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Last Edited by technoboy March 21, 2014 at 04:19 PM
Vivotek TC5331 Wireless IP Surveillance Motion Detect Network Camera

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It's worth noting that you get 10% back in points this weekend, bringing this down to ~ $13.50. Use the promo code "SUPERWKND".

Video Of Setup [youtube.com]

Anyone have one? Recommend?

Webpage interface is in French.

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#46
I just tried the 0199z & the newer version firmware. They fail immediately saying "The model is mismatched". If anyone figures out how to update the firmware I'd love to hear how. Wondering if there's a way to change the model name on the camera...
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#47
I'll dig into it and see if there's anyway to bypass it or otherwise open it and overwrite the configuration over serial
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Quote from servili007 View Post :
I'll dig into it and see if there's anyway to bypass it or otherwise open it and overwrite the configuration over serial
If we could figure out how to update system.modelname or the configfile.cgi, I bet that'd do the trick. I can update the configurable fields directly to the server, but the modelname doesn't change.

There is a way to update the firmware directly at the server, but I haven't figured out the correct syntax. Page 63 of the IP7137 manual.
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If we could figure out how to update system.modelname or the configfile.cgi, I bet that'd do the trick. I can update the configurable fields directly to the server, but the modelname doesn't change.

There is a way to update the firmware directly at the server, but I haven't figured out the correct syntax. Page 63 of the IP7137 manual.
https://sites.google.com/site/jes...telefonica

other people have been at this too unsuccessfully, see pictures of teardown at bottom. Time to go hunting for a connection.
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#50
Another option may be to patch the firmware file itself to match the tc5331 model. Usually these updates package files in some sort of standard format like tar or tgz, though I haven't been able to figure out what these vivotek .pkg files are.
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Another option may be to patch the firmware file itself to match the tc5331 model. Usually these updates package files in some sort of standard format like tar or tgz, though I haven't been able to figure out what these vivotek .pkg files are.
Depending on the total knowledge we have here, we may want to set up an IRC chat or similar for this endeavor, otherwise there will be a lot of repeated effort. I also checked the package for common compression types. Hex shows the kernel version in plaintext but nothing more. I do agree that the alternative is to match the package to the model instead of vice versa, and the new flash should overwrite the model number in the process.
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#52
One note on wifi - I had no luck getting the cameras to connect & run with my current mixed mode N routers with WPA security turned on. I got out an old Linksys G band & they connected ran, with WPA security, no problem. Not sure what the issue is & probably will just use the old router.
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#53
ok so any way to get email set up with gmail? There seems to be fields missing in the settings, such as SMTP port/SSL settings etc.

I also noted that the stream suffers from tearing or something, if an object moves in front of the camera/camera is moved/ light changes, leaving huge randomly colored squares all over the picture

In low light the picture becomes extremely grainy, and these random colored squares appear more frequently

I'm looking into flashing the firmware to something we can actually use as well, no luck so far
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Quote from goodxbadx View Post :
One note on wifi - I had no luck getting the cameras to connect & run with my current mixed mode N routers with WPA security turned on. I got out an old Linksys G band & they connected ran, with WPA security, no problem. Not sure what the issue is & probably will just use the old router.
Your experience made me want to try something. By no means am I anywhere close to a network guru, but I like to fiddle in stuff. I have my router running both WPA (TKIP) and WPA2 (AES) security at the same time and in the past I have had issues where certain devices would not connect if I had multiple standards running at the same time. So I changed my router to only use WPA (TKIP) and then the camera started to work wirelessly without any issues.
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Your experience made me want to try something. By no means am I anywhere close to a network guru, but I like to fiddle in stuff. I have my router running both WPA (TKIP) and WPA2 (AES) security at the same time and in the past I have had issues where certain devices would not connect if I had multiple standards running at the same time. So I changed my router to only use WPA (TKIP) and then the camera started to work wirelessly without any issues.
Good to know - I'll check that. I'm not looking at it, but if memory serves, the camera says it's using WPA AES. I turned off multiple & automatic, but I didn't try TKIP. Thanks for the tip!
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#56
i guess i should get mine monday or tuesday as people have been getting them last thursday and friday.
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#57
Okay, so, FTP access practically makes this a wide open linux box. One change I Recommend to EVERYONE is to log into the FTP (just point your favorite client at the IP of the device and log in, username root and password is whatever you set). then edit /mnt/flash/etc/network/wireless.conf and change CountryRegion=6 to CountryRegion=0 The default settings are for France and limited to channels 3-9, whereas here we use 1-11, so this could be causing problems for people. Telnet can be enabled from inetd.conf (verified, logged in as root). Editing sysconf and rebooting will let you make everything appear as IP7137, but there is still a firmware mismatch.

Vivotek support unfortunately couldn't provide much help, but that did not surprise me.

It looks like the PCB for these cameras is only missing a couple of components to make them PoE compatible (a couple of bridge rectifiers, a diode, and a cap), but my EE isn't advanced enough to reverse engineer it, in case anyone else is interested.

Edit - Tricked the IW2 app into taking a flash file,but it didn't run successfully.

Edit 2 - In the interim, I'm going to make a translated version using ftp://ftp.vivotek.com/TC5331_Manual_VVTK.pdf as a guideline and share it.

Edit 3 - Found that I simply had to increase the ramdisk size to ~10m to get the update to have enough room to extract and run, but the first camera I tested on worked up until I Factory Restored it....hmm
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Okay, so, FTP access practically makes this a wide open linux box. (...)
cool!
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For those who are familiar and are using FTP and telnet on their devices now, here is a script I made to overwrite your website files with english ones (disclaimer - not responsible for damage). This script makes a full backup of your old www folder first and also copies the old cab for the activeX for double redundancy.

To install -
  • Read my previous post, get in over FTP and enable telnet. Now would be a good time to edit your wireless.conf region to enable the US channel range.
  • Download the attachment in this post, extract the files somewhere.
  • Upload both of the files inside the zip to the ramdisk directory on your device (should be the main folder it throws you in when you log in with your FTP client)
  • Use putty or kitty and get in to the device by IP over telnet.
  • Log in as root with whatever password you set (if any).
  • Type ls and press enter, verify that you see your newly uploaded files, if not use the cd and ls commands to poke your way around (cd .. takes you up one directory if you're stuck, sorry but I won't go further into linux basics than this).
  • Once in the directory, type chmod +x writewebpagecustom and press enter. Now type ./writewebpagecustom and press enter again. Wait for this to finish.
  • Go back to your FTP client and copy back the two backup files created in the process. Keep these safe just in case.
  • Reboot the camera and wait for it to come back online. Log in and verify your new interface language.
  • If you ever need to revert, you can first try renaming the cab and replacing the new one, otherwise for a full revert rename your backup tar.gz to just www.tar.gz and follow this whole process again, using this archive in place of the one you would normally upload.

Random pages may still load in French if you've already cached the website, just press F5 on each page until they're all english. If your ActiveX viewer fails at some point, go into client settings and set a different mode (TCP or UDP works for most setups).

If anyone bought a ton of these and feels like sending one my way as a thank you, PM me, I'd appreciate it and will do some more work on a full IP7137 conversion if it's possible (initial tests have been iffy and I haven't found a way to recover these via TFTP or similar once something goes wrong. Also, if you have the knowledge and want a full extract of the update package, PM me. DO NOT SEND THE FLASH.BIN FILE OVER FTP OR YOU'LL BE SORRY (hehe).

Update 4/7/14 - New version uploaded. Additionally, you can download and extract the etc.tar.gz.zip (to get an etc.tar.gz) and navigate to the top level of your device over FTP, then go to the folder etc and then the folder default, and replace the file of the same name there. This will ensure that if the device does a factory reset, the Wi-Fi channel range and telnet access do not revert to the settings of the original files.
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Quote from servili007 View Post :
For those who are familiar and are using FTP and telnet on their devices now, here is a script I made to overwrite your website files with english ones (disclaimer - not responsible for damage). I had varying success with the activeX controls once I flashed this, so the script makes a full backup of your old www folder first and also copies the old cab for the activeX for double redundancy.

To install -
  • Read my previous post, get in over FTP and enable telnet. Now would be a good time to edit your wireless.conf region to enable the US channel range.
  • Download the attachment in this post, extract the files somewhere.
  • Upload both of the files inside the zip to the ramdisk directory on your device (should be the main folder it throws you in when you log in with your FTP client)
  • Use putty or kitty and get in to the device by IP over telnet.
  • Log in as root with whatever password you set (if any).
  • Type ls and press enter, verify that you see your newly uploaded files, if not use the cd and ls commands to poke your way around (cd .. takes you up one directory if you're stuck, sorry but I won't go further into linux basics than this).
  • Once in the directory, type ./writewebpagecustom and press enter. Wait for this to finish.
  • Go back to your FTP client and copy back the two backup files created in the process. Keep these safe just in case.
  • If you ever need to revert, you can first try renaming the cab and replacing the new one, otherwise for a full revert rename your backup tar.gz to just www.tar.gz and follow this whole process again, using this archive in place of the one you would normally upload.

Random pages may still load in French if you've already cached the website, just press F5 on each page until they're all english.

If anyone bought a ton of these and feels like sending one my way as a thank you, PM me, I'd appreciate it and will do some more work on a full IP7137 conversion if it's possible (initial tests have been iffy and I haven't found a way to recover these via TFTP or similar once something goes wrong. Also, if you have the knowledge and want a full extract of the update package, PM me. DO NOT SEND THE FLASH.BIN FILE OVER FTP OR YOU'LL BE SORRY (hehe).

WootWow! Fantastic!Worthy Well done!Rock

I am a bit Linux challenged and stuck on:
-sh: ./writewebpagecustom: Permission denied


Edit: changed an attribute to allow execution and it worked! I am psyched! You rock!
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