Hi. I’ve seen a few posts were folks reference getting Blue Iris working in a media tile but this seems really complex.
I want to setup the sharptools as a dashboard to be used on either a fire tablet or an ipad. I just want the camera’s to be available on the dashboard on the tablet locally in my house, I don’t need to see them outside my home.
Is there an easy way to do this? I’ve tried to create two media tiles but neither work and i have no idea how to delete them.
If it’s only local, you should be able to use your Blue Iris machine’s IP-address, including the port, mjpg, short name of the camera, video.jpg. http://255.255.255.255:PORT/mjpg/CameraName/video.mjpg
Are you using fully kiosk? Because the android webview has been updated a while ago and will not show insecure content. You can get around this by deleting the webview updates on the tablet.
You will also need to enable to show mixed content in Fully Kiosk settings.
If you’re just using a webpage, there shouldn’t be an issue.
Does that site allow embedding within a SharpTools dashboard? Either opening the hyperlink as a ‘Modal’ or using a Custom Tile to embed the URL directly?
Keep in mind that Chromium based browsers (which is most modern web browsers) will block ‘mixed content’ by default. Since the page is not using SSL, you might need to follow some of the tricks in the following post:
Pay particular attention to the note about Chromium 111 and newer browsers. Unfortunately, Google introduced a frustrating bug where the ‘Allow Insecure Content’ flag is broken for sites loaded by IP address. One workaround is to use one of the wildcard DNS sites like nip.io with your URL. In your example, that might be:
Another really cool feature of Blue Iris is the ability to use ‘Groups’. You can add cameras to any mix of groups that you’d like and then you can access a group stream from Blue Iris.
While this adds a bit of processing overhead to your Blue Iris server, I found it to be a really helpful feature where I could add 4 of my cameras into a group and get a single 2x2 grid stream on my dashboard rather than 4 individual streams.
(It’s been a long time since I’ve played with Blue Iris, so I can’t remember the exact steps on this, but I think it’s just the ‘short name’ of your group being used in place of the short name of your camera in one of the stream URLs)
That’s the approach I was referring to above with using a Custom Tile (immediately above your reply).
In the blog example, they are using a valid SSL cert port forwarding, and domains… but if you just want to view locally, you could probably used the mixed content setting mentioned in my post above.
A key thing they missed in their post is you must enable iframe support within Blue Iris web server settings. I actually just bought another Windows and Blue Iris license so I could spin up a VM to test this, so I’ll grab some screenshots when I get back to a PC.
Edit: Here’s the screenshots. I set my Blue Iris authentication to Non-LAN only as it seemed like Blue Iris had some quirks around the headers it was sending which would break things when embedded.
And the Allow <iframe> tags must be checked as well.
(Personally, I use Caddy2 as a reverse proxy along with an AdGuard DNS rewrite entry for an internal domain name, so I have a valid SSL setup, but the Mixed Content / Allow Insecure approach is common)
That’s probably a better question for the Blue Iris developer. I would send an email to them using the Get Support button within the Blue Iris app.
As for how you describe the issue, I would not describe it in the context of SharpTools as it is not unique to SharpTools. Instead, it seems to be an issue with iframes and how cookies are set by Blue Iris. In fact, you can reproduce the issue by embedding Blue Iris within an iframe on any site.
Note that you could uncheck the ‘Use secure session keys and login page’ under the Blue Iris Settings → Web Server → Advanced, but this completely disables the login screen and instead would use the browser’s native credentials prompt which isn’t as pretty, but bypasses the cookies issue.