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Glossary: Default gateway for home network configuration

The default gateway of any computer or network camera is the address where information will be sent which is not destined for the local network. Any information being sent will first be checked by the sending device to see if the destination is in the same range as the device. If so the information will be sent locally. If not the information is passed to the default gateway, usually a router or modem, for sending to the internet.

Specifying a default gateway is not necessary for internal camera systems where no remote access is required and is a way of ensuring that no external access is possible. It is however necessary should you wish to gain access from computers external to your home network.

Published on July 24th, 2008 by James Drinkwater

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