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sorry but I'm no expert for these cameras. I'm only familiar with the 1st gen "foscam" clones.

Maybe try option 1 first?


Help / Re: EasyN reboots
« on: August 24, 2015, 02:50:32 am »

with the modern switchmode powersupplies a quick check with the multimeter is not sufficient as it gives no info about the quality of the output. Too much ripple or soikes and µCs play havock.

In general one should see some output on the serial console but to draw conclusions as what would be needed to remedy ... I doubt.

If all fails you still can try to find a fw update as it could hardly get worse...

leave the board in its place and use a circuit tester to find gdn on the board. Connect one side to gnd of the power connector or other known gnd on the base board and test several blank parts on the daughter board.
Or just look at the connector on base board an try to find the "thick" connectioons, most likely going to two points in a line. Some of these will be +3.3V others gnd. Like here. The ones in the middle are gnd, the ones to the rigth 3.3V.
And maybe you just have to swap Rx/Tx...

Help / Re: EasyN reboots
« on: August 21, 2015, 02:23:25 am »
hmm, three month is a short period. On the other hand it seems like an old model that is off market for some time.
This symptoms could be caused by a bad power supply. As soon as you connect that could lead to increased power intake and trigger a brownout reset.
Does it do the "startup dance" (w/o reboot)? If so, then psu is ruled out; the motor should cause the same symptoms...
For the bootlog you definitely need the serial converter. Remember that it is 3.3V.

usually one of the big bare copper planes (especially the ones with many holes in it) should be gnd.
These boards use 3,3V level, so beware of old USB/serial converters with 5V!

Help / Re: I can't identify my camera
« on: August 18, 2015, 02:24:23 am »
it is a "Hi3518" type of camera. Use the boardsearch and you will find several posts.
Be aware that compatibility of firmware depends on a lot of components, not only cpu (wifi chip, camera chip, ...) so your milage may vary, you might even brick your device without a copy of the original. If it is possible to change the UI only, that might be less risky.

I don't have any experience with this type as I only own the vintage ones.

hmmm, yeah, I can see the intention was good ....

BUT ... do you really think that someone is going to read that? It would be hard enough in regular English but with your extravaganza of using fullstops in between sentences   ...  I doubt it.

nothing personally, I appreciate your effort in the field of aftermarket software for this little devices.

Help / Re: Need to edit cruise laps +In search of Firmware/web ui
« on: July 01, 2015, 01:47:39 am »
what you describe most likely ist not "patroling" but the recentering at startup, therefor the head should end up centered in h/v plane. In some gui one can disable it or save a fixed point (preset) that also can be selected as default after startup. A simpler way would be to mount the camera in such position that it points at the desired direction with the present startup "default" (if at all possible).

You should find the version of the gui in the infopage and maybe a boarsearch for wansview reveals a newer one (or have a look at support/files). With flashing the gui only, possibility of trashing the cam is low. Unfortunately, once you flash a different gui you won't be able to go back without making a backup which is not for technically unapt.

Hacking & Modding / Re: COTIER IPC-631 - Boot via serial
« on: June 29, 2015, 03:02:34 am »
do you know this blog:

seems share your interest

Help / Re: Help identify my Camera
« on: June 29, 2015, 02:53:15 am »
if the manual is relevant then you should look for hi3518 based firmware.
Use forum search for hi3518 and read on ...

Help / Re: Open video divice error
« on: June 26, 2015, 03:11:18 am »
this is usefull information and deserves a "thumbs up" (missing smiley).

General Discussion / Re: What Happens After Reset?
« on: June 02, 2015, 02:20:12 am »
"if all fails" ment "if nobody comes up with a better solution"...

you don't have to "recover" yet. First we take a look at the bootlog and see what is happening. For most failures there is a simple reason.

General Discussion / Re: What Happens After Reset?
« on: June 01, 2015, 02:11:35 am »
did you try a "right click" on the cam in the finder? It should pop up a menu...
Does the finder show the correct ip of the cam? Usually they respond to ping.

If all fails the only thing to do is to connect via serial console.
see this thread
and the wiki about details.

General Discussion / Re: What Happens After Reset?
« on: May 29, 2015, 01:31:26 am »
> Have to go back to hooking up with ethernet, finding it, configuring IP address and everything, is that > right?

that is what usually is expected to happen ...

in general: most of the fw have a default user/password and IP:port (or dhcp active) after reset to factory defaults (aka "hard reset"); user/pass and IP:port should be mentioned on the cam, dhcp would show up in your router. Cam-finder app could be helpfull.

AFAIR we had a thread about these Ralink boards. The serial connections are either the points on the underside of the board or the two unsoldered pins (39,40) on the edge connector (also marked R and T) you just have to find a convenient gnd connection. Bear in mind that the levels on these pins are 3,3V (not 5V nor +/-12V RS232 standard).

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