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IP Cam Viewer Doesn't work away from home.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:46 am
by louie51
I don't get it! ......I have an Amcrest IP Camera Viewer app on my android for my two Amcrest IP2M-841 cameras. I can see camera views from anywhere. It was an easy setup using my smart phone Bar Code Scanner procedure. I did not have to do anything with my internet modem settings such as port forwarding, etc. I like the IP Cam Viewer better than the Amcrest viewer but the IP Cam Viewer only works at home. Why would I have to change any settings if I didn't have to with the Amcrest app?

Re: IP Cam Viewer Doesn't work away from home.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:04 pm
by admin
newer cameras often offer a cloud service that sends data out of your home (no setup needed because it's like anyone surfing the web going out).
their clients contact their servers and either punch a hole into your internal network and/or fetch data off their servers.

see my blog on why I'm not a fan. ... vr-or-dvr/

my app prefers to contact cameras DIRECTLY which means you need to setup port forwarding to allow access to your camera from outside.

an optional but recommended step is to actually forward traffic to a raspberry pi that runs stunnel, which adds ssl and controls access to all internal IOT devices (so only stunnel is accessible from outside). ... vr-or-dvr/