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Configuring your router for Port Forwarding

When you have two or more devices (Network Cameras, computers, printers, etc.) on a network which connects to the internet using a broadband router, and if you want each device to be able to be accessed individually over the internet, you will need to configure your network router for Port Forwarding.

To understand how port forwarding works and what it accomplishes, think of a front desk at a hotel. When a letter addressed to a customer care of the hotel arrives, the front desk looks up the room number of the customer and sends the letter to that room. Similarly, once your router has been configured for Port Forwarding, it will look at the "customer name" (port number) attached to each "letter" (incoming access) and forward it to the appropriate "room number" (IP address).

Setup Overview

Port Forwarding

  1. Configure your router so that it can access the internet. (The explanation below assumes you have already done this.)
  2. Configure each device connected to the router so that it can access the internet.*
  3. Configure your router for Port Forwarding.*
    • *The instructions below are approximate and explain only the basic concepts and procedures for configuring IP addresses and Port Forwarding. For detailed information, refer to your device's owner's manual or the manufacturer's technical support web site.
    This sample configuration is for the following environment:
    • Internet connection type: xDSL or cable internet
    • Type of IP address provided by Internet Service Provider (ISP): static*
    • IP address provided by ISP: 111.222.123.1 (sample only)
    • Network devices: 1 computer, 2 Network Cameras
    • IP address of computer: 192.168.0.1
    • IP address of camera 1: 192.168.0.10
    • IP address of camera 2: 192.168.0.20
    • LAN-side address of router: 192.168.0.254 (sample only)
    • *If your Internet Service Provider (ISP) uses DHCP, your network has a "dynamic" IP address which changes from time to time. In order to access your Network Cameras via the Internet, you will need to either arrange with your ISP to be assigned a "static" IP address, or register with Panasonic's "Viewnetcam.com" service. For more information on Viewnetcam.com, click here (Viewnetcam.com (Free DDNS service)). If you don't know the type of IP address you have been assigned (static or dynamic), contact your ISP.
    Assign an IP address to each device. Also make sure you have assigned a port number to your Network Cameras. For this example, Network Camera 1's port number is 6001, and Network Camera 2's port number is 6002. For information on configuring a Network Camera, refer to the operating instructions.

Configuring Port Forwarding

  1. Access the router's setup page by entering its LAN-side IP address in the address field of your web browser. (192.168.0.254, in this example.) The router setup page should appear. You may need to enter an administrator ID and password in order to access the setup page.
  2. Click on the link which opens the Port Forwarding setup page. This page may be located within an "Advanced Setup", "Address Translation", or similarly named page.
  3. Once you have opened the router's Port Forwarding setup page, you should see a number of data fields, such as "Port", "IP address" or "Destination", etc.

    Here you will enter the port numbers of messages you want to be forwarded, and the IP addresses of your network devices which you want those messages forwarded to.. In this example:

    Network Camera 1
    IP address: 192.168.0.10
    Port: 6001 (used to access the camera's integrated web server)

    Network Camera 2
    IP address: 192.168.0.20
    Port: 6002 (used to access the camera's integrated web server)

  4. Click "Save" or a similarly titled button to save your Port Forwarding settings.
  5. Test your settings.

    To access a device over the internet, enter your router's static IP address followed by the port number of the device. In this example, by entering:

    http://111.222.123.1:6001
    in a web browser, you would see the top page of Network Camera 1.

    The instructions provided here approximate and explain only the basic concepts and procedures for configuring IP addresses and Port Forwarding. For detailed information, refer to your device's owner's manual or the manufacturer's technical support web site.

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