What is Port Forwarding?
Whether you're a user or a customer, the topic of port forwarding is almost certainly going to be something you'll run into when you're trying to set up remote access. Port forwarding may appear to be a complex process but in fact, it is simple. In short, port forwarding allows remote devices to connect to your system within a local area network (LAN). Continue below to get started on learning how to port forward.
1) A Personal Computer connected to the same router as the NVR/DVR.
2) The IP Address of the NVR, DVR, and your router.
Refer to here for information on how to find your router's IP address.
Refer to here for information on how to find your recorder's IP address/basic network setup.
3) The username and password for your Router.
IP and Port Confirmation
Step 1. Enter the IP address of the DVR/NVR into a web browser to reach the login page. If you do not know how to do so, learn more here.
Step 2. Click on "Configuration"
Step 3. Select "Network" to see your recorder's IPV4 address.
Step 4. Select "Port" to see the ports your recorder is using.
Port forwarding on the Router
Step 1. Enter the IP address of your router into a web browser to reach the login page. Proceed to log into your recorder.
Note: Common defaults user name and passwords for routers
Step 2. Once you have logged into your router. You will have to find the port forwarding settings on your router. Unfortunately, there is no uniform method of doing so due to the differences in interfaces among routers in today's market.
For the purpose of this guide, we use an Asus router. Click on "Wan" to proceed to find the port forwarding settings.
Step 3. Select "Virtual Server/Port Forwarding" to go to the port forwarding section of your router.
Note: Common names of settings for port forwarding
"Applications and Games" "Virtual Servers" "Pin Holes"
Keep in mind that the process of opening ports is again different across many routers. If you do not know the specific process of doing so, we recommend contacting the manufacturer.
Step 4. Create the port forwarding rules. You must create a rule per port. You cannot make one rule for all of your ports. Refer to the list below as what to input.
Note: You should have the ports and IP address at the ready. If you do not have them, refer to the last section.
Name: The name can be anything as long as there isn't another rule with the same name/
Ports: The port range and local port will always be the same, use the same port number in each section.
IP: The local IP is your recorder's IP address:
Protocol: Protocol must always be set with TCP or TCP/UDP:
Your rules should look something like this when done;
Step 5. Make sure you apply or save your rules in order for them to take effect.
Step 6. Your ports should now be opened. To confirm, learn more here.