Viewing Camera outside of my network without portforwarding.

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Hello guys,
I was wondering if there are cameras out there that don't need portforwarding to be seen outside of the network.
I basically want to access my camera via the Browser from anywhere. The normal way would be to use portforwarding and then use RTSP stream to view my cam right?
Is there a cam with inbuild service to skip these steps?
 

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So there is no way around setting up the router? Why does streaming per webcam work without?
 

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VPN is really the only good way to go
 

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Why does streaming per webcam work without?
Possibly because one can access within the LAN without forwarding but from the WAN (remotely) an incoming request for a specific port would be forwarded by the router, if so configured.
NOT a good idea as others have stated....use VPN.

Or remotely if using P2P (peer-to-peer) via cloud server; but ususally an app is involved. I don't recommend either......again, the VPN is the way to go.
 

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Yep, just about any camera with no-port-forwarding remote access will require a monthly fee because it costs them money to run the servers that maintain the connections and proxy the video to you. Plus, such cameras are marketed towards people with no computer networking knowledge, so they don't tell you what methods they are actually using to facilitate remote access. Some products, like the "Slingbox" I used to have, would actually be using "UPnP" to automatically forward a port to itself and so it would not work if your internet provider didn't give you a public IPv4 address, or if you had disabled UPnP in your router for security reasons.
 

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Built in p2p on dahua NVR and cams do not need port forwarding if you are not concerned about security. You just scan the code with said app/ input your details ( user/password) and connect.


EDIT:
Nevermind.. I just went to there web interface and got this message.

Notice of P2P web service discontinueDear users:
Due to service upgrade, P2P web services will be officially discontinued on April 30, 2020, we are sorry for the inconvenience. As an alternative, It is recommended that you download and install the mobile DMSS or PC SmartPSS remote monitoring software for the required services. Thank you for your understanding and support!
 
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Check the below video to know about port forwarding,
FWIW, the title of this year-old thread is "Viewing Camera outside of my network without port forwarding."

Using a VPN such as OpenVPN on your router for remote access is a MUCH safer method and is recommended over port forwarding...unless you just want to get hacked and jeopardize the security and integrity of your network.
 

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It's really dumb to post links to videos encouraging port forwarding when it's well recognised that it presents significant security risks to users' devices and data.
Please don't do this.
Check this out :

And please desist with the multiple posting - also known as spamming.

There are much safer alternative methods of remote access that are not difficult to implement.
 

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One additional question to this-

If I use OpenVPN to access BI from outside of my network on my phone, then, if I wanted to access UI3 from a computer out of network (such as a work computer at the office), I would then need to use the OpenVPN certificate or program on that computer, correct?

Work computer is on its own VPN for the organization and install of new programs is not allowed, is there any way to access UI3 then?
 
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You would need to install the certificate on any computer or device you want to access your network from while outside of your local LAN. Yes, you would need to install the Open VPN client to access your home network. That may not be possible if your employer is enforcing good network security. I'd just use my phone, no waves being made that way.
 

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You would need to install the certificate on any computer or device you want to access your network from while outside of your local LAN. Yes, you would need to install the Open VPN client to access your home network. That may not be possible if your employer is enforcing good network security. I'd just use my phone, no waves being made that way.
That's what I was thinking- thank you for your advice, I totally agree (although it would be so much more convenient to use the PC). Thanks @sebastiantombs!
 
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