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Help / Re: Anran HD PTZ Camera bricked
« 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. 

Help / Re: Help identify PT Network Camera
« on: December 04, 2016, 06:45:26 am »
I received this IP Camera as an award from a website. The website says that the award was that of a Sennce SN-IP7800HD but the one I received is just some Chinese rebrand with not much except that I can access the web interface which is only IE friendly via the ActiveX access.

I've tried looking at TCPDump to see what data is being transmitted and where. 80 for UI and what looks to be 4001 for TCP traffic.

I can get a telnet prompt but no combination of admin or root seems to let me in
It's running a Hi3518E SoC but they (whoever they are) doesn't use the same root/pass that everyone on the net seem to mention.

I've tried iSpy and it doesn't seem to find a video feed either, but clearly there is because not only is the an ActiveX plugin for it, but there is also an Android and iOS app for it.

I'm just trying to get the video feed so I can make use of it. Otherwise, using IE9 and lower is just not useful.

Do a google search for ONVIF Manager and give that a try. I don't have much experience, but i have done a massive amount of reading and research, and this little program seems to be able to find just about anything, even if the camera is not on the same subnet as your computer... ISPY likely will not find it, unless it is on the same subnet, and standard default port numbers are used. Post back an let us know how you made out.

Help / Re: Anran HD PTZ Camera bricked
« on: December 04, 2016, 06:31:16 am »
It looks like the serial port is trying to send something, but maybe the baud rate is off.  Are you sure you have the correct parameters?  Also, make sure there is no flow control.

Sorry if I'm being presumptive about your knowledge level on these things.

I agree completely..As soon as the self test is complete, that is when that short burst of information comes through. No, I am not sure I have the parameters set correctly. I 'think' I tried all available baud rates.  Although, I was thinking, as I was trying various parameters I may have lost track of 'this and that' and perhaps I missed some variables, because that is certainly what it looks like doesn't it? ; all my research I found with most cameras 115200 seems to be a standard??  Perhaps not?  I tried all kinds of different things.. and yes, another 'standard' seems to be with flow control 'off' although I tried both..  Thank you for your input. Also, don't ever worry about testing my knowledge/intelegance.  Although back in th day when these kinds of communications was the norm, my knowledge in trying to talk to a camera VIA these old school methods is difficult for my thought process to go back in time that far  lol It has been a very long time since I tinkered around with these types of protocols.. I'm going to fire it back up here and go thru all the baud rates once again to be sure. Have you had any experience with these things requiring a rate <115200?

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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