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Installation of the microSD bootloader

  1. Download the CFW-Binary for your Camera

    Name SHA3-256
    Xiaomi DaFang d45826d5b471564366b3b9435509df7e8a2c0720656ea2b4bcac6dd0b42cc3eb
    Xiaomi XiaoFang T20 333053c3e98af24e0e90746d95e310a3c65b61f697288f974b702a5bcbba48a9
    Wyzecam V2 ca8fd695fe1903bd12aca2752c86b62c9694430c9c41b2804b006c22e84f409d
    Wyzecam Pan f76990d187e763f160f5ad39331d6a3209d3025fe3719cb43c92dbad92cebba2
    Sannce & clones Start here
    Other Ingenic T10/T20 Device Start here
  2. Format your microSD to FAT32. NTFS, EXFAT etc. won't work. Try to use smaller older SD cards like 512 MB or create just a single primary 512 MB partition on it for maximum success rate.

  3. Copy the CFW-Binary from step 1 to the formatted microSD card and rename it to "demo.bin". There must not be other files on the microSD! This is really important and it won't work if there are any other files on there.

  4. Remove the power cable from the camera and plug the microSD card into the camera

  5. Hold down the setup button on the camera while

  6. Plugging in the USB power cable

  7. Keep the setup button pressed for another 10 seconds

  8. Wait until the firmware has finished flashing (like 3 minutes). You can disconnect the power as soon as the base starts moving (DaFang/ Wyzecam Pan).

  9. Remove the microSD card and power up the camera

  10. You should see the blue led shining for 5 seconds (not blinking) before the base starts moving (DaFang/ Wyzecam Pan). If not, something went wrong. You should try another microSD card and look at the community tips at the bottom of the page. Start over from step 1.

Installation of the new Firmware

  1. Clone the repository from github. If you are on Windows download the repository as zip file. Make sure nothing gets windows line endings.
  2. Copy everything from "firmware_mod" folder into the root of the microSD

It should look like this:

E:/
├── Media
├── autoupdate.sh
├── bin
├── config
├── controlscripts
├── driver
├── run.sh
├── scripts
├── uEnv.bootfromnand.txt
├── uEnv.bootfromsdcard.txt
├── uboot-flash
└── www

  1. Copy config/wpa_supplicant.conf.dist to config/wpa_supplicant.conf
  2. Modify the file config/wpa_supplicant.conf on the microSD card to match your wifi-settings. Make sure wpa_supplicant.conf does not have windows line endings.
  3. Insert the microSD card and power up the camera.
  4. You can now login at https://dafang or your cameras ip adress with the default credentials root/ismart12

Hint: The security warning about the unsafe https certificate can safely be ignored. A self-signed certificate is automatically generated on your camera during the first startup. By its nature your little camera's own certificate authority is not an never will be among the trusted ones delivered with the major browsers.

Updating the microsd-bootloader

Usually, its not required to update the microsd-bootloader. However, if you are using the original firmware, you may be interested in the new version. You can just update through the MI-Home App.

If you are on original firmware below 5.5.200, you will have to "reflash" the microsd-bootloader afterwards If you are on original firmware 5.5.200 and update to 5.5.243, the bootloader won't be affected.

Updating Firmware

If you already have a current custom firmware with custom bootloader installed, you only need to update the content of the microSD card

  1. Backup your wpa_config/wpa_supplicant.conf
  2. Remove all files from the microSD card
  3. Put everything from "firmware_mod" folder into the root of the microSD card
  4. Copy the backed up wpa_supplicant.conf from step 1 back into the config folder

Uninstallation

Remove the "run.sh" file from the microSD card.

Community Tips

  1. Use microSD cards smaller than 1 GB such as 512 MB and overwrite the same cards to minimize variations. Formatting only the first 512 MB has also worked for some people.
  2. If the bootloader step is not working, double check the microSD card again for files or folders created by the stock firmware. (Sometimes if your timing is off with the setup press the camera will create a time stamp related folder that needs to be deleted before trying again).
  3. Make a note of the MAC for the camera and if possible set up DHCP to assign a specific IP address that can be monitored visually in DHCP logs.
  4. Start with fewer entries in your wpa_supplicant.conf to isolate WiFi issues.
ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
ctrl_interface_group=0
ap_scan=1

network={
	ssid="enteryourssidherebutrememebertokeepthequotes"
	psk="enteryourpasswordherebutremembertokeepthequotes"
  key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
}
  1. Inspect you sdcard for logs/startup.log

Advanced Installation

Attention: For experienced users/developers only: Start here