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Help / Anran HD PTZ Camera bricked
« on: December 02, 2016, 09:04:23 am »
Hello everyone, several months ago, I got myself a camera (shown in the images below), installed it and everything worked beautifully. Long story short, the nerd in me noticed that I may be able to use an alternate firmware for the camera. I downloaded it, and using the built in web interface I attempted to flash the firmware. Well, lo and behold, I now have me a bricked camera.  I have done extensive research on what to do next to try and get my camera back to life, without asking for help to no avail. I purchased a USB to TTL interface, got the wires mixed up by plugging the RX into the 12V by accident, and fried it lol.  I got another one, and now I'm stuck with no progress since.  I have been messing with this thing for weeks, and again, no progress, so now I'm asking for help and hopefully somebody with more brainpower than me, can shed some light to get this thing back up and running.

Below you will find many pictures. Second, you will also find a few links to other identical cameras, with  different branding below.  This one is branded as an Anran, although I have found identical cameras branded as Wanscam & EasyN.. as well as a couple other ones over the past several months. 

When I power this thing up, it goes thru the self test and successfully goes thru the pan and tilt motions, as well, the IR lights light up when I put my finger over the sensor, the blue LED light on the Wireless NIC flashes rapidly as well.  Although, it does not attempt to grab an IP, it is not even visible on my router weather I keep a network cable connected or not. Also, the CMS software does not see the camera at all... Nor, does any other ONVIF software. Other than going thru the self test motions, the camera is effectively dead.

As you can see in the pictures, I currently have the TTL interface hooked up to the plug seen in the pictures which the pins are labeled as 12v,G,TX, RX.  The plug beside it is labeled as CAM. I'm unsure if i want to even try the CAM plug as I don't want to fry the interface again.  I have tried many many different programs to attempt a back door approach of flashing, to get it up and running again.. once the camera has finished its self test, the computer screen just displays a bit of garbage as seen in the pictures as well... and that is as far as it goes. I have tried the standard ESC key while booting, as well as CTRL-C, to get it to enter the bootloader, and nothing seems to work..

Is anybody here familiar with this camera, and maybe shed some light into this for me? Any help would be fantastic.  Thanks in advance.

EDIT: My apologies for the images being posted as links..My images are very big in size, and not allowed to upload more than 4.  You will have to click each link to see the pictures.

Identical camera #1

Identical Camera #2,searchweb201602_3_10065_10068_10084_10083_10080_10082_10081_10060_10061_10062_10056_10055_10054_10059_10099_10078_10079_426_10073_10102_10096_10052_10050_425_10051,searchweb201603_6&btsid=8a3507b8-b254-4afa-8e7e-8af48a5e97ac

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