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I am new to all of this and am trying to do two different things at once. First, I am trying to connect to my home computer via remote desktop connection from work, using DynDNS (obviously). Second, I am trying to set up a home video camera system that I can view over the web. Is there anything special I need to know in order to get this to work?
Answer by toddkirkpatrick · Jun 10, 2010 at 02:55 PM
I have been able to connect to a friends network from my work through remote desktop, so I know my workplace does not have it restricted yet. Also, my home security camera system states that it can be viewed online. I guess the major question I have is, How do I properly connect to the appropriate device, computer or cameras. I'm sure there has to be something in the set-up that allows me to choose between the desktop or camera system when connecting.
Answer by Cry Havok · Jun 10, 2010 at 05:57 AM
I'd start with this guide - it covers the basics of port forwarding and testing.
For home camera systems - that depends a lot on the system. Reviewing other questions here may help you, but in summary some systems don't work remotely.
Finally, keep in mind that your work may restrict their Internet access and you should do all your testing from somebody else's home Internet connection.
Answer by sig40 · Jun 27, 2010 at 06:01 PM
There is a few things to keep in mind as well, the type of coonection Fios, Cable, DSL, and the type of router as well. I've have set up many systems from business to home end user and all are different. Best it to read the manual of the DVR and then read the Maunual of your router and pray thatits not Fios for the tech they have to help you with the settings of the westell fios router know jack squat on configuring them and westell will tell you to contact verizon
Answer by GAME OF FUTURE · Jun 30, 2010 at 07:20 PM
make sure you set up your router firewall and port forwarding settings properly for both devices on your network (your PC for remote Desktop, and your DVR system).
note that you cannot view video over Remote Desktop (one of my friends was trying to remote desktop and then lunch the DVR software on the remote machine. That does NOT work). You should use the web interface or the web services your DVR system supplies to access it directly.
the way you access multiple devices/services on your network by specifying port numbers: for example if I have two different devices set on my local network (given that the services and the router are configured properly) you have to set these services so they are running on different port numbers. I have a DVR system that runs on port 2239, and I have another NAS device that runs a service on port 9091. in order to access them using my DynDNS domain I type mydomain.dyndns.com:2239 or mydomain.dyndns.com:9091 (note the : followed by port number after the address).
Note that if you are using an http service on port 80 you will not need to type the port number in the browser since that is the default port number for that service (so when you type http:// before the address it takes care of that automatically).
All of the above about ports and configuring port forwarding is mentioned and explained in the guide that is posted by Cry Havoc.