How to Access Cameras Remotely from Desktop on Mac OS

Remote Access

Access your camera from a remote location on a PC or Mac to view your camera’s live feed or review playback of any recorded media saved to a designated storage device. This article will show you how to gain remote access to your camera through Amcrest DDNS, Amcrest Cloud, and Amcrest View.

Amcrest DDNS Access on Mac OS

Using the camera’s internal web user interface, IP Camera Web Access, set up a remote domain with Amcrest DDNS to access the camera from outside your local area network, anywhere. If the router your camera is connected to does not support UPnP (Universal Plug-and-Play) there’s a chance you may have to port forward the camera’s HTTP, TCP, and UDP Ports.

Open up your camera with your internet browser of choice: Safari or Mozilla Firefox, or through the Chrome app Amcrest Web View.

Login to your camera from your home network or LAN.

Once logged in, download the plugins to access the camera’s live feed. This will be useful in case you’re using is a laptop which require the plugins to be downloaded once connected remotely through Amcrest DDNS.

Select Setup on the top right hand corner to access the camera’s configuration menu.

This will load a new tab with the configuration menu.

For UPnP configuration, select UPnP under the Network tab from the navigation pane on the left of the configuration menu.

The UPnP tab will open. Here you will be able to enable the function and adjust each port to a custom number for security purposes. The ports needed to set up DDNS will be the HTTP, TCP, and UDP ports, the first three in the Port Mapping List. Click Save to apply the changes.

If UPnP is not working, “Router Status: Mapping Failed” will be displayed at the top of the table. Individual ports will display Mapping Failed under the Status column located on the right of the Port Mapping Table. You may need to access your router, or contact your Internet Service Provider (IPS) to specify ports for your camera on your network.

If UPnP is not working on your LAN, select Connection from the Network tab in the navigation pane on the left of the configuration menu.

The Connection tab will open. Adjust each port for port forwarding purposes.

Once you are done adjusting the ports to your liking, click Save to apply the changes. Log back into the camera using the HTTP port you created.

You will need to also port forward your Apple AirPort through AirPort Utility tool on your desktop.

To find your Apple AirPort open your System Preferences from the dock or finder.

Select Network in the third row, fourth column of options.

Select the network your Mac is connected to such as Wi-Fi. Then select Advanced….

The Advanced configuration window will appear for Wi-Fi.

Select the TCP/IP tab to find your router information.

Click here for more information about Port Forwarding your camera on your LAN.

Although, if you have an Apple AirPort follow the guide below to port forward through the AirPort Utility application.

Click on the AirPort and more information will appear.

Click Edit to open the configuration screen for the AirPort you have selected.

From here, ensure the Network tab is selected at the top. Under Port Settings click the + sign to create a new forwarding entry.

The Port Forward entry window will be displayed.

Under Description, give this entry a name such as Amcrest IPC like displayed below. Enter in the following ports you created from the camera’s Connection menu (examples shown below). The HTTP, TCP, and UDP ports will be required for Amcrest DDNS access. Ensure the Private IP Address is the local ID/Domain address of your camera.

Connection tab from the Web UI:

Once you’ve entered in all the required information, click Save and allow the updates to be applied to your Apple AirPort Router. Once the updates have completed continue on to the next step.

Now select DDNS under the Network tab from the navigation pane on the left of the configuration menu.

The DDNS menu will be displayed, from here enable DDNS Provider, as well as select Amcrest DDNS from the drop down menu. Enter in a custom domain name that will be used to connect to the camera from remote locations. With the ports selected in this guide for example: john1234.amcrestddns.com:5525. After all adjustments have been made click Save to apply the changes you’ve made. You will need to log back into the camera using the HTTP port you created.

You’ve successfully setup Amcrest DDNS for remote access viewing and playback of the selected camera.

Remote Access using Amcrest View on Mac

Seamlessly connect your Amcrest camera through the internet using the Web View application www.AmcrestView.com.

Click here for more information on connecting your camera through Amcrest View – Web Access.

Remote Access using Amcrest Cloud on Mac

Connect your camera to the cloud to store and review your video footage from anywhere on any of your devices at www.Amcrest.com/Cloud.

Start by clicking Let’s add a camera.

Select Amcrest as your camera, give the camera a name, and enter in your camera’s serial number as the token.

Click Next, then specify the quality type, sensitivity for motion detection events, notifications to be on or off, Motion Detection to be on or off, image appearance to be normal or sub-standard quality, and have the IR lights on or off, set to automatic.

Click Finish. Your camera has now been added to your Amcrest Cloud account.

Click here for more information on connecting your camera through Amcrest Cloud.

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