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Blue Iris 4 + Foscam 8910W setup help..

cusco 1,195 109 December 21, 2015 at 10:13 PM
i'm on comcast and recently got the Asus AC1900 router (Tmo version). i'm running Blue Iris 4 and trying to set it up with my Foscam 8910W.

i noticed that on the Asus router, there's an option to enable the DDNS where asuscomm.com is an option to use. i try to use that but doesn't work.

i went through the Blue Iris remote access wizard.. and got to the page where it test to see if the external port is visible, it fails. then i click on canyouseeme.org and it too does not see my port.

i'm using Zone Alarm and have ensured that blueiris program has access to the internet and is not blocked off.

what am i doing wrong.. i've spent the last 3hrs trying to figure it out and i'm stuck. Frown

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Well I use Foscams with an Asus router and the built in DDNS (asuscomm.com) and it's worked fine for a few years. I am wondering if you are selecting a duplicate domain - the interface isn't very clear in the setup just telling you the domain was "successfully registered".

To access the cams remotely you need to enable port forwarding to each cam as well as assign them static IP's in the cam interface. There's a bit of organization involved to make sure the cam IP/ports are properly set as you will need to know those when accessing it remotely (domain.asuscomm.comStick Out TongueORT#).

I don't have experience with Blue Iris but I believe its functionality is entirely local. You probably can access it remotely, and would need to setup up any firewall programs for that, but you should be able to access the cams independently.

Oh yeah, and change the default user/pn for the cams.
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Dr.J, good to hear you were able to use the DDNS from the Asus router. in the blue iris, it had asked to enable the uPnP in the router, but i do not see that option in the Asus router.

so perhaps i need to manually add all the static ip address for each cam + the computer i'm running the blue iris on into the router for port forwarding.

in the asus router, there's a part that asked for Port Range, which i'm not sure what to input. i have specific port assigned for the blueiris machine to run on, but i'm wondering if i need to assign the ports in sequence for the cams.

for example: blue iris machine port 8000, cam1 @ 8001, cam2 @ 8002, etc?

much appreciated.
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Dr.J, good to hear you were able to use the DDNS from the Asus router. in the blue iris, it had asked to enable the uPnP in the router, but i do not see that option in the Asus router.

so perhaps i need to manually add all the static ip address for each cam + the computer i'm running the blue iris on into the router for port forwarding.

in the asus router, there's a part that asked for Port Range, which i'm not sure what to input. i have specific port assigned for the blueiris machine to run on, but i'm wondering if i need to assign the ports in sequence for the cams.

for example: blue iris machine port 8000, cam1 @ 8001, cam2 @ 8002, etc?

much appreciated.
You do not have to forward each camera. All you need to forward is a single port that the blue iris is running on. So set your blue iris webserver port to 8585, then forward 8585 to the blue iris machines ip address. Make sure that the blue iris machine is set to a static internal ip or that dhcp reservation is set (same for all cams)..
Then you will need to setup a ddns service or use blue iris's quasi ddns...or the asus service.
There is a blue iris user forum at ipcamtalk.com
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thanks fenderman! i'll give that a try tonight and see..
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i have this router too, been using it for quite a few months. recently starting having wifi issues when the ethernet ports have devices connected (ip phone, pc)
unplugging the wired devices fixes it for me and wireless devices can now connect.
pain for me when i work from home
hope no one else has this issue

also, foscam has videos online to show you how to set up port forwarding and their mobile app
i've no experience w/ blue iris, only set up 1 camera
may set up more in future and will check out the link
thanks for starting this thread!

one thing I did set up was a diff email address for notifications
like homecam@gmail.com
i was considering creating livingroomcam, frontdoorcam, etc for multiple cams and forward to 1 address
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fenderman helped me out a lot at ipcamtalk dot com. i was able to get it all setup with his help on blueiris. just now need to figure out how to customize blue iris so it doesn't record all the time.

also, need to play with some different firewall.. had the free zone alarm installed but it would still block blueiris after a while later. comodo ended up making my whole PC slow as snail.. so need to find other ones.
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fenderman helped me out a lot at ipcamtalk dot com. i was able to get it all setup with his help on blueiris. just now need to figure out how to customize blue iris so it doesn't record all the time.

also, need to play with some different firewall.. had the free zone alarm installed but it would still block blueiris after a while later. comodo ended up making my whole PC slow as snail.. so need to find other ones.

Norton. You do get what you pay for at a certain point. That or get Kaspersky FAR or near free from one of the deals posted on this site periodically.

As to Blue Iris recording, unless you are short on disk space and just do not wanty to spend any more, there really is no reason not to have it record 24x7 on all cameras imo. Relying on motion detection only is OK and BI can be customized in that respect to do just about anything you want, but it is not 100% reliable in all conditions. Disk space is cheap these days as well so getting a 2-4TB drive does not really run you a whole lot.
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Norton. You do get what you pay for at a certain point. That or get Kaspersky FAR or near free from one of the deals posted on this site periodically.

As to Blue Iris recording, unless you are short on disk space and just do not wanty to spend any more, there really is no reason not to have it record 24x7 on all cameras imo. Relying on motion detection only is OK and BI can be customized in that respect to do just about anything you want, but it is not 100% reliable in all conditions. Disk space is cheap these days as well so getting a 2-4TB drive does not really run you a whole lot.
i have 2TB set aside for recording. but still need to figure out what's the best setting to set the foscam resolution to. it's not the best.. but trying to get the max res out of it. also need to figure out how to have it record in mp4 (better compression?)

i found out why comodo was sluggish.. it was conflicting with my avast antivirus. Frown i use to have norton, but got to poor of having to buy every year... oh and they screwed me twice on rebates.
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Dr.J, good to hear you were able to use the DDNS from the Asus router. in the blue iris, it had asked to enable the uPnP in the router, but i do not see that option in the Asus router.

so perhaps i need to manually add all the static ip address for each cam + the computer i'm running the blue iris on into the router for port forwarding.

in the asus router, there's a part that asked for Port Range, which i'm not sure what to input. i have specific port assigned for the blueiris machine to run on, but i'm wondering if i need to assign the ports in sequence for the cams.

for example: blue iris machine port 8000, cam1 @ 8001, cam2 @ 8002, etc?

much appreciated.

yeah upnp NOT. Not very universal and just a PITA. hardcoding the ports is easier than trying to get upnp to work properly.

As far as the ports go, I just assigned IP's in the upper end of 192.168.1.2XX (I think) then ports 50XX just to keep the port/cam assignment easier to remember.
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Dr. J, the route that fenderman showed me to setup with blueiris was so much more simpler. glad i didn't have to mess with that or even use ASUS DDNS for it.
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i have 2TB set aside for recording. but still need to figure out what's the best setting to set the foscam resolution to. it's not the best.. but trying to get the max res out of it. also need to figure out how to have it record in mp4 (better compression?)

i found out why comodo was sluggish.. it was conflicting with my avast antivirus. Frown i use to have norton, but got to poor of having to buy every year... oh and they screwed me twice on rebates.

That foscam camera only goes up to VGA (640x480), so your resolution is going to suck no matter what and there is really no reason to ever record at less than the max resolution of the camera anyway. In this day and age, it is basically a baby monitor. It is what it is so record at the camera's full resolution.

As to the recording format, record in the Blue Iris DVR format direct to disk. It seems to offer the best performance. The video is all accessible via the web interface and via their mobile app so there really is no reason to try to encode in mp4 unless you plan on porting to multiple machines for viewing independent of BI or something like that.

As to Norton, there are deals during the year where you can pick it up for 4-5 a license\PC. You just need to be patient and jump on it when one comes along. Norton really has not done rebates in the last few years.
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The specs say:

Microsoft Windows Vista / Home Basic / HomePremium / Business /Enterprise / Ultimate SP1 or higher(32-bit or 64-bit) Processor: 1 GHz or higher Memory (RAM): 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows XP Home / Professional (32-bit) SP3 or higher / Professional (64-bit) SP2 or higher
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Memory (RAM): 512 MB
Windows-based tablets (system with an Intel processor)
Windows 8.1 / 8.1 Pro (64-bit)
Windows 8 / 8 Pro (64-bit)
Minimum screen resolution: 1024 x 600


which does not include google's spyware Chrome OS lol so I would assume no.
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^^ thanks.
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