Last modified 5 years ago Last modified on 2013-06-06 17:10:14

Motion Sensor Plugin for the classic VistaCam

This plugin adds motion detection support for the classic VistaCam, creating a motion sensor that is tripped when the VistaCam sends a 'motion detected' notification.

UI Compatibility

This plugin is compatible with both UI4 and UI5.

Installation

UI4

  1. Download these files:
  2. Upload both files on Vera:
    1. On the Vera UI, in the Toolbox section, open MiOS Developers >> Luup Files.
    2. Upload the files.
    3. Uncheck Restart Luup after upload.
    4. Click GO.
  3. Set the camera to use the I_VistaCamMS.xml file as the implementation file:
    1. On the Vera UI open the camera's control panel (click on the wrench).
    2. On the Advanced tab, in the impl_file field enter I_VistaCamMS.xml
    3. Close the control panel.
  4. Save.
  5. IMPORTANT: Motion detection is disabled by default. To enable it open the Advanced tab of the camera device and scroll down to the State field. -1 means that it's disabled. To enable it set it to 0.

UI5

  1. Install the VistaCam Classic Motion Sensor plugin.
  2. On the Vera UI open the camera's control panel (click on the wrench).
  3. On the Advanced tab:
    • In the impl_file file field enter I_VistaCamMS.xml
    • In the device_file field change the value from D_DigitalSecurityCamera1.xml to D_DigitalSecurityCamera2.xml (newer plugin versions do this automatically)
  4. Close the control panel.
  5. Save.
  6. IMPORTANT: Motion detection is disabled by default. To enable it, open the Advanced tab of the camera device and scroll down to the State field. -1 means that it's disabled. To enable it set it to 0.

Configuration

These parameters can be modified in the motion sensor's control panel, in the Advanced tab:

OnTime The number of seconds the plugin hasn't received any notification from the camera after which the device will become Untripped. The default is 1200 seconds (20 minutes). The reason for this big value is to prevent sending too many notifications. With this value, there will be at most one notification every 20 minutes.
embedded By default this checkbox is checked, which means that moving the camera to a different room will also move the motion sensor, so the motion sensor will always be in the same room as the camera. To prevent this from happening uncheck this checkbox and save.

Troubleshooting

  • ERROR: Missing camera IP address
    • SOLUTION: Enter the correct camera IP address and port (or the camera's URL if it's not in the same network as Vera, in the ip field in the camera's Advanced tab. (e.g. 192.168.81.24:8080 or www.myserver.com/myipcam:8080)
  • ERROR: Missing Gateway IP address
    • SOLUTION: Enter the Vera IP address and port (or the URL if it's not in the same network as the camera) in the GatewayAddress field in the camera's Advanced tab. (e.g. 192.168.81.1 or www.myserver.com/myvera)
  • ERROR: Failed to configure the camera.
    • SOLUTION: This error can occur for several reasons:
    1. The camera's IP address and port (or URL) is not correct.
    2. The camera's username and/or password are not correct.
    3. The camera's username and password are not of an admin account.

      The plugin requires an admin account to configure the camera.

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