Port Forwarding: Airport or Time Capsule
**This tutorial is for remote Nanny Cam video and audio setup of WiFi Baby to access the camera while OUTSIDE of your WiFi network with an Airport Extreme or Time Capsule.
Prior to this step, you should already be setup for home use with the 10 Step Quickstart video and PDF guide.
These steps involve both your WiFi Baby camera and your wireless router. This takes about 15-20 minutes. Please fill out a support ticket for free US based phone/screen sharing support if you would prefer us to do it for you.
The terms of “IP Address” and “Ports” may be a bit technical but by just entering the info shown on the screen shots below you will be up and running.
Shown is Airport Setup Utility 6.0 – 6.3- If you have an older version and the following screen shots look different, please refer to these links:
1. When you first set up your WiFi Baby, you were assigned a random dynamic, changing IP address for your camera. We are going to change that camera’s IP address to a static, unchanging IP address. Before we do this, there are a few things its nice to understand. There are three IP addresses to use your camera WITHIN your WiFi network and OUTSIDE your WiFi network.
- Your Airport Extreme Base Station’s internal IP address
- Your Airport Extreme Base Station’s external IP address
- Your WiFi Baby Camera’s IP address
2. Your Airport Extreme Base Station’s internal IP address is always 10.0.1.1 by default. This is also known as the “default gateway.”
3. We are going to assign WiFi Baby a static IP address of 10.0.1.201.
4. You need to find out the EXTERNAL IP address of your router.
This can be found while you are on your home wifi network by going to whatismyipaddress.com.
When you go there you will see a screen like the one below. For this example we will use 188.8.131.52. Yours will be a different, unique number.
5. Go to your WiFi Baby’s login screen. Go to Settings> Network> TCP/IP SetUp.
6. Enter EXACTLY what you see on this screen shot and click Apply.
** If you also are setting up a 2nd or 3rd camera, etc. you can use 10.0.1.202, 10.0.1.203 for their IP addresses.**
7. Now you need to configure your router.
On your Mac go to Spotlight (magnifying glass icon, upper right hand side) and search for Airport Utility.
You will then see your Airport or Time Capsule icon. Click it and pick EDIT or Manual Setup.
The screen shots may look a bit different per versions but the “Port Mapping” idea is the same. We are telling your Airport Utility to look for connections coming in from the internet intended for the camera, and send them to the camera (or cameras) on your WiFi network to an assigned “Port of Entry.”
In this example we are using Port 8091.
Connections from the internet will be seen on Port 8091 and we will securely send them to your WiFi Baby’s static IP address of 10.0.1.201
** If you also are setting up a 2nd camera, etc. you can use 10.0.1.202 & Port 8092, 3rd camera 10.0.1.203 & Port 8093, etc. **
8. Click NETWORK and, if the option is available, make sure “Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol” is checked. Your screen shot will look one of the two below. Click NETWORK OPTIONS at the bottom of the second example to make sure “Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol” is checked.
9. Click the “+” symbol to add WiFi Baby camera’s IP address and port. In this example we have named it “WiFi Baby” after clicking “+”. You will then see the next screen.
- Enter 8091 for both Public UDP and Public TCP Ports
- Enter your WiFi Baby camera’s static IP of 10.0.1.201 for Private IP Address
- Enter 80 for both Private UDP and Private TCP Ports (80 is the default for all your WiFi Baby cameras)
- Enter a name for your camera under Description (Example WiFi Baby) and click Save.
10. Hit update. You are done.
Your INTERNAL or HOME IP address on browser:
Your INTERNAL or HOME IP address iPhone, iPad, Android apps:
IP = 10.0.1.201 | Port =80
Your EXTERNAL or AWAY IP address: on browser:
http://Router’s IP address:8091
Our Example: http://184.108.40.206:8091 (refer to step 4 – whatismyipaddress.com)
Your EXTERNAL or AWAY IP address iPhone, iPad, Android apps:
IP = Router’s IP address | Port = 8091
Our Example: IP = 220.127.116.11 | Port = 8091
Bookmark both of these and you are all set using the iOS or Android apps at home or away or with any browser on Mac or PC!
** You can also setup a dynamic IP address for the away mode instead of using your external IP.
This option is explained in our Dynamic DNS – Dynamic IP Setup Guide. **