Connecting Remote Cameras to FortiRecorder


The following scenario is intended for users who are accessing their cameras remotely. Remote camera deployment refers to scenarios in which there is a firewall, such as your FortiGate unit, between FortiRecorder and the cameras.

In this recipe, automatic IP configuration will not work, since the cameras will need to be assigned virtual IP addresses. 

Configuring FortiRecorder

To configure FortiRecorder

  1. Go to System > Network > Interface and edit port 1.
  2. Set a manual IP for the interface that is on the same subnet as the FortiGate interface.
  3. Set Access to allow HTTPS, FRC-Central, and any other required protocols.
  4. Select OK.
  5. Go to System > Network > Routing and select new to add a default route that uses the IP address of the FortiGate’s interface. Set the interface to port1.

Configuring Remote Camera Deployment

To configure remote camera deployment

  1. In the FortiRecorder UI, go to Camera > Configuration > Camera.
  2. Select New.
  3. Enter the Name and Location of the camera and select ONVIF from the Camera dropdown menu.
  4. Enter the username and password of the remote camera you are accessing.
  5. Since the camera is on a remote network, select VIP from the Address Mode dropdown menu.
  6. Enter the required virtual IP address in the Address section. Entering a static IP address will allow FortiGate to forward connections to the camera’s private network address. Enter port 443.
  7. Select UDP from the Transport type dropdown menu and enter port 554.