foscam

Remote control, view and config a Foscam/Tenvis IP camera

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nodejs-foscam

Remote control, view and config a Foscam/Tenvis IP camera.

All included methods are based on Foscam's (fragmented) API documentation. Some features may not be supported by non-pan/tilt, older cameras or old firmware. So make sure you keep a backup of your camera settings, just in case.

Usage

The installation and loading are simple with NPM.

npm install foscam
var cam = require('foscam')

cam.setup({
  host: 'mycamera.lan',
  port: 81,
  user: 'admin'
  pass: ''
})

// start rotating left
cam.control.decoder( 'left', function() {

  // stop rotation
  cam.control.decoder( 'stop left', function() {

    // take a picture and store it on your computer
    cam.snapshot( '/path/to/save.jpg', console.log )

  })

})

Or directly from Github

git clone https://github.com/fvdm/nodejs-foscam.git
var cam = require('./nodejs-foscam')

Methods

Every method takes a callback function as last parameter. The callbacks are the only way to procedural scripting.

NOTE: Some methods require a certain access-level, i.e. admins can do everything, but a visitor can only view.

Basic

setup

( properties, [callback] )

In order to connect to the camera you first need to provide its access details. You can either do this by setting the properties below directly in cam.settings, but better is to use cam.setup(). When the callback function is provided, setup() will attempt to connect to the camera and retrieve its status, returned as object to the callback. When it fails the callback gets false.

setting description default
host IP-address or hostname 192.168.1.239
port port number 81
user username admin
pass password [empty]
cam.setup(
    {
        host: 'mycamera.lan',
        port: 81,
        user: 'admin'
        pass: ''
    },
    function( status ) {
        if( !status ) {
            console.error( 'ERROR: can\'t connect' )
        } else {
            console.log( status )
        }
    }
)

status

( callback )

Permission: everyone

Get basic details from the camera.

cam.status( console.log )
{ id: '001A11A00A0B',
  sys_ver: '0.37.2.36',
  app_ver: '3.2.2.18',
  alias: 'Cam1',
  now: '1343304558',
  tz: '-3600',
  alarm_status: '0',
  ddns_status: '0',
  ddns_host: '',
  oray_type: '0',
  upnp_status: '0',
  p2p_status: '0',
  p2p_local_port: '23505',
  msn_status: '0',
  alarm_status_str: 'no alarm',
  ddns_status_str: 'No Action',
  upnp_status_str: 'No Action' }

camera_params

( callback )

Permission: visitor

Get camera sensor settings.

cam.camera_params( console.log )
{ resolution: 32,
  brightness: 96,
  contrast: 4,
  mode: 1,
  flip: 0,
  fps: 0 }

Camera

snapshot

( [filename], callback )

Take a snapshot. Either receive the binary JPEG in the callback or specify a filename to store it on your computer.

When a filename is provided the callback will return either the filename on success or false on faillure.

// custom processing
cam.snapshot( function( jpeg ) {
    // add binary processing here
})

// store locally
cam.snapshot( './my_view.jpg', console.log )

preset.set

( id, [cb] )

Save current camera position in preset #id. You can set presets 1 to 16.

cam.preset.set( 3, console.log )

preset.go

( id, [cb] )

Move camera to the position as stored in preset #id. You can use presets 1 to 16.

cam.preset.go( 3, console.log )

control.decoder

( command, [callback] )

Control camera movement, like pan and tilt.

command - The command to execute. This can be a string (see below) or number.

Commands
command api id description
up 0 start moving upwards
stop up 1 stop moving upwards
down 2 start moving downwards
stop down 3 stop moving downwards
left 4 start moving left
stop left 5 stop moving left
right 6 start moving right
stop right 7 stop moving right
center 25 move to center
vertical patrol 26 start moving vertical (y-axis)
stop vertical patrol 27 stop moving vertical (y-axis)
horizontal patrol 28 start moving horizontal (x-axis)
stop horizontal patrol 29 stop moving horizontal (x-axis)
io output high 94 iR on (some cameras)
io output low 95 iR off (some cameras)

control.camera

( name, value, [callback] )

Change a camera (sensor) setting.

name - the parameter name or id. value - its replacement value.

Parameters
name id values
brightness 1 0-255
contrast 2 0-6
resolution 0
value (aliases) id
320, 320x240, 320240 8
640, 640x480, 640480 32
mode 3
value (aliases) id
50, 50hz, 50 hz 0
60, 60hz, 60 hz 1
outdoor, outside 2
flipmirror 5
value (aliases) id
default 0
flip 1
mirror 2
flipmirror, flip+mirror 3

System

reboot

( [callback ] )

Reboot the device

restore_factory

( [callback ] )

Reset all settings back to their factory values.

talk

( propsObject )

Directly communicate with the device.

properties
name required description value default
path required the method path ie. get_params.cgi
fields optional object with method parameters ie. {ntp_enable: 1, ntp_svr: 'ntp.xs4all.nl'} {}
encoding optional response encoding to expect ie. utf8 or binary
callback optional (trimmed) output will be send to the callback function

Unlicense

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