The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury
The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury

Cheep Chinese Camera

I picked up this 50H10L (HI3518E_50H10L_S39) based cheap POE CCTV style camera as a test for replacing the cameras we use at work to view EUTs (Equipment Under Test). the cameras we normally use are wired CCTV cameras.

The (professionally done) CD comes with a number of applications and PDFs on it…

The one useful set seems to be the Camera CMS Software.

A powerful central control software, distributed architecture, set much window, many customers and language, voice interphone, video conference, grading electronic map, alarm center, compatible with other extended product, single straight even equipment monitoring system and other function as one. Software has the function of electronic map, friendly interface, simple operation, convenient for the permission.

These are photos of the back of the Camera board, and the POE:

Looks like I can directly supply it with power and drop off the POE daughter board.

I am feeding the supplied POE / splitter thing with 12V center Positive from a small bench top PSU, and ran an ethernet cable to the network switch.

I have had a quick look at the camera to see which ports are open:

23/tcp  open  telnet
80/tcp  open  http
88/tcp  open  kerberos-sec
554/tcp open  rtsp

There seems to be port 8899 open, and something called Sofia running on port 9527

Telnet seems to be on the username root password xmhdipc (thanks to here) for the password, once in its time to have a quick look around, the MOTD banner says “Welcome to Monitor Tech.”

# cat /proc/version
Linux version 3.0.8 ([email protected]) (gcc version 4.4.1 (Hisilicon_v100(gcc4.4-290+uclibc_0.9.32.1+eabi+linuxpthread)) ) #150 Mon Jan 5 11:19:45 CST 2015
# cat /proc/cpuinfo
Processor       : ARM926EJ-S rev 5 (v5l)
BogoMIPS        : 218.72
Features        : swp half thumb fastmult edsp java
CPU implementer : 0x41
CPU architecture: 5TEJ
CPU variant     : 0x0
CPU part        : 0x926
CPU revision    : 5

Hardware        : hi3518
Revision        : 0000
Serial          : 0000000000000000

Looking around the file system, there is a text file called ProductDefinition in /usr/bin with the values for Vendor: General and Hardware: HI3518E_50H10L_S39, however that is not much use when handed to google, in teh root linuxrc is a symlink to bin/busybox

Enough Playing, time to try and use the camera!

Installing Camera CMS Software on my desktop allows me to connect to the camera and change its IP address away from the default of (mine is

Now CMS is lovely and all, but it ain’t VLC, the path to get VLC working is add


in the open network stream.

The camera is a little laggy, but it is not too terrible.

Interesting Security problem…

if you goto [ip address] it rewrites the url to [ip address]/Login.htm now you can type in the username admin password [blank], and login, or if that has been changed, you can type in [ip address]/DVR.htm and get past the login screen.

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