Remote Viewing Guide - Ports, DDNS, IPs - Oh My!

So you’ve installed your security camera system and now you want to view it over the internet on a web browser, smartphone, tablet, or Android powered toaster?

This step by step guide will help you get your system ready to be viewed over your home network or over the internet.

1. Determining your DVR/NVRs Internal IP

Any recorder purchased in 2014/2015 will have a default IP of

You can check your recorders IP by going into Menu-Configuration-Network on the DVR/NVR and that will list your network stats. is an IP specifically selected not to conflict with any networks. You will need to either assign an IP on the recorder that matches your specific network. You can do this on the recorder itself by going to Menu-Configuration-Network and assigning and IP or downloading SADP to edit the IP from a computer.

In order to access your system over the internet, you’ll need to forward some ports and determine some info about your external IP.

2. Port Forwarding

Port Forwarding or “opening ports” is a way for your router to allow traffic on certain ports. In our case it’s the DVR or NVRs specific ports.

Ports 80 (Web), 8000 (Apps), 554 (Video) should be forwarded to both TCP and UDP on your router.

Unfortunately because there are hundreds of router manufacturers and and thousands of different routers there is no unified way to guide you on how to forward up your ports.

Port Forward Tutorials

This website may be helpful. Select your router manufacturer and model number, a list of programs will pop up. Find “Security Camera Warehouse Recorder” and Follow the step by step guide to open the ports.

We recommend referencing your router’s user manual in order to help forward ports.

3. Determining if your External IP is static or dynamic

Your External IP is: Click Here to display your External IP

To put it simply, your IP your address on the internet. However, unlike a home or business address IPs often change making it hard to find your network over the internet.

The first step is to determine if your external IP is static or dynamic. Static IPs are addresses that don’t change, while dynamic IPs can change.

Most home users will have a dynamic IP unless specifically requested.
Schools, businesses, or government facilities, etc should contact their technical staff or internet provider to determine their IP situation. Static IPs are typical with business level internet.

Most internet providers will charge extra (about $10) per month to get a static IP, however there is a free alternative you can use in step 4.

If you do have a static IP and port forwarded correctly you should be able to connect to the DVR/NVR using your static IP’s address in the browser or app.

4. Setting up a DDNS - A Free Alternative to a Static IP

DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name System) is a way to map your ever changing dynamic IP to server address.

There are a few good and free providers out there that our recorders integrate with

Integrated options include popular services like NoIP, DynDNS, Peanuthull, and more.r>
To check options go to your DVR/NVR and right click

Go to Menu - Configuration - Network - DDNS

Enter in the information provided there and hit “Apply”

Finally, you should now be able to connect via the external network by using your No-IP address.
Note: Because some routers do not feature “loopback” it’s best to use your internal IP when connected to the same network as the DVR or NVR. Using your external IP or DDNS address may not allow connection.