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GIF Stream Works 50% of the Time

Roger Lee 3 weeks ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated 12 hours 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”.

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Importing / Exporting Media & Shortcuts

Ted Lango 2 days ago in Media Tiles updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 days ago 1

I have several ActionTiles accounts for different locations and design some panels which have not only a large number of connected smarthings devices but have a very large number of shortcuts and media links.   Is it feasible to export these shortcuts and media links so that I could import them with other ActionTiles accounts?   If not, I'm not sure if this is a feature others are interested in; not only would an import/export function be useful in sharing media/shortcuts across accounts, but I wouldn't mind having a backup of what I build if I was ever to migrate it to another account.


Synology Surveillance Station

Justin 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Graham Foster 5 days ago 10

Hello! First off great app, it's really speedy and I love the setup capability.

Question about video feeds. I live in a world where I have two types of FOSCAM cameras for my house. A C1 for inside and a FI9803 outside. These cameras do not support http streaming via url.

Originally they were not bought for http streaming but rather a tight integration into my synology surveillance station for surveillance DVR etc...

Synology provides a few ways to access a live video feed but I will focus on two:

1. https://[external ip address]:5001/webapi/SurveillanceStation/streaming.cgi?api=SYNO.SurveillanceStation.Streaming&method=LiveStream&version=2&_sid=cVlEBPLYbJaOI1470MGN778701&cameraId=18

This is the url to view a live feed via https. Running this in a browser, however, does not seem to work. Running it in ST does.

2. You can also connect via RSTP.

My question is whether any other users attempted a connection this way as opposed to going directly into the camera?


XML, GRIB, JavaScript, PHP

Norrbag 5 days ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic 0

Hi there!

My weather service provider has open data in XML, GRIB, JavaScript, PHP formats.

Not sure how to integrate any of these, any pointers would be fantastic!

Open data sources:

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Weather Forecast Tile for Canada?

John Abraham 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by El Lobo 6 days ago 11

I’m trying to find a good way to get the weather forecast for my location in Canada.  There doesn’t seem to be a SmartThings device that exposes the high/low forecast for the day without custom code.  (The Accuweather tiles don’t seem to work at all).  Would it be best to pursue a media item from a URL?  

Or am I just missing something obvious?

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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 Brian Dadswell 6 days ago 25 

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+


Play music on actiontiles hack

miehoe 6 days ago in Media Tiles updated 6 days ago 1


Perhaps cheating here a bit, but you can get a Google play music control visible on your full screen actiontile. 

1. Use chrome browser and go to your extensions. Search for the official google play music player extension. After installing, open the extension.

2. use casting extension to cast music on tab to your chromecast (audio) device. The music you are casting should now run via your chromecast (check this)

3. Open the actiontiles via a new tab, login and run full screen

You will notice the google music player overlaps the full screen and holds full functionality. Just design you tiles around it and it feels like an integrated player. A bit of a cheat, but works well and is really easy to setup. 

Obviously you cannot integrate this with any triggers or automation, but I have a permanent screen that remains connected to audio and ST via action tiles. Once you want to switch off music it a simple pause and move on with your life. Back home, simple tab on play and your music takes off where you left it.

If you have the task bar pop up, you can also use windows settings to unlin taskbar as I did. 


Share your favorite Weather Media Tiles?

Den 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Shonagh MacLennan 1 week ago 146

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 ¶).


Action Tiles not working on Google Nest wifi

Alan Raczek 3 weeks ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 3


Using blue iris 5 and Actiontiles with a new Google Nest mesh Wifi. Google nest creates a new subnet so all my cameras are there on the ‘86’ subnet. I also moved my blue iris server to a wired connection off the google router. Also on the ‘86’ subnet. I modified the urls in Actiontiles for the new BI server address. I am also using fully kiosk browser. The cameras will not show up in Actiontiles. Not sure if there are some ports that need forwarding or not, I would assume so.

Any ideas?

I need to know how ActionTIles is accessing my BI web server, what path does it take? The addresses used are obviously private addresses so AT just uses the local network? I also have an issue with actually seeing that the Blue IRis Server web server port '81' is actually open. Can't find it.


Please List your Camera brand here if you got it working

MrMilu 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Anthony Huemann 2 weeks ago 93

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.


Ring camera (Yet another try)

I have read all the threads around Ring but it seems all of them are outdated.

In the latest ST app I can see a video of the doorbell and stickup cams from my home.

I also see that the device handlers expose the RTSP URI for the cams now.

Is there a reason why this cannot be done in ActionTiles as well?

Windows iOS
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Swann NVR camera feeds using VLC to transcode.

edmond 7 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated 3 weeks ago 5

i have a swann nvr8000 with 4 4k cameras and 2 4mp ptz's running on onvif on the nvr, 6 channels in all. im using vlc to transcode the 6 rstp channels from the nvr into an http mjpeg feed, ive added the transcoded feeds to my media in actiontiles, but im only able to see the feeds in windows running firefox, no other browser and os seems to pull up the feeds on the tiles, which is a real bummer because i had a fire hd10 ready to wall mount, now it looks like i need to go with a windows based wall tablet. ive read through a bunch of posts regarding the user:pass part of the rstp url causing problems with various browsers, but does that still apply if im letting vlc handle the rstp url and im using the http that vlc spits out. if anyone has any suggestions or troubleshooting ideas, id love to sort it out.

here are some technical details for anyone interested in the nvr configuration

swann nvr8000 rstp format is rtsp:// (change ip and port to match yours.102 is channel 1 (02) substream 101 for channel 1 (01) mainstream. 201, 202 and so forth.

the code to transcode in vlc commad promp is below (replace bold sections with your details)

vlc.exe -R rtsp://user:pass@ --sout "#transcode{vcodec=mjpg,vb=2500,scale=1.0,fps=10,acodec=none}:standard{access=http{mime=multipart/x-mixed-replace; boundary=7b3cc56e5f51db803f790dad720ed50a},mux=mpjpeg,dst=:8888/videostream.cgi}

the resulting http that vlc generates is http:// ip adress of device running vlc:8888/videostream.cgi

so mine was this is the url i input in my media for the tile

bonus points if you forward port 8888 and then use your ddns service if you want to use out of local network, i use dyndns and works great


Which IP Cameras Are Working on Android Tablets

Den 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Claudia Smith 3 weeks ago 34

I just want to use a camera that I can display streaming video within a Media Tile on an ActionTiles panel on my Android Nexus 9 tablet. It can be an indoor camera that costs as much as $1000. Also, I am willing to change my browser fro Chrome to something else. So far, I can do everything that I want to do except monitor my front door.


I'll have to start with our far too slim KB answer. The reality is that there are thousands of camera models and we haven't figured out a "really good way" to rate them for use with ActionTiles (not to mention cross referenced by browser and browsing device OS, and dozens of ways to "work around" may camera limitations...).

One thing I can suggest ad hoc here: Take a look at this "camera connection database" created by a video surveillance software vendor. Dig into the details for some cameras. If the camera provides an MJPEG stream direct from an "http" URL (with login credentials in the URL), then that's is a good start.

As for the canned answer: How do I use Media Tiles to view my Video Cameras?

Thanks for keeping the discussion going... Other members of the ActionTiles Community are quite likely to have a favorite camera model that they are finding works pretty well at the current time...

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Weather Tile widget generation from

JB Bentz 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Nick sargeant 4 weeks ago 26

I found a new resource that could come in handy for AT.  It's a weather widget that can generate an image, rather than just html.  Its fully customization, and may work for other tile sizes.  I just started screwing around with it. check it out:

The source can be found here -

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Option for still image Media to open streaming video upon zoom

Sgni 10 months ago in Media Tiles updated by KamHouse 4 weeks ago 2

I'm pretty sure this has been discussed, but I couldn't find anything recent about it. So...

Has there ever been any more discussion about having the option to click a still image media tile and have it open the mjpg video feed when it enlarges? 

I assume the reasoning is obvious, but for me, it would be ideal if I could have the thing that's on all the time just be an occasionally refreshed still image, and then go 'live' when I click on it.


Media does not refresh in Kiosk Browser after screensaver

Sergio Ferreira 3 months ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by sergiovasferreira 1 month ago 4


Kiosk Brower

Screensaver with Dakboard

Action Tiles with Media image (refresh every 5 seconds)

The Media image does not refresh anymore after leaving screen.

This was working...

If I try in Chrome works fine. Anyone with same issue?

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Reolink Camera?

kevinnichols 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by martinottolangui 1 month ago 34

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? 



Mac iOS Fire
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.




ActionPiXX - Photo slideshow Media Tiles

Jay 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by BenOSide 1 month ago 10

First, if this type of post isn't permitted please remove it, thank you.

I’m working on a simple application (it's free) that works like a web server for photos for ActionTiles. Basically you copy this application into a directory and point an ActionTiles Media Tile to the applications IP address.  The Application will serve up either a specific requested photo, or if you specify random.jpg it will serve a random photo from the directory.

You can also (optionally) specify different directories for different tablets etc.  So you could have vacation photos served to the kitchen tablet, while your spouse gets photos of the kids and the garage tablet shows hunting and car photos all while the ActionTiles media tile points to a single local Web URL.

Photos can be: jpg, jpeg, gif and png.

Example directory layout:

The Application Interface:

If anyone has an interest in this local photo server and wants to help in beta testing this please let me know.

I’m working on this in my spare time so response from me could be slow at times as I work full time.

What this program doesn’t do:  

Slideshow the photos in sequence (they are randomly presented).

Access directories outside of its own directory.

Charge for it's use (It's beggar ware)

Have an Apple version.

Thank you,


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Media tiles working in some browsers but not all?

Meghna Lamore 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by fredfontaine 1 month ago 10

I'm rather a newbie with ActionTiles, and am using a trial, so forgive me if I'm wondering about something obvious.

I have two cameras currently, a Dahua (of the type without a reset button) and a Foscam (one of the problematic ones, apparently). I have long lost the ability to tweak with the Dahua settings, and so far, only the IP Cam Viewer Android app has ever been able to pull a feed from it with just (apparently) the IP address. 

I'm using ActionTiles on Safari on both my MacBook and my iPad Mini (first generation, iOS version 9.3.5). I can see the Foscam feed just fine on the iPad Mini, but not the Dahua. Much to my surprise, I can see BOTH feeds on the MacBook (I've no idea how it's pulling the Dahua stream, but it is)! But Chrome doesn't show the Dahua on the MacBook, and neither streams show up on Silk or Chrome on my Fire tablet (10" 2017 model).

I'm trying to get both feeds to show up on any browser on one of the mobile devices, so either the Fire tablet or the iPad Mini. 

Any ideas?

Thanks so much!

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Anyone able to get Nest camera working?

Jeff Terrace 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 136

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.