Guide To Setting Up Port Forwarding to View Your Foscam Over the Internet

As promised, here is the guide on setting up your Foscam IP Camera to view it live on the internet and through your Iphone on the 3G network:

Setting up Port Forwarding on your wireless Router so you can view your IP camera live on the internet from anywhere (including on your Iphone):

Before you start, it may be helpful have your router manual handy in case you dont understand any of the terms. Your router manual can be found by googling “[brand of your router] manual”. Best of luck:

Step 1) Write down the local IP address of your camera. To find this address open IP Camera Tools (apple mac users, use IP Scanner Tool) and it will display the IP address of the camera as “h**p://[YourCamerasLocalIPAddress])

Step 2) Write down your router’s external internet IP address. The easiest way to find this would be to Google “What is my IP address” and go to the first link which pops up and that is usually

Step 3) Log in to your wireless router. To do this you must enter the IP address of your router into your browser and then enter the username and password when prompted. If you are unsure of the ip address or username and password of your router, refer to your router’s manual or view a list of default router IP addresses, usernames and passwords by Google searching “default router IP addresses” and clicking on the PDF titled “List of default Router Admin Passwords and Default Router IP” at:

Step 4) Go through the options on your router until you find an option that says “DMZ”, “Virtual Server”, or “Port Forwarding” (if you have your routers manual, it should explain this as well). I) If you clicked on the DMZ option then you need to set the DMZ IP address (also called “private”/”local” IP address”) to your cameras local IP address, enable the option, save the configuration and restart the router. II) If you clicked on “Virtual Server” or “Port Forwarding” then you need to set the the Local/Private IP address to your camera’s local IP address, set the inbound port to 8090 and the outbound port to 8090 (you can change the port numbers later). Save the configuration and restart the router.

Foscam Port Forwarding

Step 5) To test it to see if you set it up correctly, open a browser and enter your external internet ip address into the address bar and press enter. You should arrive at your camera’s login screen.

Please let me know if you have any comments or questions. Thank you.

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7 Responses to Guide To Setting Up Port Forwarding to View Your Foscam Over the Internet

  1. Tryst says:

    When I enter my ip address in my browser, my modem login page appears.. not my camera…

  2. Shahaf says:

    No Picture when connecting remotely to Foscam FI8918W
    I got the Foscam FI8918W and after long searches and reading posts, manuals etc. I succeeded to connect to the camera (placed at home) from my work. However, I don’t see any picture. After I login and the “Real-time IP Camera Monitoring System” is up, I get an error saying “IPCAM : Fail to connect to the device : Illegal params” and then the screen stays black and the camera 1 light on the left is not green, red or gray but yellow.
    Anyone can help? I can’t monitor my home…


    • admin says:

      Note: Please be aware of the BROWSER you’re currenly using when login the Real-Time IP Camera Monitoring System. ( Use ActiveX Mode for IE Browser and Server Push Moder for Firefox, Google Browser).

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  4. andy says:

    Hi there, I bought 6 foscam FI8905W and all its owrking, ethernet and wireless, but on dyndns, its not working, i set it up and do a port forwarding promptly and do a open port checker tools on dyndns, its all worked fine, but everytime i type the external ip address or host name, its always bring me to my ROUTER PAGES instead of my CAMERA PAGES, PLEASE HELP thanks

  5. TonyEEEE says:

    Sorry, please see revised version below with changes in CAPS,

    For a Verizon FIOS Actiontec Router, Port forwarding was a bit tricky and I successfully forwarded after some trial and error. Here’s how:

    Open the router web interface (need to know your id and password)
    Click on “Firewall Settings”
    Click “Yes” when it asks if you want to proceed
    Click “Port Forwarding”
    Find and select the Foscam in the Dropdown list under “Create New Port Forward Rule”
    Select “Custom Ports” from “Application to Forward” Dropdown list
    Change “Protocol” to “Both”
    Change “Destination Port” to “Any” WRONG, CHANGE TO SPECIFY, THEN ENTER 80
    Leave other settings as is and click “Add”.
    The FOSCAM manual says to change the Port (in the Camera settings) from the default of Port 80 to something else, but I had no problem leaving it as 80.
    Remember, when you log in remotely, use the public IP Address in the “My Router” section of the main page of the router web interface, followed by a colon and the port number (80).

    If this does not work, reconfigure the port forward rule again as above, but one more CHANGE in the Advanced Port settings: Under “Forward to Port” change to “Specify” and then enter “80″.