Wanscam HW0036: same as Digoo BB-M2 with same flaws

Jan 16, 2017


Following my recent uninspiring experience of Digoo BB-M2 and Veskys cameras, I had hopes that the new Wanscam HW0036 would be better, since it's part of the very good HW series.


The sad reality is that Wanscam is just selling its branded version of the uninspiring "Netcam inc" camera that already sells under various names like Digoo BB-M2, Veskys, or Cam360. The front face design is probably just an older and less cost-effective conception with 3 screws holding the globe parts together, while the Digoo/Veskys design needs only 1.













As a Netcam inc product, it comes with a flawed Onvif implementation (known issue for over 2 years now) that will make the port 10080 very unreliable.
It also does not support audio through the RTSP channels, and so in turn, not to ONVIF.
It only affects people who want to use this camera with their own NVR solution.

The Wanscam firmware is slightly older (A70.68.1.16.53E/12.9.7.4-en) than its twins and the web interface lacks some options, like muting the annoying voice prompts when the camera starts, that competitors have in their newer firmware (A70.9.1.16.76E/12.9.7.5-en).

However, the missing options in the GUI can be changed by using the appropriate URL. In the example below, the door_bell_set_language.cgi changes/disables the voice prompts:

http://192.168.x.x:81/door_bell_set_language.cgi?next_url=voice.htm&loginuse=admin&loginpas=password&language=0

Valid "language" values: 0 = none, 1 = Chinese, 2 = English

T10 SoC with Mediatek/B-Link MT7601UN and ULN2803AG

Wanscam promotes the use of its own camera app, e-View7, however it is also entirely compatible with  Netcam360 / Digoocam (both are the same app), and I found this app slightly more complete, and convenient to use with my existing clones from Digoo and Veskys.

Identifying the Wanscam products with Netcam firmware
The HW0036 comes with a unique ID beginning by XHA which has it's own setup category in e-View7 during the setup phase. If you're looking for a model that is fully ONVIF compliant (like most of the HW series has been so far), check for the WXH (HW0041, HW0046, HW0049, HW0050, ....) or HWAA (older generation like HW0026) prefixes. This is sometimes specified on the product page under the P2P specifications.


Conclusion
It is unfortunate that Wanscam included the HW0036 in the reputated HW series. The traditional Wanscam firmware that comes with  models like HW0049 and HW0026 is clearly superior.
For ~20€, it remains a good camera but exclusively for use with eView7 or Netcam360.
For a full review, just read the Veskys and Digoo review.




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