Question on granting one camera access to a user

Discussion in 'General BI Talk' started by Weather_Junkie, Jul 26, 2018.

Share This Page

  1. Weather_Junkie

    Weather_Junkie Young grasshopper

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2017
    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Smoky Mountains, TN
    In short, I installed a camera at my front door to cover walk ups, the street and my neighbor's driveway. I got him to pay for it all and now I want to grant him 24/7 access to just that camera so he can monitor his precious vehicles (don't ask).

    Is it possible in BI to limit my neighbor to just that one camera? I created a user profile for him, selected "Limit to Camera Group" and created a group for him but I don't know where to select the camera. Also, I did a search about this on the forums and someone mentioned that you can't have just one camera in the group. If that is the case, I can give him access to my driveway cam but again, I don't know where to set that up.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Kahuna.

    Kahuna. n3wb

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2018
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    US
    Why not set up a user directly on the camera and give him access via the camera's IP and interface skipping BI all together?
     
    Weather_Junkie likes this.
  3. TonyR

    TonyR IPCT Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2014
    Messages:
    3,713
    Likes Received:
    3,447
    Location:
    Alabama
    You'd have to port forward to cam's IP and give cam access to Internet, a big no-no.
     
    Weather_Junkie likes this.
  4. Weather_Junkie

    Weather_Junkie Young grasshopper

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2017
    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Smoky Mountains, TN
    Got it! I'll give him access through the Dahua app. Thanks.
     
  5. Kahuna.

    Kahuna. n3wb

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2018
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    US
    Or could give wifi access to the LAN as they are right next door. Obviously may need to limit what he can access on the LAN. Maybe use port isolation on guest wireless network?
     
    Weather_Junkie likes this.
  6. fenderman

    fenderman Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2014
    Messages:
    30,604
    Likes Received:
    9,604
    hopefully you didnt port forward
     
    Weather_Junkie likes this.
  7. Weather_Junkie

    Weather_Junkie Young grasshopper

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2017
    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Smoky Mountains, TN
    I have not done anything yet. Is it okay to let him use the Dahua app on his phone? Sometimes on my phone I use the Amcrest app instead of BI to check on the cameras. Is this unsafe? For the BI app, I created a 1050 port to check on my cameras when I get an alert. I know no open ports are the best practice but I only check the alert and then close the app.
     
  8. cyberwolf_uk

    cyberwolf_uk Pulling my weight

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2014
    Messages:
    368
    Likes Received:
    213
    If the port is open, it's open 24/7 regarding when you open the app! Close the ports and setup a VPN for checking your cameras when you are away from your network
     
    Weather_Junkie likes this.
  9. Weather_Junkie

    Weather_Junkie Young grasshopper

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2017
    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Smoky Mountains, TN
    Is there a cost for a good VPN or are there free ones? I have a PC.
     
  10. cyberwolf_uk

    cyberwolf_uk Pulling my weight

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2014
    Messages:
    368
    Likes Received:
    213
    OpenVPN client is free for your phone, A Raspberry Pi with OpenVPN server cost about $30 - $40... Failing that depending on what router you have you may already have the OpenVPN server application sitting on it already.
     
    Weather_Junkie likes this.
  11. cyberwolf_uk

    cyberwolf_uk Pulling my weight

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2014
    Messages:
    368
    Likes Received:
    213
    Or depending on your IT skills you can install OpenVPN server on a NAS, Desktop all for free.
     
    Weather_Junkie likes this.
  12. Weather_Junkie

    Weather_Junkie Young grasshopper

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2017
    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Smoky Mountains, TN
    pace router 5268ac. I'll look it up. Thanks.
     
  13. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2016
    Messages:
    2,125
    Likes Received:
    1,837
    The next step is easy. For each camera that you want him to have access to, go into that camera's properties and on the General tab, click the "Select..." (next to groups) and then add the group you created for him to that camera.
     
    Weather_Junkie likes this.
  14. Weather_Junkie

    Weather_Junkie Young grasshopper

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2017
    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Smoky Mountains, TN
    He lives across the street but him buying this camera and having it point at his house is so that when he travels, he wants to be able to check on his vehicles and garage so remote phone access is top priority. Plus, he does everything through his iPhone and doesn't even own a computer in his house. Like I said, big time traveler.
     
    mat200 likes this.
  15. Weather_Junkie

    Weather_Junkie Young grasshopper

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2017
    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Smoky Mountains, TN
    Since I barely know about much about ports and nothing about configuring VPN on my PC, I just want to make sure we're talking about the same thing. When I said I opened a port to check on my cameras, I did it through my AT&T router by creating a pinhole just for Blue Iris. Is that still a bad thing because I'm not behind a VPN?
     
  16. mat200

    mat200 IPCT Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2017
    Messages:
    4,464
    Likes Received:
    2,373
    HI Weather,

    Maybe best to just get a camera which has a microSD slot on the board and set up the camera for this purposes isolated from your network w/a vlan.

    YES.. bad thing! Like parking your nice car in a bad neighborhood.... doesn't matter if you think it's locked, it will get taken / vandalized
     
    Weather_Junkie likes this.
  17. Weather_Junkie

    Weather_Junkie Young grasshopper

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2017
    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Smoky Mountains, TN
    Well crap! I guess I'll have to research how to get a VPN working on my system. Initiate brain scramble mode.
     
  18. Terk

    Terk Pulling my weight

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2018
    Messages:
    248
    Likes Received:
    104
    Weather_Junkie and mat200 like this.
  19. TonyR

    TonyR IPCT Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2014
    Messages:
    3,713
    Likes Received:
    3,447
    Location:
    Alabama
    You could do this as in my post #3 of June 6 of this year ==>> Guest View of a Single Camera

    Just ignore my instruction to "....Have custom HTML 'Homepage' launched when the user logs in successfully" by not typing in "ui3.htm" or anything else in the 'Homepage' box.
     
    Weather_Junkie and mat200 like this.