10 October 2015: Realtime access to Clary WebCam video now available

campicI’ve set up the Clary WebCam video feed to be accessible for remote viewing in real time over the internet. I mean, why not? If it turns out bandwidth usage is prohibitive or other problems materialize, I’ll shut it off but I seriously doubt we’ll have a problem. I can’t imagine too many people will want to camp out at their computers watching video of Clary Lake on the off chance they’ll see a bird fly by, or a fish jump, but you never can tell. The current static image, updated ever 2 minutes, will still be available on the WebCam page if that’s all you’re interested in.

There are various ways to connect to the camera. Regardless of which method you use to connect, you’ll have to login to the camera with the username guest and the password  123abc. Two easy ways to connect are:

  1. Using a web browser with a special plugin that allows you to view the camera’s proprietary H264 protocol video output. This works well with Firefox (and I assume Internet Explorer too, but I won’t use IE) but it doesn’t work at all with Chrome. The first time you try to login to the camera, you’ll be prompted to download the browser plugin. Do so, run it, and follow the prompts. Web browsers have to connect to port 88 using the following URL:


  2. Using VLC. This is probably the easiest way to connect to the Clary WebCam using a PC or Mac. VLC is a free, standalone, open-source, cross-platform multimedia player. VLC uses the RTP port 544 to connect:

    The link for use with VLC is: rtsp://id3271.myfoscam.org:554/videoMain

    If you don’t already have VLC installed on your computer, you can download it here:

    VLC for Windows or VLC for Macs

You can also configure standard WebCam viewers for Android devices such as Tinycam Monitor available on Google Play to connect to the Clary WebCam using the following data:

Hostname: id3271.myfoscam.org
HTTP Port Number: 88
RTSP Port Number: 544

I’d be interested in hearing feedback, good, bad, or indifferent, from anyone trying to connect to the Clary WebCam. If you’re having a problem I can probably help. Contact me at gsfergusson@clarylake.org

2 thoughts on “10 October 2015: Realtime access to Clary WebCam video now available

  1. George Fergusson Post author

    I helped somebody install and configure tinyCam Monitor for Android to access the Clary Webcam the other day and thought it might be helpful to post the configuration parameters here:

    Parameters used by tinyCam Monitor for Android app to access camera http://id3271.myfoscam.org:88

    Camera name: “Clary Cam”
    Vendor: FOSCAM
    Model: FI9803P/FI9803EP
    Hostname: id3271.myfoscam.org
    Port: 88
    Protocol: Proprietary
    Username: guest
    Password: 123abc
    Channel number: 1
    SSL: no

  2. George Fergusson Post author

    Tried Internet Explorer today using the Foscam plugin and it worked fine. I’m not a fan of IE but if that’s the browser you use, it will work fine to login to the camera.

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