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I am unable to locally connect to my camera using cameras external IP

If external visitors to your network are able to reach your IP camera, but you can't view it locally using the host or external IP address, you are experiencing a loopback connection error.  This is a common problem when using a NAT Router.  The router is unable to resolve an "internal" request for an "external" address through host.

This can be fixed by changing security settings in your router such as the "Filter Internet NAT Redirection" setting in Linksys devices, or just use your cameras local network IP to access the camera.   Check your router's settings for references to local connections, loopback connections, NAT redirection etc, then toggle them to see if this fixes the issue.