SmartTiles: Video Camera Compatibility

Dear all,

Please post your questions and discoveries on the subject here. Staying on topic will help to find relevant information.

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I have a TrendNet TV-IP311PI that’s tied into a Synology NAS. I know the camera does a mpeg over http and rstp but I can’t figure out the URL.

http://www.trendnet.com/products/proddetail.asp?prod=210_TV-IP311PI

Anyone know what that URL is so I can try to plug it into the dashboard?

I case this helps anybody, I wanted to share how I bought an IP Camera and integrated into my home automation through the ActiON Dashboard for under $40.

If you are not familiar with Ali Express it’s time to get familiar with it as they have by far the cheapest prices for just about everything; most product come directly from China and as long as you don’t mind waiting 30-45 days, shipping is normally free. One last plus for Canadians is because of the the Canada/China Free Trade Agreement, you don’t get dinged with extra customs/duty.
Needless to say I bought my IP Cam from Ali Express, LINK: http://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/6456297354.html

Once my camera arrived, I set it up with the system that came with it (P2P). I then used this site: http://www.tp-link.us/article/?faqid=304 to get it ready for integration into my ActiON dashboard.

Integration with the ActiON Dashboard was one of the easier tasks as @625alex has made it as simple as naming the Camera and entering the code. Initially I only had the code for a static picture/snapshot of when it loaded the dashboard http://IPADDRESS:PORT/index.htm/snapshot.cgi?loginuse=USERNAME&loginpas=PASSWORD and I was happy with this, but I really wanted a live stream. I used the same code that was listed for Foscam: http://IPADDRESS:PORT/index.htm/videostream.cgi?&user=USERNAME&pwd=PASSWORD and BINGO, it worked.

I decided to leave both the snapshot and the live feed, which has been a good option as sometimes the live feed does not load but the snapshot has always worked and at the very least allows me to see into my house.

I hope this helps anybody that is wanting to add video to their home automation but has a low budget.

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I will be looking into refreshing the static streams periodically. I will revisit video camera support once I’m done with some other core functionality.

Although the current price is $50 USD, this is probably still a good deal.

If anyone knows where to get an IP camera for less than $50 or closer to home, please share.

I use two foscam knockoffs from Amazon and they work well with the dashboard. One is EasyN and the other is Wansview, both I think are under $50. They also work with TinyCamera app where you can do the pan/tilt stuff. And yes, it works with iSpy also.

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I was able to finally figure out how to connect my TrendNet camera. In case anyone else is looking the URL is http://USERNAME:PASSWORD@IPADDRESS/Streaming/channels/1/httpPreview

The documentation I saw online had channels/2/ but 1 works for me so you might need to adjust that.

Working great in the dashboard now.

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@625alex here are some foscam deals you can get the lower res model for $49.99 USD or the higher res model for $69.99 shipped from US I think.

USA:
FI8918W Black - $49.99 w/ coupon code "918SALEUS"
http://foscam.us/products/foscam-fi8918w-wireless-ip-camera-11.html

FI8918W White - $49.99 w/ coupon code "918SALEUS"
http://foscam.us/products/foscam-fi8918w-white-wireless-ip-camera-21.html

Canada:
FI8918W Black - 56.99 CAD w/ coupon code "918SALECA"
http://foscam.ca/foscam-fi8918w-black-wireless-ip-camera.html

FI8918W White - 56.99 CAD w/ coupon code "918SALECA"
http://foscam.ca/products/foscam-fi8918w-white-wireless-ip-camera-21.html

USA:
FI9821W Black - $69.99 - Use coupon "SALEUS9821"
http://foscam.us/products/foscam-fi9821w-megapixel-wireless-ip-camera.html

FI9821W White - $69.99 - Use coupon "SALEUS9821"
http://foscam.us/products/foscam-fi9821w-megapixel-wireless-ip-camera-105.html

CA:
FI9821W Black - $84.99 CAD - Use coupon "SALECA9821"
http://foscam.ca/products/foscam-fi9821w-black-megapixel-wireless-ip-camera-63.html

FI9821W White - $84.99 CAD - Use coupon "SALECA9821"
http://foscam.ca/products/foscam-fi9821w-white-megapixel-wireless-ip-camera.html

These deals were sent to me in an email with the FI9821 model being an older email so i’m not sure how much longer it will be valid for.

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Just a feature request— RTSP/RTP support would be great :smile:

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Could you elaborate?

Alex,

awesome work on the dashboard! Another feature request (unless I’m missing how to achieve this with the existing version) - is there a way to go to video stream full-screen by tapping a video stream tile on the dashboard?

It’s on my to-do list.

RTSP is used for FFMPEG (Streaming). Sample for my hikvision camera: http://www.ispyconnect.com/man.aspx?n=HikVision

The paths start with rtsp:// and not http://.

Did you try pasting the path into the generic stream tile? Maybe it’s already working…

The sale codes are still valid. I will order one or more.

Thanks!

No Problem 123456789

Looks like the foscam code for the 9821 model doesn’t work, worked last night though

Damn it, it worked last night.

I hesitated to buy because I didn’t know if I want one or two…

Same here I hesitated for a week :frowning: Wanted 2 or 3 couldn’t decide…

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Yep, unfortunately doesn’t work. Actually, this might be more complicated then I thought. Chrome would need an RTSP player, which according to a request to Chrome, a developer stated would “never happen”. hah!

Well, back to the drawing board.

I’m actually talking to their support right now and they are giving me the discount.

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