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Please List your Camera brand here if you got it working

MrMilu 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Kevin Hughes 2 weeks ago 94

Since the rtsp support seems to be on hold for now I had to return the second camera I ordered on Amazon. But I managed to make one of my old camera work.

PLEASE list the exact brand for your camera here if you can confirm it works for you. This will help others with the new purchases.

Please list the http mask (URL format) you used.

Amazon purchase link also very much appreciated.

Feel free to add sreenshots to your camera tile too.

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Add onerror to image tags?

Jon Rohan 3 weeks ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 weeks ago 1

Every once and awhile a camera goes offline and displays a broken image..

Would it be possible to add something along the lines of:

<img src="imagenotfound.gif" alt="Image not found" onerror="this.src='imagefound.gif';" />
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Live Traffic travel time Tile! Image from query text using

Rob Cummings 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Max R 3 weeks ago 94

I thought I'd post this to help others. I figured out a way to display the travel time for my wife's commute to work. See the pink tile in the screenshot below...

I used a Google Maps Distance Matrix API call and displayed the result in a Shields.IO badge. (Check out Then I added the whole darn deal to the My Media section in Action Tiles.

Here's the link I used, broken into pieces...

Base URL:

Badge Options (no label, pink color, time query, badge style): ?label= &colorA=ff69b4&colorB=ff69b4&prefix=&suffix=&query=$..duration_in_traffic.text&style=flat-square

Google Maps API call: &[origin address]%26destinations%3D[your destination address]%26key%3D[your API key]

You'll have to generate and use a Google API key and the URI has to be encoded with all those silly % escape codes. The Dynamic Generator at the bottom of the page will help you out with the pieces. It was a bit of trial and error. Here's what it looks like all put together in the My Media image URL field... &colorA=ff69b4&colorB=ff69b4&prefix=&suffix=&query=$..duration_in_traffic.text&style=flat-square&[your origin address]%26destinations%3D[your destination address]%26key%3D[your API key]

As everything seems to be, it's a little bit of a hack (text not centered), and the image and text proportion is stretched/crunched from the original (just like weather maps, camera images, etc.) but it seems to be working pretty well. One of the cool things is that it's actually an SVG, so no quality is lost if you make the tile bigger or look at it in a full-screen view. 

Hope this helps!

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Time Zone offset needed for MTG weather (behind by one day)

Ned 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Media Tile Generator (MTG by JGG) updated by waller bean 4 weeks ago 5

First, I love this app.  But, the mtg weather tile is always a day behind.  Today, is April 9 and the tile starts on April 8.  Is there something I missed in the config.,UT&static=false&layout=3x2&bodyColor=00ff00


I've changed this into a Feature Request.

The MTG module is distinct from the rest of ActionTiles because it is a set of PHP scripts (vs Javascript, etc. for the app)We'll have to experiment to see if just adding a parameter and a few calculations has the desired effect. We'll keep this post updated with any progress.



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tinyCam Pro Android App web server: Stream RTSP and Wyze Cam to ActionTiles!

Geewiz 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Kevin1 4 weeks ago 97

After attempting to stream using Blue Iris (CPU on the server went through the roof), and not having any success using some of the other methods found here on the forum, I decided to give tinyCam a try.   

There was another post that made a passing reference to the tinyCam webserver, so I installed the app on my Nexus 9, setup webserver and am now able to stream one of my outside security cams to a media tile.

Here's the media setup panel...

The problem I'm having is that I can't seem to address any of the other three cameras.  There is supposedly a parameter to select a camera, but it's not working for me.   Here's the request parameters from the Tinycam webserver API...

Perhaps there are others using tinyCam Pro Webserver that might share their experiences...


Demo / Tutorial Videos:

Our friend at TaylorTech (vlog) has added 2 YouTube tutorial/demo videos for this Topic:

Part 1:

Part 2:


Share your favorite Weather Media Tiles?

Den 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Richard Reid 1 month ago 147

This national weather radar is so far my most useful Media Tile. I configured it for 3x2 tile size. Someday I intend to have a front door camera Media Tile.

  • If the image in a Post has been placed with a full URL link to the original; just right-click and choose "Copy image address."
  • There might be enough clues in the address to find the source website so you can find variations, such as local weather.
  • When posting, if you used the "<>" (HTML edit feature) to surround the URL of the image source with <pre> and </pre>, then the URL will be show in text instead of the image ... or try the "Code" Formatting option (under the paragraph symbol ¶).

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Connect 360Eye camera?

esalomo 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Duckie 1 month ago 7


I remember seen in the past some thread about the Chinese cameras connection to action tiles but I'm unable to find it in the forum any longer for some reason... I found 2 like these in my attic and thought to try connect them to action tiles.

Anyone managed to connect these cheap cameras to action tiles?

The cameras are this ones that using the V380 mobile app to access them - one model is 360 Eye but there are many like this -


Tiles for some bulbs have other icons that I do not know what they represent

El Lobo 1 month ago in Media Tiles updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago 1

Hi...In the screen shot below I have several zigbee and z-wave bulbs highlighted that have smaller bulb icons in different colors.  I can't find any documentation on what they represent and what the colors mean. Foyer Light 3 and Hallway 2 are z-wave. The other 4 are zigbee.  Each of the bulb types is from the same manufacturer.

Can anyone tell me what these represent?  The colors don't seem to change.


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Anyone able to get Nest camera working?

Jeff Terrace 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Boris Tsipenyuk 1 month ago 138

I have the nest-manager device types installed for my cameras from:

This lets me see an image of my cameras in the SmartThings app, but when I look in ActionTiles, it shows only two capabilities: Switch and Image Capture. I tried importing Image Capture but the tile doesn't seem to do anything.

I've also tried using the image URL approach, but this only works for a short time until my browser logs out of Nest and the URL no longer works.

The Nest thermostat integration works really well though!

Anyone have any success with the cameras?


The integration with Nest Cam was just deployed. Please give it a try.


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Blue Iris MJPEG Video stream stops or locks up

jwebstas 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Shadow 1 month ago 26 

Basically its the same thing thats is occuring in the topic above

OS -  android

Browser - Firefox 52

Camera Feed - Blue iris Mjpg feed


The feed works great for 5-8 hrs then it freezes on the panel, a refresh fixes it and it works again for another 5+


RTSP to ActionTiles

NIS 1 month ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds 0

Hello - I am new to AT but I have found it to be one of the better dashboards for custom smart homing.. Anyway, one of my biggest issues right now is live video cam feeds. I've searched for days, on different dashboard apps as well and it seems RTSP is a huge issue for apps like this. Why don't any of these people support direct RTSP? whatever... the fact is, I am trying my hardest to get this to work even just for one tile and I can't. 

I've got hikvision cameras, provision-isr cameras, even a few other IP cameras however I don't have any of those cloud based garbage cameras like nest or ring because I don't believe in having my security on a cloud where anybody can hack and gain access to millions of account including mine (i wonder where I get that insecurity from.. oh wait, it actually DOES Happen) so I prefer selling my customers camera systems which I can locally grant access and secure and know that there isn't a cloud account that can be hacked thus giving my customer, as well as my own set up a bit more security - in my opinion that is. 

Anyway, I am hoping someone has figured out a solid way to do this because I have a few actiontiles I want to set up with one or two tiles displaying cameras like the front and back door, garage, etc.

I have the RTSP part of it working smoothly and across the network and internet, I just can't figure out how to turn them into HTTP streams or any other method that is supported in AT.

Here's hoping someone has an answer. Thanks in advance!


Web server for randomized image slideshow media tile

bytecave 2 months ago in Media Tiles / Images updated 1 month ago 2

Apologies if this kind of post isn't allowed; admin, please delete if so.

I have several tablets mounted to my walls, each displaying a slideshow using ActionTiles. If you are in a similar situation, you looked for a method to return a random image from a specified folder in response to an http request. ActionPixx ( does a good job with this (and a lot of other stuff too!), but it repeats images. I was looking for a solution that guaranteed each image would be displayed at least once before any repeats.

ByteCave Image Server (BIS) is a FREE open-source mini webserver that sends a random image to your browser when a client sends any GET request. You provide a recursively processed folder containing the images to display. Those images are then shuffled and never repeated–on a per client connection basis–until all images have been displayed once. The process then repeats itself for subsequent image requests.

You can specify different folders for each IP address connected through easy UI controls. Thumbnails show you which images are being served. The program can auto-launch on login, minimize to tray, and will remember your settings and numbers of images displayed each time you start.

BIS is a small (~600K) standalone, multi-threaded executable: no installation is required and it doesn't depend on any other system files or DLLs. It supports Windows XP and later, and can also be compiled as-is to run on Linux too. You can view the source code, or just compile it yourself!

PureBasic source code and binaries for both version 1 and version 2 are on GitHub. You can find download and GitHub links on my webpage:

<keywords: images slideshow image server slide show>


Viewing Blink Cameras On Media Tiles..

Maxim 1 month ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds 0

Like how HomeAssistant integrates the Blink cameras, is there a way to do that but as a Media Tile. 
HomeAssistant Blink:
password: YOUR_PASSWORD 

They use the Blink API and can view live footage from cameras.. 

Android Fire iOS Mac Windows

Still Image Media Tile from Arlo Camera?

Ken Washington 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Maxim 2 months ago 23

Is there any way known to extract a still image to use in a media tile from Arlo? For my DLink cameras I FTP them to my online web space which works great, but I can't find any similar function in the Arlo app.

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Hi. Is possible use SONOFF camera with hub SAMSUNG SMARTHINGS and action tiles? Thanks !

FABIO 2 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Ike O. 2 months ago 2
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Reolink Camera?

kevinnichols 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by martinottolangui 2 months ago 36

Is the Reolink camera supported by Action Tiles?

I can see from their support that a JPEG image from the camera does have a URL I'm assuming the answer is yes? 



Fire iOS Mac
kevinnichols 2 years ago

I bought 2 Reolink cameras last week and tested one. They do work with Action Tiles and all is well.  I haven't decided whether to connect them to Smartthings, because Reolink's software is pretty good about motion detection and alerts.



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Blue Iris Video Stream with Audio

Geoffrey Dwyer 2 months ago in Media Tiles updated by KamHouse 2 months ago 2

I am looking to have some of my Wyze cameras act as a baby monitor in ActionTiles and when selected (fullscreen), hear audio from the camera. I have RTSP enabled on the Wyze camera and Blue Iris is using the following URL:


In ActionTiles I have the following Media URL


Everything works well except I cannot hear audio from the camera.


Script to load random photo into a Media Tile

Thyamine 10 months ago in Media Tiles / Images updated 2 months ago 2

For anyone else who is interested, I wanted a way to have photos load directly into a Media Tile, but I wanted it to change or randomize based on my own intervals.  I put together a script that I run every 10 minutes on my local Synology which looks at my photo folder, randomly selects a picture, saves it to a local folder with a set filename, and I can then point the Media Tile at. 

The Media Tile can be pointed at a static URL, and in the background the script does all the heavy lifting.  The tile just needs to know how often to reload which is dependent on how often you run the script to change the photo.



Let me know if you have any comments or questions.

- Thy


GIF Stream Works 50% of the Time

Roger Lee 3 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated 2 months ago 1

I use iPhone X running iOS 13.2 The GIF still images stream feeds every 4 to 5 seconds from Hikvision NVR off of 6 cameras. It works 50% to 60% of the time. But the Panel often fails to display any image from any cameras. When it works, all cameras’ images would refresh every few seconds, which is what I want. But when it doesn’t work, all I see is “blanks” for all cameras. It’s either “all or none”. The frustrating part is I have tested many different ways, I could not figure out the pattern why 50% of the time would fail. I tried to swipe up and kill the browser. Still no help. But if I wait for 20minutes or an hour, it would show up. Then, It would work for few times or 10 times, and when I go back, the images would NOT show up AGAIN. Then I would try again and again, it would continue to show nothing. I would just give up and wait for 20 minutes or an hour, and it would work again!! Does it have to do with iPhone Safari browser’s caching mechanism? Is this iOS or Safari limitation? Does anyone have similar experience? Is there a way to fix it to make it 100% working and reliable?

Below are 2 screen captures: the 1st is to show the times that don’t load the images. The 2nd is the one that “works”.