Today, we’ll be looking at how to access your Surveillance systems or CCTV digital recorder from outside your network. Basically, there are many reasons you’ll want a smart choice in managing your surveillance systems; you may go for holidays, or a business trip and still want to access to your CCTV video recorder to show you the live streaming view of your hidden cameras or dash cam from your Android, iPhone, Mac or PC device.

Configuring Your DVR

Now, you have to make sure your DVR is configured on your local area network. Make sure you note down your media port settings, usernames and password and other useful information you have on your DVR set-up manual and login information. To begin, you’ll follow the following steps: -

  • Click on remote settings on your DVR system. First thing, you’ll need to configure is the network. Assign your network an IP address according to your primary routers, also assign the DNS details, enable the UP and also enter the details for your media port, mobile port, and web port.
  • You have to create users. You can create as many accounts your DVR allows. If you want to create a new account, just click on user, enable it and give it a name, password and also you can assign that user on what they can do on the DVR- limiting them to just display or allowing them the access to change network settings or not, you can set if they could search the video play back option and so on. Once done with all settings, click on apply and move to the next step.
  • Next is to configure your router. You need to do these settings to enable your router forward the data to your DVR and back to you in your Smartphone or PC anywhere you are in the world. To make this possible, first log on to your router, using your router IP address. Enter your port forwarding settings, you’ll have to enable all ports in order to access your CCTV via a web and also enter your local IP address for your DVR. After you have entered the settings for the mobile port, web port and media port – all three ports; thereby opening all three ports to the IP address inside your router, then enable the internet Protocol ports – TCP Port 37777, UDP Port 37778. next is to add rules.
  • To add rules, on the port-forwarding menu, go to virtual servers, and create rules for all ports, If your port rules were created properly, you should be ready to access your DVR from an external source.

Configure Your Device To Access The DVR

Depending on the DVR model, it will vary what devices you can use to access your hidden cameras. As far as CCTV Camera World's systems are concerned, they are all compatible with the following devices for remote viewing:

Windows PC - You can use Internet Explorer or Smart PSS

Mac Computers - You can use SmartPSS to view, playback, and download video.

iPhone & iPad - You can use the IPTecno Pegaso App

Android Phone & Tablet - Use the Swann security app

Using Your Android To View And Manage Live Feed

Now, for you to configure properly on your Smartphone, you need to find your public IP address of our Smartphone by searching on Google on your Android device. Copy the IP address and note of it. To begin the settings on your mobile device, you have to first download the “Swann security app” on your Smartphone and install it. When you open the application, click on the edit tab, name the device and input the local IP address you’ve just noted mobile port settings as entered in your DVR – make sure they are the same. Enter your username and password to access it and you’re done with network settings for your mobile.

You can also select maximum channels to view, after you’ve done with all the configuration, click Ok. Click on back and back again, automatically you’ll start receiving live video streaming coverage of your office, home or anywhere you have your Surveillance systems installed.