How To Set Up External Access Over The Internet For Your WowWee Rovio

One of the most common questions I am seeing on RoboCommunity is: "How do I set up my Rovio to work from over the Internet?"

Truly, the "awesome" factor of the Rovio really comes in when you access it from a computer outside of your network, and get to spy on what's going on back at your lair while you're away.  However, getting this to work can be tricky at first, especially if you're new to networking.

Now, I'm no networking "genius," but I have spent a lot of time playing with and enjoying my Rovio from external connections, and would like to share how I was able to get my setup running smoothly.  I would also love to hear from other members who have had good experiences accessing their Rovios from external networks.

Background on Port Forwarding

I'm guessing that a lot of you had your eyes glaze over just now.  Certainly, setting up port forwarding doesn't sound like a lot of fun.  If you're familiar with networking, also, you know how much of a pain it can be.

Especially if you have a cheap, entry-level router like I do.  If you can get port forwarding set up on my cheap hunk of junk, you can set it up on anything!  (For the record, it's a Zonet ZSR1134WE.  It works but is very basic.)

So, the first thing you need to do is "open" up the ports that you'll need to access your Rovio.  You have to do this because your router will automatically block traffic from outside your network to the ports where your Rovio resides, for security purposes.

Do you remember the IP address that you assigned your Rovio during setup?  Personally, I use an alternate IP address, but the default that is used by Rovio is 192.168.1.18. 

Note:  If you went with the "recommended" setting during setup, your Rovio may dynamically get different IP's, making it much more difficult to do this.  I would always assign it a static IP.

Setting Up Port Forwarding for your Rovio

Now, to the fun part.  Every router will be different, but usually, you can access your router's "Control Panel" via the IP address 192.168.1.1.  It is here that you will need to search for the place to modify your port forwarding settings.

Chances are, your router makes it easier to find.  My settings could be found under NAT => Port Trigger => Virtual Server Setup.  When I got there, I saw this screen:

Setting Up Port Forwarding to WowWee Rovio

See the parts at the bottom?  These are the ports you'll need to open to be able to access your Rovio over the Internet.  You can see the section to add them above, and as I clicked the "add" button for each one, they populated in the list.  Make sure that no matter what router you are using, that you save your settings.

Note the part where it asks for your Internal IP - this is the IP address that you assigned to Rovio during setup.  If you forgot to give Rovio a manual (i.e., unchanging)IP, you can change the settings under the Network tab in Rovio's settings screen as seen below.

*** IMPORTANT *** Many ISP's block port 80 by default.  You can change this in the setup screen below to an alternate port, such as 8080, which is what I have used in the past.  When you do this, you will have to type the port address after your DynDNS or WAN IP when you want to access your Rovio.  For example: myrovio.ath.cx:8080

Assing Rovio a Manual IP Address

Your WAN IP

At this point, you're probably thinking this is all good. 

"But, but... I still don't know how to get to my Rovio from another computer" is what I hear you saying right now.  Obviously, you can't simply type in "192.168.1.?" and punch into your home network, right?

The secret lies in your WAN IP address.  See, Rovio should already set up to be triggered when you try to access your WAN from an external network.  I'm betting that if you knew your WAN IP, and typed it in your browser while you're off of your network, you'd be able to log into your Rovio.

You can usually find your WAN IP from going to the main "system" page of your wireless router.  My WAN IP is displayed on the first page, as you can see from the screenshot.  Type this in your external browser, and you should be able to access your Rovio.

Using WAN IP With Rovio

Getting a Custom URL With DynDNS for your Rovio

Hopefully, you're happily roaming away with your remote Rovio connection.  But what if you're sick of typing in a boring old number?  Your Rovio has more character than that!

Fortunately, there's a service called DynDNS that basically, will allow you to get a custom URL that you can type in to your browser in order to access your Rovio over the Web.  Here's how!

First, go to DynDNS.com and set up an account.  They provide a range of services, but the service you need is called DDNS - or Dynamic DNS.  DynDNS has been providing this service for free for nearly 10 years.  What a deal!

After you set up your account, go to your "Account" page, and look for "Host Services" in the option panel on the left of your page.  Click there, and then on "Add New Hostname," which will pop up in about the top middle of your page.  You'll be met with a screen like this:

With any luck, your WAN IP will have been automatically detected.  Click on the blue link to populate your WAN IP in the field.

Now the fun part - you get to pick what URL you would like to use to access your Rovio.  The drop down box offers a huge list of domain names to choose from. 

Setting up Rovio to Use Your New Custom URL

Hold your three-wheeled bases... we're not quite done yet! (That was a bad joke, I know, but couldn't resist.)  You still have to make sure Rovio knows what your new URL is.

Head into your Rovio's setup screen and click on the Domain tab, you will see the screen below:

You'll need to input your custom URL as well as the username and password that you used for DynDNS.  Once you do this, you should be all set to go!

Note:  I was unable to access my Rovio's custom IP from my internal network - so don't be discouraged if it doesn't work.  Try accessing your custom URL from outside of your network and it should work.

***REMEMBER*** If you needed to set an alternate web port, such as 8080, make sure that you append it to your DynDNS address or WAN IP when accessing Rovio.  I.E., myrovio.ath.cx:8080

Conclusion

I'm sincerely hoping that this short guide helps you get up and running with your Rovio.  Unfortunately, there are many problems that can happen with networking that are outside of your Rovio's control, such as issues with your ISP, wireless router settings, and others.

I'd love to hear experiences from others who have had good luck setting up external access, and any tips or tricks for other routers that may help Rovio users.  Good luck!


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Comments

Rob's picture

Very helpful, thanks for doing this!

BTW, have you tested and confirmed that Rovio updates DynDNS when your domain changes? I have it all set-up, but for some reason, feel less than confident it will work.

Peter Redmer's picture

Good question... I haven't "confirmed" it yet so to speak, but have been using this address with Rovio for some time and haven't needed to manually tweak it, and I know I have a dynamic IP since I am on Comcast Cable. I know that one main purpose of DynDNS is to work with dynamic IP's, and that they have been providing solutions for almost 10 years for that, so I'm pretty confident!

If I encounter any issues, I'll be sure to look for (and post) a solution, but so far it's been working just fine!

Rob's picture

I guess I'm less than confident Rovio will send the update info. I have no concern about DynDNS doing it's job. Is Rovio the only way your DynDNS is updated, or is your router set up to serve that function also (or do you have software than does that)?

BTW,I have Time Warner / RoadRunner Cable, and my IP changes about every 4 months, unless I do something to change it (like unplug the cable modem for awhile).

crmfghtr's picture

Very good this should help the newbies. One thing though, you can't set up a DynDns if you are forced to use a port other then 80. Reason being you have to use the port number with a colon after your IP address...I have been unable to do this with DynDns or any others I can find :(

Rob's picture

crmfghtr said:
Very good this should help the newbies. One thing though, you can't set up a DynDns if you are forced to use a port other then 80. Reason being you have to use the port number with a colon after your IP address...I have been unable to do this with DynDns or any others I can find :(

I have no problem, I just enter the port info like this and it works all the time:

mrfun.dyndns.com:8080

crmfghtr's picture

oh duh, I didn't think of that thought it had to be in registered domain, thanks for the tip!

thefishknot3's picture

Thank You, thank you, thank you!!!!!!
I can't thank you enough for going through the set up for accessing Rovio from outside your network. I'm not a total newbie to the pc world but when you start talking about IP addresses and static IP addresses, etc. I kinda get lost. But with your step by step instructions it was a breeze. I am up and running from outside my network just fine. I set up my own URL with DynDns just like you instructed.
Just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!!!
Happy

Peter Redmer's picture

Awesome... I'm glad that this worked for you - happy to help :)

my_ROVIO's picture

I just got this rovio today.And it SUCKSSSSS!!!!!.Let's see tech support???WHAT tech support.close at 5:30 pm eastern.My computer 3 of them mic's do not come out of rovio speaker.And it is to stupid to find dock.Well at least it keep bumping the dock.OL yea my remote set up to control this hunk of junk doesn't work.Hell i had linksys tech support double and triple check the router WRT54GX2.VERSION 2.UPDATED FIRMWARE. No luck. myip example
http://67.- - - -.- -.- - -:80
http://67.- - -.- -.- - -:8080
http://67.- - -.- -.- - -:554

NOTHING. web page not found etc.5 people have tried to help. 2 linksys techs,1 friend computer programmer.ME.

Anyone can help.Because tech support will not.I may take back and wait for the iconnect from irobot.

James Taylor
realtydevelopment@gmail.com

my_ROVIO's picture

I just got this rovio today.And it SUCKSSSSS!!!!!.Let's see tech support???WHAT tech support.close at 5:30 pm eastern.My computer 3 of them mic's do not come out of rovio speaker.And it is to stupid to find dock.Well at least it keep bumping the dock.OL yea my remote set up to control this hunk of junk doesn't work.Hell i had linksys tech support double and triple check the router WRT54GX2.VERSION 2.UPDATED FIRMWARE. No luck. myip example
http://67.- - - -.- -.- - -:80
http://67.- - -.- -.- - -:8080
http://67.- - -.- -.- - -:554

NOTHING. web page not found etc.5 people have tried to help. 2 linksys techs,1 friend computer programmer.ME.

Anyone can help.Because tech support will not.I may take back and wait for the iconnect from irobot.

James Taylor
realtydevelopment@gmail.com

my_ROVIO's picture

I just got this rovio today.And it SUCKSSSSS!!!!!.Let's see tech support???WHAT tech support.close at 5:30 pm eastern.My computer 3 of them mic's do not come out of rovio speaker.And it is to stupid to find dock.Well at least it keep bumping the dock.OL yea my remote set up to control this hunk of junk doesn't work.Hell i had linksys tech support double and triple check the router WRT54GX2.VERSION 2.UPDATED FIRMWARE. No luck. myip example
http://67.- - - -.- -.- - -:80
http://67.- - -.- -.- - -:8080
http://67.- - -.- -.- - -:554

NOTHING. web page not found etc.5 people have tried to help. 2 linksys techs,1 friend computer programmer.ME.

Anyone can help.Because tech support will not.I may take back and wait for the iconnect from irobot.

James Taylor
realtydevelopment@gmail.com

Rob's picture

James, I understand your frustration, but everything, including your ID "my ROVIO sux" is so negative. My advice is, you should return you Rovio and use the money for something that doesn't suck, isn't stupid, and you don't feel is a hunk of junk.

my_ROVIO's picture

Thanks for the help.I will post base on the the unit it's self.
#1.Mic from several computers doesn't work tru the rovio and used all 4 major browsers.
#.2 The unit couldn't dock even when it ran into it for 7 min and then i got tired of it and put on the dock.
#3.The off network controlling of the unit doesn't work.(EASY)as i said 2 tech guys.my friend a programmer and me. had to say for get it.
#4. Tech support for a new product ????? Please explain the lack of it.
I am willing to try new stuff and spend my hard earn money on it.But i expect some costumer loyalty as well.

Do you have any idea were i can PAY to have someone remote access my router and set up the unit? I don't mind beta testing products.(MICROSOFT VISTA???) But at least make it work somewhat?

Thanks,

my_ROVIO's picture

Guys i have kept trying to just use the rovio on network.yes it works.but let's see.
#1. At night low lighting.NOT DARK.It is useless.and he transmitting of my audio is never worked.#.2 And telling the unit to dock.FORGET IT..In fact i see a post were people are having to add there on head lights.I would love to know if they ever test the unit in a real house.NOT open room with ball filed lighting.So to conclude.I will never buy from them again.I warn people to do there home work on it.And in a side by side test. My cheap roombia.Bottom of the line.can clean and dock and has never missed yet.I guess that is why the iconnect will cost over $500.00 from a company that builds military devices.and not $249.99 like i paid from a toy company.I am very sorry for the fustration.But 5 minutes of using this i can tell they decided to cut corners,Not test the unit in real time enviroments.And will problem discontinue the unites after christmas.

I am very ticked off.BUYERS BEWARE IS MY NEW POSTING.Maybe a youtube segiment.(When companies cheap out)

Thanks guys.

my_ROVIO's picture

It is up and ruinning.Sorry to vent.Will test now.

Rob's picture

my_ROVIO said:
It is up and ruinning.Sorry to vent.Will test now.

Glad to hear it. I prefer your new screen name too (hey, no need to bash Rovio when you are visiting a Rovio forum).

You may still have some problems, so don't freak if you do. There are a lot of settings (in a lot of places: Rovio, your router, possibly your access point, DynDNS, etc.) that all have to be right, or things won't work right. Add to that, there are some minor bugs (many seemed to get fixed in firmware 4.09 beta), and some Rovio's have real problems. There are a lot of really helpful and knowledgeable people on this board, and a lot of existing threads that answer most questions, discuss most problems, etc.

my_ROVIO's picture

I understand.I do feel bad about the out burst.Mine is working partly. no audio on fire fox.NOTHING on windows mobile phone.To get Internet Explorer to work off network i had to leave off port in the address.

My true issus is the poor head lights.AS i see a person has added his on head lights.And the problems docking.As i told tech to day.The headlight issus should have been caught 5 min after setting up and upgraded with better lighting.And i feel the rovio should you the same docking set up my roombia does.It is worn out and used and can dock from anywere after cleaning.Rovio has to be put in the area of dock.and at night or low lighting is hard.If you guys have to admite these 2 major issus.I will be out of town this weekend and wanted this rovio to work.and it will in daytime.or if i leave a lot of lights on.I am interested in the beta testing that went into this unit before release.The test drive was fineBut it was in BIG open room. With super lighting.Not always re live.But i will live with it.Or find tech to pay to add the additional 2 head lights in the neck.

Thanks guys.

Rob's picture

Correct, no audio in Firefox. The only browser that works with Rovio's audio is Windows IE (because it needs ActiveX).

Yes, Rovio sucks in low light, the LED doesn't do much. A true flaw. You'll find more than one thread that deals with this (as well as ways to add lights, divert lights, and do other things to fix this big flaw).

Rovio should not need to be near the dock in order to dock properly. You may want to search the board for tips on docking problems.

I am one of the first on this board to say Rovio has problems! Weak WEP security and horrible low-light performance are my biggest complaints. Just about everything else works for me, or if it doesn't work, it is too minor to worry about (and I assume firmware updates will fix and improve Rovio).

ugh's picture

having the same issues as the guy earlier, I cannot see the page on IE to save my life, it will not work, IP doesnt connect. I am slowly going crazy! The support in the manual and on the website is very poor.

Mr Rovio, how did you fix yours?

ugh's picture

i have the same problem, cannot connect to IE page to save my life. The support is very poor for these issues.

my_rovio, how did you fix it? I have the identical problem.

my_ROVIO's picture

ugh said:
having the same issues as the guy earlier, I cannot see the page on IE to save my life, it will not work, IP doesnt connect. I am slowly going crazy! The support in the manual and on the website is very poor.
Mr Rovio, how did you fix yours?

email me your info i remote access and see what is wrong.what is your router?and the problems your having?do you have remote management tunred on.

 

realtydevelopment@gmail.com

 

bodiedoo's picture

does any 1 else get the message that u need a program to display this webpage?

gdmeade's picture

Hey, I'm new to this stuff and am stationed in Iraq. I just wanted a way that I can keep in contact with my wife at home with the Rovio. We set it up when I was home for Christmas, but I only managed to get it to work from my home computers. I have a Belkin N Wireless router and set up ports 554 and 8081 respectively. I received an IP address from the whatsmyip.org website. Is this the one I want to plug into the browser? I am hoping to learn from this to help others here to keep in touch with their loved ones. I really would appreciate the help.

Rob's picture

I believe you would enter an address like the following from a remote location:

76.12.345.678:8081

The first 10 digits being your home IP address, and 8081 being the port you've decided to use. Note that you have to also set the (non-default) port in the Rovio network settings, not just your router settings.

Most home users do not have a static IP address, if that's the situation in your case, you'll probably want to sign up for a free service (DynDNS, etc.), which allows you to set up a way to always access your home network, even when the IP address changes.

Other board members are more expert than myself, so maybe they can add some fine points. But much respect to you for your sacrifice. Hope the Rovio helps you connect to your family, but if you're going into this as a networking novice (as I did), realize it may take some time to get it all figured out.

gdmeade's picture

Thank you. Do you get the IP from the whatsmyip.org site? Or will the IP change? I tried using the DynDNS service, however, when I try to access I get the very same thing that I get when I go direct. It is frustrating? Would a remote PC program be better at accessing my computer at home? I also "pinged" the address given to be by the whatsmyip.org site and it works. When I did a connection diagnosis, it says that my firewall may be the problem. However, my understanding is that the port opening should be the exception to the rule, should it not?

Rob's picture

Assuming you have a dynamic IP address, your IP address will change once in awhile. DynDNS will provide a permanent alternative address to access your IP, even if it changes.

What exactly is your problem? Are you able to control Rovio from the local network? Did you set the port on your Rovio as well as your Router?

I'd definitely recommend reading this entire thread, as well as this networking thread (I don't really know much more than what I've read in these two threads).

http://www.robocommunity.com/forum/thread/14289/Basic-networking/

Also, someone has offered to help people set up their Rovio:

http://www.robocommunity.com/forum/thread/15238/ROVIO-TECH-SUPPORT-FROM-...

gdmeade's picture

Sir,
I have a dynamic IP, from a telephone DSL modem. Reading the last post from Rob, I did not know the Rovio also has a port... which I don't understand. I thought it was acting like a standalone computer with a static IP address of it's own. I went through the software sent by Wowwee to the letter. I even took advice from online. Now, I need to think... was this really worth it? I really wanted something easy to set up, not something I would have to have a professionally degreed IT person to set up. I am just a soldier who wanted a device that he could set up and talk/interact with his family. As this is now, it is a boat anchor. It is only a toy if I can only get it to work from home... which I have done. It would be a real tool for me and my family if we could get it to work remotely from here. I believe you when you say it works for you. But, knowing that I have a DSL modem, wireless router (Belkin N)with the ports 554 and 8081 open, a home computer... I find it difficult to swallow that there isn't some software that could help a person with less proficiency to get this thing working. I think Wowwee should have only sold this robot with a warning label stating "this device is strictly for IT professionals or those who can hire one as permanent staff." This robot is definitely an item that was never intended for customers like me. This is a niche product, and until this item improves the setup software, (the average person) just doesn't have the time to spend on this. I have a job to do, so I will log off for now. Maybe when I get back I'll look at the thread again, and give it another try. But, for now, I'm a little bummed that I couldn't get this thing to work so that I could have a few minutes of communication with my family as was intended, instead of fiddling with technicalities. Anyone want to buy a used robot?

Rob's picture

I totally get where you are coming from. It took me many hours over several weeks to get Rovio fully up and running, with DynDNS, etc. I too had little networking knowledge, and didn't expect Rovio would take me so much time to get up and running. Even a few of the guys with a lot of knowledge damned their Rovios at first (not hard to find tons of complaints about Rovio on this board). Not to mention, Rovio hasn't exactly worked perfectly, even if you knew how to set up right -- seems a lot of people have had Rovios that did not work correctly. A regular old webcam is a much more dependable way to keep in touch with your family while you are off in a desolate land... Can you return your Rovio to your place of purchase?

One small note, if you want to try a little more... You have to tell Rovio what port you are using if you are not using the default port 80. The "Web Port" is set in the "Network" tab in settings, in your browser.

tclaridge's picture

I was able to use these instructions, and I connected from the WAN, but my ISP blocks port 80. Does anyone get audio to transmit through Rovio when using a port other than 80?

my_ROVIO's picture

set up port 8168 in the router.and in rovio,use www.firefox.com
to control rovio.

amodedoma's picture

A question, your tutorial seems based on the premise that ISP is providing fixed IP as WAN IP, what do I do if it's dynamically assigned?

amodedoma's picture

oops, should've read previous posts

G-Wrx's picture

I hope this is the best place to post this. I would like to work my way up to external access, but I need help just getting started. I would like to do the ad-hoc connection between my wi-fi laptop and Rovio first.

I got it to work briefly once, but can't seem to reconnect. Any ideas on how to get this working would be appreciated. We can move on to my wireless router next. :-)

Peter Redmer's picture

A lot of folks have been asking for the ad hoc setup - you're not alone, G-Wrx!

If you want to jump right into it, full instructions are available in the Rovio user's manual:

http://www.robocommunity.com/download/14279/WowWee-Rovio-User-s-Manual/

Next week, I'll be publishing an article on setting your Rovio up on a Mac with the ad hoc connection, complete with screenshots and detailed instructions - so keep your eyes open :)

Post your experiences and I'm sure you'll be up and running in no time.

amodedoma's picture

Just tried out my configuration. Thanks to your help, it was relatively painless. I'm an experienced network administrator and I found a lot of the Rovio's configuration difficult. My heart goes out to those frustrated souls who find the learning curve too steep. All I can say is the help is here on this forum. Be patient, be persistent, and keep your eyes on the prize. Consider it a learning experience and a challenge, the end result isn't just a working Rovio.

tclaridge's picture

My_Rovio, when you say setup port 8168 on your router, can you explain a little? Do you mean port forwarding, or some other setting?

I have setup port 8168 on my Rovio, and will download and use Firefox.

tclaridge's picture

I tried Firefox. No audio transmit or recieve. Then I noticed that Firefox does not use ActiveX which is required for Rovio audio. So Firefox will not give you audio capability.

Rob's picture

TC, yes your router should have port 8168 (in your case) set to the IP address of your Rovio. And yes, only IE supports ActiveX.

professorpg's picture

This is much like the early days of computers...My original computer had a cassette tape drive and 2K of mem. I "taught" it to monitor intrusion sensors and to talk to my guard dog (Doberman). It takes patience, much like sailing. The destination is not as important as the journey.

Elspocko's picture

Hi everyone. I've finally got my Rovio set up and running on my local network and can drive it around ok.
I still cannot access it from the internet but I do not have a standard net setup as I have a camera system on the router.
I'm running a Netgear DG834G which has a DVR home security camera piped into it and I access the camera views (4 cameras) via a DynDns name.
I've tried all combinations of port forwarding to get to the Rovio to no avail.
When I use http://mydynname.homedns.org I get the cameras. However, adding :8080 (that's the port I'm hoping to use) at the end gets me nowhere.
Please can you help?
Also, what is the 554 port for and how do I use it?
One more thing, my laptop wifi keeps disconnecting when Rovio is connected to the Netgear...any clues?

Elspocko's picture

Hi everyone. I've finally got my Rovio set up and running on my local network and can drive it around ok.
I still cannot access it from the internet but I do not have a standard net setup as I have a camera system on the router.
I'm running a Netgear DG834G which has a DVR home security camera piped into it and I access the camera views (4 cameras) via a DynDns name.
I've tried all combinations of port forwarding to get to the Rovio to no avail.
When I use http://mydynname.homedns.org I get the cameras. However, adding :8080 (that's the port I'm hoping to use) at the end gets me nowhere.
Please can you help?
Also, what is the 554 port for and how do I use it?
One more thing, my laptop wifi keeps disconnecting when Rovio is connected to the Netgear...any clues?

Tor's picture

Thank your very much Peter for the Rovio-on-internet-guide.
I've been struggeling for a few hours with my Rovio.
Found your guide, and 5 minutes later my Rovio is controlled via DynDNS.

Again, thank you very much.

Lnoch86's picture

Hey,

I Just got my rovio and it works great (set it up on my mac) but I had a couple of problems setting up the external internet connection. I was able to follow most of your instructions except I'm not sure how to open the ports on my mac airport extreme router (BTW Mac's don't use UPnP...not sure if that matters) Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

Peter Redmer's picture

Hmm... I've never played with an AirPort Extreme so I'm not sure how to do this. Anyone out there with one of these routers that can help?

ATTINHouston's picture

I think I'm getting close but the forwarding is confusing. I'm on ATT U-verse using a their 2WIRE brand wireless router. Everyone is saying

ATTINHouston's picture

OK my first post didn't work so well.  Like I said, I'm using ATT U-verse, 2WIRE brand wireless router.  the forwarding is the problem; the router is asking:

Protocol TCP.  Port (or Range) From:___ To:___  Map to Host Port:_____

I'm not sure which numbers to put in which blanks.  I've seen the "must forward" 80 and 554.  So what goes where?  Yes, I understand that I'll need to put in more than one.  Also what settings do I need to put in the Rovio network tab?  Peter Redmer was kind enought to put in pictures but his don't exactly look like mine (router or Rovio).

 

Rob's picture

An expert will probably correct me, but maybe try something lik:

Protocol TCP. Port (or Range) From: http://192.168.10.101 To: http://192.168.10.101 Map to Host Port:80

Where the 192... number (as the "from" and "to") is the IP address of your Rovio (hopefully you know how to determine this), and 80 is the port you want to forward to (could be a number other than 8080).

Not sure if you can assign the same IP address also to port 554, or how you would achieve that.

So at leat try that, if you haven't already... Or wait for someone smarter than me to give a suggestion.

ATTINHouston's picture

Unfortunately the space in the "box" that you put the From: and To: will not hold that many characters, hence I don't thing this is what is supposed to go there. But thanks for at least trying. Nice to know I'm not alone.

Rob's picture

Sounds like you have an unusual router. The two routers I set up (one 10 year old router and one new one) were straight forward to figure out how to get the port forwarding to work... Well, clear enough that I was able to figure it out after reading these threads.

ATTINHouston's picture

This is the router that everyone in Houston that is with AT&T gets and it's less than a year old. I might consider getting one that has plug & play but then I'd have to reconfigure everything in the house and wouldn't get support from AT&T. To much change for me.

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