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Author Topic: Did I make a mistake buying the fi9821w v2?  (Read 5743 times)

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January 10, 2015, 09:24:10 pm
The quick and easy question is:

Is there a PTZ camera that works 100% functionality in linux?
or
What is the best PTZ camera for Linux users?

I am a 10+ year Linux Admin by day and I hate running windows even as a virtual machine. I know, as a lover of open source sometimes I can be a bit closed minded but windows and I had a rough divorce and we are still trying to split up the friends.

I recently purchased 4x fi9821w v2 because the description said it was compatible with Linux and I was ready to dump my old cameras because I had to access them through IE due to the need for activeX. At first I was able to log into my new cameras, couldn't see any video but got the administration stuff complete. Then I decided to check for new firmware and sure enough there was some so I downloaded it and installed it. After the reboot, you guessed it, I could no longer log in through firefox, chrome, opera, chromium, or IE8 with winetricks because I had to run the .exe plugin. I pulled down the MS 30 day virtualbox version of win7 with IE9 and was able to log in and see a whole lot more than before and actually run the motors and such.

After a bunch of digging I was pleased to see that these cameras were running a stripped down Linux OS but I don't see many people sharing how they have configured to the camera to completely work under Linux. It seems like there is a little interest in firmware hacking but I haven't seen any alternative firmware published anywhere.

My downside is that I did not come from a programming background and though I know my way around a soldering iron I am certainly not an electrical engineer. I am used to doing everything the hard way but after a week of reading and trying to fit all the pieces together I am getting burnt out. Am I not looking in the right place?

Any help or advice would be appreciated.

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March 21, 2015, 08:09:48 pm
The quick and easy question is:

Is there a PTZ camera that works 100% functionality in linux?
or
What is the best PTZ camera for Linux users?

I am a 10+ year Linux Admin by day and I hate running windows even as a virtual machine. I know, as a lover of open source sometimes I can be a bit closed minded but windows and I had a rough divorce and we are still trying to split up the friends.

I recently purchased 4x fi9821w v2 because the description said it was compatible with Linux and I was ready to dump my old cameras because I had to access them through IE due to the need for activeX. At first I was able to log into my new cameras, couldn't see any video but got the administration stuff complete. Then I decided to check for new firmware and sure enough there was some so I downloaded it and installed it. After the reboot, you guessed it, I could no longer log in through firefox, chrome, opera, chromium, or IE8 with winetricks because I had to run the .exe plugin. I pulled down the MS 30 day virtualbox version of win7 with IE9 and was able to log in and see a whole lot more than before and actually run the motors and such.

After a bunch of digging I was pleased to see that these cameras were running a stripped down Linux OS but I don't see many people sharing how they have configured to the camera to completely work under Linux. It seems like there is a little interest in firmware hacking but I haven't seen any alternative firmware published anywhere.

My downside is that I did not come from a programming background and though I know my way around a soldering iron I am certainly not an electrical engineer. I am used to doing everything the hard way but after a week of reading and trying to fit all the pieces together I am getting burnt out. Am I not looking in the right place?

Any help or advice would be appreciated.

Sadly. There is no support for any Foscam official browser plugin for any Unix/Linux systems. IE ("Internet Explorer"), Chrome and Firefox are supported for Windows and Safari for Mac.

That said. Please see the below for other non-official methods.

Please see these working examples. They work with any Internet browser capable devices from Computer to Tablets and Phones to TV's running any Operating System and using any browser:

http://foscam.us/forum/free-generic-browser-interface-for-foscam-fi9821w-cameras-t4341.html

http://foscam.us/forum/showing-secure-methods-using-php-to-display-your-ip-cameras-t8721.html

The Foscam H.264 .CGI SDK can be found here as well:

Note; The FI9821W V2 is a Hi3518 based IP Camera when you see the .pdf below for 3507 and 3518

http://foscam.us/forum/cgi-sdk-for-hd-camera-t6045.html

You can download a Unix version of the VLC Media Player here to access the video/audio streams from the camera directly as shown below. If needed:

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/#download

You can access the video/audio streams even on Unix using RTSP:

http://foscam.us/forum/how-to-use-rtsp-and-https-for-hd-cameras-t4926.html

If needed you can also access the video using a MJPEG stream:

http://foscam.us/forum/how-to-fetch-snapshots-and-mjpeg-stream-on-hd-cameras-t4328.html

Don
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