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I have an Apple router. How do I set up port forwarding on this one?

One of the greater challenges with port forwarding is the vagaries with all different routers.  But in particular, the Mac ecosystem is quite unique because it supports its own port forwarding process and its own version of UPnP.

Most of these steps were initially gleaned from this Insteon page and then further augmented by our own experiences.

PLEASE NOTE: This requires the newest Airport Utility on your Mac and that your AirPort/Time Capsule/AirPort Extreme is connected to the Internet.  It should NOT be in Bridge mode - it must be in DHCP/NAT mode.

Step 1: Start AirPort Utility

First and foremost, make sure that the AirPort Utility is available on your Mac and start it.  You can find it from your Finder and go into Applications --> Utilities --> AirPort Utility

PLEASE NOTE - You want to have the newest version of the AirPort Utility (Version 6.3 or higher).

Step 2: Open Your AirPort/Time Capsule/AirPort Extreme

Once you start the AirPort Utility, you will see the following screen:

If you have the password, you should be able to click the Edit button as shown above.

Step 3: Make Sure You Are Using DHCP and NAT on your router

Once in, you want to go to the Network tab as shown below:

In the Router Mode dropdown, you want to make sure that DHCP and NAT is selected; not Bridge Mode or DHCP Only.

Step 4: Set the Port Forwarding on Your Router

Then, select the plus symbol (+) underneath the Port Settings, which gives you this screen:

You need to make the following settings:
  • Firewall Entry Type: IPv4 Port Mapping
  • Description: Personal Web Sharing (VERY IMPORTANT)
  • Public and Private Ports: this is the port that your camera is on.  You can find the Public and Private ports in the OWLR app under the Camera Settings --> Network section.  Use the same port for both TCP and UDP.
  • Private IP Address: this is the Internal IP address listed in the OWLR App as well.

Hit Save and then Hit Update.

Once the router comes back, you can check if the camera was set up for external access by turning your phone to your mobile network. The camera should now show up.

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Step 3b: (optional) Enabling for Apple's NAT-PMP/UPnP service

We have not tested this yet, but others have suggested this will work.  

If you return to the AirPort Utility and return to the Network tab, the following setting will configure the Apple NAT-PMP feature for future autoconfiguration.

Once in, you will see the following screen:

Simply click on the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol and Save and Update.

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