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Topic # 240697 20-Sep-2018 18:22
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I have recently installed CCTV in our house. I have connected with app through IP address and can watch whilst on the same wifi network. As soon as i go to 4g though i cannot access stream. I am guessing this has something to do with the access through a public ip? Not sure though. 


Look forward to your help. 



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  Reply # 2094064 20-Sep-2018 19:36
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I'll chime in here with my comments which are the same as every time the topic of remotely accessing CCTV pops up - which is typically once every few weeks on here.


I'm not sure what system you're using or how you're attempting to connect to it at present but if you are outside your property you will need to establish a VPN connection into your network to connect to the local server or use a secure cloud based service. If you need to establish a VPN connection you'll potentially need to buy a router that supports VPN termination or but something like a raspberry Pi to terminate your VPN.


Port forwarding is *NOT* a solution and I simply can't stress enough that you should never go down this path. If you do it's not a case if you'll either end up with your CCTV gear used for bitcoin mining, DDoS attacks and exposed on the internet, it's simply a case of when this will happen.


If you try port forwards and have an insecure system you *WILL* end up being somebody like this who has their cameras wide open for everybody to see.


Here's a a blog post I wrote about the issue



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