Compatible Cameras - Arlo?

@josh I try the URL that you suggested but no luck? Thanks for the suggestion.

I’ll see if I can dig out the camera when I get home and figure out what the valid URL is.

Just to confirm, did you enable the MJPEG stream on the camera as noted in the previous post?

I pulled out my Amcrest IP2M-841 camera and did some testing and unfortunately it looks like they only provide support for embedding the username and password using a format which is no longer supported for embedding on Google Chrome and some other modern browsers. (eg. username:password@cameraURL)

I had my camera running through Blue Iris which can be used to consolidate multiple cameras into a single interface and acts as a nice DVR for your cameras. Blue Iris has URLs which work with SharpTools and that’s how I previously viewed these cameras in SharpTools.

If you don’t want to setup Blue Iris, another alternative would be to use TinyCam as a middle-man. Similar to Blue Iris, it can take the video from your camera as an input and then output in a format supported by SharpTools. You can find more details about using TinyCam as a middle-man in this post: Use TinyCam as a middle-man for incompatible camera streams

@josh is there a guide how to set up Blue Iris?

I did a quick Google Search and it looks like Amcrest has a guide on how to get your Amcrest camera into Blue Iris:

The steps are relatively the same for most cameras, so the tips from their article apply to most cameras.

This is a highly summarized version of the required steps, but at a high level you would:

  1. Download Blue Iris from their website:
  2. Install Blue Iris on a Window PC.
  3. Launch Blue Iris and follow any final installation steps
  4. Click the + button in the top-right frame of the Cameras pane of Blue Iris
  5. Enter the IP address of your camera and click Find/Inspect
    Note: If you have a username/password set on your camera, you would enter the password here before clicking Find/Inspect
    1. If Blue Iris finds your camera, you can proceed to tweak settings as you see fit
    2. Alternatively, you may need to select the Make (Amcrest) and Model and then tweak settings
  6. Click OK and the New Camera window should appear where you can make further adjustments
  7. Click OK on the New Camera window to complete the setup
  8. Make sure the Blue Iris webserver is setup - from the main Blue Iris screen, tap the globe icon at the top of the screen to have it walk you through the web server setup.
    Note: Alternatively, you can edit the Blue Iris Settings → Web Server and enable the webserver as James showed in this post.

One setting I would recommend changing is making the Web Server setup to require authentication from Non-LAN only: Blue Iris → Settings → Web Server → Advanced.

From there, verify that you can access the Blue Iris webserver in your browser:



If that’s working, then verify that you can view the camera MJPG stream directly in your browser:



If that’s all working, then you can use that camera stream URL as a Media Tile in SharpTools. :smiley:

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