RevoTech - POE Starlight ONVIF indoor cam for £38
  • Quick note to say that I just started experimenting with this camera:
    Note there are many white-label versions of this, but this link is the specific one.

    For £38 it seemed pretty high spec, with:
    POE + 12v inline power
    ONVIF - it was a 30sec job to get it working in SSpy
    max 2304x1296 px / 2MP
    claimed "Starlight" ; low-light performance without illum.
    H.265 and multicast

    There were some Russian youtube reviews suggesting very insecure firmware, but I flashed it with the new SW on arrival (only issue was immediately syncing with a NTP server).

    It does not seem possible to view the current video in the cam's own web software using a Mac - this is no issue for me as it's a net-streaming IP cam, but for some people that may cause an issue.

    Next I scanned the device with Zenmap (as I do with all network devices), as well as writing a firewall rule to stop the IP from ever being able to punch out to the WAN/Internet (as I do with all devices that don't need direct web access, obvs). Out of the box this was the result:

    Scanning [65535 ports]

    Open port 80/tcp on << web app for config and HTTP<br />
    Open port 8554/tcp on << RTSP<br />
    Open port 8099/tcp on << unknown, but returned data on the scan<br />
    Open port 18320/tcp on << "CloudSEE" transfer: their app. Port can be changed not disabled<br />
    Open port 29999/tcp on << tcpwrapped<br />
    Open port 9101/tcp on << this one seemed odd, shared with old backup / print sw<br />
    Open port 8127/tcp on << unknown, but returned data on the scan<br />
    Completed SYN Stealth Scan at xx:xx

    My insanely secure robo-generated password has stuck through several reboots. For peace of mind and easy admin I've allocated a static DHCP address using the MAC, as well as specifying a fixed IP in the web-based config utility (which is far from the worst I've used).

    Initial impressions are really good. Slightly warm to the touch and OK in low light (too dark to walk around, anyway). Some minor issues, such as refusing to go below 12fps. The "night low frame" option appears to do some co-adding / frame-stacking to improve SNR in low light. Works well. Also has defog (auto contrast, basically) and Digital WDR.

    Tomorrow I'll actually install it somewhere and in a few days I will report back on its reliability (something criticised in much earlier versions) and the overall suitability as an indoor H.265 non-IR illum POE camera.

    I'll edit this post / add replies as I refine thinking.
  • Some details on the 1080P stream. And a view of the strange colour cast you get on some items (my cam doesn't seem to have an IR-cut filter). The canopy on the baby seat is black IRL.

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