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General Discussion / Re: Foscam on the Web
« on: December 04, 2012, 06:09:45 pm »
You can buy from any source that sells genuine Foscam products, it just seems that the Canadian distributor is less responsive than they should be. may be more responsive to you (they are also a distributor).

General Discussion / Re: Foscam on the Web
« on: December 04, 2012, 05:52:20 pm »
Can't speak for the Canadian website but asking questions at the factory website in China has always resulted in a prompt and useful answer. The Foscam Canada site reads "Foscam Canada is the official Canadian distributor of Foscam products", meaning that they are NOT Foscam and are locally owned and operated. I suggest that you try the Foscam factory =

Hacking & Modding / Re: Disable FOSCAM IR LED Illuminators
« on: December 04, 2012, 12:14:15 pm »
FYI - I have done some experimentation on the characteristics of the GL5528 LDR used in Foscam, et al cameras. See:

Firmware / Re: NCB541W firmware and webui
« on: November 17, 2012, 03:20:23 pm »
You do not need to change the firmware to change the DDNS - it is in the settings. Using ANY firmware than that designed for you camera will, most likely, make the camera inoperative. If you insist on changing the firmware, you can (a) email the EansView support and they will email it to you; (b) download the version on this website HERE. WARNING - Do NOT write new firmware without first backing up the existing firmware.

You may be satisfied with changing the DDNS with CGI commands see this website's WIKI and read THIS.

Firmware / Re: Firmware for Wansview NCB543W
« on: November 05, 2012, 09:47:02 pm »
Check with support at
Loading other firmware will likely brick the camera.

General Discussion / Raspberry Pi Camera?
« on: October 25, 2012, 09:37:00 am »
Just a thought, at this time, but I've been pondering the feasibility of gutting the main board of a FOSCAM and substituting a Raspberry Pi. At $35, the Raspberry Pi has a lot of libraries and would yield a lot of capability that is easier to program. The primary obstacle would be drivers for the sensor and, to a lessor degree, servos.

The connections are typically on the other end of the PCB that you show, out of your photo's frame. Read this WIKI page once you are SURE of the correct connection points. Look at THIS photo for an example.

General Discussion / Re: Cant enter Debug Mode
« on: October 19, 2012, 01:24:50 pm »
Yeah, I thought about that later. Since he is seeing the bootloader output, then he is on the right port at the right baudrate. I still suspect his serial adapter. I noticed that his serial port connection shows a 5V pin instead of the FOSCAM-type 3.3V pin. I am wondering if his serial logic is 5V instead of 3.3V and he used a 3.3V adapter that got fried.

Schufti - Yes, you are right, I forgot - the backup/restore was just the settings. I haven't done that in quite a while and forgot. His only recourse is Firmware Restoration, although qwertyasdfg would probably be better off purchasing a supported camera, such as FOSCAM, WANSVIEW or EasyN.

General Discussion / Re: Cant enter Debug Mode
« on: October 16, 2012, 11:30:07 pm »
Re - "my idea is that by updating the camera with the wrong firmware now the chip thinks that hes RX line is on another pin, can that be true?"
Yes, that is possible. the NUC745ADN microcontroller chip has four UARTS.

qwertyasdfg, all of these similar cameras are similar because they are copies of each other. The admin of this site works in China and confirms that many of them are, or have been, even made, under contract, in the same factory. WansView was the manufacturer for Foscam cameras, and others. The Linux kernel for all similar cameras is based on the same code, authored by a coder that goes by the name of "maverick". All such cameras also do not utilize normal Linux systems to handle the user mode software. They all use a monolithic, large program, probably also authored, to a large degree by maverick. However, each company's contract introduces some differences. While the same CPU and most components is used by all, the flash memory varies. The sensor is often different and in incompatible ways. Some such cameras are not contracted in this way and are simply rip-offs that, typically, have many functional and reliability issues. I suspect that wanscam is such a camera.

Because of these differences, changing the system firmware (Linux and user fs) will usually break the camera. However, the webui is typically very similar and the primary problem would be if the substituted webui used some cgi calls that were not supported by the system code.

I suspect that your backup/restore function only supports the webui. Since it is basically the webui that you are complaining about you can change that and may see improvement and no problems - it simply depends of the CGI compatibility between your camera's system firmware and that of the new webui.

Do back up your webui. You may be able to use it to load one of the webui on this site, or elsewhere. I say may because the file format may be different. Once loaded, the new webui may not support the same backup/restore feature, so you may not be able to restore your saved original webui. In this case, the only way to get the old webui, or another loaded would be to get out a screwdriver and soldering iron and follow the steps described at Firmware Restoration, on this website.

So - you can try another webui BUT, as I said before, you risk ruining the camera as it currently is.

Your camera is one of many foscam lookalikes sold on eBay, DX and elsewhere. You are pretty much stuck with what you have as loading alien firmware is almost guaranteed to, at best, lose some existing functionality and, at worst, totally brick the camera. I recommend that you purchase a genuine Foscam camera. If you want to change the webui (do NOT change the Linux kernel) Read the Firmware Restoration section of this website, back up the existing firmware and then load another webui from the FILES section.

However, I repeat, you will be better off if you purchase a supported camera, such as FOSCAM, WANSVIEW or EasyN.

General Discussion / Re: Cant enter Debug Mode
« on: October 14, 2012, 10:55:08 pm »
Keeper's model is different (I have a FS-613B-M1661) and the PCB looks different from mine. Based on the keeper's comments, to me, the camera's Rx line is not receiving data. I didn't see the mention of cable adapter type. Is it a 3V logic device? Has the cable's Tx line been tested elsewhere?

Schufti's advice of shorting Tx and Rx on your cable/adapter (while NOT connected to anything else) should produce perfect text all of the time. If not, then your cable/adapter or terminal software is the the problem.

Since you say that you successfully flashed the camera and that the communications problem came afterwards, then possibly you damaged the cable/adapter after the first load.

Hacking & Modding / Re: Has anyone tried to run a firmware on qemu?
« on: September 23, 2012, 10:41:50 pm »
Just a thought - while a binary compatible cpu may be available on qemu, I doubt that the other necessary chips are available, like the flash used by the cameras.

ShenZhen Eye Sight Technology Co., Ltd.'s website download section has files to download for their other cameras but not the ES-IP901W. I recommend that you contact EyeSight and ask for the latest update download for the ES-IP901W.

Good Luck

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