Anybody know how I'd get wireless security cameras on the net?

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Butch61, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. Butch61

    Butch61 Guest

    I put 2 Linksys cameras in my home.
    They wirelessly connect to my router with their own ip address.

    I need to know how to see them in a web browser from a remote

    Any ideas?

    Butch61, Apr 3, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest

    >, Butch61
    You need to set up port forwarding on the router, so that e.g. port
    10080 is forwarded to port 80 on one camera and port 11080 is forwarded
    to port 80 on the other. Then connect by specifying the non-standard
    port in the URL e.g. http://111.222.333.444:10080
    Rob Morley, Apr 3, 2008
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  3. Butch61

    Butch61 Guest

    Great answer!
    Unfortunately some of that is beyond my current experience.
    Is there a website you could direct me to that could educate me so I
    don't waste your time?
    Or will a general google search teach me somewhere along the way.

    Thanks for your quick response.
    Butch61, Apr 3, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest>, Butch61
    Not that I'm aware of.
    Probably. :)

    The procedure for setting up port forwarding will be in the router
    manual - they might call it something like "virtual servers". Other
    than that you just need to manually assign IP addresses to the cameras,
    rather than letting DHCP do it randomly. There may be a setting in the
    router that automatically assigns a fixed address to each camera when it
    makes a DHCP request, based on MAC address, otherwise you'll need to set
    the address in the camera itself.
    What router is it?
    Rob Morley, Apr 3, 2008
  5. Butch61

    Butch61 Guest

    Hey Thanks again Rob.

    It's a Linksys.
    Not sure what model. Not at home right now.
    I did assign separate static ip addresses to each camera.
    How do I know what the "non-standard" ip address is?
    I think I can figure out/research the port forwarding.
    Butch61, Apr 3, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest>, Butch61
    Non-standard port, not non-standard address - the cameras are
    (presumably) set up to serve on port 80, which is standard for HTTP.
    Because you have two cameras and only one external address you can't use
    port 80 to connect to both cameras, so you use arbitrary high numbered
    ports instead. (Ports 1-1023 are reserved for "well known services"
    e.g. HTTP, SMTP etc. while ports 1024-65535 are dynamically assigned to
    whatever wants to use them.) Because a browser expects to connect to
    port 80, you need to tell it to connect to a different port by adding
    the port number to the server address, so to connect to port 10080 you
    need to use the format - the router then
    knows to forward the connection to camera 1 port 80.
    Rob Morley, Apr 3, 2008
  7. Butch61

    Butch61 Guest

    So are you saying that this needs to be part of a bona-fide website
    with it's own domain and url?
    That's the way I understand it.
    If so, I don't understand how the website, that exists on a server
    away from this particular pc, would know how to point to that given
    Did that make sense?

    Thanks again.
    Butch61, Apr 3, 2008
  8. Butch61

    Rob Morley Guest>, Butch61
    You need to know the public IP address of the router - if you have a
    dynamic address assigned by your ISP you might want to use a service
    like to
    keep track of it and provide a memorable URL. If like mine your ISP
    rarely (if ever) changes your IP address then you can connect using the
    dotted decimal numeric address - you can find this in your router status
    info (in mine it's Config - Interface - Ethernet - WAN - Status - Ip
    If you have a website then you could use it to host a page that links to
    the cameras, possibly using a dynamic DNS service as above. Otherwise
    you can connect to the cameras just as you do on your LAN - the web
    server is the camera itself. The intervening stuff is just to get
    around the facts that the cameras have private IP addresses that can't
    be accessed from the internet, and you only have one public IP address
    available to access both cameras and the router.
    Rob Morley, Apr 3, 2008
  9. Butch61

    Butch61 Guest


    Thanks a whole bunch!
    I'll try this out tomorrow!
    Butch61, Apr 3, 2008
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    Jon Guest

    Port-forwarding. Read up on it.
    Jon, Apr 3, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest>, Butch61
    Note that if you want to check that it's working on the internet from a
    PC that's on your LAN you'll need to set the browser to use an external
    proxy, so the connection goes out through the router and back again.
    Rob Morley, Apr 4, 2008
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