Working with Shenzhen’s Cheap IP POE Cameras

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Shenzhen IP cameras are cheap, but frustrating.  Their quality control is pretty weak, their customer service doesnt exist (vendors do a poor job with these units,) and the instructions are obscure at best.  I have recorded my journey to get a set working since I was unable to find any resources online and had to host email battles back and forth to China to get them working.  Hopefully these are useful.  Hit me up if you have any questions.

 

Here are the default settings.  You don’t want to know what I had to go through to get these…

 

Camera Default IP Address:  192.168.1.10

Camera Default User:  admin

Camera Default Password: <empty password field>

 

You will need some sort of 3rd party software to change the IP addresses from the defaults.  I purchased two sets of these cameras.  They are:

Vanxse Cctv 1.0mp 720p 24pcs Leds Ir-cut Ip Security Camera P2p Hidden Network Surveillance Ip Camera Support Iphone/smart Iphone View Onvif POE

and…

HD 720P POE CCTV IP camera 1.0MP night vision Outdoor Waterproof network camera

 

The first one form Amazon ($29) claims ONVIF support, but my Xeoma server was unable to detect or configure them, so I guess they are lying.  These had a nice metal casing and look legitimate, but the ethernet cables didn’t match.

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The second set of cameras all matched and there was nothing visibly wrong with them.  I just couldn’t get them to work.

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Putting in the default IP address on the proper network with POE power does allow you to connect to one and get video.

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Unfortunately the default IP address is the same on every camera, and you will need to change it.  Enter Shady Chinese Software Downloads!

Instruction Manual for PC Software

PC Software Downloads – Didn’t try this one.  I don’t own a Windoze computer any more.

OS X Software Downloads – Less than 38MB, but takes an hour to download…

These also had to come directly from the vendors.  There are no references included in the packaging, and the little manual that is included does not give you what you need or even hint at where to find it.

The process for adding cameras/setting them up is:

  1.  Connect your computer to the network that the camera is on, 192.168.1.0/24.
  2. Power the camera on.
  3. Verify that you can connect to the camera in a browser at 192.168.1.10.cam_web_server
  4. In the software, open the “Device Manger” (or whatever the Windoze equivalent is) and hit “Search” or “Scan.”screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-10-45-02-am
  5. If your camera shows up, you may need to “Add” it to your list of active cameras.  If this does not find your camera, don’t worry about it.  Just do a “Manual Add” with the IP address, user name, and port 80.  If you still do not see your camera, disconnect it and reconnect it.  Power cycle it if you are not using direct POE.
  6. Adjust Indoor/Outdoor settings as needed.camera_settings
  7. Once your camera is found, you will need to access the “Device Manager” or equivalent and modify the IP settings for your network.  Change these settings to your preferred network that you will be accessing these from.  device_managerIt is helpful to name them at this point.  Once you save these settings your camera will go offline.  ignore any errors.  They are expected.4_cameras
  8. Connect your camera to it’s final home network and verify that you can reach it from your server or whatever you will use for viewing.xeoma_repeater

That pretty much covers it.

 

UPDATE!

Supposedly you can also use ONVIF Device Manager for this, but I have not tried it yet.  Here is the Sourceforge project:

ONVIF Device Manager

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