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These are brilliant and use to keep eye on my home when I go traveling.

Original Xiaomi Xiaoyi Ants Night Vision 720P Smart Wireless Webcam Security IP Camera

The newest version about the XiaoMi XiaoYi Ants Night Vision Camera is coming.
You'll never worry about the evening of sight. 

Automatically start Smart security model when you leave home
You can view the situation on your phone: whether doors windows are closed.
Once something unusual or dangerous, it immediately begins recording and timely alarm to notify you when you are not in.



Observe and photograph and video whenever necessary
You won’t miss every moment of the baby's growth.
It can remote capture when your baby successful complete the blocks tower, or when you are overtime at night, you can croon a lullaby for him hum to sleep.
Turn on the phone and get together with him immediately!



4X digital zoom, every detail are viewed on the screen
You can double-click to 4x zoom to view the accident caused by your lovely pet.
Find it is sleeping in the sofa or chew your shoes in the corner,shout it immediately stop the destruction by voice function.



Two-way voice feature looks like you always with her
With this smart ant camera, you can spend important day with her.
110°wide-angle lens bring a sense of immersive screen, sing a birthday song to her.
It is no longer a problem even though you are far away from her.



Installation within 1 min
Connect the power supply;
Download Xiaomi smart home APP (also support the "small ant Camera" or "Xiaomi router" APP);
Automatically connect.

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I've "tweaked" my camera and have :-

RTSP stream (working with VLC and my Synology NAS Surveillance Station)
Telnet access
FTP access
UK timezone with time set using NTP
Stopped all camera access to the Chinese servers (god knows what data is was sending)
Cron enabled (I run a NTP sync job every 5 minutes)
I've had it mount a NFS share on my NAS too.
Wifi settings include multiple Wifi networks so I can move it around and it will connect to whatever it finds.
Oh, blue Wifi light turned off for steath-mode too
IR lights working when it gets dark

So it's a great little device but it's a bit of a ballache to setup. Because I've disabled all the "phone home to China" stuff then the camera app can't contact the phone now. Other apps are available though which access generic RTSP cameras over a network and they work fine with the camera in it's current configuration.

I'm going to get another one and have Surveillance station monitor them for motion when I'm away.






Edited By: y0rkiebar on Oct 22, 2015 19:43: meh
8 Likes
I have this and didnt have any problem getting it working. Turned it on, entered the wifi info into the app which automatically picks up the camera, and that was it.

I've installed some modified firmware to allow my to access the RSTP stream and correct the time. Only problem I still have it the blue LED I cant turn off so ive covered it with a bit of tape (its not the IR leds)

Links to firmware / camera dicussions:

http://robinhenniges.com/en/fix-xiaomi-xiaoyi-small-ant
https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/anyone-here-running-the-xiaomi-xiaoyi-yi-smart-wifi-cam.12177/

Nothing compares to this in terms of build quality and features for the price:
- 2 way audio
- Motion detected recording onto SD card
- Motion alerts to IOS and Android
- IR nightvision (great quality)
- Actively maintained firmware (hopefully resolving the few bugs there are)
- 720p
7 Likes
dwl99
y0rkiebar
dwl99
y0rkiebar
hcc27

If the camera pings Xiaomi's servers in China, that is indeed a pretty serious issue. Could they be recording camera footage or are they simply noting down usage information? What do they do with this data gathered without our permission (or maybe there is a sly get-out clause in the EULA)?
Our utter reliance on far-eastern products worries me.
The camera establishes (and maintains) various network connections to Chinese IP addresses. I didn't analyse the network data being transmitted so can't comment on what's being sent but there is no "opt-out" option. I changed the permissions on the culprit executables on the camera such that nothing could run them (as they were being invoked by various processes which have to run for the camera to work).
Have ordered one although slightly concerned about the privacy issues. Do you have a link to any more information about blocking access to the dodgy executables? I take it the modded firmware doesn't address this?
To stop the China network links you have to either:-
a) Mod the camera setup to allow telnet access to the device, login and change permissions on the applications which are calling China. This will stop the phone/tablet app from working with the camera.
b) Block the outbound network requests from camera->China in your router/firewall, this will most probably stop the phone/tablet app from working with the camera also.
Basically, it's not easy! This thing wants to phone home.
I'm a bit rusty at Linux commands, I presume you have to do something with chmod? I don't suppose you'd care to post a copy of the commands line by line?


Yup, chmod!

Here's a screengrab of a putty session just now onto the cam showing the files I've removed execute permissions from

http://i62.tinypic.com/1604mkm.jpg

The command "chmod a-x cloud p2pserver watch_process" would remove execute permission from the three files (I've already done this).

Now, I've re-enabled execute permission on those files and started them. Lets look at the camera network connections

http://i61.tinypic.com/2mdmaet.jpg


You can see outbound (from camera) connections to the following IP's

120.92.227.146
120.134.33.107
203.195.157.36

Let's do some digging.....

IP Location Results for 120.92.227.146
==============

City: Beijing
Zip Code: 0
Region Code: 11
Region Name: Beijing Shi
Country Code: CN
Country Name: China

IP Location Results for 120.134.33.107
==============

City: Beijing
Zip Code: 0
Region Code: 11
Region Name: Beijing Shi
Country Code: CN
Country Name: China



IP Location Results for 203.195.157.36
==============

City: Beijing
Zip Code: 0
Region Code: 11
Region Name: Beijing Shi
Country Code: CN
Country Name: China


Mmmmm......


Edited By: y0rkiebar on Oct 23, 2015 18:04

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#1
Cheap camera, but has its limitations. Not possible to use third party apps with newest firmware. Can not turn off the leds. Can not change to UK time.
#2
Good luck making it work absolute nightmare
#3
1min installation whahaa :))))
#4
does it have a sensor so it turns on when someone walks in sight of the camera?
#5
You can change the camera to use UK time, i got one working great here - only downside is its a pity the LEDs cant be turned off when placed in a window
#6
Can someone explain how they got this working mine still lying after two weeks
1 Like #7
Can this upload video footage to a local server or to the cloud?
#8
I need something I can get to stream externally to a server at my house which will do the recording, and can switch to motion detection in the evenings. Any chance with this do you know?
8 Likes #9
I have this and didnt have any problem getting it working. Turned it on, entered the wifi info into the app which automatically picks up the camera, and that was it.

I've installed some modified firmware to allow my to access the RSTP stream and correct the time. Only problem I still have it the blue LED I cant turn off so ive covered it with a bit of tape (its not the IR leds)

Links to firmware / camera dicussions:

http://robinhenniges.com/en/fix-xiaomi-xiaoyi-small-ant
https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/anyone-here-running-the-xiaomi-xiaoyi-yi-smart-wifi-cam.12177/

Nothing compares to this in terms of build quality and features for the price:
- 2 way audio
- Motion detected recording onto SD card
- Motion alerts to IOS and Android
- IR nightvision (great quality)
- Actively maintained firmware (hopefully resolving the few bugs there are)
- 720p
#10
hot
#11
Works fine for me only gripe is the time zone not supported here
13 Likes #12
I've "tweaked" my camera and have :-

RTSP stream (working with VLC and my Synology NAS Surveillance Station)
Telnet access
FTP access
UK timezone with time set using NTP
Stopped all camera access to the Chinese servers (god knows what data is was sending)
Cron enabled (I run a NTP sync job every 5 minutes)
I've had it mount a NFS share on my NAS too.
Wifi settings include multiple Wifi networks so I can move it around and it will connect to whatever it finds.
Oh, blue Wifi light turned off for steath-mode too
IR lights working when it gets dark

So it's a great little device but it's a bit of a ballache to setup. Because I've disabled all the "phone home to China" stuff then the camera app can't contact the phone now. Other apps are available though which access generic RTSP cameras over a network and they work fine with the camera in it's current configuration.

I'm going to get another one and have Surveillance station monitor them for motion when I'm away.






Edited By: y0rkiebar on Oct 22, 2015 19:43: meh
#13
Been looking for something like this. Wasn't there a different model posted here some days ago?
#14
teerex
Been looking for something like this. Wasn't there a different model posted here some days ago?
That would be this one. Are they the same? I've been waiting for the other one to come back into stock at gearbest's EU warehouse.

Edited By: dwl99 on Oct 22, 2015 20:54
#15
dwl99
teerex
Been looking for something like this. Wasn't there a different model posted here some days ago?
That would be this one. Are they the same? I've been waiting for the other one to come back into stock at gearbest's EU warehouse.

The comments on GB state that it won't come back into stock at the EU warehouse.
#16
y0rkiebar
dwl99
teerex
Been looking for something like this. Wasn't there a different model posted here some days ago?
That would be this one. Are they the same? I've been waiting for the other one to come back into stock at gearbest's EU warehouse.
The comments on GB state that it won't come back into stock at the EU warehouse.
Is it the same camera?
2 Likes #17
They hope you have a good banging with your web cam.
#18
Can't you just cover the LEDs with blutac? Do it with some of my other cameras.
#19
Still awaiting mine from the gearbest EU nearly a month ago. Lost by Yodel, Gearbest dragging their feet and constantly delaying, so had to file a PayPal dispute today. Beware.
#20
Can this be viewed on android tv box?
#21
mistafaz
Can this be viewed on android tv box?


I don't see why not as just install apk
#22
ordered thx
#23
Ordered thx
#24
Hopefully bangtidy will stock this soon oO
#25
gavinlew
You can change the camera to use UK time, i got one working great here - only downside is its a pity the LEDs cant be turned off when placed in a window


​open it up and add a switch :)
1 Like #26
y0rkiebar
I've "tweaked" my camera and have :-
RTSP stream (working with VLC and my Synology NAS Surveillance Station)
Telnet access
FTP access
UK timezone with time set using NTP
Stopped all camera access to the Chinese servers (god knows what data is was sending)
Cron enabled (I run a NTP sync job every 5 minutes)
I've had it mount a NFS share on my NAS too.
Wifi settings include multiple Wifi networks so I can move it around and it will connect to whatever it finds.
Oh, blue Wifi light turned off for steath-mode too
IR lights working when it gets dark
So it's a great little device but it's a bit of a ballache to setup. Because I've disabled all the "phone home to China" stuff then the camera app can't contact the phone now. Other apps are available though which access generic RTSP cameras over a network and they work fine with the camera in it's current configuration.
I'm going to get another one and have Surveillance station monitor them for motion when I'm away.

Many of us mere mortals will not be able to set this up the way you've done, even with average networking knowledge. You'd be doing lots of folk here a huge favour if you could put down the instructions as an Instructable/lifehack or make a YouTube video of the process. Thanks in advance.
1 Like #27
dwl99
y0rkiebar
dwl99
teerex
Been looking for something like this. Wasn't there a different model posted here some days ago?
That would be this one. Are they the same? I've been waiting for the other one to come back into stock at gearbest's EU warehouse.
The comments on GB state that it won't come back into stock at the EU warehouse.
Is it the same camera?

Yes
4 Likes #28
hcc27
y0rkiebar
I've "tweaked" my camera and have :-
RTSP stream (working with VLC and my Synology NAS Surveillance Station)
Telnet access
FTP access
UK timezone with time set using NTP
Stopped all camera access to the Chinese servers (god knows what data is was sending)
Cron enabled (I run a NTP sync job every 5 minutes)
I've had it mount a NFS share on my NAS too.
Wifi settings include multiple Wifi networks so I can move it around and it will connect to whatever it finds.
Oh, blue Wifi light turned off for steath-mode too
IR lights working when it gets dark
So it's a great little device but it's a bit of a ballache to setup. Because I've disabled all the "phone home to China" stuff then the camera app can't contact the phone now. Other apps are available though which access generic RTSP cameras over a network and they work fine with the camera in it's current configuration.
I'm going to get another one and have Surveillance station monitor them for motion when I'm away.
Many of us mere mortals will not be able to set this up the way you've done, even with average networking knowledge. You'd be doing lots of folk here a huge favour if you could put down the instructions as an Instructable/lifehack or make a YouTube video of the process. Thanks in advance.

I have thought about it. When I get my next cam then I'll try and document the process from the ground up. My current setup has evolved over a few weeks and trying to document the steps now wouldn't be simple.
#29
dwl99
y0rkiebar
dwl99
teerex
Been looking for something like this. Wasn't there a different model posted here some days ago?
That would be this one. Are they the same? I've been waiting for the other one to come back into stock at gearbest's EU warehouse.
The comments on GB state that it won't come back into stock at the EU warehouse.
Is it the same camera?


​Looks the same?
#30
AddictWeb
I have this and didnt have any problem getting it working. Turned it on, entered the wifi info into the app which automatically picks up the camera, and that was it.
I've installed some modified firmware to allow my to access the RSTP stream and correct the time. Only problem I still have it the blue LED I cant turn off so ive covered it with a bit of tape (its not the IR leds)
Links to firmware / camera dicussions:http://robinhenniges.com/en/fix-xiaomi-xiaoyi-small-anthttps://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/anyone-here-running-the-xiaomi-xiaoyi-yi-smart-wifi-cam.12177/
Nothing compares to this in terms of build quality and features for the price:
- 2 way audio
- Motion detected recording onto SD card
- Motion alerts to IOS and Android
- IR nightvision (great quality)
- Actively maintained firmware (hopefully resolving the few bugs there are)
- 720p

What is GMT for UK?
Thanks

I found is GMT+7

Edited By: kendzi1 on Oct 23, 2015 09:10
#31
y0rkiebar
hcc27
y0rkiebar
I've "tweaked" my camera and have :-
RTSP stream (working with VLC and my Synology NAS Surveillance Station)
Telnet access
FTP access
UK timezone with time set using NTP
Stopped all camera access to the Chinese servers (god knows what data is was sending)
Cron enabled (I run a NTP sync job every 5 minutes)
I've had it mount a NFS share on my NAS too.
Wifi settings include multiple Wifi networks so I can move it around and it will connect to whatever it finds.
Oh, blue Wifi light turned off for steath-mode too
IR lights working when it gets dark
So it's a great little device but it's a bit of a ballache to setup. Because I've disabled all the "phone home to China" stuff then the camera app can't contact the phone now. Other apps are available though which access generic RTSP cameras over a network and they work fine with the camera in it's current configuration.
I'm going to get another one and have Surveillance station monitor them for motion when I'm away.
Many of us mere mortals will not be able to set this up the way you've done, even with average networking knowledge. You'd be doing lots of folk here a huge favour if you could put down the instructions as an Instructable/lifehack or make a YouTube video of the process. Thanks in advance.
I have thought about it. When I get my next cam then I'll try and document the process from the ground up. My current setup has evolved over a few weeks and trying to document the steps now wouldn't be simple.

Seconding the request for this, thats an impressive list of improvements you've made.

Most notable for me is the Wifi LED, I'd be extremely grateful if you could point me in the right direction for disabling that.

Thanks
#32
Amazing price for the spec. Also another brand here which looks the same but also has the ability to turn off the LEDs:

http://www.gearbest.com/ip-cameras/pp_187338.html
#33
y0rkiebar
hcc27
y0rkiebar
I've "tweaked" my camera and have :-
RTSP stream (working with VLC and my Synology NAS Surveillance Station)
Telnet access
FTP access
UK timezone with time set using NTP
Stopped all camera access to the Chinese servers (god knows what data is was sending)
Cron enabled (I run a NTP sync job every 5 minutes)
I've had it mount a NFS share on my NAS too.
Wifi settings include multiple Wifi networks so I can move it around and it will connect to whatever it finds.
Oh, blue Wifi light turned off for steath-mode too
IR lights working when it gets dark
So it's a great little device but it's a bit of a ballache to setup. Because I've disabled all the "phone home to China" stuff then the camera app can't contact the phone now. Other apps are available though which access generic RTSP cameras over a network and they work fine with the camera in it's current configuration.
I'm going to get another one and have Surveillance station monitor them for motion when I'm away.
Many of us mere mortals will not be able to set this up the way you've done, even with average networking knowledge. You'd be doing lots of folk here a huge favour if you could put down the instructions as an Instructable/lifehack or make a YouTube video of the process. Thanks in advance.
I have thought about it. When I get my next cam then I'll try and document the process from the ground up. My current setup has evolved over a few weeks and trying to document the steps now wouldn't be simple.

Thank You, that would be fantastic.
#34
AddictWeb
y0rkiebar
hcc27
y0rkiebar
I've "tweaked" my camera and have :-
RTSP stream (working with VLC and my Synology NAS Surveillance Station)
Telnet access
FTP access
UK timezone with time set using NTP
Stopped all camera access to the Chinese servers (god knows what data is was sending)
Cron enabled (I run a NTP sync job every 5 minutes)
I've had it mount a NFS share on my NAS too.
Wifi settings include multiple Wifi networks so I can move it around and it will connect to whatever it finds.
Oh, blue Wifi light turned off for steath-mode too
IR lights working when it gets dark
So it's a great little device but it's a bit of a ballache to setup. Because I've disabled all the "phone home to China" stuff then the camera app can't contact the phone now. Other apps are available though which access generic RTSP cameras over a network and they work fine with the camera in it's current configuration.
I'm going to get another one and have Surveillance station monitor them for motion when I'm away.
Many of us mere mortals will not be able to set this up the way you've done, even with average networking knowledge. You'd be doing lots of folk here a huge favour if you could put down the instructions as an Instructable/lifehack or make a YouTube video of the process. Thanks in advance.
I have thought about it. When I get my next cam then I'll try and document the process from the ground up. My current setup has evolved over a few weeks and trying to document the steps now wouldn't be simple.
Seconding the request for this, thats an impressive list of improvements you've made.
Most notable for me is the Wifi LED, I'd be extremely grateful if you could point me in the right direction for disabling that.
Thanks


It was also interesting to note Y0rkiebar's comment that the camera 'phones home'. Xiaomi quite recently apologised for similar behaviour in their messaging app, this came from Hugo Barra himself:

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/08/11/us-china-mobilephone-xiaomi-idINKBN0GB10O20140811

If the camera pings Xiaomi's servers in China, that is indeed a pretty serious issue. Could they be recording camera footage or are they simply noting down usage information? What do they do with this data gathered without our permission (or maybe there is a sly get-out clause in the EULA)?
Our utter reliance on far-eastern products worries me.
#35
Can someone advise what cable is used and what length it comes with please?
1 Like #36
hcc27

If the camera pings Xiaomi's servers in China, that is indeed a pretty serious issue. Could they be recording camera footage or are they simply noting down usage information? What do they do with this data gathered without our permission (or maybe there is a sly get-out clause in the EULA)?
Our utter reliance on far-eastern products worries me.

The camera establishes (and maintains) various network connections to Chinese IP addresses. I didn't analyse the network data being transmitted so can't comment on what's being sent but there is no "opt-out" option. I changed the permissions on the culprit executables on the camera such that nothing could run them (as they were being invoked by various processes which have to run for the camera to work).
#37
y0rkiebar
hcc27

If the camera pings Xiaomi's servers in China, that is indeed a pretty serious issue. Could they be recording camera footage or are they simply noting down usage information? What do they do with this data gathered without our permission (or maybe there is a sly get-out clause in the EULA)?
Our utter reliance on far-eastern products worries me.
The camera establishes (and maintains) various network connections to Chinese IP addresses. I didn't analyse the network data being transmitted so can't comment on what's being sent but there is no "opt-out" option. I changed the permissions on the culprit executables on the camera such that nothing could run them (as they were being invoked by various processes which have to run for the camera to work).
Have ordered one although slightly concerned about the privacy issues. Do you have a link to any more information about blocking access to the dodgy executables? I take it the modded firmware doesn't address this?


Edited By: dwl99 on Oct 23, 2015 13:17
#38
y0rkiebar
hcc27

If the camera pings Xiaomi's servers in China, that is indeed a pretty serious issue. Could they be recording camera footage or are they simply noting down usage information? What do they do with this data gathered without our permission (or maybe there is a sly get-out clause in the EULA)?
Our utter reliance on far-eastern products worries me.
The camera establishes (and maintains) various network connections to Chinese IP addresses. I didn't analyse the network data being transmitted so can't comment on what's being sent but there is no "opt-out" option. I changed the permissions on the culprit executables on the camera such that nothing could run them (as they were being invoked by various processes which have to run for the camera to work).

Y0rkiebar, you're a genius mate!
#39
dwl99
y0rkiebar
hcc27

If the camera pings Xiaomi's servers in China, that is indeed a pretty serious issue. Could they be recording camera footage or are they simply noting down usage information? What do they do with this data gathered without our permission (or maybe there is a sly get-out clause in the EULA)?
Our utter reliance on far-eastern products worries me.
The camera establishes (and maintains) various network connections to Chinese IP addresses. I didn't analyse the network data being transmitted so can't comment on what's being sent but there is no "opt-out" option. I changed the permissions on the culprit executables on the camera such that nothing could run them (as they were being invoked by various processes which have to run for the camera to work).
Have ordered one although slightly concerned about the privacy issues. Do you have a link to any more information about blocking access to the dodgy executables? I take it the modded firmware doesn't address this?

To stop the China network links you have to either:-

a) Mod the camera setup to allow telnet access to the device, login and change permissions on the applications which are calling China. This will stop the phone/tablet app from working with the camera.
b) Block the outbound network requests from camera->China in your router/firewall, this will most probably stop the phone/tablet app from working with the camera also.

Basically, it's not easy! This thing wants to phone home.
#40
y0rkiebar
dwl99
y0rkiebar
hcc27

If the camera pings Xiaomi's servers in China, that is indeed a pretty serious issue. Could they be recording camera footage or are they simply noting down usage information? What do they do with this data gathered without our permission (or maybe there is a sly get-out clause in the EULA)?
Our utter reliance on far-eastern products worries me.
The camera establishes (and maintains) various network connections to Chinese IP addresses. I didn't analyse the network data being transmitted so can't comment on what's being sent but there is no "opt-out" option. I changed the permissions on the culprit executables on the camera such that nothing could run them (as they were being invoked by various processes which have to run for the camera to work).
Have ordered one although slightly concerned about the privacy issues. Do you have a link to any more information about blocking access to the dodgy executables? I take it the modded firmware doesn't address this?
To stop the China network links you have to either:-
a) Mod the camera setup to allow telnet access to the device, login and change permissions on the applications which are calling China. This will stop the phone/tablet app from working with the camera.
b) Block the outbound network requests from camera->China in your router/firewall, this will most probably stop the phone/tablet app from working with the camera also.
Basically, it's not easy! This thing wants to phone home.
I'm a bit rusty at Linux commands, I presume you have to do something with chmod? I don't suppose you'd care to post a copy of the commands line by line?

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