Question about Panasonic BL-C131 Network Camera
I have installed my Panasonic BL-C131 at home and have registered for an address at www.viewnetcam.com.
I can access the IP camera wirelessly through my local network, and I assume it is the normal that I can't access my URL xxxx.viewnetcam.com:50000 from my home computer as my computer and IP camera are connected to the same router/local network.
However, I still can't access the URL from my office. Error message is "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage"
I asked my friend to try the URL and he can access it from both his home computer and I-Phone. However, my other friend also can't access it.
I am wondering if there is any setting in the browser or internet that will block the access to the IP camera. How can I check? What are other things I need to check in order to get access?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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What ya may have to do is "allow" it to be "Seen" from the "Outside" to do this ya gonna have to open a "Port" through your firewall and router.. Have you done that? That is the only thing I can think of. Set up an IP address & port for the Cam, on the networked PC ya gonna use, open the corresponding Port in it's Firewall and the Router...remember ya cannot see it "Outside" from "Inside" your network only another person "Outside" would be able to see it..
Posted on Jul 30, 2007
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I had the same problem. Even tried turning DMZ on in my router, and specified the camera IP as one in the DMZ. What helped me was using a port scanner (do a google search). I then started trying different things until I saw the port was opened. Once the port was open, I was able to access the camera from the internet, even from within my internal network. It turned out my problem was I have Vonage VOIP phone service and the Vonage router was ahead of my network router. Apparently the Vonage router wasn't allowing internet traffic to the camera. I switched positions of the routers (my wireless router is now first, and my Vonage router is plugged into the wireless router) and everything works fine now.
Posted on May 13, 2008
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You will not find any software to do this on the Panasonic website. They only supply instruction manuals and firmware upgrades.However you don't need any installation CD. This camera is a web server so it contains all its own software. All you need is to type in the local network IP address (default is 192.168.0.253) into your Internet Browser and then enter your ID and password into the screen that pops up. The installation CD is just scanning your network to look for a camera on some IP address and it makes things a little easier if you have multiple cameras. All the rest of the setup is actually in the camera's Active-X software. If you previously set the camera up with a different IP address and/or port number and you have forgotten it, or you can't remember your User ID and password, (write it down the next time) you may have to reset the camera (see the small reset switch on the underside of the camera) and you will have to start from scratch. But you don't need the installation CD. The camera will ask you exactly the same questions as the CD. Typically you will have to set it up first in wired mode with an Ethernet cable to your router, but this is only because the camera doesn't know the SSID of your wireless network until you tell it (go to Setup/Wireless when you have logged into the camera.) Once you have put in the required wireless info, you just flick the switch on the underside to Wireless Mode and it should all work just fine.
Posted on Nov 14, 2009
Good question. It is easy to change the port if you can actually log on to the camera. (Setup/Network(IPv4)/Connection Mode. Then choose either static or DHCP and change the port number.However, I suspect you are asking this because the office firewall will not allow you to connect to the device. Thats a problem, because this camera is a web server and you need to access it through its IP address to change its address!! I have hit this problem with another web server camera and I was able to use port 8080 in that case. What I did was set up the camera at home on my router and locked in the new port number and then used DHCP to let the work network assign a different IP address. However, many network administrators block whole ranges of ports. I presume you have tried simple Port 80? You may need to ask your network Admin what ports are open. There will always be some. I have encountered a problem recently with Viewnetcam and my IP provider...Verizon... which is blocking a whole range of incoming port numbers because their terms of service are that you cannot operate a web server on your residential network so they block all traffic that is trying to access it.
Posted on Nov 14, 2009
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