Chinese IP Camera Config & Firmware

Chinese IP camera configuration & firmware

Chinese IP cameras occupy the low and middle end market. Today, users can get a good quality megapixel resolution IP cameras with cheap price from many different Chinese manufacturers. Although your manufacturer may provide standard technical support to you, you may want to discover more about your IPC. In this article, we intend to provide you some professional technical support for these IP cameras.

1# How to upgrade firmware?

Almost Chinese IP cameras are based on Hisilicon SoC solution, thus this article is applicable to IP cameras that utilize Hisilicon SoC such as Hi3518A, Hi3518C, and Hi3518E, as well as Hi3516C. 

  • 1.0MP Camera Modules: IPG-50H10PL-S,IPG-50H10PL-AE,IPG-50H10PL-B, IPG-50H10PL-P 
  • 1.0MP WDR Camera Modules: IPG-52H10PL-B, IPG-52H10PL-P
  • 1.3MP Camera Modules: IPG-53H13PES-SL, IPG-53H13PES-S, IPG-53H13PLS-S
  • 1.3MP Aptina CMOS Camera Modules: IPG-53H13PL-S, IPG-53H13PL-AE, IPG-53H13PL-B, IPG-53H13PL-P
  • 1.3MP Sony Low Light CMOS Camera Modules: IPG-53H13P-S, IPG-53H13P-AE, IPG-53H13P-B, IPG-53H13P-P
  • 2.0MP Low Light CMOS Camera Modules: IPG-53H20PL-S, IPG-53H20PL-AE, IPG-53H20PL-B, IPG-53H20PL-P
  • 4.0MP Camera Modules: IPG-83H40PL-B
  • 5.0MP Low Light Camera Modules: IPG-83H50P-B, IPG-83H50P-P
  • 1.0/1.3MP Hi3518E Camera Modules: IPG-50H10PE-S, IPG-50H10PE-SL, IPG-53H10PE-S, IPG-53H13PE-S
  • P2P IP Camera Modules: IPM-50H10PE-O(R), IPG-50H10PL-R, IPG-53H13PL-R 
  • WiFi Camera Modules: IPG-50H10PE-WP, IPG-53H13PE-WP
  • Panoramic View camera Module: IPG-53M10F-B

To upgrade the firmware of IP camera, you need to know the existing firmware version. Basically, you need to obtain proper firmware for the proper IP camera. To know the Hisilicon IP camera's firmware, you access camera web interface, then click [Device Config] > [Setting] > [Info] > [Version]. 

Hisilicon IP camera firmware

After knowing the firmware version of your IP camera, you may want to know the meaning of firmware, then break down the version suffix numbers. The version suffix numbers contain 17 digits, they are separated with "."  symbol.

000 06 510 . 10010 . 1407

abc de fgh  .  jklmn  .  opqr

abc OEM Manufacturer ID  
de Platform ID 00: TI, 01: Hisilicon 16M, 02: Hisilicon 8M (S38), 03: TI (_S models), 04: Ambarella, 05: Hisilicon 16M, 06: Hisilicon 8M (Hi3518E)
fgh Compile Version  
j Cloud Service  0: No; 1: Yes
k Basic Video Analytics  0: No; 1: Yes
l Advanced Video Analytics  0: No; 1: Yes
m ONVIF Server (IPC)  0: No; 1: Yes
n ONVIF Client (NVR)  0: No; 1: Yes
opqr R&D version  

2# Download latest firmware for your IPC

Ideally, you can get the latest firmware from your supplier. However, some manufacturers maybe not willing to offer this service, because using wrong firmware may cause irreparable damage to IP cameras.  Note: When you are at the firmware download page. In the upper right corner there is a dropdown list. Choose "English" to download the firmware. The firmware will be updated regularly, you can always find the latest one from below download URL. I recommend you to bookmark this article.

 Firmware Version Product Model Sohu Download URL
  IPC Firmware  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTcxMDIsaGloYmM.htm
  TI Platform  
00000803 BLOCK365_R5003  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NjQsaGR1ZG0.htm
00000810 BLOCK365_R5010L ONVIF:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NjUsaGR1ZHE.htm
    WIFI:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NjYsaGR1ZGQ.htm
00000503 BLOCK365_5003L 3G:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2NzcsaGRkaWk.htm
    ONVIF:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2NzgsaGRkaXU.htm
    WIFI:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2NzksaGRkaXg.htm
00000504 BLOCK365_5004 3G:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2ODAsaGRkdWI.htm
    ONVIF:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2ODEsaGRkdWg.htm
    WIFI:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2ODIsaGRkdWM.htm
00000510 BLOCK365-5010L 3G:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2ODQsaGRkdW0.htm
    ONVIF:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2ODUsaGRkdXE.htm
    WIFI:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2ODYsaGRkdWQ.htm
00000513 BLOCK365_5013L 3G:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2ODcsaGRkdWk.htm
    ONVIF:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2ODgsaGRkdXU.htm
    WIFI:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2ODksaGRkdXg.htm
00000520 BLOCK365-5020L 3G:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3NjMsaGRpZGs.htm
    ONVIF:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3NjUsaGRpZHE.htm
    WIFI:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3NjYsaGRpZGQ.htm
00000523 BLOCK365_5213 3G:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3NzYsaGRpaWQ.htm
    ONVIF:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3NzgsaGRpaXU.htm
    WIFI:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3ODAsaGRpdWI.htm
00000531 BLOCK365_5313 3G:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3ODIsaGRpdWM.htm
    ONVIF:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3ODMsaGRpdWs.htm
    WIFI:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3ODUsaGRpdXE.htm
00000604 BLOCK365_6004 3G:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4MDgsaGR1YnU.htm
    ONVIF:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4MTAsaGR1aGI.htm
    WIFI:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4MTIsaGR1aGM.htm
00000606 BLOCK365_6006  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4MTQsaGR1aG0.htm
    WIFI:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4MTYsaGR1aGQ.htm
00000613 BLOCK365_6013 3G:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4MTcsaGR1aGk.htm
    ONVIF:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4MjUsaGR1Y3E.htm
    WIFI:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4MzgsaGR1a3U.htm
00000703 BLOCK365_K5003 WIFI:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NjAsaGR1ZGI.htm
    ONVIF:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NTksaGR1cXg.htm
00000710 BLOCK365_K5010 WIFI:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NjIsaGR1ZGM.htm
    ONVIF:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NjEsaGR1ZGg.htm
00000804 BLOCK365_IVM_6004 WIFI:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NTcsaGR1cWk.htm
    ONVIF:http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NTgsaGR1cXU.htm
00000810 BLOCK365_IVM_5010  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NTMsaGR1cWs.htm
00000814 BLOCK365_IVM_5004  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NTIsaGR1cWM.htm
00000823 BLOCK365_IVM_5213  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NTUsaGR1cXE.htm
00000831 BLOCK365_IVM_5313  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NTYsaGR1cWQ.htm
  External Camera Module  
00000613 BLOCK365_6013_Externel  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2NjksaGRkZHg.htm
00000570 BLOCK365_5020D_D_Externel  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2NjgsaGRkZHU.htm
00000563 BLOCK365_5013D_D_Externel  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2NjcsaGRkZGk.htm
  Hisilicon Platform  
00001510 IPC_HI3518C_50H10L (Old)  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3NjgsaGRpZHU.htm
IPC_HI3518C_50H10L_AE (New)  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3NjksaGRpZHg.htm
00001520 IPC_HI3516C_50H20L  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3NzMsaGRpaWs.htm
00001521 IPC_HI3518C_52H10L  https://pan.sohu.net/f/Mjc5NzQsY2l4aW0.htm
00001531 IPC_HI3518C_53H13 (Old)  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3ODYsaGRpdWQ.htm
IPC_HI3518C_53H13_AE (New)  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3OTMsaGRpeGs.htm
00001532 IPC_HI3516C_53H20L  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4MDQsaGR1Ym0.htm
00001538 IPC_HI3518C_53H13P_IMX138  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3ODksaGRpdXg.htm
00001710 IPC_HI3518C_KA50H10L  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NjMsaGR1ZGs.htm
00001810 IPC_HI3518C_RA50H10 https://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NjcsaGR1ZGk.htm
00001831 IPC_HI3518C_RA53H13 https://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4NzIsaGR1aWM.htm
00001900 IPC_HI3518C_N51813  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2NjYsaGRkZGQ.htm
00001901 IPC_HI3516C_N52020  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2NzQsaGRkaW0.htm
00001902 IPC_HI3518C_N51013  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2NzIsaGRkaWM.htm
00001905 IPC_HI3518C_N51813L  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTg3OTMsaHVpeGs.htm
00001906 IPC_HI3516C_N51820L  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2NzMsaGRkaWs.htm
00001907 IPC_HI3518C_53H13AF  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2NzUsaGRkaXE.htm
00001908 IPC_HI3516C_53H20AF  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTg3OTIsaHVpeGM.htm
00002510 IPC_HI3518C_50H10L_S38  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3NzEsaGRpaWg.htm
00002520 IPC_HI3516C_50H20L_S38  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3NzUsaGRpaXE.htm 
00002531 IPC_HI3518C_53H13_S38  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4MDMsaGR1Yms.htm
00002532 IPC_HI3516C_53H20L_S38  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY4MDcsaGR1Ymk.htm
00002538 IPC_HI3518C_53H13P_IMX138_S38  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY3OTEsaGRpeGg.htm
00006510 IPC_HI3518E_50H10L_S38  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2NzYsaGRkaWQ.htm
00006531 IPC_HI3518E_53H13_S38  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MjI5OTYsY2N4eGQ.htm
00006810 IPC_HI3518E_RA50H10L_S38  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTc5ODUsaGl4dXE.htm
  Amberella Platform  
00004532 AMBARA5S_53A20L  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2NzAsaGRkaWI.htm
00004533 AMBARA5S_53A30P_A  http://pan.sohu.net/f/MTY2NzEsaGRkaWg.htm

3# How to view video stream on Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari?

These Chinese IP cameras can only be configured using Internet Explorer (IE) browser. Fortunately, you can use any non IE based browsers to view the IP camera main or sub video streams without having access to the camera web interface. Herein we teach you how to use the Google Chrome to access this IP camera video stream.

1. Enable NPAPI plugin first.

  • Go to chrome://flags/#enable-npapi
  • Choose Enable.
  • At the bottom left of your screen, click Relaunch Now.

You can use this flag to run NPAPI plugins until Chrome version 45.

2. Install Quicktime player on your computer

3. Run Google Chrome, input default IP address: http://192.168.1.10:/login.htm to access IP camera video stream.

4# How to reset IP cameras?

Many IP cameras have reset button, just press reset button for 5-10 seconds, the camera will automatically reset to factory status. For IP cameras don't have reset button, you can use software/utility to reset IP camera to factory default when something goes wrong.

Hisilicon IP camera Reset Tool

Download the reset utility

Simply enter local IP address of your IP camera and the IP camera will reset. The reset will take more than 20 seconds to complete then reboot. Once the utility displays Reset is OK. The username and password will reset to default (user: admin; password: blank/empty). All settings will be set to factory default including the IP camera accessing URL (192.168.1.10).

5# How to access the video stream via RTSP?

You can play IP camera video stream on VLC player and Quicktime player. To play video stream via RTSP for Hisilicion IP cameras, you need to use below URL:

Sub-stream (352x240 MJPEG):

 rtsp://192.168.1.10/user=User&password=Password&channel=1&stream=1.sdp?real_stream--rtp-caching=100

Main-stream (1280x720 HD):

 rtsp://192.168.1.10/user=User&password=Password&channel=1&stream=0.sdp?real_stream--rtp-caching=100

The tutorial to play RTSP video stream: http://www.unifore.net/ip-video-surveillance/how-to-play-rtsp-video-stream-of-ip-cameras-on-vlc-player-quicktime-player.html

6# How to access IP cameras via Telnet?

Authorized users can access IP cameras via Telnet protocol. This is a hidden interface for Hisilicon IP cameras. This can be an alternative if you failed to access IP cameras from other methods including using web interface, Device Manager software, CMS software.

For Linux users, you can use Telnet to access IP camera using the root password. Then type a netsat command, in Telnet. You can see 9527 port has been opened by this network camera.

IP camera Telnet Commands

For windows users, you can use Putty software to access IP camera.

1. You can download putty software from this here: http://www.putty.org/

2. After install putty in your computer, run the software and follow these instructions below, to access.

Type IP camera URL into Host Name, choose port 9527, then select "Telnet" as the connection type.

IP camera Telnet Connection - Putty

Click on the "Terminal" Category menu option on the left, check the checkbox of "Implicit CR in every LF".

IP camera Telnet Connection - Putty

Click "Open" button, A new command window will open and you can use the return key. Wait a prompt asking for username and password, enter a valid Admin User Id and Password.

Telnet Connection - Putty Login

Once you have logged in, type "help" and you will see all available commands for this IP camera.

Telnet Commands

Telnet is very useful to debug the IP camera, especially when you can't access IP camera from other methods. However, Telnet is vulnerable for possible hacking, since the data transmission is not encrypted. Currently, there is no way to disable Telnet interface or disable port 9527.

Last, when you use RTSP link for public use, you may want to expose the real password which could be used to change IP camera configuration via web interface. You can use the cryptographic hash of the camera password as the camera RTSP password to access video stream.

To know the cryptographic password of your IP camera, you need to use the command: user -user

Telnet Commands - cryptographic hash of the camera password

This will dump the user credentials of camera including the user password harsh. Once you get the hashed password, you can put it in RTSP URL instead of exposing the real admin password.

 rtsp://192.168.1.10/user=admin_password=6QNMIQGe_channel=1_stream=0.sdp?real_stream

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