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How To Access Your IP Cameras Using Linux or a Mac

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How To Access Your IP Cameras Using Linux or a Mac

Postby TheUberOverLord » Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:13 pm

If you have a Linux system or a Mac system which has not been able to access your IP Cameras. Here are methods that will and do work.

If you have a Mac. Please see this first:


Note: Using the Windows 7 VM ("Virtual Machine") is suggested. Because these VM's created by Microsoft, were built in 2014 and Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 were less stable than Windows 7 at that time.

Please go here from a browser in Linux. This will work for a Mac as well if you select the Mac tab: ... vms/linux/


Virtual Machine: IE 9 on Win7

Select Platform: VirtualBox

Download the file onto your Linux system.

Then click on "View Installation Instructions" ("From the web page at the link above") and read it and also save the .pdf to your Linux system as well. For future reference.

In Linux. Use the Linux Archive Manager to extract the .zip file after the above download completes. Once done, there should be a *.ova file in the same folder as the .zip file.

In Linux, install VirtualBox. In Ubuntu for example, you can use the "Ubuntu Software Center" to do this by searching for "VirtualBox" and then installing it.

After installing VirtualBox. In Linux. Right click on the *.ova file and then choose open with VirtualBox. It will show default settings. I would stick with the 25GB and change memory from 512 MB to 1024 MB. ("It will work with the 512 MB default but it's slow to load the cameras web interface"). Then create the Virtual machine.

This will allow you to use a Windows 7 VM with both Linux and Mac systems emulating a Windows 7 System a using IE ("Internet Explorer") 9 browser which is compatible with the cameras plug-in. You can then start/stop the VM as needed to access your IP Cameras.

While this is not a perfect solution, due to the additional disk space and memory resources it requires. It does work well to access your IP Cameras from a Linux system or if you have a Mac and you have been unable to access your IP Cameras from your system. At minimum, it will allow you to setup and configure your IP Cameras. From a Linux or Mac system.

Note: You will need to recreate the VM every 90 days because Microsoft forces this VM to expire after 90 days.

After the VM starts. The desktop background will always contain instructions on how to activate and extend the VM. Please read those instructions carefully.

You should be able to ("Update: This has been verified to work") also create a "Snapshot" in VirtualBox to reset the expiration. If you take that snapshot prior to initially starting the VM for the first time, after you have set the defaults for the VM. But I have not had it running for 90 days yet to expire. So not sure about that actually working or not.

If that works as claimed. It would allow you to delete the .zip and .ova file that were required to initially setup the VM. Freeing up near 8 GB of disk space. By simply loading the VM from the initial Snapshot whenever the VM expires.

You can delete the VM and VirtualBox afterwards. Any time you wish. If you simply want to try this method and change your mind later. Regaining any disk space used by the VM.

If desired. Once you use the VM to setup and configure your IP Camera. You can/could also use methods like this to check on your IP Cameras using any Internet browser capable device which is using any browser. From within your local network and/or remotely. Without any need to start and run the VM to do so. Just another possible access method for your IP Cameras, once they have been configured:


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Re: How To Access Your IP Cameras Using Linux or a Mac

Postby TheUberOverLord » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:26 pm

I have verified that one can in fact simply re-load the initial snapshot taken prior to actually starting the Windows 7 VM to reset the number of days to another 90. Microsoft allows this. The VM of Windows 7 specifically states ("Desktop Background of Microsoft instructions during Windows 7 VM use") that this is an approved method by them, to re-extend the Windows 7 VM. More details:


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