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Wed 28 Mar 2007 - 7:17 pm UTC
Using a static IP Address, how do you configure the Actiontec MI434WR
router and the Linksys WVC54G Internet Video Camera so that you can view
the video remotely over the Internet?
Here is the hardware setup
1 Actiontec MI424WR wireless broadband Router
1 Linksys WVC54G wireless-g Internet Video Camera
Here is the system status
Router, computer, and camera are connected via Ethernet cables
Wireless is disabled on both router and camera.
Router is connected to Internet via Verizon FiOS connection.
Network shows video from camera locally on the PC.
No security has been set.
Wed 28 Mar 2007 - 8:34 pm UTC
See if the following helps.
"As with many Linksys wireless devices, setup assumes the rest of your kit is Linksys as well. The WVC54G ships with a fixed IP address of 192.168.1.115, so if your broadband router doesn't use addresses in this range you won't be able to configure the Linksys without temporarily changing your router's settings. Using a Linksys Wireless-G router, we attached a desktop PC and the WVC54G via wired Ethernet, and the setup ran smoothly from the installation CD.
After changing the WVC54G to dynamic IP allocation, we were able to plug it into a non-Linksys router and gain access. We could then alter the SSID to that of our existing setup, although we found we had to temporarily choose Ad-Hoc mode to specify a different wireless channel. Finally, we were able to unhook the camera and access it wirelessly, which is where the fun begins."
Thu 29 Mar 2007 - 6:35 am UTC
This Product Data Sheet PDF for the WVC54G, on the Wardrive site notes the following:
Unlike standard "web cams" that require an attached PC, the Internet Video Camera contains its own web server, so it can connect directly to a network, either over Wireless-G (802.11g) networking, or over 10/100 Ethernet cable. The advanced MPEG-4 video compression produces a high-quality, high-framerate, up to 640x480 audio/video stream.
The Internet Video Camera's unique form-factor and wireless connectivity allows you to mount it on a wall nearly anywhere, or slip it into its included stand for desktop use. Once it's connected to your home network, you can "see what it sees" from any PC in the house, while the audio/video stream is secured from the outside world, hidden behind your Router. If you want the video to be visible from outside your home network, you can open an appropriate port on the Router, and then create password protected accounts to manage access to the camera, or leave it wide open for the world to see. The SoloLink domain service (trial sign-up included) lets you access your camera using an easy-to-remember "name", even if your home Internet connection uses a dynamic IP address."
According to this post by NE-Phil on the Linksys Community Forums, SoloLink may not work, and costs money, whereas a service called DynDNS also works for your camera, and is free. His instructions for setting up the cam are:
"1. Go to https://www.dyndns.com/account/create.html and create a basic account - it's the free account. For simplicity, use the same username and password you're using on your Sololink account - one less thing to remember.
2. Once the account is created, login and go to My Services.
3. Then Add a Host Service. You'll fill out a menu like this:
Hostname: philhost.dyndns.org - Use the same hostname as you currently use on your web cam.
IP Address: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx - The browser automatically finds it. There's nothing you have to add.
Wildcard: Y - Wasn't sure by I thought this was OK.
Mail Exchanger: none - Didn't apply.
Backup MX: N - Didn't apply.
4. Save your settings and it creates the host philhost.dyndns.org or whatever you called it.
5. The next thing I did was to download the DynDNS Updater from CNet at
http://www.download.com/DynDNS-Updater/3000-2381-10405775.html?part=dl-DynDNSUpd&subj=dl&tag=button. It reports back to DynDNS with my cable modem's current IP address every ten minutes or so.
6. Install it and, under Settings, create a hostname using the information in step 3: the dyndns.com username and password and the hostname (philhost.dyndns.org in my example). Once this is running, you can choose to run it as a service instead of starting when you logon to Windows. This way, dyndns updater is always reporting your current IP address. I just found it more convenient.
7. Now that you have a DynDNS account created and the host set up, open your webcam's Setup screen through your browser. I'm assuming you have a WVC200 webcam but if not, the instructions should still work.
Go to Setup and click on DDNS. Under DDNS, change the service provider from Sololink to DynDNS. Fill in your Host Name, Account and Password from step 3 above.
8. Click on Apply and you should be set.
9. Open your browser and type in the address http://philhost.dyndns.org:1024/ (my example). Keep in mind the port number (1024) may be different for you. Linksys uses port 1024 on my WVC200 but you can use other ports. Double check it under Setup, Options, under Other."
In the very next post on the thread, MikeC_MN reports getting his two WVC54GC cams to work with these instructions.
I believe that will take you where you want to go, but if anything is unclear, please post a Clarification...
Thu 29 Mar 2007 - 6:41 am UTC
Oh...in case you don't already have it, the latest firmware release for your camera is on the Linksys site here:
Tue 3 Apr 2007 - 7:03 pm UTC
Thank you, that was helpful, but doesn't completely answer my question. Let me know if I should ask this as another question and pay more or whether it's appropriate to include this as a clarification.
1) The responses talked a lot about the Linksys camera settings but only
one even mentioned the Actiontec Model MI424WR BHR. The settings inside
this BHR are the primary interest.
2) All of the responses dealt with an Automatic Configuration Type
requiring getting a DDNS from outside. I'm most interested in using a Static of Fixed IP Address setting.
So, can we get more information about the specific settings in the
Actiontec Model MI424WR BHR, and for using a Static or Fixed IP Address
setting, to access a camera remotely over the Internet? Thanks.
Tue 3 Apr 2007 - 9:10 pm UTC
Configuring your router for 'port forwarding' is what allows you to expose devices or computers on your network to external internet users.
This article from PortForward.com explains how to set up port forwarding on the Actiontec MI-424-WR router. Toward the end, it refers to settings specific to Echolink, but you can use the ones specific to your camera:
"To setup port forwarding on this router your computer needs to have a static ip address. Take a look at our Static IP Address guide to setup a static ip address. When you are finished setting up a static ip address, please come back to this page and enter the ip address you setup in the Static IP Address box below."
Much more on the page:
You can set up port forwarding for the IP address of your camera (192.168.1.115?), assuming, as was noted above, that your router handles addresses in that range, and forward the port your camera uses (the article above suggests that it may be 1024).
You may also learn more about port forwarding by reading any documentation that came with your router.
Keep in mind that, if you have any firewall in addition to your router, it will need to be separately configured to pass traffic through that port, or using that device.
Let me know where this takes you...
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