Port Forwarding & How to Set up a CCTV Recorder onto a network for remote viewing.

We live in a connected world. Nearly every customer who enquires about a HD CCTV system or camera wants to be able to remote view their cctv cameras from mobile phones, tablets and computers from anywhere in the world.

In this video we show you how this is achieved with our 960H and HD-SDI digital video recorders, and how to Port Forward your DVR for remote access over the internet.


1 . How to connect a CCTV Digital Video Recorder to your internal network.
A - Using DHCP - this is a mode that lets your broadband box/router set up the network settings for the dvr.
B - Make a note of the Network Settings, or take photograph of the network settings, change the TYPE back to STATIC and manually enter the details you had whilst in DHCP mode. Doing this will prevent any network setting changes you make in the router being lost if you should experience a power cut or dvr reboot.

2 - Port Forwarding the DVR - Port forwarding your DVR will allow your CCTV system to be remotely viewed over the internet, password protected of course.

We use a Netgear router for the video demo, unfortunately there is no standardised interface for router manufacturers so they all have their own method of setting up port forwarding, however the basic process is the same.

*TIP* If you cant work out how to set up your router with Port Forwarding, search for your routers model number and "port forwarding" on Google and Youtube, someone somewhere may have been through this process and has been kind enough to make a video or blog on how its done.

Port Forwarding - Here we show you what is required to port forward the three required ports, port 80, port 9000 and port 18004 to allow access via the internet

Port 80 is the Web Interface Port - also known as HTTP, Web Server and Web and may be listed in your routers, some routers have a list of online games that also require port forwarding, in this list is usually one for port 80 as it is quite often opened when using a local web server.

Port 9000 - This is the port the DVR uses for its media stream, the live and playback images
Port 18004 - This port is required for the mobile interface

Creating a Port Forwarding rule is a simple matter of giving the rule a name, inputting the port number and assigning it to the internal IP address of the DVR and saving the rule. Do this three times for the three required ports and its done.

You can check if your ports are open at http://www.yougetsignal.com by using their great Port Forwarding Tester tool. This same tool also tells you what your EXTERNAL IP address is...you will need this.

If all the ports are open, WELL DONE you have done it!
Remember to enter your EXTERNAL IP address into your browser or mobile devices set up screen when logging in over the internet.

This video was recorded entirely using our £205 4 channel HD-SDI DVR in glorious 1080P, not bad for a CCTV recorder is it?

IQR1920D4 4 Channel HD-SDI 1080P High Definition DVR

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