For a £80 I managed to get a new HikVision DS-2CD2032-I camera which supports a crazy 2048 x 1536 @ 20 FPS!
The camera can mount NFS as well as SMB/CIFS file shares, although a few people have had issues. And here is where my issues started (I did get it working). The camera management page has a section for NAS, and you can select you server, share, CIFS as well as credentials.
Note my version turned out to be a Chinese import, but the firmware is the latest V5.1.0 build 131202. This probably means that future upgrades could be difficult, but it was a good price.
Once set you can go to the storage management page and see that the storage appears offline (no errors) see #10 (#09 is my working version)
First step is to enable Telent and login to the camera itself, and rather cool it is running busybox! Great!
#Dmesg informed me that the user account was not correct, (it is) and when I look on my windows machine (Win Home server) I see that there too it says the user is incorrect. So it must be the domain, but here is a problem the username cannot contain \ or /
The simple fix was to use the format email@example.com rather than “domain\user” since @ is permitted.
Now that I can see the storage, it needs to be formatted?? This is very misleading as I have only mounted a shared folder on windows, what could possibly need formatting. Hitting the ‘Format’ button works away and fills up the folder with files. Being paranoid and not wanting to wait for it to fill my 500Gb drive, I turned on file quotas for that user. Click on the drive in windows, select quota and set it for a particular user. It only works at the user level and not groups. (I set it to 20GB)
After rebooting the camera, it can see my storage and it also knows that there is 20GB available. Fantastic. Hitting format created a “datadir0” folder and inside that there were 80+ files (mostly 0 bytes)
Having set motion detection and waiting a while, I can see that the files begin to fill up. But they often end up being the same size, I was hoping for a single file for every motion event… so I don’t have to log into the camera to see the footage.
None of the file properties are set on the recorded streams
However VLC gives me all the information I need to know
I have yet to play around with what goes into these files and why they are the same size, but this all looks promising.
I assuem that it creates an empty file for every 0.25 GB of storage that you have allocated (20GB x 4 = 80 files) and then fills up each file with a series of motion detections. This could be an issue for playback… buy I only have a camera and a file share, no need for a NVR
- Dmesg keeps reporting that there is an issue with the CIFS mounting
- The onscreen overlay text all works well for the date/time but the DAY (only) is in Chinese – apparently a known problem. I just don’t put the day on the video, the date & time are enough for me. Or maybe I will try this: http://www.ipcamtalk.com/showthread.php?162-How-to-hack-5-1-2-firmware-on-China-region-cameras-to-English