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IP camera support on Fibaro is about to become history.

I love my HC2 but unless Fibaro implement simple "digest authentication" for IP cameras, support is about to die off.


Here's why:

  • Recent vulnerabilities have forced some IP camera manufacturers to REMOVE basic authentication.
  • Fibaro ONLY supports basic authentication.
  • Digest authentication has been around since the 90's and is one step above basic or "plain text" authentication (visible in packet captures).
  • It is becoming more difficult to upgrade or buy new cameras that support basic authentication.



- Since early 2017, basic authentication is now disabled in Dahua firmware.

- In 2016, Dahua started signing its firmware which stops downgrades to unsigned versions.

- So there's no solution once you have newer firmware installed. :(


Not to mention the lack of support for RTSP, with MJPEG becoming obsolete.

Digest auth is needed just to keep existing functionality.

Beware of upgrading your IP cameras!

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there is a workaround... using  

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 as a camera proxy. The main idea is that all your cameras stay on your LAN without internet access (router rules) and then using  

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 to controll all them (using web camera services...) Then Fibaro can connect to  

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 web server, rather than directly to cameras.



-  Lets FIBARO to connect to almost *any* camera throught  

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 (that supports hundreds of models, including super recent models, and it is updated very often)



- A bit amused work and. You need also an extra hardware running 24/7 (Android Phone, tablet, TVbox...). I trying a Rpi3 box too with Android distro, more update soon


I wrote a guide here:


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Well, it seems that Fibaro likes to play Apple's game, being secretive on anything they are about to do. What I'm writing, they are secretive even on just published firmwares usually not putting important changes on the change log list ;-) 


Problem is that Apple game works well with releasing new hardware like iPhone or iPad, but this definitely doesn't work well with home automation system where software plays most important role.


Hiding from users future development in this case can direct users to go with other solutions.

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  • Totally agree.

    I suspect this one is on their radar after reading some of the other forum posts.


    There's no way in hell Fibaro would use plain text authentication for their own products.

    So only allowing plain text authentication towards IP cameras is madness.

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    Come on Fibaro, are  the cameras with digest authentication really dead for the HC2 integration???

    you got to be kidding me.

    more than 1k in cameras and cant use them with the HC2. ridiculous !!!

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    Hello Fibaro

    anyone listening?

    got 12 dahua cameras and cant use a single one to stream the feed to my fibaro tablet !!!

    please solve this, pleaseeee !!!

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    I have same trouble with my Dahua cam. No jpg or mjpg picture, video.


    But at new API documentation is about authentication written this:


    3.5 Authentication
    Video products support either basic authentication or digest authentication. If the http request does not provide valid
    “Authorization” information, video products would return HTTP status code 401 and information for authentication. Video
    products return the required resource only if authorization correct.
    For example:
    1. When basic authentication fails, response is:
    HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized
    WWW-Authenticate: Basic realm=”XXXXXX”
    The client encodes the username and password with base64, and then sends it to server. A valid Authorization like this:
    Authorization: Basic VXZVXZ
    2. When digest authentication fails, response is:
    HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized
    WWW-Authenticate: Digest realm="DH_00408CA5EA04", nonce="000562fdY631973ef04f77a3ede7c1832ff48720ef95ad",
    stale=FALSE, qop="auth"
    The client calculates the digest authorization using information like username, password, nonce, HTTP method and URI
    with MD5, and then sends it to server.
    For example:
    Authorization: Digest username="admin", realm="DH_00408CA5EA04", nc=00000001, cnonce="0a4f113b", qop="auth",
    nonce="000562fdY631973ef04f77a3ede7c1832ff48720ef95ad", uri="/cgi-bin/magicBox.cgi?action=getLanguageCaps",



    Get mjpg stream


    Subtype 0 cannot have mjpg stream, only subtype 1, it must be set at camera setting.

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    Hello, something new at digest authorization? I need it for camera integration and Lua api.

    Thank you

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    I'm interested too for camera support with digest.
    Now I'have temporary resolved the problem with a raspberry (apache & php).

    On this device I have write a php script that accept basic auth request from HC2 and forward to it the stream downloaded with digest auth from the cameras.


    This is a very ugly solution because I need to have an extra devices 24h/24h in addition of HC2 only for run a task that is done in 15 lines of php code.


    Please fibaro, add digest support or in alternative give us the possibility to write proxy script for camera in LUA directly inside HC2


    Thank you

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    Hi !


    The only solution i founded for the moment is to use my Synology NAS for getting the image... and store it and use it in LUA or PHP code...

    If you want the code, here it is !

    (my camera is a doorbell VTO-2111)


    Now i'll try to make a notification in HC2 (pop-up) by using this image.


    Please login or register to see this code.


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