“H-Series” Security camera
This post is mostly a note for myself, but might prove useful for other also. A while back I bought a security camera to my home from Dealextreme. It was typical Chinese quality with strange translations and weird software but worked nevertheless. I decided to buy another for my company and chose this model again from Dealextreme and thought that it’s the same camera with updated resolution. I was very wrong, this time the cameras internal software was so buggy that it almost made it unusable. The camera has no brand or name or anything, but the manufacturer is probably Wansview.
List of workarounds:
- Searching camera from the network
- Tool for OS X does not start in Mavericks, use Windows version (h_search.exe)
- Allow plenty of time for camera to start before trying to find it
- Web interface
- The cameras web interface seem to only work in old IE versions. I had success with Windows 7 and IE 9
- ActiveX component needs to be installed from the first page
- Without Windows, the problem is that the alarm page does not work and thus the alarm limits can’t be set. However by looking at the page source, it’s quite easy to see what kind of request needs to be sent to camera to set the alarm if you don’t have or can’t use Windows.
On alarm page, ftp upload is greyed out. To enable it you need also select “save video to sd-card”, even though the camera does not have sd-card
On ftp-page, ftp directory path must start with dot (‘.’), otherwise the settings wont get saved.
On alarm page, only video uploading can be selected (even though I have never seen the camera to actually upload videos). There’s a hidden selection to allow camera to upload also pictures. Enable it by opening url: http://IPaddress:port/cgi-bin/hi3510/param.cgi?cmd=setmdalarm&-aname=ftpsnap&-switch=on
- Viewing pictures
- You can snap picture by opening url: http://IPaddress:port/tmpfs/snap.jpg
- Useful resources