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Dr. J 25,365 3,377 June 25, 2012 at 04:38 PM
So I bought a Foscam FI8910W camera (actually 4 of them) to monitor my home while away.

They arrived today. Setup was straightforward and within minutes I was viewing/controlling the cam. It is initially setup via a wired connection but then it can be administered wirelessly. The cam seems to work just fine, it's accessing the cam from outside the LAN which is proving tricky.

I set the device IP to 192.168.1.210 (they will go in sequence) and the device HTTP port to 5200 (all in the device setup). the IP is static.

I then configured my ASUS RT-N56U with port forwarding to send 5200 to the IP above (both "port range" and "local port") and the Protocol to "BOTH" (Foscam manual says to do this).

I'm done, right?

Not exactly.

I can access the cam via it's LAN address directly in a browser (http://192.168.1.210:5200). I can't access it by typing in the WAN IP (e.g. "Internet" IP) and port.

I can, however, access my subsonic server by entering my "Internet" IP in a browser window (port is default HTTP port of 80, so it shows up without a port designator). I also have DDNS enabled on the router (built-in ASUS feature) and am pretty much in the same boat with that (can access the subsonic server but not the camera).

SO I think this is a port forwarding issue - I've tried changing the port number around to no avail.

Ideas?

The Router setup has a field for "protocol no" when entering a port forwarding entry - should something be filled in there?

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A screenshot of the port forwarding section for the 4 camera would help.

two things I'd check:
1. firewall rules on the router
2. firewall rules on your computer

also it seems for the multiple cameras, each has to be set in "multi-device settings" section and right now it only supports internet explorer client with activeX enabled:
http://foscam.us/blog/foscamipcam...ne-screen/
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Put the camera on a DMZ, so it is accessible from outside.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpefYFVtTMU
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try it from something other than whats connected to the network. android phone?
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while we're on the subject.... in the "real-time IP camera monitoring system" (e.g. the frontend for the camera), under "Device Status" what are the 9 different circles for? They look like different cameras.... but how the hell is that managed?
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while we're on the subject.... in the "real-time IP camera monitoring system" (e.g. the frontend for the camera), under "Device Status" what are the 9 different circles for? They look like different cameras.... but how the hell is that managed?
They are the cameras that are all connected. One of the cameras will act as a host while the rest of the cameras will connect to that host. When browsing using your computer, you will only need to connect to the "host" camera

Disconnect all your camera and try with just 1 camera. Put it in DMZ first to see if you can access it through your internet IP
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Quote from Dr. J View Post :
So I bought a Foscam FI8910W camera (actually 4 of them) to monitor my home while away.

They arrived today. Setup was straightforward and within minutes I was viewing/controlling the cam. It is initially setup via a wired connection but then it can be administered wirelessly. The cam seems to work just fine, it's accessing the cam from outside the LAN which is proving tricky.

I set the device IP to 192.168.1.210 (they will go in sequence) and the device HTTP port to 5200 (all in the device setup). the IP is static.

I then configured my ASUS RT-N56U with port forwarding to send 5200 to the IP above (both "port range" and "local port") and the Protocol to "BOTH" (Foscam manual says to do this).

I'm done, right?

Not exactly.

I can access the cam via it's LAN address directly in a browser (http://192.168.1.210:5200). I can't access it by typing in the WAN IP (e.g. "Internet" IP) and port.

I can, however, access my subsonic server by entering my "Internet" IP in a browser window (port is default HTTP port of 80, so it shows up without a port designator). I also have DDNS enabled on the router (built-in ASUS feature) and am pretty much in the same boat with that (can access the subsonic server but not the camera).

SO I think this is a port forwarding issue - I've tried changing the port number around to no avail.

Ideas?

The Router setup has a field for "protocol no" when entering a port forwarding entry - should something be filled in there?
I have the exact same Cam.

Using the IP Camera Tool Make sure the Cams are all findable (The tool lists them)

Then Log into the camera using Firefox or IE.

Navigate to Device Status find the MAC Address of the cam. It will be something like this... 00 11 22 33 44 55 and labeled Device ID.

Use that number to assign a static IP in your router (You can skip this part but you run the risk of the IP Changing)
Under Basic Network Setting set the Port number for each Cam. 5200 for 192.168.1.210 and 5300 for 192.168.1.211 and so on.

Now Forward both TCP and UDT (in your router) to your cams assigned port. Your using 5200 from above. Make sure each individual Cam has their own separate internal IP and Port Number (192.168.1.210 using port 5200, 192.168.1.211 using port 5300 and so on)

Find your external IP Here [whatismyip.com] and have someone OUTSIDE (do not use any computer hooked up to your home router) your home network connect like so...

http://your.external.ip:5200 and viola you have a viewable webcam from anywhere in the world.
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OK I figured it out.....

When assigning port forwarding, when you enter a new forward in the list, you enter the specifics then press "Add" and it appears in the list of forwards. Down at the bottom there's an "Apply" button that I wasn't pressing - sure enough even though something appears in the list it's not active until you hit "Apply"!
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Hi everyone.

Sorry to bump a semi-old thread but I'm having essentially the same problem as the OP.

I bought a Foscam FI8910W and am having a hell of a time getting it to work with my ASUS RT-N56U.

The camera has been setup to use a static IP address and to function on port 88.

As of right now, when I am on wifi with my PC or Android phone, I can access the camera using its own IP and port; in my case, that's 196.168.1.162:88. However, after I set-up port forwarding on the router with the port range set to 88 along with the local port also at 88 for both TCP and UDP, I cannot access the camera when going to 192.168.1.1:88 (let alone my actual IP address:88 which also predictably doesn't work).

Along with port forwarding, I tried enabling uPnP and also making the camera a DMZ host as per the above-posted instructions and youtube video and neither has worked.

Any ideas on how I can get this camera working to its fullest ability?

Thanks!
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Hi everyone.

As of right now, when I am on wifi with my PC or Android phone, I can access the camera using its own IP and port; in my case, that's 196.168.1.162:88. However, after I set-up port forwarding on the router with the port range set to 88 along with the local port also at 88 for both TCP and UDP, I cannot access the camera when going to 192.168.1.1:88 (let alone my actual IP address:88 which also predictably doesn't work).

Along with port forwarding, I tried enabling uPnP and also making the camera a DMZ host as per the above-posted instructions and youtube video and neither has worked.

Any ideas on how I can get this camera working to its fullest ability?

Thanks!
Port forwarding function allows users to send request from OUTSIDE to the machine inside. In your case you should test the camera by using <your WAN IP on the router>:88 (instead of <your router's LAN IP>:88) to see if it works after port forwarding setting is set, saved, and applied.

(INTERNET) - (Router WAN IP) - Router - (Router LAN IP/192.168.1.1) - Camera (192.168.1.162:88) / Computers on LAN / etc.

Don't know what you meant by "my actual IP address:88 which also predictably doesn't work" statement.
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Thanks for the reply.

"My actual IP address" meaning my WAN IP -- the on my ISP assigned to me.
I hope I got the terminology correct.

One thing of note, my Japanese ISP supplied me with a wired router/modem combo that connects to the fiber line. However, before I made my first post here, I ensured that port 88 forwarding of both UDP and TCP was setup on the Japanese router as well for 192.168.1.1. Would changing that to 192.168.1.162 make any difference? I'm under the assumption that the IP addresses the Asus router assigns to devices are totally internal thus giving the Japanese router the command to port forward 88 for the entire Asus router.

Thanks
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Hey guys, I got it working.

I was using the wrong WAN IP address.

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Quote from Hymn808 View Post :
Thanks for the reply.

"My actual IP address" meaning my WAN IP -- the on my ISP assigned to me.
I hope I got the terminology correct.

One thing of note, my Japanese ISP supplied me with a wired router/modem combo that connects to the fiber line. However, before I made my first post here, I ensured that port 88 forwarding of both UDP and TCP was setup on the Japanese router as well for 192.168.1.1. Would changing that to 192.168.1.162 make any difference? I'm under the assumption that the IP addresses the Asus router assigns to devices are totally internal thus giving the Japanese router the command to port forward 88 for the entire Asus router.

Thanks
If you cascade routers like that, it is usually preferable to make the second one function only as a wireless access point and switch (not router) by disabling the dhcp server and connecting to one of the lan ports and not using the wan port.

One of the first questions to ask is does your ISP block inbound connections on certain ports. Try connecting the camera directly to the modem/router (gateway) and forwarding ports as needed.
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There is really no way to understand what problem you have unless you post the whole network layout here.

Is it like
Internet - optic fiber - "japanese router/modem" - asus router - wired and wifi devices/computers? Is the camera connecting to the Asus router?

What are the WAN/LAN IPs of each router and the camera? What's the connection type (wired or wireless) between the two routers?
The screenshots of the port forwarding settings pages from both routers will be helpful.
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jkee-
I tried switching my router to AP mode and it caused some connectivity issues with my main computer so I changed it back to router mode. I am not noticing any speed slowdowns so I'm pretty fine with keeping it the way it is.

For teetee and jkee-

I ended up getting the camera to work. The problem was simply my mistake in completely forgetting that the Asus router's WAN IP is a totally different entity than its internal IP (192.168.0.x vs 192.168.1.1). When I made my initial post, I had my Japanese router/modem to allow port 88 access for 192.168.1.1. After changing that to 192.168.0.x, the camera worked which I confirmed by viewing it today at work on my 3g smartphone.

Also, I turned off DMZ host and encountered no issues.
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