Traditionally viewing your security cameras over the web has required the use of ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer (IE). This can be hard to do since many ActiveX controls are unsigned and trigger a lot of error messages in IE. It is also very difficult for the layman to figure out how to enable ActiveX controls correctly to view their security cameras or security video recorder from their web browser. Another reason for having another browser based option to view your camera system is the fact that IE will soon be discontinued by Microsoft.

Well there is some good new as of 2017. Our new NVRs, DVRs, and ip cameras support viewing using Google Chrome. You would network your device and place it on your network, and type in its IP address in Chrome. You will be prompted to install a Chrome App, and then simply load that App at any point in the future by typing chrome://apps to access the Apps installed in your Chrome browser. Keep in mind this method only works on Windows OS for the computer. It does not work for on the phone or a MAC. For a MAC we have different plugins for Safari specific for whether you are using a DVR/NVR or IP security camera.

For this app to work over the internet, it is important that you port forward all the ports required by the DVR or camera. The default ports are as follows:

  • HTTP Port 80 (tcp type)
  • Video Port 37777 (tcp type)
  • Data Port 37778 (udp type)
  • RTSP Port 554 (udp and tcp type)

To see the App in action, please watch the video below.

Matt Rossi is a Technical Support Manager at CCTV Camera World, a leading CCTV Camera distributor located in Buffalo, NY. He is a technical support expert for everything video surveillance related.

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