Port Forwarding for Luxon Camera Systems
Port Forwarding is essential to making your security NVR or TVR accessible from online using either your off-site Computer or Mobile Device using your data. It is a configuration setting in your router that must be set properly in order to view your Camera System in an off-site location using an internet connection. This Guide will take you through the steps of configuring port forwarding on your router.
Note: In this example we will be using Linksys AC1900. The layout or configuration will vary depending on your router.
Why is port forwarding necessary?
Every router these days have a built-in firewall which blocks traffic from the internet from accessing the internal local network behind the router. This firewall will also block any connection to you Camera System within the router local network. So this makes it impossible for you to access the recorder when you are away from the routers network. Unless you enable port forwarding in your router you will not be able to view your cameras, when you are away from your Camera Systems local network.
What do you need to know about Luxon Camera Systems?
By default, they are already assign to specific ports for web login, data communication, and video streaming to serve up the camera feed. The defaults for Luxon Camera Systems:
Port 80 – This is a HTTP Protocol that serves up the webpage you see in Internet Explorer. This port is only necessary if you want to be able to view the login page using Internet Explorer.
Port 554 – This is a RTSP Protocol that uses TCP and UDP. RTSP is an advanced feature that allows integration of camera streams coming to the NVR/TVR to be connected to another device, like an access control system or for embedding video on a website.
Port 443 – This is a HTTPS Protocol that serves up a secure webpage you see in Internet Explorer. This port is only necessary if you want to be able to view the login page using Internet Explorer
Port 8000 – This is the Server Port used to access your Camera System on a Client Software. For example, on your mobile phone app or cms tool on your computer.
What you need to do on your router?
For our video recorders, at a minimum you must enable port forwarding rules for ports 80 and 8000 for remote viewing to work smoothly. You must make 2 individual rules in your router’s firewall settings. One port rule for port 80, and one rule for port 8000.
If your Internet Service Provider (ISP) blocks any of these ports, you can always change them from the default values by accessing the network setting menu in your NVR or TVR. If you have a residential internet service plan, chances are port 80 is being blocked by your ISP. In such an event, you will make a rule for port 81 or something similar instead of port 80. Be sure to change the HTTP port value from 1 to 65535 in the NVR/TVR’s networking section. As long as you configure everything correctly in both the NVR/TVR and your router, everything should work fine.
How to do Port Forwarding
Step 1: Determine Router and Computer IP Address, and Router Password
The first thing you should do when configuring port forwarding is determine all of your network information. This means IP addresses, login credentials, port numbers needed for your NVR/TVR, all of which is essential information. We will go over what these pieces of information are, and the easiest ways to find them.
Gateway IP Address: The default IP address of your router; your computer and NVR/TVR must be connected to this gateway and have an IP address that conforms to this Gateway IP.
External IP Address: The IP address for your internet connection provided by your ISP. This is your IP address on the Internet. All of the computers on your local network are behind this IP address.
NVR/TVR IP address: The IP address of your NVR/TVR. The default IP address for NVR/TVRs.
Ports that need to be port forwarded: check within the NVR/TVR’s network settings to confirm the values for ports it uses. For our recorders, as explained above, the default ports are 80, and 8000.
Here are the best and easiest ways to gather the necessary information for networking. First for the default gateway you should bring up your Command Line Prompt on a Windows PC or Terminal for Mac users. The command line is a crucial tool for networking, but it can be very confusing if you have not used it before. Within the command line you can type different commands to get information and tell the computer to do different things. We’ve simplified it for our guide; just follow these steps.
Windows users: Click on the Start button to bring up the program menu. In the field “Search programs and files” type CMD. After the command prompt windows opens, type ipconfig and press enter.
Mac users: Use the finder tool to search for Terminal on your computer. Click on the Terminal icon. After the command prompt windows opens, type ifconfig and press enter
Start Menu/ Search Bar/ Type CMD/ Enter – Windows Example
On windows this is the output.
Once the info has printed out, look for your default gateway. Most commonly it is 192.168.0.1 but can be anything like 192.168.1.1 depending on how your local network was setup. The Gateway IP is your Router IP address.
Type this number directly into your internet browser’s address bar to bring up your router’s login page. You will need the login credentials. If you do not know what these are you can look on the router label, search online for manufacturer defaults, or call your internet service provider.
Your external IP address is also very easy to find. Simply open up your internet browser and your preferred search engine type “what is my ip address” and you will be presented with the external IP address for your internet connection. This will be used later when you want to log in to your security camera system from the internet or mobile app.
Step 2: Finding your Luxon Camera System IP address and Ports
Your Recorder’s IP address and related information is all located in the Recorder’s network menu. When you start your Recorder, the camera feeds should be on the main screen. Right click with your mouse and click on the Main Menu Button on the top left of the screen
Once you click on the Main Menu button, a new menu will come up. Look under the CONFIGURATION section and choose the option NETWORK.
On the Network Menu uncheck DHCP, and you will see what your Recorder’s IP address is set to. More often than not, the default is 192.168.0.64. If your Gateway IP Address from Step 1 above was 192.168.0.1, you can leave the Recorder ip address as the default value. You should only change it if it is not following the same IP address scheme as your router. If the router’s IP (default gateway) is 10.1.10.1 then you must change the Recorder ip to reflect this. Something like 10.1.10.108 will suffice.
also change the IPv4 Default gateway and IPv4 Subnet mask of your recorder to match the Configuration we saw on Step one.
Next, choose the tab on the top-right called “NAT.”
Here you will find the active port numbers assigned for these types of services. By default these should be port 80 for HTTP and port 8000 for TCP. Leave these as they are but note where they are located in case you need to change them when configuring port forwarding. If you have made any changes on this, click apply and save when finished.
Last step on this page is to Enable UPnP and set the Mapping Type to Auto.
You should now have all the information needed for port forwarding documented, and you should be ready to start making the port rules in your router.