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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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March 31, 2010 8:02 PM

Good point, JJ - I'll add that in.

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April 1, 2010 8:26 AM

Does anyone have a picture of how the settings should look like for a Linksys WRT54GS router. I'm not sure what screens and what fields need to be populated.

April 1, 2010 8:27 AM updated: April 1, 2010 8:31 AM

On my rovio's network screen it gives an external IP address of x.x.x.x:8168.  Is that the start or end point?

April 1, 2010 11:08 AM updated: April 1, 2010 11:14 AM

If this below is your port forwarding screen for the WRT54GS4, I'm of the opinion that it can't be done using that router software if your ISP blocks 80.



You can certainly open a port for 80 and tell Rovio what that port is 8168 for example, but the problem lies in the fact that 554 has to then be be forwarded as 8169.

The above screen only allows you to open and forward internal 554 to external 554.

This below is the same funtion screen for the WRT300N, which allows you to forward an internal port to a different external port. Note tha there are entry fields for Internal and External ports.  This is not the same as Range in the above screen.



I got these screen from portforward.com.  It's got a ton of ads to navigate. If you do use i, don't bother looking for a Rovio specific entry, just use the default guide.

Someone else can comment on whether http://www.dd-wrt.com supports the more robust version of port forwarding.  I could'nt verify it.

ETA: Looks like you can at the console level, but this is beyond my expertise to explain:


April 1, 2010 11:19 AM

jj said: 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

I think this is the crux of the issue.

If 80 is blocked you have to port forward to something else like 8168.
If you do this, you also must also forward 554 (video) to the next port (8169).

There seems to be a glut of older G routers that don't allow you to use a different external port to an external port.

April 1, 2010 6:31 PM

Thanks for the help olllllo. Unfortunately that's bad news (for me). Now the question is, do I buy a new router or sell Rovio.

April 6, 2010 12:45 PM

Well since no one has responded to my questions and I still can't get Rovio to work remotely... he's going back and I'm getting a refund...

Thanks anyway.

April 10, 2010 1:40 AM

Hello everybody,

I would ask you to help me.

unfortunately my adsl/router is a Netgear DGN3500 with the last firmware;
My ip-cam is a Foscam FI8908W

I have assumed the following:

* Camera's IP address is static.
* Camera is on default IP address of:
* Subnet mask is standard class C:
* Default Gateway is default for a Netgear router:
* Camera has been placed on port 8005.

I have set up the router following step-by-step the instructions that I followed to this link: http://www.networkwebcams.co.uk/blog/2007/10/15/how-to-set-up-external-access...

Now I can view and record on internal network but cannot view from the internet.

as I read about NAT loopback can cause problems when trying to access my camera using my public IP address from the same local network the camera is on, then I disconnect my laptop from my LAN and connect it to the internet with my 3G dongle.
Then I tryed accessing to the camera again and again, writing in the browser the current WAN IP:8005 but the browser always gave me an error page (the connection have been interrupted for timeout)

Also I tryed accessing to the camera directly writing in the browser myhost.dyndns.org:8005 but the result have been the same.

What I wrong???
I'm searching to solve the problem sice two weeks without success...I don't know how to do and I'm becoming mad....Is there among you any good soul who is willing to take me step by step to solving the problem?

April 19, 2010 4:37 AM updated: April 19, 2010 4:51 AM


I have been fiddling around with my Rovio, it is a great piece of kit, sometimes a little fiddly, but I can get movement, I did set up and account with DYN.DNS and with the information they supplied I inputted this into the rovio, dynamic domain Settings, but each time I restart the rovio control screen, I am still getting the small orange circle with the question mark inside stating, unable to verify internet access to your rovio????. This is getting quite annoying? Any help/support would be an advantage


I have been fiddling around again, and have sorted this little error out myself, I realised that I was missing a little information, and have redone this part of the configuration, and I am now successfully got the all clear with the nice green tick, for the internet access. Thumbs up there.

However there are a couple of questions, I have read that audio is only possible though IE (internet explorer), is this correct, I did try settinbg my rovio up in yahoo to try and use the facility of rovio within yahoo, but I click on camera source, and scroll down to wowwee camera source, and then I go to the little rovio control page, but it cannot access the camera. Comes up with, some wording and an ip address but does not connect to it at all, am I doing something wrong??


May 26, 2010 11:44 AM

Hello All,

After setting up a FOSCAM (real unit) Foscam FI8908W... I, like others here am not able to connect from the "internet". I can connect within my LAN at home, not from outside my home network.

I completed a registered domain at DynDns and tested the 'port'.. 80.. the test said the port was open, and would allow connections. Using TELNET I received no indication that a "server" (the camera) was accepting a connection.

My router/modem is a WESTELL 327W and is configured to port forward port 80.. UPnP is enabled, but configuring this unit is not 'straightforward'...

Setting the Foscam FI8908W to UPnP returns "UPnP failed. Unable to complete chat with device" FOSCAM claims the UPnP 'must' report "UPnP Success" in order to work...

Any ideas or help would be appreciated. All in all it's a nice Camera, I hope to get it working thoroughly soon.


May 26, 2010 12:54 PM

Use firefox and install VLC player. Lot faster then IE.

May 27, 2010 12:20 AM

@ OldPcGuy

maybe do you have a Netgear router?

June 12, 2010 6:15 PM

Followed the tutorial and I have some issues.

First my domain forwards to my router's interface.

Second I still can't get ports open.

Any ideas?

June 12, 2010 7:07 PM

Email me the router info,computer operating system,internet type.i will email you pictures of my router/rovio set up screens. Realtydevelopment@gmail.com

June 13, 2010 7:08 AM

thanks my_Rovio, emailed you.

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