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Different Ways to Modify Your

Posted August 24, 2010 in

The is a busybox linux device with a filesystem. Here are some ways that you can customize your operating system.

First, you must find the IP address of your camera locally.  On Linux, you can use nmap to scan your local subnet to see what IP addresses are connected.  For example, if you are using a router as a gateway at, you could run the command:

nmap -sP

Starting Nmap 5.00 ( ) at 2010-08-24 00:36 CDT
Host is up (0.0013s latency).
Host is up (0.00026s latency).
Host is up (0.100s latency).
Host is up (0.094s latency).
Host is up (0.095s latency).
Host is up (0.0015s latency).
Nmap done: 256 IP addresses (6 hosts up) scanned in 3.24 seconds

Once you find out the IP address of the camera, you can telnet in. For example:

rhett@rhett-laptop:~$ telnet
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.

(none) login: root

BusyBox v1.1.2 (2008.07.18-08:25+0000) Built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

Welcome to HiLinux.

By default, you can log in with
user: root
pass: admin

You are able to change the root password on the camera at any time.

Once logged in, there are several ways to modify or add files to the filesystem.

1. Good ole’ vi

Yes, vi is installed on the the camera.  feel free to edit any init or text-readable files that way.

2. wget is there also

Any files that are hosted on a web server can be sent to the camera using “wget”, which is also installed on the camera by default.

3. scp (ssh) clients

The cameras ship with dropbear and openssh clients on them.  We recommend that you use openssh as your scp client like this:

/bin/openssh-scp user@host:/path/to/file /local/path

4. Mount NFS filesystem

First, you must prepare a NFS filesystem on a local computer. On an ubuntu machine, for example, you need to install the required packages:

 apt-get install nfs-kernel-server

Make a path to use as an nfs filestore:

mkdir -p /srv/nfs

Next, add this line to your /etc/exports (sudo nano /etc/exports):


Start the NFS server:

/etc/init.d/nfs-kernel-server start

Telnet into the camera:

telnet ip_address_of_camera
(enter root login and password)

Create a mount point on the camera

mkdir /mnt/mountpoint

Mount the NFS filesystem from the linux server:

busybox mount <linux-server-ip-address>:/srv/nfs -t nfs -o nolock /mnt/mountpoint

You should now be able to share files between your Camly camera and any computer with access to the nfs filesystem you created.


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