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Hacking & Modding / Re: Dahua (Ambarella a5s) based SDK
« Last post by jay1 on January 17, 2017, 10:37:26 pm »
Did you make any progress?
General Discussion / Xeoma VMS surveillance software
« Last post by christianbale13 on January 17, 2017, 06:34:26 pm »
Hopefully this helps someone save the hours I spent trying to find a Linux based system that wasn't a piece of junk. Xeoma is a video management system I recently found that has answered every request I’ve asked of it. Works on Mac, Linux, Windows and I’ve been trying to hunt down an easily configurable and out of the box working surveillance system when I finally found Xeoma. I had literally tried at least 10 programs/solutions, sacrificing the Linux requirement and even trying Windows programs but, they all failed to provide a complete and reliable solution until Xeoma. Xeoma allowed me to remote access without extra charges or monthly service fees, is expandable depending on how many cameras or video inputs I need which is perfect for any future scaling needs. It also supported my cameras since it uses simple protocols found in any IP camera on the market today and I was able to hook up the hodge-podge of cameras I’d collected without issue and all functioning correctly.

The free trial they offer is a definite smart move as you’re allowed unlimited access of all the features for 4 hours to test everything and ensure it matches what you need. As I mentioned earlier I had attempted several other VMS applications and out of all of them, Xeoma was far more intuitive and simple to install, configure, and operate. They have a minimal and simplistic way to program the provided features which is a blessing coming from the typical Linux command line way of doing things or the meaningless and undefinable customization options other VMS provided.

The bottom line is that if you’re considering a Linux video management system for your home or business even, I would highly recommend checking out Xeoma and downloading the trial version to see if it fits your needs. Check them out at

Firmware / Re: Maygion IP-CAMERA-ID002A firmware
« Last post by vasycara on January 16, 2017, 08:42:30 am »
Hear is Maygion 6.4 firmware,and tool.
General Discussion / Re: How to Purchase a suitable IP Camera
« Last post by topkins on January 06, 2017, 12:28:16 am »
Thanks for sharing.
Are you looking for wired or wireless? I have an Ip based cctv security camera It is cost effective and provides a much better quality of video surveillance.Their higher resolution allows larger area to be covered.They  are also much more scalable.
Help / Re: Anran HD PTZ Camera bricked
« Last post by grashoper on January 03, 2017, 03:33:34 pm »
I never had an ounce of luck with this thing. I spent so many hours tinkering with this thing it's unreal!  lol The garbage characters on the screen is all i was ever able to obtain on the screen. I put it in the bottom drawer for now, until I come across someone with more information. 
Hacking & Modding / Help recovery of HT-IP206 (clon foscam FI8918W?)
« Last post by CarlosBrown on December 26, 2016, 08:02:17 pm »
Hi, I hope you can help me.

What firmware can I use to restore a Hootoo HT-IP206 after a broken update?

Try using the firmware FI8918W but after boot show this error:

Wait for auto-negotiation complete ... ResetPhyChip Failed
Open video device error

I use this firmware
Well, to follow up on my own post, I went ahead and gave it a try.  I copied off all of the mtd partitions from the jovision camera to NFS share via dd.

Apparently there's something different about the ethernet interface on these two cameras.  Once all the firmware was copied over using tftp from uboot, I rebooted and found that I no longer had network connectivity.  This triggered some sort of boot loop and I had to regain control at the uboot prompt via serial interface.  There was no network connectivity from uboot either.  I thought I was hosed, but I noticed on the uboot menu: "loady   - load binary file over serial line (ymodem mode)" I gave it a shot and managed to reload all my original firmware back to the cheap ebay camera and it seems no worse for the wear.

Next up, I'll try and use the linux kernel from the ebay camera (since it likely has the ethernet driver) in a custom partition and see where that takes me.  I suppose I could use the original uboot as well since it seems to be compiled to use the ethernet.
Firmware / Wansview L series IP Camera alternative firmware
« Last post by beckinsaul on December 13, 2016, 09:28:08 am »
Hi all,

I have a Wansview L series webcam that doesn't appear to be focussing correctly and I would like to load some alternative or updated firmware onto it, to see if it solves the problem or if I should just chuck it in the bin.

My current firmware is

I have emailed wansview for a suitable download but have had no reply. Can anybody help?
I have a few cheap HI3518 based cameras I've collected over the past few months.  Of these, one was purchased from microcenter and has a Jovision firmware derivative.  It has some features I like such as http based frame capture to JPG.  Another is a cheap Chinese ebay purchase, but has nearly identical hardware.  I'm able to get into the uboot menu of both and have managed to hack up some romfs images (with my own passwords, i.e.), but I'm wondering if I can flash one firmware onto another camera.

Both cameras have different size MTD partitions, but this is all just one hunk of MTD flash right?  The kernel command line tells it where to mark partition boundaries, right?  If I were to reset the uboot environment on one to match the other, then flash the partitions accordingly, would this work?  I'm still a bit afraid to try this just yet, but I guess at worst, I'm out a $16 ebay camera.
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