How Do I Forward a Port for Streaming My Web Cam?

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Webcams can stream video across an Internet connection to other computers, making them ideal for use in home security, video conferencing and video chat. During the setup process, the communications port used by the webcam must be opened, or "forwarded," for a successful and reliable Internet connection. To forward the ports used by webcams, you will need to have access to your router's configuration page and open the port in question.

  • Log in to the webcam's configuration page. Enter your assigned username and password, if prompted.

  • Assign a static IP address to the webcam and set the device's port number. Most webcams use port "8080" for online communication.

  • Log in to your router's configuration page. Enter your router's username and password, if prompted.

  • Navigate to your router's "Port Forwarding" settings page. When using Linksys routers, these settings can be found under "Applications & Gaming."

  • Enter the name of the webcam in the "Application" text field. Set the "Start" and "End" port range to the ports used by the webcam. Set the protocol to "TCP" or "UDP," and then enter the IP address assigned to the webcam. Click "Save" to save your settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • The exact method for navigating to your router's port forwarding settings page can vary between manufacturers and models. Consult your router's user guide for more detailed information.

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