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Use Old Cox, Xfinity or other Cable Company Security Cameras

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Use Old Cox, Xfinity or other Cable Company Security Cameras

by mavace » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:28 pm

I was an old Cox Homelife subscriber. I was displeased with their setup due to the wireless nature of their cameras being extremely blurry and often unresponsive. However, I had two of their cameras and I knew they were halfway decent. I decided to make the switch to SH and see if I could get those cameras to work. The cameras I had were iCamera 2's. The process was long due to a lack of support for these cameras and the fact that the cable companies lock the administration web portal. However, I have got them working and they work very well with SH. I thought I would share some tips and tricks I learned along the way. Here is a step by step walkthrough of how to get the iCamera 2 to work with SH.

1. Plug the camera into power and hold the reset button on the back for 30 seconds.
2. Plug the camera into your network via an ethernet cable and make sure your router assigns it an IP address.
3. Log into your router and see what IP address was assigned to the camera.
4. Using a computer on the same network, open a browser and go to the IP address.
5. You will likely get a 404 error. If this happens add "/adm/enable_ui.cgi" to the end of the url.
6. This will prompt you for a password. The default is "administrator" with no password or "password"
7. You can now go back and direct your browser to the IP address of the camera and get to the administrator portal.
8. Configure the camera to your preferences.
9. Now go into sighthound and add the camera. The stream path for the iCamera 2 is "rtsp://ip-addr/img/media.sav?channel=1"

I hope this helps some of you to reuse the cameras you have from your cable company with your own system.

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Re: Use Old Cox, Xfinity or other Cable Company Security Cam

by supersport939 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:28 pm

I know that this is an old thread, but I have a question. Hopefully someone is still watching this.

I am trying to follow these steps for the Cox HL iCamera2. The version that I have appears to only use PoE (power over ethernet) and there is now simple / apparent way to connect power, and an ethernet connection to my router at the same time.
How did you overcome this - or does it work just over the PoE connection?

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Re: Use Old Cox, Xfinity or other Cable Company Security Cam

by Semper Vaporo » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:05 am

If I understand your problem... you need to get power onto the ethernet cable. There are "Injectors" that you can buy (fairly cheap) that do just that. You plug it into the AC power and the cable from the router to one end of it, then plug the cable from the camera into the other end. This will put the DC power onto the ethernet cable for the camera to extract and use. Usually the injector is located in the same area as the router, but does not need to be; it can be anywhere along the cable from the router to the camera, wherever AC power is available, even right at the camera itself.

There are also pairs of these devices that will fit both ends of the ethernet cable, one to inject the DC power onto the cable and one at the other end to filter the power off the cable to plug the camera power cable into and the ethernet cable like normal. This allows a non-PoE camera to be used, using the ethernet cable to act as the power cable so additional wiring for power does not need to be installed in addition to the ethernet cable. I am running two IP cams this way.
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Re: Use Old Cox, Xfinity or other Cable Company Security Cam

by djmonson » Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:30 pm

trying to follow Semper Vaporos directions on using my old Cox cameras:
I am stumped... I followed directions but when I come to the add "/adm/enable_ui.cgi" and the window comes up requesting username and password. Nothing works.. I have tried Administrator; Admin; Password; password; leaving all or individual ones blank. but I have yet to get connected to the camera.
Help......

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Re: Use Old Cox, Xfinity or other Cable Company Security Cam

by Semper Vaporo » Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:23 am

Well... if you are getting the request for user name and password then you have power to the camera and it is turned on and working. Now you are trying to get past the log-on.

Usually, in most any log-on sequence on any network device the user name is not case sensitive so "Administrator" and "administrator" are the same, but you should try both, just in case this camera is pickier than most other devices. The password usually is case sensitive, so in this device I'd assume it is also.

I realize you indicate you have tried several different log-on IDs and passwords, but just to reiterate things:

Since mavace in his initial post here indicates that the password is either no password, or "password" I have some question as to what you have happening. To be sure that you are entering no password, I'd say to select that text box and backspace a dozen times and also type the "DEL" key a dozen times to be sure the field is empty to try the no password option. If you want to try an actual password, mavace said to use "password" (all lower case), but you might try capitalizing the "P" and/or the "W", and be sure the field is empty before you start typing so you are not carrying along some characters that might be in the field already.

If you still cannot get past this point, I guess you will just have to hope that mavace notices this thread is active again and can come back to offer more suggestions.

Sorry, I cannot be of more help.
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Re: Use Old Cox, Xfinity or other Cable Company Security Cam

by djmonson » Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:56 pm

Yup, guess I will just have to wait. I tried your all your suggestions and even included all caps on PASSWORD. but nothing seems to work. I really would like to use these cameras, I have three that I tried to return to Cox but they stonewalled and said you bought em, there yours..... seems like such a waste. I would of really liked to use one for a PC camera also for use on Zoom, etc. I would even go as far as hard wiring them into a device and forgetting the wireless side, if that was possible.
thanks for replying my friend.

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Re: Use Old Cox, Xfinity or other Cable Company Security Cam

by djmonson » Tue May 05, 2020 3:49 pm

Woot, Woot, I just found out (finally) what my problem was. I did not hold down the reset button properly or not long enough. I went approx 1 full min. then when i tried the password. I got the OK notice. I used small caps: administrator then did not put anything in the password. IT WORKS... thanks and pass the word...


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