IPCam control over html cgi commands


#1

Leo

Some IPCams, such as Foscam cameras, allow control over html including the ability to switch their IR light on and off using cgi commands:

IR-Off
http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:####/decoder_control.cgi?command=94&user=username&pwd=password

IR-On
http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:####/decoder_control.cgi?command=95&user=username&pwd=password

Where xxx is the local network IP address of the camera and #### the port assigned to it. username and password are also specific to each user.

Quite a few observatories house these cameras to monitor equipment. Would it be possible to add the ability to control IPCams and switch on/off their IR lights during a sequence (on whilst slewing / off when imaging)?
Thanks

Roberto


#2

Hello Roberto,

you can use external script in Voyager to do this and you can put in DragScript. I think you use the first time slewing and off before start sequence.

Create a vbs file with this:

 Dim objRequest 
 Dim URL 
 Set objRequest = CreateObject(“Microsoft.XMLHTTP”)      
 URL = “http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:####/decoder_control.cgi?command=94&user=username&pwd=password”    
 objRequest.open “POST”, URL , false      
 objRequest.Send      
 Set objRequest = Nothing 

You can try to create one for the ON e one for the OFF and just call like external escript
From onthefly you can use the action run external dragscript if you want to do manually

Leo


#3

Leo

Thank you. As soon as I posted my request, I thought about the ability of Voyager to run scripts such as the above in between actions.
I hope the weather cooperates soon so I can try it more. Last night I managed to test the focusing routines and they are really fast and consistent.
Thanks again

Roberto


#4

Ok Roberto. Thanks to you.

All the best
Leo