Remotely accessing video is difficult for 3 reasons.
Almost all video surveillance uses private IP addresses, that are by definition, not accessible directly over the public Internet. (Related: Network Addressing for Video Surveillance Guide and Converged vs. Dedicated Networks For Surveillance).
Most video surveillance systems are firewalled and blocked from direct access to the public Internet.
Many home, small business and remote locations use dynamic public IP addresses, so even if you could reach the private networking through the firewall, the risk remains of the public IP address changing and blocking access.
5 Remote Access Options for Video Surveillance
In this report, we explain how the 5 most common remote access options for video surveillance work:
- Port forwarding
- Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)
- Dynamic DNS
- Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
- Cloud / 'Phone Home' (e.g., Axis AVHS, Dropcam)