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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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February 5, 2009 2:46 PM

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?

February 5, 2009 2:48 PM

oops, should've read previous posts

February 5, 2009 3:33 PM

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. :-)

February 5, 2009 3:59 PM

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:


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.

Peter Redmer
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February 5, 2009 9:10 PM

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.

February 5, 2009 9:38 PM

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.

February 5, 2009 10:32 PM

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.

February 6, 2009 7:06 AM

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.

February 10, 2009 4:44 AM

I have had Rovio since December 25th and finally am able to remotely access it.
Here is the simple solution when using a QWEST modem and a separate router.
1. From the modem -Port forward port 80 and 554 using the IP address of the router. (ex. 192.168.0.x, not the
2. From the router - Port forward port 80 and 554 using the IP address given to Rovio during setup.
3. Rovio needs nothing special except leave port 8164 alone, and automatically open ports using UpNp.
4. Gooogle your external IP for your computer, type that in the address line wiht the same password and user I.D. that is used for Rovio at home and your in.

February 10, 2009 11:36 PM

can any one please tell me, if I configure dyndns in Rovio how Rovio will update my IP address when it change
Because I saw dyndns client software in the site and they are asking to run the software when ever if i notice a change in my IP address ..
My question is will Rovio automatically update my IP address or I need to run the dyndns client software myself in my machine/laptop

February 11, 2009 4:32 AM

Rovio "should" update DynDNS if you enter the appropriate info. Also, your router may have similar capabilities, if you set it up. Or you can install the software on your computer, but that means your computer has to be connected and running.

February 27, 2009 7:45 PM

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.

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June 18, 2009 3:02 PM

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.

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