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[bug] Connection to Wifi cameras via Android apps

asked 2014-06-27 16:38:05 +0300

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updated 2019-05-17 00:18:13 +0300

cemoi71 gravatar image

At first I planned to buy a GoPro Hero 3+. Some say it works via Wifi and others say it doesn't. https://together.jolla.com/question/44075/anyone-tried-the-android-app-for-gopro-wifi-cameras/

So I went and bought the Sony Action Cam HDR-AS100V instead but the Android version of Sony Play Memories app doesn't do anything after I've connected the camera to my Jolla via Wifi. Works great on my old Galaxy Tab 7" P1000.

What is causing this issue with Wifi and Android apps? Is it going to be fixed soon? Does anyone else have any experiences using cameras and other devices via Wifi, do they work?

The first time I connected to the Wifi camera via Sailfish settings, I got an error saying something like "Error: No connection to internet". Well duh, that was kind of expected when I connected to the camera. Is it BTW possible to keep two Wifi connections alive? One for internet and the other for a camera etc?

Edit 16.05.2019: revival of this theme.
This is currently still an issue. but not only for JP1, but for other devices, and sfos version is Hossa v3.0.3.

Please give a look on it.

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I have tried to connect Gopro apps, Nikon wmu apps and eyefi apps. Doesn't work. And I need all these! Would be nice if Jolla get these working.

Otohp ( 2014-09-24 14:50:16 +0300 )edit

Also need this for Panasonic Image App. One of things I dream about and switch from N9 no Jolla - be able to connect to my camera.

evadim ( 2014-11-20 00:11:08 +0300 )edit

I have the same issue. Works great with an android phone and connects almost immediately however when running the app on my Jolla it can't seem to find the camera although it is connected to it's wifi. Would be great if this could be solved as I don't want to run around with my old android phone :P

perupp ( 2014-12-23 15:04:54 +0300 )edit

I have the same issue with Sony HDR-AS100S: the PlayMemories (Android) app is not able to connect to the camera although the wifi connection between the two devices have been established.

However, a recent developer email suggests that Sailfish OS 1.1.7 (upgrade 16) might include "Improvements to WLAN connection issues w.r.t Android apps". Here's to hope that this would fix the issue.

Please vote if you have similar issues.

Jarkko ( 2015-06-29 16:43:54 +0300 )edit

1.1.7 did not fixed the issue.

kiril.anastasov ( 2015-07-17 14:07:31 +0300 )edit

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answered 2016-08-15 22:33:50 +0300

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Most of the action-cameras use Wi-Fi Direct/P2P..(or whatever you want to call it) and currently SailfishOS does not have Wi-Fi P2P support enabled even though the underneath components have experimental implementation for it.

I did work on this some time ago with Jolla1, Tablet and C (early prototype).. and oh boy there were issues to be solved starting from wlan driver.. to middleware.

Anyway, maybe someday..

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If it like you are mentioning, this is a serious drawback caused by software (and not by hardware, as has usually been the case). So, for 2017 I wish Sailfish to fix this !

HeinrichJolla ( 2017-01-02 00:11:58 +0300 )edit

answered 2019-08-06 18:26:31 +0300

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updated 2019-08-06 18:31:22 +0300

I use a GoPro China Clone ( Victure AC800 ). Using nmap i checkked out the Camera IP and serveral open ports.

Camera network : Camera IP :

Using Operabrowser ( android app ) ( SfOS Browser does' t connect to livefeed, file adminstration connection works )

Address: => HTTP(S) connection : file administration ( upload, download, delete )for Videos and Pictures

Address: => Livefeed from camera

I think the command were send via HTTP requests to the cam, but which command are used ... reverse engenierung and try and error :/

Delay from cam livefeed is much more lower via SFOF/Opera connection than from the android app ;)

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answered 2019-05-17 00:14:19 +0300

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updated 2019-09-05 13:14:52 +0300

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Not really an answer but a fact /observation ( that's why as wiki):

I have an xperia xa2 plus and tried with following cameras:
+ sony dsc-qx10 and imaging edge (former app of playmemories)
+ kodak smartlens sl25 (with pixpro remote viewer app).

That was just test-devices. As next i wish to connect my phone to a wifi camera, for remote control like a sony dsc rx100 mark III/IV/ or V

All dedicated apps functioned well on android 8.1.
But on hossa sadly not. Sfos recognized and connect the devices...
But the apps are blind. See no devices connected. :-(

Still a problem with sfos Tried to use an other device the wacom bamboo note with the wacom inskape.
Can't connect the app to the connected device...

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@spiiroin@jovirkku please give a look on the above thread and not let into the forgotten list. thx for understanding

cemoi71 ( 2019-05-17 10:38:04 +0300 )edit

I am experiencing same issue with sony a6500 and xperia xa2, Sailfish wlan connects, limited, to the camera but in android settings wlan is off, if I try to turn on i get error message Error and turns off :(

tiberiu ( 2019-07-24 04:05:46 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-01-06 16:43:49 +0300

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Any Update on this one? I am trying to get a connection to my GoPro but it doesnt work...

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Nope, Android Support still can't do stuff like this. Please convert your answer into a comment.

jollailija ( 2016-01-06 17:09:30 +0300 )edit

How can we still not have it working. With all the promo Jolla did at the start for Android support I feel betrayed. I get it that 90% of Android Apps works on Jolla, but lets be fair and also mention that 95% of Apps are utter shit in general. The remaining 5% is like gamble on Jolla with a 80% chance of failure! I hope they get it fixed soon....

Edit: forgot to mention, have a Hero4 Black, can't use it with me phone...

motka ( 2016-03-23 19:08:21 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-08-15 22:00:04 +0300

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Came to here to get some answers why doesn't my drift stealth 2 action cam get connected to it's own Android app. Just wanted to let you know that my garmin virb elite action cam wifi connection is working fine with it's own Android app on both J1&JC. Wifi connection indicates same with both action cams (limited connectivity) which probably means no internet access. So maybe the problem is not only in Jolla/SFOS. Still this is not the correct answer..

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