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The How To Install Browser Plugins ALL H.264 Cameras

PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:26 pm
by TheUberOverLord
You may wish to Bookmark this page. So that if you have any need in the future, to manually force install a browser plugin for ANY of your H.264 based Foscam camera models. That you have a reference back to here.

Please always read the documentation included with a firmware update. It should show what plugin versions should be present after that firmware is installed.

These instructions, pull the browser plugins directly from your H.264 based cameras. So you know that they match what they should be. These instructions work for ALL Foscam H.264 based cameras and can be used to manually force install, any of the browser plugins that the cameras support.

When you install new firmware for the H.264 based cameras. In many cases, not all. There are also new browser plugins that can come with those firmware updates.

If you Don't install these browser plugins or they fail to install themselves. Your camera may not work properly. When accessing the standard camera interface, in browsers, that come with the cameras. Because the firmware in the camera, cannot communicate correctly, with the browsers you use.

Please see the section(s) that apply to installing the browser plugin for ANY Foscam H.264 based camera model below using the Legend below and replacing those values, with the values for your camera.

If you use multiple browsers. You may need to manually install more then one browser plugin below.

If you find that you browser plugin versions don't match what the firmware documentation says they should be. You can use these instructions anytime in the future as well to manually or force install, these browser plugins.

Legend

IPAddress - The Local IP Address of your camera from within your local network or your ISP IP Address or DDNS Address for your camera.

Port - The Port for your camera.

Chrome

Using the Legend above. Do this command from any browser window and save the file as a download when prompted:

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http://IPAddress:Port/plugins.crx

When prompted, save the file.

Open the folder where the file above is downloaded.

Open a Chrome browser window and enter:

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chrome://extensions/

You should now have a window of where plugins.crx was download opened and a Chrome windows that shows any extensions you have.

Right click, holding your mouse button down, on the filename of the file you just downloaded, plugins.crx and and drag it over the Chrome extensions window. Let go of your mouse button and you should see a small window asking you to add IPCAM. Click the Add button.

Only IF the above worked. If you have any other IPCAM extensions that are present. Unclick the enable check box and then click on the trash can to remove them.

You now have the latest browser plugin for Chrome for your H264 based camera. Please close ANY Chrome windows you have open to make sure that the new plugin loads in Chrome. Using the standard camera interface, in Chrome, go to your device info screen and make sure Chrome shows that the version number that showed in the Extensions page of Chrome, matches what the Camera shows.

FireFox

Using the Legend above. Do this command from any browser window and save the file as a download when prompted:

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http://IPAddress:Port/plugins.xpi

When prompted, save the file.

Open the folder where the file above downloaded.

Open a Firefox browser window. In that window select at the top left. Firefox then select Add-ons.

Right click, holding your mouse button down, on the filename of the file you just downloaded, plugins.xpi and and drag it over the Firefox Add-Ons Managerwindow. Let go of your mouse button and you should see a small window asking you to install npIpcam. Click the Install button.

Only IF the above worked. If you have any other npIpcam extensions that are present. Click the disable button and then the remove button for each of them.

You now have the latest browser plugin for FireFox for your H264 based camera. Please close ANY Firefox windows you have open to make sure that the new plugin loads in FireFox. Using the standard camera interface, in FireFox, go to your device info screen and make sure FireFox shows that the version number that showed in the Extentions page of FireFox, matches what the Camera shows.

IE ("Internet Explorer")

IE is somewhat more complicated to force the ActiveX plugin from the camera, to install.

So you will need to create a text file. You can use Windows Notepad if needed. Then copy/paste the below and then change the values below that match the Legend above for your cameras.

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<html>
<head>
</head>
<body>
<object id=ipcam name=test align=baseline height=0 width=0 border="0"
    CLASSID="clsid:3746422E-4692-4429-9698-E3EB34FE07BC"   
    codebase="http://IPAddress:Port/FSIPCam.cab#VERSION=3,0,0,0">
</body>
</html>

Then save that file and then rename that file to PluginIE.htm

Open a IE browser window and then open PluginIE.htm.

This should prompt you to install the ActiveX plugin for IE.

Note: You can use this file anytime in the future, for the same camera, to pull the latest ActiveX browser plugin for IE, from your camera.

Safari

This plugin will not work with Safari browsers on non-Mac computers.

I don't have a MAC. So I can't show you what you need to do to install the browser plugin for Safari. But I can show you how to pull it from your camera.

Using the Legend above. Do this command from any browser window and save the file as a download, when prompted:

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http://IPAddress:Port/plugins.pkg

When prompted, save the file.

Maybe a Mac user can post here on how to install this download in Safari.

Don

Re: The How To Install Browser Plugins ALL H.264 Cameras

PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:57 am
by hottroc
Please will you add how to install the plugin in Safari on an Android device? Pointing it to plugins.pkg initiates the download but the download just keeps failing.
Thanks.

Re: The How To Install Browser Plugins ALL H.264 Cameras

PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:19 am
by Silvano
please a plugin for an android browser. I'd like to see at least one browser on android working for playback

Re: The How To Install Browser Plugins ALL H.264 Cameras

PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:59 pm
by stonefox
Hi - I don't understand this:

FireFox
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http://IPAddress:Port/plugins.xpi

The file I'm downloading is empty and fills 0 KB?

Se attach :

My cam is a Foscam FI9821W V2

Re: The How To Install Browser Plugins ALL H.264 Cameras

PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:27 pm
by TheUberOverLord
stonefox wrote:Hi - I don't understand this:

FireFox
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http://IPAddress:Port/plugins.xpi

The file I'm downloading is empty and fills 0 KB?

Se attach :

My cam is a Foscam FI9821W V2

Please try using another browser ("If possible") to attempt to see if the download completes as it should.

If that fails. Please try to re-install that current firmware version in the camera. Using a wired connection.

Don

Re: The How To Install Browser Plugins ALL H.264 Cameras

PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:54 am
by stonefox
It does not help to use a different browser, and I can not reinstall a new firmware, because FI9821W failed during the firmware update, and now the mistake of all the paths in the "settings" are wrong.


see picture:

Re: The How To Install Browser Plugins ALL H.264 Cameras

PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:16 am
by TheUberOverLord
Not knowing. What browser(s) you are using, or what Operating System you are using. Please see this:

http://foscam.us/forum/fi9826w-how-do-i-install-ie10-plugin-t7683.html?hilit=compatability#p37061

Don

Re: The How To Install Browser Plugins ALL H.264 Cameras

PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:16 pm
by stonefox
My standard browser is Firefox ( v25.0.1)
second IE 10.0.11

Re: The How To Install Browser Plugins ALL H.264 Cameras

PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:11 pm
by TheUberOverLord
I assume Windows? As an Operating System? Since you never answered that question.

Also. Are you current, with ALL Operating System updates?

Because, what your are seeing. Is FAR from, normal.

Don

Re: The How To Install Browser Plugins ALL H.264 Cameras

PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:01 pm
by Murphburg
For Chrome, the plugins.crx instruction returns a "404 not found" saying the file was not found on this server.

Below there is a link to this:

[url]thttpd/2.25b 29dec2003[/url]

Given your instructions, I'm unsure how to force Chrome to install this as an extension.

Any extra help would be appreciated.

FYI - Im using Win 7 home premium 64 bit.
Chrome Version 31.0.1650.63 m