Blue Iris 3 and Samsung SmartCam SNH-1011N

If you’ve got a Samsung SmartCam SNH-1011N and you want to use it with Blue Iris 3, I found a reasonable currently undocumented way to make it work. The camera currently isn’t officially supported by Blue Iris, but it can be made to work with a few simple steps. I’ve sent the following information to the Blue Iris developer and ideally it will become part of the standard application.

If you’re not familiar with Blue Iris – it’s an extremely capable “DVR” for many of your IP based web cameras that you may own. I’d highly recommend it. It does not however work with “cloud-only” style IP cameras, like DropCam.

After setting up the camera normally, and updating the firmware to the latest version (at the time of this, it is 1.07_130516), Add a new camera:

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(I’ve just right-clicked on the Camera’s display).

Then, fill out the name and the other important fields on the General tab:

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Click the Video tab, and select Network IP and then click the Configure… button.

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First, select the camera. As this camera isn’t currently officially supported, you’ll need to select the protocol and stream type instead:

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Select RTSP H.264/MJPG/MPEG4 from the list. It’s generally very near the top of the list. Next, type in the host name or IP address of the camera. It’s whatever you used to set up the camera originally.

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When you setup the SmartCam, you created a Private Key.

imageHere’s the strange part, type only the first eight (8) characters of the Private Key into the password field:

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Yes, just the first eight characters. If you use any more than eight, the connection will fail. The camera only uses the first eight.

Finally, in the Video / Path field, type: /profile5/media.smp as shown below:

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Hit the OK button, do any other setup you’d like, and the camera should be working!

You might want to frame limit (as I was tracing the network traffic, I saw this was the recommended size that Blue Iris switches to automatically):

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7 Comments

  1. I’m getting 10-12 secs delays using this setup compared to only 1-2 secs when viewing through the SmartCam app. Any ideas why this feed method is so slow? People are at my front door or in my garage for more than 10 secs before I even see them. Many times already gone before I know they were there in the first place.

  2. I played around with the setting and now have it down to about 1-2 sec delay using the video path of “/profile2/media.smp”. I tried using “profile1” instead but ended up with most of the screen green with just the top viewable. 2 seems to be the magic number with minimal delay.

    1. Odd, I don’t have an unreasonable delay in the first place in my setup. However, thanks for the tip as it might help someone else! 🙂

  3. How did you figure out what the video path was in the first place? Is there a list of variables that can be used?

    1. Excellent question — I thought I’d mentioned it … I looked at the network traffic using a tool called Wireshark. That may have been unnecessarily complex, but I knew how to use it. 🙂

  4. I use IP Camera Viewer with the Y-Cam cameras. It has a built in profile for every camera model

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