can access its web interface from anywhere on the LAN and view all cameras through a D-link DIR-655 router. Could I get the same live-view capability from my Samsung Galaxy II?

2 years 6 days ago

A lot clearer than what foscam explains… Thanks again !

Rui C
2 years 7 days ago

Hi ,

I have 2 Apexis ip cam at home, that use to work OK both from my home network and mobile app.
Several weeks ago , one of the cams , when connecting from the mobile app , began to show a feed from a cam that was not mine , and by the image ,the feed is fron another country.If i connect it from the home betwork it runs fine , and this only happens when i connect it on the mobile.I´ve tried to change the cam parameters , reset it ,it solves the problem for a few hours , but then it happens again.
Do you have any idea of what is causing this problem/conflict ?

Many thanks


dhruv pandit
2 years 10 days ago

i have neo cam NIP 03 clone (i think so, mine has h.264 decoder also).

my network is like this camera :-

3G USB > TL MR-3020 wifi router > IP cam (wifi)

and for PC :-

3G USB > TL MR-3020 wifi router > PC (LAN cable)

without 3G connection (i.e. internet) , i can access my cam on PC (i.e. on LAN)

but when i connect USB modem to my router (TP LINK _ MR3020) and
connect router to internet , camera instantly drops connectivity with
wifi router. so it can not be accessed via local PC or via remotely.

don’t know the problem, but due to this problem, i can not access it remotely :(

i have done port forwarding Ok AFAIK (its 8888)

Vincent Turpyn
2 years 17 days ago

This article was really of great help. It’s rare to find such clear explanations that help you step by step. Appreciate it very very much !

2 years 18 days ago

Very informative.
Unfortunately, here in Canada there doesn’t seem to be any provision for obtaining a fixed IP over 4G. Still researching.


2 years 18 days ago

For years I have been able to access the cameras through their respective assigned ports, using a static IP through my DSL service. Great, but my new 4G/LTE service does not offer a fixed IP and the modem does not include DDNS functions (Sierra Wireless 763S).

However, I do have the option to assign IP and ports to each wirelessly attached device.

However, DDNS is part of the DCS-920/930L firmware.
I have 1x 930L and 3x 920 to monitor remotely.

I have only seen successful DDNS setups using a router to update the account.
Is there a way to update my DDNS account using one or all the cameras? Wouldn’t the camera just be passing along it’s local IP? Or will the camera be able to pass along the correct WAN IP?

Should I set up just one of the cameras to do this, or better to do all?

I am also open to any other suggestions.

2 years 1 month ago

New parents of twins seeking a decent monitoring system. One camera will do, two would be better. Smartphone and internet capable? Decent sound? Decent mic? Decent picture? Tolerable delay of sound and video? We’ve become overwhelmed by the amount of choices out there, and the “baby monitors” in the department stores are way overpriced. Thanks a heap.

2 years 1 month ago

Hi thanks for the reply. I’m still confused.

Here is what the camera is set up with currently:

Zonet ZVC7611 IP camera settings
IP Address
Subnet Mask
Gateway :
Primary DNS :
Video Port : 4321
HTTP Port : 84

I reset my modem back to factory defaults.

When I go to portchecktool.com I see the following:

Success! I can see your service on “My External IP” on port (80)
Your ISP/Router/Firewall is not blocking port 80.

You mentioned 9000?

And you mentioned in Firewall Settings you select the IP address of the camera and add that the rule for that camera.
I don’t see a place to select IP address. These are Verizons instructions I’m totally confused.


These are the selections under Applications:

Rule Name:
Protocol: TCP ,UDP TCP UDP
Port Start
Port End
Port Map Start

2 years 1 month ago

Couple years ago I was able to get Zonet IP Cameras working with help from this site and could view them from local network or from outside remotely. Before I had Verizon Modem and D-link router. Recently had to change hardware and got new Verizon wireless modem so did away with router. Now I am now trying to figure out how to configure so I can view externally away from my home again. Totally confused. I think I am close and thought I would check with others if they have ideas. ————————————————————————– I setup a FREE NO-IP Host tied to my WAN IP address ————————————————————————– The new Verizon Modem is Verizon Modem Actiontec GT704-WG Noticed this Verizon Modem/router does not have “Port Forwarding” selection in menu so the fun begins. These are Verizons instructions I’m totally confused. http://www.verizon.com/Support/Residential/internet/highspeed/networking/troubleshooting/portforwarding/123871.htm I have to go into Security and applications. They have categories I guess canned rules or I can create my own for port rules. Under Rule Management on the Verizon modem I set up the following rules to try but have no idea what I’m doing: Protocol Port Start Port End Port Map TCP 84 84 84 UDP 84 84 84 TCP… Read more »

2 years 3 months ago

Last e-mail of night. Thank you for helping me learn. Much appreciated.

I will try any suggestions from remote location on Monday.

I am using IP Cam Viewer by Robert Chou.
It allows port type: http or https in the set up. It does allow rtsp in it’s description of the program.
I looked at my router and port forwarding seems set up correctly.

When logging into home site cameras from a remote location on a computer (wired), does that router need to have dyndns set up in its own settings? I am just reaching for answers/solutions.

2 years 3 months ago

I am able to view both cameras on my cell phone with a cam app and the dyndns address and port set.

With my limited knowledge, I assume that since I can view my cameras from a cell phone app then all should be set up correctly and I should be able to connect from another location on a computer????

I don’t know if this assumption is correct and if there are settings I need to correct at another location to be able to log in??

Thank you for your time and patience!

2 years 3 months ago

I can access my cameras from within my lan/wan using my dyndns address.
I can access my cameras using an app. on my android phone, using my dyndns address on the phones network, not home network.
I assume then that my port forwarding,etc. is set up correctly??

I can not access my cameras from another location using new win 7 computers and trying my dyndns address. It does not get me to the sign in window.

Is my dyndns address not being translated correctly?
I have tried turning off firewall and A/V.

Any suggestions appreciated?

It did work with prior win xp computers outside of home network.

Thank you.

2 years 4 months ago

Hello, I am not able to access the HikVision 3MP DS-2CD2432F remotely using a DLINK DSR-250 router at home and DynDNS, I can get to the router using “camera101.dyndns-ip.com”.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

2 years 5 months ago

Thanks for the many useful reviews and the tutorials!

I have a Hikvision 2032 bullet set up as a bench test with http://ipaddress:10001. I port forwarded it through my router, I thought, but to view it with a browser at another location, I have to enter http://ipaddress:80. I am unable to view remote video with either Blue Iris or Xprotect Go. What did I do wrong?

2 years 10 months ago


I need help to setup remote access for my FI9821W camera. I have done port forwarding on my router using the port 8090 (which i have also set it as the port in my camera).

However, when i try accessing my camera remotely using my handphone, it says connection timed out.

Then i tried to access using my browser locally, i keyed http://ipaddress:8090,
it did successfully brought me to the camera page but with no way to see the live video.

May i know whats the error here?

Appreciate your advice. Thanks!

2 years 10 months ago

going nuts here my friend got 2 foscams to set up i set her up each with its own links all good then i set up the multi device section to be able to watch both cams at the same time using IE at her house after set up using the non lan links we can select multi cams no problem but from out side the house from any other internet connection we get an error

any idea how to fix this i even took my pc to her house to see if i could see both and no issues back at my house i get the error

[...] In order to view images remotely, you will have to change some of your routers settings and may have to dabble in Port Forwarding, (this explains things as anything I’ve ever read). [...]

3 years 6 months ago

Whats your feeling behind putting all your home network devices on one common network? Ive been thinking it would be best to setup vlans for home devices PCs roku players sonos box etc… and then putting my ip cameras and nvr on another network or vlan. Unfortunately I do not know of a store shelf router that will let me setup multi vlans. Any suggestions? Would you even worry about segmenting? I ended up going with Qsee/Dahua nvr and cameras from costco, have yet to setup but thank you for your advice here. I think its a great setup for the price. Keep up the good work!

3 years 7 months ago

I just pruchased 2 Foscam FI8910W cameras. I can access them via my interal network (including my android phone using TinyCam Free), but cannot access them via the internet. I believe I have port forwarding setup correctly (in my Verizon -Westell 7500) – I can see the port connected on canyouseemy.org, but cannot access the cameras. Any suggestions?

3 years 7 months ago

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3 years 10 months ago

Hello, many thanks for your highly informative post. My question is: We have a “Green” Trendnet TEW-731BR router. I’d like to set up two child monitors in our house wi-fi network. That requires setting the router firewall to accept their addresses, which I have done with success. This particular router also requires that a virtual server be set up for each address. I have set up one camera on the virtual server with success, but I don’t see how to do another http virtual server? Could it be that this router allows only one? When I try “add” and fill in the ip address for the second camera, it does not create another http virtual server but instead substitutes the newer address for the older one? Do most routers allow broadcasting of more than one camera on the http setting? Thanks so much.

3 years 10 months ago

Hello, I apologize in advance if this question was answered already but I couldnt find it.
Over the last few weeks I bought 2 Wanscam IP cameras, managed to connect them over WIFI, DDns is working aswell, but there is one problem. When I connect remotely to the cameras with Iphone or even android cellphone, I cannot control the cameras.
I can connect easily, with multiple apps but I cant move the camera left/right, up/down, I tried using preset positions but that doesnt work either. I found a youtube movie when someone uses IP Cam Viewer to remotely connect and move their camera and on one movie the guy does it with 8 cameras at the same time, so I know the app is working but I just dont know why it wont work for me, any help is appreciated.
And also, when I connect using PC/Laptop and using IE only, I have full control and can move them etc…
Camera is Wanscam, model: AH-C2WA-B168

4 years 3 days ago

1. Before beeing able to help, it would be important to know more details about the camera in order to recognize the brand. What I can say at the moment is: RESET your IP Camera, there should be a small hole sonewhere near the back connectors or then at the bottom of the cam. Puch (with care) the knob about 15 seconds. Set your Router to , then reboot the entire system and try all the programs you will find here: http://www.ipcam.li/search.zip If no result: Set your Router to , then reboot the entire system and try all the programs, regardless of B, F, Q, or V-Type as declared. But try the F-Type Search programs first. If you see the Cam IP, note it down immediately. Because if you try to search a second time, you may not see any IP address anymore, for some reason, with some of the programs. To see it again, you would have to reboot the PC. You will receive a WARNING, if you start the progs, Please accept UNSIGNED Active-X Installation, or your Progs will not work. 2. Do do NOT need to activate the internal configured DNS Service, because it would… Read more »

4 years 1 day ago

Hi Ernie, Thank you so much for your help – even if I’m still stuck. Regarding the camera : it seems to be a chinese no-brand (for 100$ nevertheless, bought in Australia), and all I can give you is what’s written on its bottom : IP-CAMERA-ID002A DDNS http://af8144.iview.hk:81 USER:admin PASSWORD:admin The camera looks pretty much like they all look (e.g. MayGion) : black, with a wifi antenna, marked “IR – Night – Vision” around the central lens, and 12 tiny LED’s in a circle around it, which seem to be lit at night without a connection to my laptop established. The given internet address (apparently for DDNS ?) can’t be reached – a port conflict ? (81, mine seems to be 80). If so, how to resolve it ? I did reset the cam, as suggested (which seems to work, at least I heard a tiny noise during pushing the reset knob) and tried all your programs with the router set to, which is my normal setting : the cam or its IP-address wasn’t detected with any of the programs, not more than with the software provided with the cam. I didn’t change my router setting (to as… Read more »

4 years 5 days ago

IP-Cameras are usually configured with a standard IP Address.
This can be either 192.168.0.x or then 192.168.1.x

If your local network is set under by Example 192.168.0.x , but the IP-Camra is set under 192.168.1.x, then, no tool is able to recognize the camera. Vice Versa, it’s the same problem.

I would succest that you check your router IP. If it is:
change to 192.168.1.x
or vice versa

If you so solve your problem, reconfigure the IP-Camera to mathc your network IP Range, reconfigure the router also to the standard setting and start again…

Good Luck


4 years 4 days ago

Hi Ernie – Thanks for your suggestion. My routers IP address is indeed 192.168.1. Also it does indicate MAC addresses of several unconnected “new hosts”, but, unlike with connected items (such as my laptop and a TV decoder) no IP address for these.
Can I just make one up myself for these “new hosts”, corresponding to the routers address, such as 192,168.1x ?
Or how else to proceed ?
Other question : does the DynDNS service need to be activated (I noticed it was not), and/or should I install a static IP address, if ever I do get a working IP address ?
Thanks again for your help !

4 years 5 days ago


I do hope your blog is still active.
My problem with an IP camera (a chinese Wifi Oem ID002a bought in Australia) is really basic : it’s apparently not recognized by my router (Orange Lifebox, I’m living in France) when inter-connected by Ethernet cable. So I can’t get the camera’s IP address,with the software provided (IPcamtool.exe) or another one (ipscan.exe, security monitor pro 4.4) nor proceed to any changes of the camera’s setup (such as fixing an IP-address).
I’m obviously not a wizzard (it’s my first reply to a blog…), but truly feel like a fool.
Can you help ??
Thanks so much

4 years 2 months ago

I found two more versions of the IP Camera Super-Client and I ‘enhanced’ them to be adapted to most of the popular ‘Camera – series’ ersions..

This is the standard version:

This is for the all new ‘PNP’ Installations:


I have not found anything related to ‘registering’ the Client Software, so, hopefully, the Clients will not shut down after 1 hours like the older versions.

Good Luck


4 years 2 months ago

I have three Foscams and can see all on my internal network but when I went to set up the port forwarding Fairpoint has blocked all but one of the ports. This seems to mean that I can only access one cam via the net and have set one up successfully using DYNDNS. I’ve read through the posts above but all seem to be able to assign multiple ports for port forwarding. Sorry I don’t have the brand or model of the DSL modem Fairpoint is using, The modem does have built in wireless. Any help would be welcome.

4 years 2 months ago

I am stuck ppl maybe something simple but i am stuck.
1) i have airsight camera, i am okay will all but i have choice of dnydns..and some other.. i have account with myq-see
2) same with router it doesn’t have myq-see option pick under DDNS tab
someone please help

4 years 4 months ago

Thanks for this information, it is very helpful. I set up 2 wireless IP Foscam Cameras a couple of months ago. I have ADSL Broadband and use a Netgear DGN2200 Modem/Router. My ISP IP address is dynamic, so I got a dynamic DNS host through dyndns (which by the way lets you sign up for a free 30 day trial, and if you cancel the trial within 14 days they let you keep 1 hostname for free). I’ve done port forwarding, which in my router is in the firewall. I have camera hosting through Mangocam (who also sell the cameras), and both Mangocam and the Foscam camera configuration allows you to set up to 9 cameras and view them together. I have two issues that I’m hoping someone can help me with, because I’ve also wasted many weekends and had many late nights trying to sort it out. I am able to view my cameras remotely through the camera hosting site (from anywhere), and through their IP address and hostname and port number on my home computer, but I’m not able to access the camera configuration remotely using their IP address & port number or hostname and port number on… Read more »

4 years 5 months ago

Just a quick note that http://www.dyndns.com have ended their free service. See for example;

Maybe a good idea to update your otherwise excellent post?

4 years 5 months ago


it seems that the Camera Server is not built to handle multiple camera view, exept by using Client software, at least, there is no such information available. I would contact Zonet and ask them if a firmware upgrade is availeble to do this.

4 years 5 months ago

Thank you with your help and more time I was able to get both cams to work.

To test it I was able to access cams using a notebook with aircard.

http://mycamexample.zapto.org:80 This worked Cam1
http://mycamexample.zapto.org:81 This worked Cam2

http://mycamexample.zapto.org:4321 This did not work using Video Port

Thought I would share the settings on D-Link router:

Name = HTTP
IP Address = Entered IP Address of Cam1
Port = 80
Traffic = TCP

Name = Video
IP Address = Entered IP Address of Cam1
Port = 4321
Traffic = TCP
Now for the second cam I just changed the Port to 81

Went to http://mycamexample.zapto.org:81 This worked


Name = HTTP
IP Address = Entered IP Address of Cam2
Port = 81
Traffic = TCP

Name = Video
IP Address = Entered IP Address of Cam2
Port = 4321
Traffic = TCP

Is there a clean way to view both cams on one window without loading any SW or anything every time I am traveling using someone elses PC. Suggestions?

4 years 5 months ago

Spent hours getting two Cameras on my home network. I’m not that Network savvy. Now I am trying to set up to access externally from my home. Read over many postings here and on other sites. I think I am getting closer. Thought I would ask for help. Any suggestions or direction would be appreciated. Currently can see both cams on my home network. I identified the IP Addresses from the Internet Cam Admin Tool from Zonet. I can view both cams on the IPCam Zonet Software also buy bringing up each IP Address in IE. Just trying to get one cam accessible from outside my home first. Looking at Zonet info on the web I see: Video Port: Default value is 4321. AV Control Port is used to transmit or receive the AV streaming in the network. Web Port: Default value is 80. Since the web server may use port 80, you can use a different port for ZVC7611/ZVC7611W. Service Provider = Verizon DSL Router: D-Link WBR-2310. Under Advanced Port Forwarding Name = HTTP IP Address = Entered IP Address of Cam1 Port = 80 Traffic = TCP Name = Video IP Address = Entered IP Address of Cam1… Read more »

4 years 5 months ago

agree with Henri and also if you can view via your cable (cat 5) but cannot via wireless; it could be one of the following:
have you identified the SSID of your wireless network and used your wireless router password
some IP cameras do not work with the Wireless N Protocol – mine does not so by changing from N to G wireless protocol I was able to use my camera wireless.

4 years 5 months ago


I bought 3 IP cams (LoneStar) and I have been trying to set them up for the last 2 days without any luck. I am very bad with computer so I am truly hoping someone can help me.

- I have set-up the same static IP address for the 3 cameras (192.xxx.x.xxx) => wasn’t clear if each Cam should have their own IP address (ie: 192.xxx.x.xxx / 192.xxx.x.xxy / 921.xxx.x.xxz)? And I have one Port for each camera (aaaaa / aaaab / aaaac) => I believe this is correct
- I have updated my router firewall (it is an SMC) and I believe I did it properly

=> I can now view my cameras but only if they are plugged to my modem/router. I am not able to view them wireless even though I am at home, using my PC connected to my modem/router.

I would really appreciate if someone could help me view my cameras without having to plug the cable.

Thank you for your help.

4 years 5 months ago

Hi and help! I have spent the last couple of days trying to get my Axis 207w to work and although I have made some progress; I have sticking points: I have set a static IP address for the camera My pc gets its address from DHCP and my ip camera is connected to the pc My router is and both pc and router have a class c subnet address I can connect to the axis via my pc and open up the home page using the static address and the port 9080 so basically which works fine. Issue 1 I am unable to see the camera over the WAN even though I have setup port forwarding and saved it. I have checked my firewall and allowed for the Axis camera with its ip address to access in and out of my home network. I have asked a member of my family to try and access from his router and he gets a timed out message. Issue 2 When I disconnect the axis to work wireless I cannot see it despite setting the SSID in my Axis setup and disabling the N facility on the router (only… Read more »

4 years 5 months ago

If you look for a FREE software capable to be used with different “series” Ip-Cams, please visit the page linked below, I have modified several versions of the popular “IP Camera Super-Client” to enable it to work with multiply chinese OEM Camera Versions of this nice piece of Software. Here are the links to the different ‘enhanced’ versions of the IP Camera Super-Client. It’s possible that one program does not work entirely with your Cam’s, the other one may will, so, you better download all four progs. http://www.ip-cam.li/IP_Camera_Super_Client_537.zip http://www.ip-cam.li/IP_Camera_Super_Client_526.zip http://www.ip-cam.li/IP_Camera_Super_Client_494.zip http://www.ip-cam.li/IP_Camera_Super_Client_485.zip No installation is required, just unzip and copy them to a directory and create a Desktop-link to the “SuperIPCam.exe” file. If you start the (each of) software for the first time, if will ask you to allow an ‘active-X’ routine to be installed, so please allow this process, it’s of no danger. Also, you can install several versions of the program, they do not influence each other. Modify the last line (L.52) of the “Option.ini” file from “1=C:2IpCamData” to your choosen Datafolder(Name). Example: — 1=C:MyIpCamData — The DevFind.exe, enclosed in some Zip’s, will not find all different “series” IP-Cams in your Network, so, it’s possibly of no real use.… Read more »

4 years 5 months ago

I am confused by step three. I got everything else set up and then I went to get my IP address at the recommended website. What am I supposed to do with this IP vs. the one I set up starting with 192?

4 years 5 months ago


i just bought an easyN F serries ip cam which is working fine on the local network and also i can access the cam from the web but i do not have a static IP address from my internet provider and as you may know if my connection goes down and back on again i get a new IP address.

The camera’s box comes with a sticker on the side with the inner access info, the remote access info which is like oppp.ipcam.hk and the ddns password which is six numbers.Using the Search IP Camera software that come with camera i get a DDNS Status Errors in Network Communication and i can not connect to the camera over the web.Anybody had any success so far?Are those links on the cam’s box (user.ipcam.hk) dead or you need to activate them ?

Thank you


4 years 5 months ago

Use a regular DDNS Service such as DynDNS.org or myq-see.com to make the connection work. The DDNS-Services offered by OEM Cam Sellers are unreliable, possibly insecure and some not even in service

Register your name like:


Don’t forget to MAP the Cam IP-Number to a specific Port in your ADSL-Router in order to be called correctly.

Map the IP-Number to (or possibly to as http-service, trough PORT # 88

DISABLE ‘DHCP’ in the ADSL-Router

Set the Camera IP-Number fixed to: (or possibly to

You would then, by example, adress your Cam like this:

or just: yourname.myq-see.com:88

or just yourname.dyndns.org:88

Good luck!

4 years 6 months ago

Follow the direction and it work first tine out, i tried usibg the manual that came with and a cesco network tried and could not get working before i received these ssimple instions.

4 years 7 months ago

Thanks for the great write-up !

Just to add –

1. The router must best set up in the PPOE mode behind the modem set to bridge mode
for the embedded DDNS client function router to function properly .

2. A router flashed with DD-WRT firmware offers many DDNS service provider choices (some of them free).

4 years 8 months ago

Given the privacy and security implications if someone managed to gain access, in my opinion exposing an IP cam to the outside world thru port forwarding is far too risky. There’s a number of ways to exploit such a system. First, there exitsts a possiblity that the web server on the camera has a vulnrability. I’d be especially suspect of the less expensive camera manufactures, due to the lack of extensive product testing performed. If I remember correctly, 4wire had a bug in its routers that allowed someone to change settings without ever logging in. Assuming that the webserver itself has no exploitable bugs, the next thing to consider is whether you’re using http or https when accessing the camera in a web browser. If you use the former, realize that your password to login along with everything else is very likely being sent in the clear, across the internet! I’ve seen some cameras that can use “digest” authentication. This is nothing more then using a hashed version of your password rather than the actual password. More times than not, the insecure, MD5 hash is used. I’ve got two Vivotek’s at home and it was necessary to turn on the… Read more »

4 years 9 months ago

Today’s got to be my luckiest day! Had been sleeping very little in past 1 week fiddling with the set up of 3 EASYN Ipcams and trying to view them remotely. The chinglish miniature manual skipped so many steps that I had to google around to find an understandable procedure to hook these things up. I chanced upon your blog and made 1 change on the cam app setting on my ipad. JUST ! step and voila! I see all my cams on my ipad!!! All 3 cams should have the SAME hostname but 3 different port nos! I had 3 different hostnames (given and printed by the cam supplier on each of the cam boxes) and 3 different ports set up. Thank God for you! Thanks very much. I can sleep well tonite.


4 years 9 months ago

I just bought an IP cam (Astak CM-Mole) from Costco and feel paranoid about having to go through a third party video server (Yoics.com) to have remote access to the camera. I have heard of port routing and have done some research. It appears I can follow this process to do without Yoics.com.

Do you know of any potential problem with using this camera bypassing Yoics?

Great article and great discussion thread.

Thanks very much.


4 years 10 months ago

Great article! I’d like to link to it if possible? We sell a lot of iOS Baby Monitor Apps that deal with network cameras. Configuring the port forwarding always trips people up. So a well written guide like this would be a really useful link from our FAQ.

4 years 10 months ago

Wish i found your blog earlier :-( . I can access my 2 Foscams at home either with their ip address or dyndns.org. but cannot connect them ouside of the house ie. using internet connection at Public library. On the device status of the cameras, the DDNS status shows: “Errors in Network Communication”. I made a mistake by updating the DDNS in both the cameras and the router.
Your help is appreciated

4 years 10 months ago

Hello All,

I really need some help from you.

I’ve my foscam IP CAM, configuration seems to be alright and running well. I can access from LAN: or from WAN: http://isabelletoong.dyndns.org:81 .. Internet Explorer working fine for this. Now my problem is, I can’t find any IPHONE APPS to run this IP CAM .. I’ve been search through all possible apps put in the ip address or even tried host address with the correct port … username and password .. but still unable to open from IPHONE 4 .. :(

just curous, if i can access from external with http://isabelletoong.dyndns.org:81 … but why can’t access from iphone apps ?!?! :(

possible for you to recommend me any iphone apps can work well for this IP CAMERA ?


4 years 11 months ago

Thanks for this nicely written tut.

Anyway, I still am looking for a free webcam app that I can run on Win7.

However, my wish setup is: Foscam works in ‘detect movement mode’ and then sends the stream or pictures on my HDD that sits in the USB port of my router.

So, I do not have to watch my cam all the time but can more ergonomically connect to my HDD on my router (also via DDNS since it is installed as a FTP drive so to speak) and see whether there are new files (that are pictures or film streams of course).


21.8.11 stream01
28.8.11 stream02

You got the rest….

Is that possible?

thank you
keep watching, ehm rocking

5 years 7 days ago

Thanks. I have a quick question. If I used whatsmyip.org, it gave me 72.x.x.x.x.x.x.x., but if I looked up in router setting, it have different numbers 172.xx.xx.xx. I still can’t access remotely after setting up step 3 and step 4 using the latter IP address.


Chris L.
5 years 2 months ago

Thank you so much for this blog. I finally got my Foscams set up on the web, thanks to you. It was embarassing that I couldn’t seem to get them going, but your simple explanations of what was going on made it for me. Please keep reviewing and giving up tips. And if you have any other sites you like, let us know.

5 years 2 months ago

Thank you for this post. It would help our company a lot since we are on the process of installing ip cameras. This will be a big help. Thank a lot…

5 years 5 months ago

Thanks for the reply. I changed dyndns wan address.
myhome.dyndns.org:10001 cannot access camera, but myhome.dyndns.org accesses my modem? Maybe the modem is not allowing the access? Its firewall is disabled.

5 years 5 months ago

I thought I had this working, but I cannot access remotely. I can access my local network, I set up the camera with
I have ATT, a ActionTec modem, Linksys router, iMac, and Foscam F18911W. The router says it is connected to the free dyndns url. If I use the URL I got from dyndns, with the port (10001 for the camera), no access.
On the router, I have DDNS enabled, it says it is connected. In gaming and applications, both single port forwarding and port range triggering enabled with port 10001. It has as the internet IP address.
My dyndns account has the IP address as, but says my current address if 70.231.231.xxx?

5 years 5 months ago

Can you take this one step farther for me? My camera is connected to a (D-Link DIR-655) router in a detached garage. That router is wired to a bridge (EnGenius EOC-2610). The bridge connects wireless to a (Linksys WRT54GL) router in the house which connects to a cable modem.

5 years 5 months ago

Thanks for this – a great guide. I hope you don’t mind that I am linking to it on my website http://www.mangocam.com. We are selling Foscam cameras in Australia and our customers will definitely appreciate it. Good work.

5 years 6 months ago

I gues the Apexis is the same? work with Foscam Software?

4 years 6 months ago

Would specks software then work with foscam

I wonder if the apexis software Will disable the foscam ir

Lázaro Maia
5 years 6 months ago

Ola estou com um problema já a camera esta instalada e funcionando dentro da rede, e eu configurei o roteador para liberar a porta 80 mais quando vou ver em um site a porta ainda ta fechada, já criei um login no dyndns. Detalhe meu roteador é um AP Router WR 254 que esta funcinando como gateway, minha camera é uma foscam.
Pergunta 1: Posso realizar todas as configurações de qualquer computador da rede?
Pergunta 2: Eu tenho que ter um servidor de video na rede e se tiver todas as configurações tem que ser feito apartir dele?

Qualquer coisa me add olibetanio@hotmail.com

5 years 8 months ago

Thanks for this. I got the Foscam FI8818W to use as a monitor for my elderly Dad, and working through the Chinglish documentation was only partially successful, despite me understanding quite a bit about IP ! I had’t set up Port Forwarding very often before and never used DDNS.

The Firewall on the BT Home Hub is pretty rubbish it seems to me – no easy way to set up access through there, but the DDNS setup at Dyndns.com was pretty smooth and then I set the Webcam to connect there and bingo – it worked (had to port forward the webcam on the home hub too)

So thanks for the technote – very useful.


5 years 8 months ago

I had friend connect directly to IP address:port and he can see the log in prompt and log in but once the data starts the connection fails.

Also, only can connect via IP address not with dyndns although all the steps in dyndns to test connection pass.

So technically it is step 4 above that I cannot accomplish.

Send me a direct email n4nw at n4nw dot org and I will give you user name and p/w and you can see if you can access it.

5 years 8 months ago

Cannot get past steps 3 & 4 with ACTi TCM-1231 camera

xxxx.dyndns.org:7388 (assigned port) returns No such URL error when I try to access it.

Blue Iris will not work either – no documentation for setting it up with my camera.

5 years 8 months ago

You said steps 3 “AND” 4, Did it work using your actual external IP address (68.111.xxx.xx:7388)?
That should tell you if the problem is with the DynDNS part of it . . .
But try Blue Iris tech support, I’ve switched from the webcam7 stuff now and love the Blue Iris features.
Good Luck,

5 years 8 months ago

I’m running a Foscam, 2 Cisco’s and a Linksys, and the software that comes with each of them won’t recognize the other brands. I found a commercial package with a 60 day trial (that sets up with 21 days left?) which works really well called Webcam7 @ http://www.webcamxp.com/download.aspx. They allow free personal use with only 1 cam, or the trial version with all 4 active.

The truly best thing was a free app for my Droid called IP Cam Lite (http://www.androlib.com/android.application.com-rcreations-webcamviewerpaid-jjpm.aspx). This lets me view all 4 at once on the cell phone. It even uses “widgets” that are self updating, so every time I turn the phone on I get a still shot of each cam taken within the last few minutes. The paid version lets you use more than 4 cams and removes the annoying ads.

I hope this helps.

5 years 8 months ago

Thanks Miker – the IP Cam Lite is really slick and fast. Need to upgrade to enable audio though, and not sure it will support two-way if I do that. But nice.
The PC WebCamXP was less successful for me. Could not access/drive the Foscam with it and will seek another. The Foscam IE (ActiveX) view is pretty flaky it seems – often not connecting smoothly or at all. I need to experiment a bit more.

Roy Brown
5 years 8 months ago

I am still having problems with my Foscam IP cameras. I have 4 set up at a campground which is closed for the winter. I can get into 2 of them by contacting them one at a time. I would like them to all come up on the screen so I can switch between them. I have used IP adresses such as ,116,116,118 and use port 90,160,130,and 1490 the router is set up with these settings. It is a Linksys router are these port numbers ok or should I use different ones?
The router is Mod.WRT54G the cameras are Mod.IPCAM01

Hope someone can help

5 years 9 months ago

Wonderful stuff, I just wish I’d found something like this before I setup my system. It’s been running for over a month without a hitch . . . that is until I had a power outage and had to redo all the addresses ’cause I didn’t use the fixed IP trick you listed above. Plus I had them all setup with DDNS active, not sure what that’s been doing to DynDNS’s system (oops). In closing, this is excellent advice and I’m sure others will benefit from it. Keep up the good work.

5 years 9 months ago

Thanks for taking the time to put this information up. I’ll be using it soon. Much appreciated.

Big D
5 years 10 months ago

Congrats. Although I had to learn the hard way piecing everything together on my own (ugh), I believe this is one of the best all inclusive postings of information online regarding this topic. I’m sure it will benefit those starting out or simply those stuck in limbo.

Excellent job.

Lorne Cope
1 year 27 days ago

I have an IP camera that works on the home network, but not when I’m away from the home network. I gone on the router and done the port forwarding, but it still doesn’t work. I live in Canada and the camera is at my home in Palm Springs. It is very frustrating to not be able to access it when it works when I’m in Palm Spring. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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