Saturday, May 1, 2010

GeoVision iphone webbrowser alternative

I got a geo vision card to replace the standalone dvr for my security cameras. GV makes a decent application, but best of all, it's easy to hack your own stuff. I was not really happy with the GV-IView iphone app. It takes like a half hour to load and view a camera feed. And it's the same situation on the firefox jpeg viewer. So here's my workaround.

Go to your gv directory and find the web temp directory, mine was C:\GV-600\WebTemp\
Then rename your ChangePwd.htm to ChangePwd.BAK (for backup) then download my version, replacing the original. Download here.

So now when you browse to your GV web version http://:/ChangePwd.htm you get a nice iphone and firefox compatible version. The only downside is that you can't change your password from the web anymore, you would have to be at the DVR to change password. I had to do it this way, because GV would not let me serve a new html file, so I had to edit an existing webpage.

Once you log in, all of your settings are saved in a cookie, so that means a quick auto login. I'm not going to get into all the details of this mod, but it does lot's of stuff, and looks great on an iPad / iPhone too because you can pinch and spread to zoom in on your feeds. Also, if you add the webpage to the iphone homescreen, it makes a nice icon.

IPhone Screenshots:

IPad Screenshots: