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I installed a Foscam FI9831W and use tinyCam Monitor Pro. Way higher resolution/quality and way cheaper than the video baby monitors out there.
tinyCam Monitor Pro
Butt load of other features
There is a free version to try here
tinyCam Pro is well worth the price (one time, a few bucks). Supports Google Drive and other cloud solutions
For Android use tinyCam Monitor PRO for streaming the camera to Google Cast devices.
For iOS - Baby Monitor for IP Camera also supports Chromecast
Same here. I tried this with two old Android phones a few years back, using the IPWebcam app. The app was great, but one phone had severe battery swelling after a few months and the other phone suffered heat damage to the camera sensor.
Nowadays I have several ONVIF compatible cameras, and although I don't repurpose the old phones, I do repurpose old Android/Fire tablets though, using the TinyCam Pro app, as live-viewers or as a spare NVR.
What I do now to reduce the risk of battery swelling on a 24/7 tablet, is to plug the charger into a smart plug/socket with a daily routine set to periodically switch the charger off for a few hours to discharge and back on again. The timings for the routine take a bit of tweaking depending upon how long the device lasts on battery, but once that's sorted it's set-and-forget.
This is more of an alternative suggestion to check into than assistance with your task, but check out this app. It does some of what you're looking for and has some Tasker support. I believe it might have built in turn-phone-to-camera functionality at this point, but if not this one here has it and links up to TinyCam.
I have an old Samsung Rugby (SGH-I547C) running a single-camera security camera server, using TinyCam. Allows HTTP access, lets me isolate the terrible security camera firmware, backs up to my local Synology over FTP, gives me a little display all in one, and works if the power is cut (router, wireless AP, and Synology server have a battery backup). Certainly not the snappiest when viewing over HTTP, but it doesn't have to be. Might eventually get an ethernet adapter in order to stop using WiFi.
1) The latest nightlys of VLC have Chromecast built in. You might be able to use that to get the stream onto the Chromecast.
2) TinyCam Monitor, which is for security cameras, also has Chromecast built in. If your camera is supported ...
3) Can the camera make available a uPnP or DLNA service? If so then something like BubbleUPnP can direct it to the Chromecast.
Either way, what you need is an app that can fire up an HTML rendering server on the chromecast which can then access and display the stream from your camera directly. It's all about that being able to access the stream you have.
Oh, and if none of the above works, how about using a RaspPi to run a uPnP server and expose the camera feed via that?
I have a Foscam FI9281W v2 IP camera attached to the wall using Command strips above my son's crib.
720p, IR filter, wireless. I've got the IR set on a schedule to activate near the time we put him down for bed and the deactivate when we wake up.
It's only accessible from the LAN, no outside connections. For remote viewing (which is rare), I have a VPN set up in a virtual machine on my desktop that allows me to reach the LAN, then view the camera.
The wife and I both have Android phones, so we use TinyCam Monitor Pro, which is hands-down the best mobile IP cam app I've used.
On a computer running an Android emulator, like Nox Player, BlueStacks, or ARC Welder. I use BlueStacks, and the Wyze app has worked perfectly, though tinyCam Pro crashes too often. I haven't figured out if config changes fix the crashing.
tinyCam Pro has an internal web server, which you can get at through anything with a web browser. It can also livestream to an RTMP server, or cast to Chromecast devices.
You need to upgrade to the PRO version for Google Drive upload but try the free version first to make sure it works with your cameras.
TinyCam Monitor can view most cameras on your phone.
There's a free version, but that lacks features like audio.
The pro version is half off right now
Lots of different recording options.
Check the details from the app here
It doesn't need Internet, it's just an ip device on your network. You can also forward the port to a dns and access in a browser anywhere (either with your own dns or the one foscam provides).
I personally don't record, we just leave the n7 with a stand on the table or next to the bed as a night time monitor and let it do its thing live.
You can also send "guest" links to temporarily give cam access to a baby sitter.
Can't think of anything it doesn't have that I would need. Night vision automatically turns on when needed and you can control the camera fully from the app.
I primarily use iPhone unfortunately, but I can say that for live viewing on Android, tinyCam PRO is the way to go.
I don’t think you can access playback from the tinyCam app though. Note that Reolink cameras don’t usually have RTSP or ONVIF, although sometimes the NVR will support an RTSP re-stream of each channel.
According to the Google Play reviews of the Android app for Amcrest the main gripes are with the tediousness of scheduling and setting up recordings. I personally use the NVR’s interface for this (both locally and the web interface) so I can’t speak for that much either. However, finding and playing-back footage is pretty simple in the app once you figure out how to do it.
Suggest the TinyCam Pro app:
Android play store
I've been using tinycampro running on an old android phone to rebroadcast my wyze cam (non RTSP) and I can make it work with octoprint.
It's not a perfect setup, but it works. You have to load the camera link in a browser to get the key and paste the link from the logs in octoprint for the camera url.
I would sideload Tinycam Pro on a Fire TV stick and turn on the "Auto start live view on boot" feature.
I use this for my Wyze cam and YI cam... also an older Foscam.
Shows up on my Rokus just fine.
This is the best thing going. Developer is amazingly active.
This will do whatever you want AND you can add other cameras to it.
- tinyCam PRO - Swiss knife to monitor IP cam - Apps on Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alexvas.dvr.pro
Here you go: tinycam pro
It's an IPCam app. It does not only support the viewing of real IPCams and recording them, it also turns your android into an ipcam. It has support for tasker and for live-streaming to cloud services.
Could you repurpose an old Android phone, and use something like this app?? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alexvas.dvr.pro
It has some sound detection, so it works as a baby monitor .. Guess it could be tweaked to suit your needs
If you mount it on a wall, you could also access the camera (as an added bonus)
Try tinyCam PRO app. It allows showing and recording both front and rear cameras at the same time (two different mp4 will be created though). You can record in the app also when screen is off via background mode.
tinyCam Pro can stream to Chromecast and has the ability to pull video from many sources. Most PoE cameras will support one or more of the stream formats it handles.
Not quite what you're looking for, but I don't imagine there will be many PoE cameras with the ability to interact directly with Google Home. PoE cameras tend to be pretty basic.
I would expect this type of support to eventually come to NVR software, but I don't see it as a feature in ZoneMinder or Blue Iris on their own. Some people have reported success in streaming video using Google Home with Home Assistant in between, but I suspect that's further down the rabbit hole than you want to go.
Well. It is an IP camera and there are lots of IP camera applications out there. I use Tinycam. I use the paid version as I use it with Tasker. I have a few cameras and this makes using them easy. It can also monitor cams if you want to run an Android as a monitor service.
There is a free version (with ads...) but here is the paid that I use.
TinyCam Pro might be what you're looking for. I'm guessing you'll have to use the other "security camera" app to generate the feed, then use TinyCam Pro to record the video to the device itself/MicroSD/cloud storage.
I sideloaded tinycam app on the relay and can view my IP cam on it.
Had to load a different firmware on the camera, so the proximity/motion detection feature does not work (yet), so have not tried on demand view, etc.
Use tinyCam Monitor PRO instead. It has baby monitoring features (like alarm level, squelch level, background audio) and it can record MP4 files with audio. 2-w audio for Hikvision cameras is also supported.
The Foscam FI9826P might work for you.
I have the non plug and play version of this. I use it with the TinyCam Monitor Android app even when I'm away from home.
I tried Surveillance Station with my FI9831W for a while but noticed that it's continuously streaming the video via WiFi to the DS which is recording the relevant bits there. As I'm only interested in the recordings of movements and can peek into all cameras using tinyCam Monitor from my mobile, I've stopped using SurveillanceStation and instead let the camera record the events on its own and download the recordings from the camera's FTP using a simple wget command. The upside is that my WiFi is only used when transferring the important bits of video and no events are missed if the router/WiFi/DS crashes. And I've got an additional backup on my camera's SD card, too.
I use tinyCam Monitor Pro with my Foscam cameras. Works great. You can leave a PiP up while you watch other media.
The app that always gets people to smile is tinyCam Monitor. I can watch my home's webcams live from my watch!
Firstly, when I first did this about three years ago, it was a cheaper alternative to IP cameras, but they've come down in price so I'm not so sure that this is true any more. While a Pi might seem cheap, don't forget to add in the cost of a camera, a good power supply, a wifi dongle (assuming you need wireless) and an SD card.
Secondly, this can be a bit of a delicate setup. In general, I find the Pis keep running with very little maintenance, but when something does go wrong it can be a pain to sort out. For example, the SD card might fail, and while in theory all you do is clone a new one from a backup image, in practice this might not be possible because a new card could be slightly smaller than the backup image you have (due to variations in usable SD card sizes). The solution to this involves having a Linux machine handy (or a bootable Linux CD) in order to resize the backup image; if that's not possible it might be best to install a new card from scratch and set it up. It can get a bit time-consuming, and needs a certain amount of technical know-how.
In practice, the Pis can run very well as headless machines. I use MTPuTTY to connect to them for basic remote maintenance (updates, the occasional reboot) from my Windows PC. On the occasions where a Pi fails to boot, it's necessary to connect a monitor and keyboard/mouse to figure out what's wrong. On the whole, a Pi can run for months without any kind of attention at all.
There are quite a few tutorials online like this one, which walk you through the process of setting up the software you need. Basically, there's a package called "motion" which can be used to stream camera data for remote viewing. This has been adapted into something called "motion-mmal" in order to work with the native Pi cameras - one of mine uses a webcam so it uses the basic motion package.
Having set up the Pis, and forwarded the relevant ports on your router/modem, it only remains to set up an app on your smartphone to view the cameras. On Android, I use the excellent tinyCam Monitor Pro. You'll also need either a domain of your own, a fixed IP address or a service such as dynDNS so that your phone can reliably connect to your home computer.
I'm not sure if this answers your questions, but it's a start, anyway.
TinyCam monitor PRO if you have standalone cameras
tinyCam is what you want. Nothing else comes close IMO.
The finest, cheapest, shadiest, chinesiumest IP PTZ camera. It technically has 2 way audio but it doesn't work, because if you use it it crashes the camera. We don't even use the 1-way audio for similar reasons, though it's not as instant.
If you buy that camera it is imperative to prevent its outbound internet access at your router. Setup a static DHCP lease, then set a firewall rule to prevent all outbound connections. Disable UPNP. Test this by attempting a firmware update through the web ui, it should fail. The camera talks to the internet (and China) without consent and it is a surefire way to wind up on http://shodan.io/ with weirdos looking at your baby sleeping, your wife nursing, etc. Do not install the Foscam apps, plugins, etc. They trigger (valid) warnings.
That being said the PTZ feature is great. You can hook it up at any ip camera device, synology, tinyCam Monitor Pro for Android, VLC, and IP Cam View Pro for IOS. We paid for both apps, and they both work without connecting to the internet after initial setup.
Ironically I accidentally took a screenshot using IOS not the higher resolution 'snapshot' function in the app.
I have a Foscam FI9821W V2 that I monitor with TinyCamMonitor Pro on my phone and Blue Iris on my desktop.
The camera is mounted with Command strips above my son's crib and only accessible from the LAN, no outside connections. The app supports background audio and has widgets for quick viewing and access. Blue Iris also has an audio option that I use when I'm at my computer in the evenings after my son has gone to sleep.
Feel free to ask any questions about it that I may not have covered.
> IP Cam Viewer
tinyCam is much better IMO
Been using TinyCam. Was easy to set up and use.
This is a surveilance app. But you can add internal cameras for recording
App shortcuts - tinyCam Monitor PRO (Beta)
I don't have and never have had the cloud service. I use two-way audio all the time on the tinyCam Pro app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alexvas.dvr.pro). I also just tested that this still works without cloud services in the Amcrest View Pro app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mm.android.direct.AmcrestViewPro). When remote, I just use WireGuard to VPN to my home network. No cloud needed.
TinyCam for Android.
Android TV Remote Control
You can use TinyCam PRO ($4 android app) to run on a spare tablet/phone will get you a web server capable of displaying all cameras. That gets everything viewable on your home network 24/7. Here's a "how to" video.
You can then add that device's IP and the port to your router's DMZ (instructions vary by router model). This will allows the cams to be viewable over the internet. The address will be https://[your.public.IP.address]:[ThePortNumber] You can get your public IP address from your router, or from somewhere like https://www.whatismyip.com
MAKE SURE YOU USE A STRONG PASSWORD.
Altes Android Handy > TinyCam for Android > Profit!
You can use ha-wyzeapi component instead of ha-wyzesense. This uses unofficial Wyze APIs to control your devices. You can add/remove devices through the Wyze app itself (you cannot have 2FA on).
For Wyze cameras, I did not want to flash RTSP firmware because I fear I may lose access to the hub portion of the camera. Instead, I use TinyCam Pro, an android app that can connect to stock Wyze cameras. Here's a tutorial on it.
If you're feeling fancy and have a RPi 3B (not 3B+), you can load Android OS and install TinyCamPro and have it be a headless DVR
Ich habe rund um mein Haus Außenkameras von Instar installiert. Die senden auch nur ins Internet, wenn man es explizit in der Oberfläche einschaltet.
Zur Überwachung nutze ich die Surveillance Station auf meinem Synology NAS bzw. die App tinyCam Monitor PRO.
tinyCam dev here. tinyCam apps links are
The link that you gave is Chinese copycat.
С Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alexvas.dvr.pro
Thanks! They're all Wyze Cam V2's, all currently located indoor.Yeah, the extra video is one downside, and the second is that I'll end up with extra calls to DeepStack because if something tripped it (non-human) and the motion goes away in say a second, normally I would stop calling DeepStack, but in this case I'll need to keep calling it once every second for 40 seconds since motion is still being detected and I need to make sure it's not a human. But both are no biggie.
Some links for anyone interested in a similar project:
Buy android tv box: https://www.amazon.com/Mi-Box-Xiaomi-Original-Assistant/dp/B07MV4YTJK
Install / sideload tinycampro: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alexvas.dvr.pro&hl=en_US
no need to use crappy rtsp firmware that they will never update and only threw at us to shut us up.
For all things camera related, Tiny Cam Pro. Can even have it host web server so you can check video from anywhere on anything.
This is a great feature indeed. Thanks a lot.
Here come some values: [AI CPU 2x] Object detection (fps). I took the average as good as I could because the fps value is changing rapidly.
Google Pixel 2
CPU, GPU, NN API: around 18
Gakaxy Tab 4
CPU, GPU: around 17
NN API: around 6
Sony Xperia E5823
CPU, GPU, NN API: around 14
The use case / prototype is detecting movement with tinyCam Pro (Beta), than triggering a task in Tasker and than send an alert with SIGNL4. I read the image via HTTP locally using the tinyCam API. This works nicely. Would be nice to have an API addition to retrieve the movement information, i.e. person, vehicle, pet and probability.
Thanks again for this amazing app.
Which is a very easy app to use yet very useless to be honest. I'll highly recommend TinyCam pro. https://www.reddit.com/r/tinycam, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alexvas.dvr.pro&hl=en
Does it have tasker integration like something like tinyCam?
Tiny Cam Pro. Works really well. Even the other camera works with it.
I'm not familiar with sound detection, but if you have an Android device, you could try TinyCam Pro as an alternate app.
tinyCam Monitor PRO to watch your IP cameras right on your wrist.
I bought some of these Amcrest cameras (here is the 1080p version) and installed BlueIris on a spare computer I had at home. Works just fine.
I also installed TinyCam Monitor Pro (android) for my phone, and setup a webpage in BlueIris to watch my cameras remotely.
You could get 2 cams and the software for less than $200.
Setup took me a little while, but it wasn't too bad.
The only "gotcha" I ran into was that since I have 8 cameras, and they are all wifi, they saturated my wifi router and slowed everything else down. I pulled an old second router out and connected them all to that one, and then my original router handles my phones, laptops, TVs, etc., just fine.
Try tinyCam Monitor on Android.
This is what we use. Have two cameras and it works with a wide variety of apps. I will say this requires a tiny bit of tech savvy to setup especially for external access but it works great for us. I have walked people through setup before so if you have questions feel free to pm me.
Android: I like tinycam. Works great for us and solid dev. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alexvas.dvr.pro&hl=en
IOS: I like foscam Pro. Again solid app and we have not had issues. Foscam Pro: Multi IP Camera Viewer by Synaptic Edge LLC
Camera we use: Foscam FI8910W Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with Two-Way Audio and Night Vision (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006ZP8UOW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_-A6Ixb5ZPS29W
I have this camera.
Its pretty cheap and I haven't had any real issues with it apart from their phone application. The app works for monitoring and remotely controlling ptz, but on my android phone, there are certain things that cause it to force close every time. I use it to watch my dog and usually resort to tinyCam so I don't have to worry about restarting the app all the time.
As for recording, there is a microsd slot on the camera, but if you are looking for desktop recording, iSpy is good, open source software. They have a desktop application, but I haven't installed it so I don't know how well it works.
It was also a free app of the day a few times on Amazon.
tinyCam Monitor brings Nexus Imprint support
Google Play link
Did you try the TinyCam Monitor Pro? It also has Android Wear support and it's maybe better. :)
Easiest and cheapest way is to get a prepaid phone like the Verizon Moto G that was going new at one time for $25 to $40, $4 tinyCamMonitor PRO and $4 IP Webcam Pro apps.