So... with the Foscam FI8918W camera, does my computer need to be on in order for this to work? Do I need to have my computer on to be able to "check in" online from a remote location? I want a camera that is basically independent of my computer and just connects to my home wireless internet connection. Thanks!
asked by Kenny Cramer on September 21, 2011
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The camera is an independent node on your network. It needs to be configured for DDNS service through a provider such as is free. You also need to configure your router for port forwarding.
DP answered on February 1, 2013
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No, Your computer does not need to be on. The camera is independant. (after the setup process)
BW answered on September 26, 2011
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no , you simply add a port forward to your ROUTER for the FosCam, use DynDNS to setup and address to your external IP like (DynDns will have your external IP listed and ready to map, very easy, pick a name). Then I can use on port 83 (80 is usually for websites, use custom port) and then map to local ip, I would set Foscam IPcam to static IP like for example. In the router (linksys,netgear,Dlink etc) add a Port Forward item, which would be incoming port 83 (83 for the and then destination would be (Foscam port 80 - its default). Done! Now you can use on your phone, NVR programs, tablets, anything.
Mike118s answered on September 13, 2013
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If you want to skip the firewall config, try No computer, no firewall config. See the setup guide here: We charge a monthly fee but we have a free trial so you can try it at no risk.
Amazon Customer answered on December 8, 2013
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