V380 network camera configuration and installation.
This continues to be a work in progress but at this point I believe I have provided an accurate procedure. If not let me know.
My V380 camera with factory reset button (white).
Things you need to know before you start:
- You will use you cell phone to access you camera and make changes to your camera.
- You will need the V380 app on your cell phone. Get it from the play store and install it.
- Your cell phone and camera must be on the same network. There are two ways to do this:
- Open Settings
Turn off “Smart network switch”. You must do this or your cell phone will see out another network causing the camera and cell phone to be on different networks.
- read this article at: https://support.vsnmobil.com/hc/en-us/articles/203176405-Why-can-I-not-connect-to-the-camera-with-WiFi- On my cell phone this is handled a different way and it might be on your too. On mine two small windows pop one after the other. They are shown below. Answer yes to the second window.
- The network will look like: MV########. It gets generated by every 380 camera when plugged in.
- You will select the MV######### option. It is the camera’s AP.
- Open Settings
- You will be assigning a static IP to the camera so be sure to pick one. Now would be a good time so that you are prepared. I would use a network scanner to be sure the IP you select is NOT in use. You will also need your systems gateway IP and DNS settings.
- But first let me apologize for the quality of the cell phone.
- Plugin your camera and allow sufficient time for it to boot. Using your cell phone turn on WI-FI and look for the MV network. I you don’t see it you may have to reboot the camera by pressing the button for 10 seconds. Then look for it. Select the MV network on your cell. It will appear like the following in you cell phones list of networks. Do not worry about the “No internet Connection”.
This is where my phone differs. I have chosen the MV349 network above but it no pops up two windows as shown below. Click on the first one for options and in the second “Stay connected” select yes.
Now launch the V380 application shown below.
Below you will notice the AP number (MV########) without the MV
in the above image click on the “little gear”. it will bring up the following window:
Select “Network Settings” in above image.
This will take you to the following page:
Be absolutely sure to “Check” station mode and to select one of your networks. This is how the camera will communicate with your home router/network extenders. The password must be correct for the network you will attach to. Enter your network password in the “white area”.
If asked to join home network say yes. Select Static IP configuration. “Check” manual and enter the data. The manual static IP page will look like this (your did plan ahead for this right?)
Now go to you network scanner and see if you camera’s ip show up. you might need a short reset on you camera. you can see that my camera is on the network by the 192.168.1.108 entry in the entry below. It is also identified as a ShenZhen Bilin device. Not all cameras will be so indentified.
At this point we have addressed the wireless V380 camera and have assigned it a static IP address of 192.168.1.108. I use the Video application called Blue Iris. The normal “http” entries I used for other cameras do not work with this v380 camera. See below.
So now what?
We know from the Scan that this camera at 192.168.1.108 is a ShenZhen camera or at least we think we do so we go to the Ispy website for the remaining help we need by downloading ispy (64bit) from here: https://www.ispyconnect.com/
We will now use Ispy to formulate the access string to our camera. Here is how.
- launch Ispy
- select Add > Ipcamera with wizard.
- fill in make (it will be blank so start typing) shenzhen: v380
- we not not have a password so leave blank
- fill in our ip address (192.168.1.108)
- There will be a list of urls to try. One of these should work and be plugged into Iris. The first one looks most promising. It reads: “FFMPEG:v380: rtsp://firstname.lastname@example.org:554/live/ch00_0”