Port Forwarding Security Cameras for Remote Access

July 22, 2021 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Are you trying to access your IP camera over the internet? Maybe you have a security camera system that you need to view from a location outside of your network. Are you trying to access your baby monitor over the internet? Do you want to check in on your pet while you are away at work and need to access the pet cam on your network?

Security camera installed on a wall
Security camera installed on a wall

If you are trying to access your IP camera remotely over the internet you need to find out what port is assigned to your camera and then forward ports in your router to the camera. You may need to set up a DHCP reservation in your router for your camera to make sure that the camera has the same IP address every time it connects to your network. If it is not possible for you to set up a DHCP reservation in your router, you may have to set up a static IP address in your camera.

Not all cameras offer HTTP or RTSP and require you to use the software provided by the manufacturer to view the stream. With this type of software, you must use their app on your smartphone to view your camera away from home.

Port Forwarding Guides

We have guides that can help you figure out this process. To use the port forwarding guides below, first, choose the camera that you want to forward ports to. Then follow the port forwarding guide that shows you how to get your ports forwarded to the camera on your network. In the guide, you will be asked to choose your router from a list to get detailed instructions for forwarding ports in your specific router. We'll help simplify this networking stuff so you can get your network all straightened out.

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