Forwarding ports can open specific ports in your network that the router usually finds inaccessible in the Internet. Opening some ports on your router lets the users allow servers games and other programs or applications to get through the typical security settings set up on the router that usually does not allow connections to it. Port forwarding for setting up your IP security camera is essential as it makes the communication of the IP camera to the main server and the cloud server faster and flawless. It also allows the offsite or remote viewing of the camera feed via the Internet. You should follow this step by step process to do port forwarding on your router. This applies to all operating systems.
The things that are needed are the following:
- Internet connection
- LAN or local area network
- On a browser’s address bar enter the IP address of your router. Then it will direct you to the configuration page of the router. Most of the routers we have today will have 192.168.0.1, 192.168.2.1. and 192.168.1.1 If you want this further configured you can do it by following these steps:
- For Mac click open the computer terminal and key in netstat-nr
- For Linux open the terminal and key in route.
- For Windows, go to the command prompt and key in ip config/all. The router’s IP is almost always the gateway you will find.
- Type your log in details such as the username and password. If you finished configuring the settings for the router’s security, type in the username and the password you have chosen however if you have not done this, the logins below are usually the default logins.
- On Net-gear: username: “admin” password: “password”
- Link system: username: “admin” and password: “admin”
- For other brands of routers leave the username blank and enter “admin” on the password
- To know the usernames and passwords for sure you can go to sites like routerpasswords.com and simply input the model of the router.
- In case you forget the log in details, just press reset on the router and it will be restored to the default settings set by the factory.
- Locate the section to do the port forwarding. Every router’s section will be a little different from the others (you can go to portforward.com for other brands router screenshot pages). The most common section labels are applications, port forwarding, virtual servers and gaming. In case you don’t find any of these or anything similar to them, try going to the advanced setting and there try to look for the subsection for port forwarding.
- Look for an entry that has been pre-configured – Most routers have the drop-down menu that has all the options pre-configured for popular applications.
- Then create a custom entry. You have to make a custom entry for port forwarding. Every router brand will have some different ways of making this. However the needed information is all the same for all routers.
- Type in a name for the program. It should be something related so you will know and remember what is it is for.
- Choose the type of service. You can choose UDP or TCP or both. The type of service will also depend on the program being unblocked. For IP cameras it can be both.
- Choose the port you want to use. For Powercctv security cameras you can enter these ports: 5714, 5715 and 5716 from the beginning to the ending.
- Choose the internal IP address you want to assign the port forwarding to. It should be the IP address of the IP Camera that runs the ports being unblocked.
- Lastly save the settings. Click on the save button or apply button and then restart the router so the settings will be made effective.