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Site Announcements / Forum update
« on: April 04, 2018, 07:40:37 pm »
Possibly seeing some failed hack attempts, as the settings file was getting erased blocking the site for a day or two.
Updated forum software to latest version, and will monitor for further issues.

Site Announcements / Forum, software updates
« on: July 14, 2017, 03:20:24 am »
Updated forum software to 2.0.14, changed default template to the traditional default, as I need to work on the old template to make it compatible.

Added some boards for the XiaoMi camera range, as I have some, and will probably fiddle with them!

Xiaoyi Camera (小蚁) / Region lock fix
« on: July 14, 2017, 03:08:48 am »
From my page here -

Essentially -

Enable telnet.
Kill the watchdog, and kill the camera app.
rename the api call to check the country.

Create a folder named test on an SD card.
Create a plain text file called in that folder, and add the following bash script:

Code: [Select]
# Telnet
if [ ! -f "/etc/init.d/S88telnet" ]; then
echo "#!/bin/sh" > /etc/init.d/S88telnet
echo "telnetd &" >> /etc/init.d/S88telnet
chmod 755 /etc/init.d/S88telnet
dr=`dirname $0`
# fix bootcycle
mv $dr/ $dr/

The script will enable telnet on the camera, and then rename the script so it doesn’t run again on the next boot.

Stick the prepared card into the camera, power on, and it should reboot (twice).
If you check the open ports on the camera ip you should now see port 23 (telnet) is open.

Login with the default user/pass (as below) via telnet

User: root
Password: 1234qwer

Once telnet’d in, enter the following, line by line –

Find and kill the watchdog process

killall watch_process

Find and kill /home/cloud process so we can edit it without the watchdog watch_process restarting it

killall cloud

Change the check within /home/cloud executable to query a fake domain so it never returns a failure, then reboot.

Code: [Select]
sed -i 's|||g' /home/cloud

Site Announcements / DNS Updates
« on: February 21, 2017, 12:04:01 pm »
The previous DNS servers we use for the site at Peer1 appear to have gone flaky, so we've moved to using digitalocean's nameservers.

Site should be a little more stable.

General Discussion / DVR vulnerabilities
« on: March 24, 2016, 05:48:38 am »
Good writeup on common DVR vulnerability here -

Similar methods can be used on some of the newer Hi Silicon chipset ipcam's.

Site Announcements / Forum software updated
« on: March 01, 2014, 09:59:24 pm »
Updated SMF (forum software) to latest version.

Site Announcements / Member pruning
« on: May 30, 2013, 11:19:23 am »
As quite a few of the members in the forum were obvious spammer signups, I've pruned all users that haven't posted anything or haven't visited the forum.

Apologies if I've inadvertently deleted any user accounts, but please do post if you want to avoid that in future.
I wish I didn't have to do this, but you'll have to blame all the spammers  >:(

Hacking & Modding / Site FTP Access for contributors
« on: January 16, 2013, 07:23:58 pm »
We will enable FTP accounts for forum members who want to share development files with the community.  All uploads are served from our server, and public direct linking is allowed.  So, no more crappy file sharing sites  ;D

Files should be related to development on the devices. Examples would include firmwares, binaries, images, device applications and external tools.

Files should be compressed where possible, we prefer 7z for file compression due to it being open, being easily available, and having very good compression ratios.

We do not allow the upload of copyright protected, pornographic, offensive, or otherwise illegal material.

Uploaded files will be available under{FTP username}/

Requesting an account
To request an account, send an email to support @  Please use your forum email account when requesting an account.  In your email, please describe the sort of files you wish to upload and share from the FTP server.

Inappropriate content
If you see any files on the file server that are inappropriate, please send an email to support @ with the relevant URL to the content.

If you are having any issues with your FTP account, please contact support @

(any resemblance to this idea, the text and the text I saw on another dev forum is purely coincidental, honest   ::) )

Site Announcements / Google - do no evil?
« on: January 05, 2013, 10:35:30 pm »
Although this is from a while ago, it still annoys me -

Google accused us of being evil pirates, and distributing copyrighted material. (see bottom of this post for details from their mail).  As far as I can see, this is mostly due to a sendspace link on the page in question, which links to a firmware file for the camera's.

Despite attempts to contact google, to resolve this, its still unsolved.

We are in contact with many manufacturers of camera's and firmware, and they're more bemused by me "wasting my time" on this, than otherwise.  We have permission to host firmware and other related materials, as it offloads some of the support issues they see onto others.  So much so, that some of them have actually started referring people to our forums for assistance.

This isn't an isolated case either, there are a number of others that have experienced the same sillyness, and lack of care in the robot pasted autoreplies that show that no-one actually bothered to check when I complained.

Another incident here -



During a recent review of your account we found that you are currently
displaying Google ads in a manner that is not compliant with our program


Please note that this URL is an example and that the same violations may
exist on other pages of this website or other sites in your network.


COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL: As stated in our program policies, AdSense
publishers are not permitted to place Google ads on sites involved in the
distribution of copyrighted materials. This includes hosting copyrighted
files on your site, as well as providing links for or driving traffic to
sites that contain copyrighted material. More information about this
policy can be found in our help center (

ACTION TAKEN: We have disabled ad serving to your site.

Your AdSense account remains active. However, please note that our team
reserves the right to disable your account at any time. As such, we
encourage you to become familiar with our program policies and monitor
your network accordingly.

Site Announcements / File Section
« on: December 28, 2012, 08:35:39 am »
Did a little styling to the file section, so it looks prettier.

Still same content in there though!

Site Announcements / New BSP added to Files section
« on: November 27, 2012, 05:48:54 am »
By request, I've uploaded another BSP to the files section under the ARM9 folder.

This BSP is for the  Hi Silicon Hi3507 series (1.3Megapixel H.264 IPCam SoC)
Its in Chinese, but the code is fairly self explanatory.

Link ->

Site Announcements / New WebUI
« on: August 11, 2012, 02:22:44 pm »
Despite many people telling me this has been stagnating a bit, I have been doing some work.

We're currently working on a new WebUI using more modern methods - JS  etc.
I'm going to dump the CraptiveX stuff, as its pretty useless in this day and age, and I need the space.

Any suggestions from people? or companies?

I have a sponsor for this, and will be adding space for company logos. 
What i'm doing is not under NDA for once, so I can share it.

PM me, or mail directly for details.

I will upload screen shots as I get stuff done.
ETA is end of Aug for preliminary stuff.

Site Announcements / Site Upgrades
« on: June 25, 2012, 07:23:07 am »
We're busy upgrading the site look, so be a bit patient.

I realise some things are a bit broken at the moment, will be fixed this week.

uCLinux / Wifi driver compiling tips
« on: May 30, 2012, 05:17:06 pm »
The Raspberry Pi people have been having fun getting Wifi card drivers going on their ARM6 based Linux board.

Ours is ARM7 based, but compiling is fairly similar, with same pitfalls.

There are a variety of relevant pointers that apply to us also in this thread -

Eg the rt2870.bin compile stuff / using the correct bin file.  I've been bitten by that myself!

Stuff like this is useful too - for autosetup of wifi via shell scripting.
and its possible some of the stuff here may run out of the box, as its arm5 compiled on uClib.
Haven't tried, but someone should probably give it a whirl.

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