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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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September 6, 2009 5:12 PM

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

September 7, 2009 12:55 PM

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?

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September 15, 2009 1:24 PM

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

September 15, 2009 1:31 PM

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).

September 15, 2009 1:48 PM updated: September 15, 2009 1:49 PM

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.

September 15, 2009 2:15 PM

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.

September 15, 2009 2:28 PM

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.

September 15, 2009 2:33 PM

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.

September 15, 2009 3:30 PM updated: September 15, 2009 3:33 PM

I wasn't saying you need another router, I assume there's a way to make it work with your router. If you give your specific 2Wire model number, it might help if someone wants to do the research to help walk you through the process. Or, perhaps we'll be lucky and the following link for setting up port-forwarding with a specific 2wire router with an IP camera will be about the same instructions as what you need to do on your 2wire router with Rovio:

http://portforward.com/english/routers/port_forwarding/2wire/2700hg/Gadspot_I...

Note that, instead of entering Rovio's IP address, it appears 2Wire routers have names for each "computer" (which probably means any network client, such as Rovio), so that's the way you map a port to your Rovio (maybe you already figured that out, and that's how you got to the dialog you first mentioned).

Anyway, hopefully this link plus this thread will help you figure it out. If none of that helps, than time for someone more knowledgeable than me to help. Or call AT&T for support (you mentioned that, if you switched routers, you would lose that support, so maybe time to use that support).

September 15, 2009 4:07 PM

I checked out the portforward.com site and configured accordingly. Still no luck. One of my problems is that I don't know if I can check out the internet connections from my home. The local WiFi works but I don't think the internet option will work from my local connection. I've had that happen before. My brother was able to get in but could not get video, just still pix from the camera mode. That could be an ActiveX issue but he said that he was never asked to install it. I dread calling ATT but I suppose I must. You never know, I might get someone who knows more than the standard script.

March 31, 2010 11:27 AM

I've been trying to get things working remotely for about a week now. I have a Linksys Wireless Router (WRT54GS) connected to a Westell DSL Modem using Verizon. I've set port forwarding up for all the ports and can access Rovio through my home LAN. I suspect my router is at fault here but can't figure out why. In SETUP under ADVANCED ROUTING, my Linksys is set for GATEWAY under OPERATING MODE. Should this be ROUTER? I'm able to access the Internet fine with my desktop and wireless laptop with this set this way.. but can not access the Rovio. Also under STATUS, under INTERNET / CONFIGURATION TYPE, the IP address there is 192.168.100.xx Should that be the WAN address? How do I find the WAN address on thi Linksys Router? I can get an address when I go to whatismyip.com, but I don't see this address on the router. Can anyone please help guide me through what is needed to get my Rovio accessible remotely with my setup?? Feel free to e-mail me at daw@jhu.edu if you'd prefer direct contact.

Thank you!
Dave Webb


Thanks

March 31, 2010 11:28 AM

I've been trying to get things working remotely for about a week now. I have a Linksys Wireless Router (WRT54GS) connected to a Westell DSL Modem using Verizon. I've set port forwarding up for all the ports and can access Rovio through my home LAN. I suspect my router is at fault here but can't figure out why. In SETUP under ADVANCED ROUTING, my Linksys is set for GATEWAY under OPERATING MODE. Should this be ROUTER? I'm able to access the Internet fine with my desktop and wireless laptop with this set this way.. but can not access the Rovio. Also under STATUS, under INTERNET / CONFIGURATION TYPE, the IP address there is 192.168.100.xx Should that be the WAN address? How do I find the WAN address on thi Linksys Router? I can get an address when I go to whatismyip.com, but I don't see this address on the router. Can anyone please help guide me through what is needed to get my Rovio accessible remotely with my setup?? Feel free to e-mail me at daw@jhu.edu if you'd prefer direct contact.

Thank you!
Dave Webb

March 31, 2010 1:49 PM

I've had mixed success in setting the Rovio up for outside access.
Everything works within my LAN.

I can get HTTP on port 9000 or 8168 or any port I want, however the video doesn't render. The ActiveX control d/l and installs. DynDNS domain is working and the online icon works.

I have verified that the interface loads and I can change the camera angle. It can be driven around using these settings, you just can't see what the hell you are doing.

I have FWD 554 to 9001, 554 to 554, 8169 to 8169 (when 8168 is the starting port) to no avail.

I do know that my ISP (COX) blocks port 80. I can open 554 up on a different computer and verify it using portdetective. I can view my router with a public IP on 8080.

So here is my question:
1) If your start port is say 8168, you should have 554 Fwd to 8169, no?
2) Can you have 8168 as your http port and 554 as your rtsp port?
3) What is the third port alluded to here (and seemingly only here) in the (?) next to IP setup in the Network Tab?

***************************************************
Automatically open ports using UPnP, when selected, Rovio will attempt to open ports on your router to allow you to access your Rovio over the internet. Rovio opens 3 ports the start port for HTTP traffic, the start port plus one for TCP RTSP traffic (ActiveX support), and the start port plus 2 for UDP RTSP traffic (QuickTime support).
****************************************************

To further compound my frustration, my work network blocks just about every port than 80 (a post about that will be for another time) and I also have this same problem with Androvio.

Except with the Androvio I get login, but none of the controls work and no video.


Here is what I can pass on to others having problems:

I will tell you that your basic Staples/Best Buy $39 router Netgear wgr614 v7 won't have the ROBUST port forwarding feature you need.

Netgear wgr614 v7 doesn't have th specs to run any third party firmware that I know of.

That router only lets you FWD an Internal IP Address (192.168.0.100) to an External IP Address (209.219.xxx.xxx) using the same port due to the dumbing down of that router's firmware.

Netgear ex
192.168.0.100:554 has to be forwarded to 209.219.xxx.xxx:554

So if your situation requires Internal 554 to be mapped to another port the $39 Netgear won't help you.

March 31, 2010 6:25 PM

I think I may have figured out why I can't access Rovio remotely.. but don't know how to fix it. I think it may be with the Westell modem I have for DSL. Can someone please explain what I need to do with this box? My Linksys is 192.168.1.1 and the Westell Verizon DSL modem is 192.168.100.1

Please help?

Thanks!
Dave

March 31, 2010 7:50 PM

Pete, may I suggest that you add to the original post that ISPs block port 80 most of the time and that they need to specify an alternate port? This is affecting a lot of people and they have no idea why unless they read every post in this thread.

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