Recently, I purchased a Foscam FI9821W V2 for both home security and in order to watch my dog while I'm at work (e.g., for those times when he's being a jerk and eating my cherished Dodgers' hat and I need to run home and try and save it: https://twitter.com/davely/status/4662740908487761...)
Our previous setup consisted of an old laptop, a Logitech C920 webcam and a combination of free apps plus some custom software I wrote that took an image every couple of seconds and displayed it on a simple webpage. Anyway, it worked for the most part -- except when I would forget to plug in power to the laptop, leave the house, and try to check on the dog later only to find that no images had been uploaded in the last few hours. WHAT IS MY DOG UP TO?!
Recently, Amazon had a good deal on some Foscam IP cameras, so I picked up the FI9821W. They shipped the wrong color to me, so while I was waiting for the replacement to come, I set this up on our WiFi network and even got the remote access properly working by setting up port forwarding and all that good stuff.
It's especially nice because when I go to my IP followed by the port (e.g., http://192.168.0.1:123 but using my external IP rather than an internal IP...), I can access all the camera settings (yeah, potential security issues there, but running latest firmware, changed default ports, using a long password, etc).
Anyway, I was pretty happy once it was setup -- though it took a long time to get it right! But hey, now I could check in on the dog any time, either via video or a snapshot uploaded to my simple web interface that I originally used with the C920!
So, fast forward to yesterday! The right color comes in and I disconnect the original camera, get everything all setup. Only this time, I decide to do something different. We're going to connect it directly to a router via ethernet cable. Yes!
Basically, here's the setup:
- Internet comes in through Comcast's DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem.
- Right next to it is an Airport Extreme for our WiFi fix.
- Added a second router hooked up via Cat 6 cable wired through crawlspace to extend WiFi magic into other parts of house and setup in bridge mode!
- Foscam FI9821W is wired directly in router 2 (bridge mode).
So, I need some help diagnosing this. I read that it has to do with router 2 being setup on bridge mode.
Basically, router 1's IP is something like 10.0.1.1. Router 2 is 10.0.1.2. Even though the Foscam has a dedicated IP (e.g., 10.0.1.3 or whatever), it's unreachable outside my network. I think I read that this has to do with the fact that the second router is in bridge mode. Basically, I guess I have to do some weird trickery and forward requests for a specific port to router 2 instead of my Foscam?
Anyway, what gives? Looking for some helpful advice in trying to figure this out. My dwindling hat collection will thank you. ;)