IP cameras allow you to monitor what the camera captures in real-time from anywhere on the web. You can set up a camera in your home and then monitor it from a web browser while you are on vacation, for example, or use it to monitor your pets while you are at work. Setting up an IP camera is relatively simple, but if you are using a Netgear router the firewall may keep your camera from broadcasting to the Internet properly unless you open a few ports.
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Open a web browser on a computer that is connected to the router. The computer can be connected wirelessly or with a wired ethernet connection.
Type "192.168.1.1" into the address bar of your browser and press "Enter." This will open a login screen for the router's web interface.
Type "admin" into the "User Name" field and the password you created for your router into the "Password" field. If you have not created a password, the default password for the router is "password." Click "OK" to open the router's web interface.
Click "Port Forwarding / Port Triggering" in the left column of the interface and click the "Port Forwarding" toggle button in the window that opens, then click the "Add Custom Service" button.
Enter a name for the service, such as "IP Camera" in the "Service Name" field, then enter a starting and ending port. Consult the manual for your IP camera for the proper ports, as they vary according to the manufacturer and model. Enter the IP address of the computer to which the camera is connected in the "Server IP Address" field.
Click "Apply" to create the new forwarding service. All traffic that comes to the ports inside the range you defined will now be forwarded to the computer you specified. You can now install the IP camera to that computer.
Tips and warnings
- Do not open more ports than necessary, as open ports can pose a security risk to your computer.
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