Be a patron…

December 12th, 2017

Wow. Can’t believe I’ve been building and supporting IP Cam Viewer for over 7 years. If you have used it for many years, please consider becoming a patron to help keep IP Cam Viewer going. Thank you for your support!

Please become a patron and get an Easter Egg.

Secure your P2P camera, NVR, or DVR.

November 16th, 2017

Most new IP cameras are using P2P be default. These cameras will send data to a central server either for IP lookup, recording or for relaying data (if direct connection by client to camera fails).

Worse, some cameras still report information even if P2P is turned “off”. These cameras often have a generic API which allows the server to issue any linux type commands or network calls (trojan horse). Even features like alarm notifications are sent to servers like “push.reecam.cn”.

Yes, they are easier to use – just plug in – but I’d rather connect app DIRECTLY to the camera. How can you try to secure these cameras, dvrs, nvrs? See below:

1. Most P2P cameras have a hidden web interface or offer RTSP/ONVIF support, so find those ports either in the admin screens or via port scanning.
1. Turn off P2P feature in camera and use the traditional DDNS/DNS plus port forwarding setup instead.
– see https://hit-mob.com/ip-cam-viewer-android/faq/#2
2. Disable camera’s ability to reach out.
– set it’s internal IP address statically so you can alter the Gateway, DNS, and other values.
– set it’s Gateway IP address to a non-existant address (so it can’t find it’s way to internet servers)
– set it’s DNS server IP to a non-existant address (so it can’t lookup address of internet servers).
3. Use stunnel to protect your cameras.
– run stunnel on an old android, pc or raspberry pi.
– for example, https://myhome.ddns.org:8001 goes to stunnel at port 8001 which then converts back to non-ssl forwarding to camera’s internal 192.168.1.55 port 80.
– this way, you only need to open the stunnel machine to the outside and secure it. All IOT devices are not exposed except through stunnel via SSL.
– most cameras have multiple ports, so remember to setup stunnel/port forwarding for required ports (often HTTP and RTSP ports).

Finally, turn OFF UPNP support in your router to prevent internal devices from automatically opening tunnels from the outside to the inside without you knowing it.

HD Quality Portable Spotter Cam for Target Practice

April 9th, 2017

Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on a 640×480 resolution spotter cam system when you can make a more flexible HD quality setup for half the price.

Hardware:

1) Camera: Many choices but the Amcrest IP2M-841 is 1080P resolution for $81 on Amazon (sometimes on sale for less).

2) Battery: Can’t beat a walmart battery for $48.88.

3) Power Inverter: Any car power inverter will work, this 300W unit for $16.99 comes with aligator clips and USB ports as an extra bonus!

4) Wifi Hotspot: You could use your phone, but it’s simpler to just use a cheap wifi router.

5) Holding it together: A simple toolbox from homedepot to stuff everything inside.

6) Charger: To re-charge the battery, you can use your car jumper cables or this simple wall charger (also great for maintaining car batteries when on vacation).

That’s it for hardware. Now let’s configure all the pieces to work together.

A) Power up wifi router at home and connect your phone/tablet/computer to it. Verify you can change router’s admin settings with it’s web interface. Setup user accounts, etc.

B) Plug camera into wifi router using eithernet port. Verify you can access camera’s web interface from your phone/tablet/computer which is still connected same wifi. Setup user accounts, etc.

C) Now change camera settings to using the router’s WIFI settings, disconnect ethernet cable and reboot camera. Camera should be on wifi now. Verify you can still see camera using phoen/tablet/computer.

D) Finally, run HandiSpotter on your phone/tablet to view camera.

That’s it. Stuff everything into the toolbox and bring it to a field for some target practice.

HandiSpotter!

March 30th, 2017

A new app for you sharp shooters. Capture targets from afar. Marker up and export your results. Works with most IP cameras using your phone/tablet wifi hotspot.

Play Store Link
Video 1 Video 2

For target practice at long distances, use this app with almost any WIFI camera and your phone/tablet to capture, record and export your results.

• Click on a previous shot capture to see where it landed.
• Add marker to highlight each shot.
• Export and share results as a video file, animated GIF or a simple frame image.
• Works with over 1600+ cheap IP Cameras

No more walking back and forth very couple of shots.

Use your phone/tablet’s WIFI hotspot to connect camera at ranges of 100-300ft (dedicated hotspot devices have longer range).
If you need power down range, many cameras use 12v so take a car battery (use voltage regulator if needed).

Great tool for archery, air and pb competition preparation and sight in.

IP Cam Viewer tips for CCTV installers

October 15th, 2015

If you’re a CCTV installer and your clients are running IP Cam Viewer, then see this post on how to send cameras and update cameras for your customers.

Run IP Cam Viewer on Mac, Windows, Linux, Chromebook using Chrome and Arc Welder

April 8th, 2015

You can run IP Cam Viewer on Mac, Windows, Linux and Chromebook via the Chrome browser! Until IP Cam Viewer is published in the Chrome App Store, use the following steps to run IP Cam Viewer via the Arc Welder Chrome App.

1. Install the Arc Welder app in Chrome.
2. Download the IP Cam Viewer Lite APK file.
3. Run Arc Welder, click “Add your APK”, select the APK file.
4. On the configuration screen, use all defaults, except enter the following into the “Additional Metadata” field (last field on the bottom):
{"sleepOnBlur":false,"disableAutoBackButton":true,"enableExternalDirectory":true}
5. Click the “Launch App” button

When app is run for the first time, Chrome will ask you to select a folder (or create a new folder) on your computer. This folder is where IP Cam Viewer files will be stored. Anytime the app uses “/sdcard/…” or any other path, the files will be located under this folder.

Enjoy,
Rob

CEL-iN1 Door Mount GSM Intercom

February 2nd, 2015

Want to know who’s ringing your doorbell? Want to let someone inside while away from home?

The Celius CEL-iN1 multifunction door bell will call you, let you open/close doors, and let you interact with visitors via cameras using IP Cam Viewer. Watch video.

Integrating IP Cam Viewer with third party apps and products is possible with the app’s embedded web server API, Android intents and launch URLs. Device integration include Android Wear watches, Amazon Fire TV/Stick, Chromecast, HDMI sticks, Google TV, Android TV and SmartThings home automation hub.

IP Cam Viewer is available for Apple, Android and Blackberry devices. Windows Phone 8.1 release is targeted for summer 2015!

Android Wear support in v5.7

December 2nd, 2014

The android version of IP Cam Viewer now supports Android Wear devices (see link).

In Gallery View, select More Actions then “Push Android Wear App”. Once the wear app is deployed on the watch, you can launch the wear app on the watch and view your enabled cameras (including some basic functions like relay on/off and quick preset recall).

Moto 360 with IP Cam Viewer

So now, IP Cam Viewer in one form or another supports Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Android TV, Chromecast, Android Wear and stills works from Android 1.6-5.0!

Can’t believe I got the Fire TV Stick for $19 bucks! Did you know it actually runs Android apps so it’s basically the cheapest hdmi stick (unlike the dumb chromecast stream player).

More Integration: SmartThings Hub

August 22nd, 2014

Good news! If you use IP Cam Viewer to record your cameras 24×7 and have a SmartThings hub, then you can automate motion notifications globally and vary camera groups based on the Away / Home modes in SmartThings.

Add presense detection in SmartThings to switch modes and you won’t even have to push a button.

Finally, you can integrate any camera supported by IP Cam Viewer into SmartThings by using the app’s embedded web server.

Automate Away Mode

Frame Capture

Read rest of the article here…

Remote Control of IP Cam Viewer and ChromeCast/FireTV Stick

April 10th, 2014

Starting with v5.3.7, IP Cam Viewer now has an embedded HTTP server! This server can be used for remote control of record mode, tasker integration, chromecast, cam hosting and more.

IP Cam Viewer already has in-app motion detection with notifications in Record Mode. Adding remote control will allow you to change settings like turning in-app MD notification on/off while away from home, or recall a group to change recorded cameras. See this post for access information.

Many people have asked for tasker integration but I’ve held off in-order to find a lighter, simpler and more extensible solution (compared to their plugins). Adding commands to the embedded web server allows for tasker integration via it’s HTTP automation features while enabling easy integration with other tools.

Want to share your cameras via a website but 1) don’t want to share it directly, or 2) don’t know it’s API, or 3) it’s has some custom binary protocol / video format? Now with the embedded web server, all 1900+ camera types supported by IP Cam Viewer can have it’s own simple web page. Of course it’s only available from the local network in record mode but you can choose to open it up (port forward) to the outside.

Chromecast support is now available in v5.4.3! In Gallery View, select More Actions and Show in Chromecast. IP Cam Viewer will send instructions to play (via it’s web server) to a Chromecast device using a free app called IPC Cast Proxy. I published this app solely to support Chromecast integration (it does nothing else). The reason is that direct integration requires lots of libraries which I’d rather not burden IP Cam Viewer for performance, stability, size and portability reasons. Remember that IPC runs on pretty much all devices from Android 1.6+ and many third party Android platforms like Barnes & Nobel, Amazon, Blackberry, Microsoft, Intel, etc…

Backing up a bit, if you really want to see the display on a TV, you can do it today with a $39 Amazon Fire TV Stick, or $50 Android HDMI dongle like the MK908, or a sub $50 Walmart tablet. They all run full Android apps!  Chromecast doesn’t run android apps and require apps or android device to send it video using up bandwidth (why when you can run full android?) Future chromecast will have mirroring (should have come with it from beginning IMHO) so the proxy is no longer needed then (argh).

In summary, the embedded http server is here and will be built out over the coming releases.