This guide is intended for personal and home use. Corporate or industrial setups are far more complex to setup than this. I will not discuss about complex firewall and RADIUS setup here, since this guide is primarily intended for simple and basic home use setup. You could setup your own advance CCTV system once you understand and learn the basics of simple networking.
The idea would be the same even when you use another router, you may still follow this guide. I will not dig into technical details and will not explain every terminology used in this guide, but I will walk you through to setup the necessary things so you could access your DVR or CCTV system remotely via the Internet.
Follow this guide step by step and you will surely learn how to access DVR remotely even without a public static IP address. You need the basic stuffs enumerated below for this guide. When all is running fine, go ahead and start with this guide. Check the stuffs below and make sure it comes handy. But in case not, do the first step below.
But I suggest that you assign the IP address using the admin panel. Most routers are pre-configured to use You may press the button Menu either from the DVR itself or remote control. Generally you should see the settings from Network Setup or Networking screen or other similar words.
When you found the setting, assign an IP using There are two ports to fill-up, port for administration and port for viewing. So go ahead and fill those up, you may enter a port number like and Most DVRs comes pre-configured with IPs and Ports, if your device comes with pre-configured network settings, I suggest that you just adapt and use it with this guide.
The purpose of the port assignment is to specify a port dedicated for administration and another port for viewing only. To illustrate this further, take a look below. Only choose port range above Higher port range would be nice, but keep it below So you might need to consult your manual on how to reach your Admin Panel via web browser.
With some model you have to type in like this yours may be different ; http: Use the IP address and port combo that you had set in the previous steps mentioned above.
So if your DVR is configured to use Your DVR network setting Address: Your computer network setting Address: If you successfully accessed your DVR using your network config, then you may now proceed to the next step. Setup the router and configure Port Forwarding. In this step I will discuss how to port forward in DD-WRT flashed routers, so I suggest that you have this router handy before proceeding with this step.
Then do the following steps: Fill up te Application field and enter cctv-admin, or name it whatever you like. Fill up Port from and enter Fill up Port to and enter Repeat step 1, but this time you should enter cctv-view or name it whatever you like.
Repeat step 3 and step 4, you may substitute the IP address with your IP. Finally, click Apply Settings. Test Your Port Forwarding Settings.
To test if you successfully configured a port forward setup, you need to access the IP address with a port number combo and from another separate network, that is not within your network. It should be from another outside network. To test your config, you should know what your current Public IP Address is.
You can find this out by just typing what is my ip in google. Doing this will show you the result page similar to the image below. Now that you know what your Public IP is, go ahead and fire up your browser and enter the following in your address bar. If you reached the page, then you have successfully configured a port forward setup in your DD-WRT router.
But how would you know about the change? This is where DDNS comes into play. DDNS service will not only notify you about the change, it will also notify and update a name server that maps your Public IP Address to an easy-to-remember hostname. So with this method, Read on, to follow the DDNS guide. You may also use this service with your static IP plan, but you may rather use a registered domain name if you have a static IP. Subscribing to a static public IP plan is expensive in most third world countries, in my country Philippines static IP address subscription is almost 5 times the monthly subscription fee of a regular Internet Plan.
That being said, I like to mention that static public IP address that comes with a Web hosting account is not that expensive compared to the ones issued by Home Internet ISPs. If you fail to re-activate your account, your hostname will be deactivated. Not that bad for a Free Account. So if you already have your No-IP account, input it now in the proper fields username, password and hostname. After doing this click Apply Settings. From the screenshot above, Force Update Interval is set to 1.
So everything went smoothly right? Read further below to find out. To test your settings, you need another network for this. There are various ways to do this; you may use a pre-paid usb internet, use your data plan with your android or ios phone, ask a friend to access your DVR or IPCam remotely from his network or use web services like http: Upon logging in from another network, start a browser and access your DVR remotely by typing your No-IP host-name plus port number combo.
So this is how I would type in my browser's address bar; http: In your case if it doesn't, read back and make sure you have followed the guide correctly. I've mentioned before in the previous steps Step 1 that you need to assign a different port number for the DVR's admin page and the view page.
Because each port number will be used for specific page. So there we have it, simple guide to get your setup working. In my next set of articles, I will write a guide on how to port forward with various router brands and how to setup bridge-mode with various ADSL Modems. If you have questions, clarifications, suggestions or additional info with this guide, feel free to put your comments below.
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