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

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 if you're new to networking. Read on to learn how!

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November 19, 2008 3:17 PM

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.

November 19, 2008 3:40 PM

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.

November 19, 2008 4:01 PM updated: November 19, 2008 4:02 PM

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).

December 18, 2008 9:05 PM

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?

December 18, 2008 9:06 PM

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.

December 18, 2008 10:24 PM

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.


December 30, 2008 8:34 PM updated: December 30, 2008 8:35 PM

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

January 23, 2009 5:41 AM

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.

January 23, 2009 6:13 AM

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


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.

January 23, 2009 7:39 AM

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?

January 23, 2009 9:14 AM updated: January 23, 2009 9:17 AM

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).


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


January 23, 2009 10:56 AM

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?

January 23, 2009 11:26 AM updated: January 23, 2009 11:27 AM

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.

February 2, 2009 8:39 PM

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?

February 2, 2009 8:56 PM

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

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