How To Setup Your Foscam Camera For Local and Remote Viewing with the Foscam Pro iPhone and iPad app
The following guide will show you how to setup Foscam cameras and the Foscam Pro iPhone app or iPad app for reliable local (while your iPhone or iPad is on the same network as the camera) and remote viewing (while your iPhone or iPad outside your home network). This is the best, most reliable Foscam Setup. By setting up with this guide, you will get the fastest connection possible to your camera and your setup won’t fail later due to IP changes of your camera or your network. It also doesn’t rely on the Foscam P2P servers (using the QR Code) which are sometimes down, or very slow.
Table of Contents:
1b. Change the camera’s IP to static so that it doesn’t change on you.
1c. Setup Foscam Wi-Fi if you plan on using the camera without the Ethernet cable attached.
1d. Test your camera’s local address in a web browser
1e. Add the camera to Foscam Pro and test it
2a2. Setup a Dynamic Domain Name Server if the camera doesn’t have one
2b. Make sure your camera’s DDNS address is active.
2c. Choose an external port number
2d. Configure port forwarding on your router
2e. Test the remote address in a web browser
2f. Add the remote address and port to Foscam Pro and test it
-Plug the ethernet cable into the camera and into a free open port on your router.
-Power on the camera and wait about a minute.
-Use the IP Camera Search Tool software that came on the CD with your camera to locate the camera on the network.
–If you don’t have the software, you can download it here:
-The search tool software will list the cameras that are connected to your network as seen below. If you don’t see your camera in the list, right click and choose “Refresh Camera List.”
If you skip this step, the camera’s local IP address may change in the future. It could be today, it could be in three weeks, you won’t know until it happens. This will prevent you from connecting locally and if you have setup remote access, it will break that configuration as well.
-Double click the camera in the Search Tool window. This will open the camera’s web interface in a browser window.
-Download and install any plugins requested by the web page. (Chrome browser may not work).
-Login to the camera. The default username for most cameras is “admin” without the quotes with a blank password. The camera may prompt you to change the camera password at this point. Do it.
-Once logged in, you should see live video from the camera.
-Click on the SETTINGS tab at the top of the page, then click on NETWORK on the left, and then IP CONFIGURATION.
-As you can see in the image above, this camera has the “Obtain IP from DHCP server” checkbox checked and all other settings are disabled. When the “Obtain IP from DHCP server” checkbox is checked, your router gives the camera its IP address and it can change. This is not good. We want a static IP address for the camera.
-UNCHECK the “Obtain IP from DHCP server” checkbox. The rest of the controls should become enabled as seen below.
In the IP Configuration Window, you can see the camera’s network configuration.
Based on the settings in this window you can see some information about the network. Your network may be different.
Notice the camera’s IP address is 192.168.1.204, this is the current IP address of the camera that we want to change.
Notice that the Gateway is 192.168.1.1, this is the IP address of the router that the camera is attached. Remember or write down the Gateway (router) IP address as you will need it later when setting up remote access.
Your IP addresses may look different. Other common IP schemes are 10.0.0.X and 192.168.0.X where X represents the last number and the address of a device. Everything on your local network will have one of these IP addresses. (For instance, check the Wi-Fi settings on your iPhone or iPad. If you tap the info icon next to your Wi-Fi network name, you can view your devices IP address and router IP address.
The last number of a typical valid IP address will be between 2 and 254. For example on this network valid IP addresses range from 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.254. Again, the first three digits of your network may be different, so always substitute yours wherever needed.
You will need to determine an IP address for your camera outside of your router’s DHCP scope. The DHCP scope is the range of addresses that your router assigns to devices that do not have a statically assigned IP. It automatically gives numbers from this pool.
The camera’s IP above is 192.168.1.204. I just looked at my iPhone and saw its IP address is 192.168.1.217. So it is
probable that the DHCP scope of the connected router is 192.168.1.200 to 192.168.1.254. You can guess like this, or you can view your router
manual or configuration to be sure.
-We need to choose an IP address outside that range to avoid conflicts.
-We are going to choose 192.168.1.105 as it is outside the above range of assigned IP addresses. You can choose the last number that you like
that is between 1 and 255 and outside your router’s DHCP range. Just remember that each camera you configure must have its own unique IP
In the IP Configuration Window, change the current IP (in this case 192.168.1.204) to the IP address you chose (in my case 192.168.1.105).
-The camera may prompt you to be sure, select YES and wait for the camera to reboot.
-Close the browser window and wait a couple of minutes.
step (1d) below. If you want your camera to connect wirelessly to the router, please do the following steps.-In the Foscam Camera Search Tool, double click on your camera to open it in a browser window and login with your username and password.
-Go to the SETTINGS tab at the top, and then click on NETWORK on the left and then WIRELESS SETTINGS.
-Right click the IP Camera Search Tool and refresh the cameras. Your camera and its new IP address should show up in the list.
-Double click the camera in the search tool to open it in a web browser. You should now be able to login to the camera at that address.
You have successfully given your camera a static, non-changing IP address.
Make sure you close the IP Camera Search Tool as it will interfere with Foscam Pro in the next step.
-Open Foscam Pro on your iPhone or iPad. If you haven’t installed it yet, visit the Apple App Store to download. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/foscam-pro-multi-ip-camera/id509546027?mt=8
-In the lower left corner, tap Edit Cams.
-Tap Add Camera
-Enter the CAMERA’s username and password.
-If present, tap the small magnifying glass next to the local address field in the app. Your camera should appear in a list. Select your camera and it will populate the local address field for you. It should also automatically select the correct model camera for the model selection.
-If the magnifying glass is not present. Enter your camera’s local IP address and port as seen in the IP Camera Search Tool. If the IP Camera
Search Tool shows an address of 192.168.1.105:88 then 88 is the port number. You should enter 192.168.1.105 in the local address field and
88 in the local port field. Tap the camera model and select the correct model of camera. For all FI98xx, FI99xx, C1, C2, R2, and Fosbaby
cameras, select “HD Foscams” at the top of the model selection.
-Tap the test button under the local address to test the connection.
-Correct any errors found.
-Tap DONE. You should now see your camera connecting and displaying images in Foscam Pro.
Continue to Step 2 if you want to view your camera while away from your home network.
-Look at the physical camera for a small label that looks similar to the following image.[FOSCAM LABEL IMAGE]
-There probably is a Dynamic DNS (DDNS) address on the camera label that looks similar to “ab1234.myfoscam.org” If so, that is the camera’s DDNS address. The DDNS address is a special web address that keeps track of your network’s public IP. If you want to see your current public IP, visit http://synapticedge.com/yourpublicip/
-If you found your DDNS address, skip to step b. Otherwise, proceed to a2.
If your camera does not have a DDNS address your router probably supports this service.
There are various DDNS address servers on the web that will work with your wireless router or Foscam camera.
One of the most popular and free options is http://www.noip.com
Follow this guide to setup your no-ip address:
You can use the no-ip account with either your router’s DDNS update process (refer to your router manual for details) or with the Foscam camera’s DDNS update service.
To setup Foscam’s DDNS update service, open the camera’s web interface, go to the settings and there is a section for DDNS near the IP Configuration section we used earlier.
-Enter the domain name you setup with No-IP.
-Enter your DDNS username and password that you setup with No-IP.
http://www.mydnstools.info/resolve/The page will tell you what IP address your remote address is resolving to.-Make sure it matches the IP of your home network. Your home network IP can be found if you visit http://synapticedge.com/yourpublicip/ from a computer or device that is on your home network.If it matches, great. If not, check that your camera’s DDNS service is running or try rebooting the camera. If you setup the DDNS update service on your router, check your router settings or try rebooting your router.
When outside your home network, your DDNS address will direct outside web traffic to your router, but we need to get the outside traffic to your specific camera on the network. We do this with a port number. Your DDNS address is similar to a street address. Your remote port number will act similar to a specific numbered address on that street.
Port numbers can range between 1 through 65535, however many are reserved and some are used by other programs.
I recommend using remote port numbers between 8501 and 8599 as they don’t normally conflict with any other service and are not blocked by most network administrators.
So choose a remote port number for your camera between 8501 and 8599. For the remainder of this instruction, we are going to choose 8505. (I like 8505 because it ends in 5 like our camera’s local IP address. It really does not matter though.)
We need to configure your router so that it port forwards to the camera’s local IP address and port. We didn’t change the camera’s default port number. On HD Foscam Camera’s the default HTTP port number is 88. On the SD 89xx series cameras the default http port number is 80.
This is fairly simple in our example. We need to forward external port (8505) to the camera’s local IP and port. (192.168.1.105 port 88)
Every router is a little different, but there should be a page in your router’s web interface for Port Forwarding.
In this example, we learned above that our router’s IP address was 192.168.1.1 yours may be different. To get to the router’s web interface type http://192.168.1.1 into a web browser’s address bar.
For instructions for port forwarding specific to your router check the manufacturer and model of your router and then visit:
-Select your router’s Manufacturer on the first page.
-Select your router’s Model on the next page.
-Select any Foscam 89xx series or 98xx series on the next page.
That will take you to specific instructions for your router for setting up port forwarding.
Ignore the port number and IP that they use on that page and setup the one that you are configuring.
In our example case, we are forwarding external port 8905 to our local camera’s IP address and port (192.168.1.105 port 88).
The following is an example of the port forwarding settings of a router with our example case configured:
Your router will most likely look different, but will have similar fields.
Your router may require that the internal port be the same as the external port. If so, go to your camera’s web interface and change the port number for http.
Once you have completed your port forwarding, we can now test if you can get to your camera’s web interface in a browser.
-Type your DDNS address from your camera or from your DDNS service provider in a browser window, followed by a colon, and your remote port number.
For example, if your camera’s DDNS address is “ab1234.myfoscam.org” and your remote port is 8505, the following would be the address for a browser:
Another example, if you used the No-IP service instead of the cameras DDNS address may look like.
If it is working, great. If not, verify that your DDNS has your current IP as shown above and double check your router port forwarding settings.
-Open Foscam Pro and tap “Edit Cams” then “Edit Camera”
-Tap the camera thumbnail you want to edit.
-Enter your DDNS host name into the remote address text field without the “http://” into the remote address field (e.g. ab1234.myfoscam.org NOT http://ab1234.myfoscam.org)
-Enter your remote port number into the remote port text field.
-Tap the test button.
You should now be able to view the camera remotely. To make doubly sure, turn off your iPhone or iPad’s Wi-Fi and test over a cellular connection. We hope this helped you get your Foscam setup for local and remote viewing.
If you get stuck on any step or are having other problems, please contact us through the “Contact Support” button on the app’s info page. When asked to include settings, select YES and then describe the problem you are having or where you are currently stuck.