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I've reviewed the threads, read the links, looked at the camera manual, looked at the router manual (online), tried as many settings as I can think of... all maybe ten - fifteen... maybe more times.
The camera is accessible from locally connected PCs both ethernet and wireless...
The "port test" tool on DynDNS.com shows the port "open" and accepting connections.
I've TELNET 'opened' my internet IP address using the port number I've forwarded in the router (at least I think I've got it forwarded) The port number is something other than 80. (I understood that the Telnet 'open' would 'fail' but show something 'returned' if the connection was made to the camera..?)
I'm trying to find out if (where) a log of access attempts and results to my router may be...
Router/modem = WESTELL 327W ISP = VERIZON
I've contacted FOSCAM support and they've sent me some suggestions... I'm waiting to here what IP address they suggest to use in the cameras "DNS Server" setting...
Anybody have any suggestions..?? Links..??
Answer by RotBlitz · May 31, 2010 at 06:17 AM
Did you see these Foscam related threads here. And also this wiki entry?
And your DNS server settings on the camera are of no relevance for reaching the device from outside. Most likely this can point to your router's IP address. It's used for DNS lookups from the camera only.
Answer by oldpcguy · May 31, 2010 at 03:39 PM
Thanks for the links... I'll read them a few times and keep trying. I'll also try connecting from a spot 'outside' my home network as possibly there is a 'loopback' issue (???)
Thanks again for your reply..!!
Answer by RotBlitz · May 31, 2010 at 04:49 PM
As testing with the Open Port Tool and telnet have been successful, it rather looks as if the problem is with the camera.
And no, from outside your home network there should be no loopback issue, but the other network may have your port outbound-wise blocked, as it may be treated as a dangerous non-standard port, who knows. The best bet would be to test from a friend's home network, this having the least restrictions.
If you finally run out of ideas, just run another server (e.g. a simple FTP server) on the same port on your computer, change the port forwarding rule on your router to the internal IP address of your PC and see if you can connect now from outside using this port. If yes, then your problem is definitely with the camera, e.g. not accepting connections from external IP addresses, or your problem could be bandwidth related. Some streaming does not take place below a certain bandwidth. This can be caused by the server, but also by the player (or browser plugin) on the client side.
Answer by oldpcguy · Jun 02, 2010 at 03:57 AM
Hey, thanks..!!! Your suggestion makes perfect sense... now I'll just have to learn how to set up an FTP SERVER... and if it 'connects' it's my camera/server that is the 'issue'.
At this exact point, I feel that it is a camera-to-router combination 'issue'. I'm thinking that possibly, with a different 'router' I may not have the problem with the camera's server.
That said... I've been trying hard, banging away to solve it because I have four SEPERATE home networks... comprising my home and my grown children's, ALL set up using this particular router/modem..!!! Thus, solving the problem with MY router/modem would allow me to set up ALL the homes...
My ISP connection is DSL (verizon)... I have a couple of DSL modems that are not router/modem combos... so I could set up my internet access using a simple DSL modem and install a LYNKSYS wireless router (b/g)... and POSSIBLY/PROBALBY resolve my problem.
Then, it'd merely be the expense of buying 3 more similar routers, or buy a NEW router, see if it works, then buy 3 more...
All this to get this camera working...
Thanks so much for your suggestions..!!!!
Answer by dmiller1616 · Aug 07, 2010 at 01:17 AM
What did you find out about your FOSCAM. I'm having a similar problem where I have a couple of these cameras setup and can connect within my home network (192.168.0.X:80XX) but not through my dyndns host. I have run all of the tools from dyndns that says my port is open, not blocked, and accepting but I can't access the camera webserver. What did you find out?