Tapo C425 rtsp stream not connecting unless viewed in Android 1st

Tapo C425 rtsp stream not connecting unless viewed in Android 1st

Tapo C425 rtsp stream not connecting unless viewed in Android 1st
Tapo C425 rtsp stream not connecting unless viewed in Android 1st
2024-03-11 22:03:31
Model: Tapo C425  
Hardware Version: V1
Firmware Version: 1.3.4

Hello, my rtsp stream in VLC does not open. I get no prompt for user/pass it just hangs.

However, if I open the rtsp stream while viewing camera in the Tapo Android app, it works fine.

 

Some debug from VLC stream during the fail:

main debug: creating access: rtsp://192.168.1.153/stream1

main debug: (path: \\192.168.1.153\stream1)

main debug: looking for access module matching "rtsp": 27 candidates

satip debug: try to open 'rtsp://192.168.1.153/stream1'

satip debug: connect to host '192.168.1.153'

main debug: net: connecting to 192.168.1.153 port 554

main warning: connection timed out

satip error: Failed to connect to RTSP server 192.168.1.153:554

main debug: net: connecting to 192.168.1.153 port 554

main warning: connection timed out

access_realrtsp error: cannot connect to 192.168.1.153:554

access_realrtsp debug: could not connect to: 192.168.1.153/stream1

main debug: no access modules matched

main debug: dead input

main debug: changing item without a request (current 1/2)

main debug: nothing to play

qt debug: IM: Deleting the input

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Re:Tapo C425 rtsp stream not connecting unless viewed in Android 1st
2024-03-13 21:39:57

Any ideas? Does the stream need to be initialized or "awakened"?

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Re:Tapo C425 rtsp stream not connecting unless viewed in Android 1st
2024-04-05 21:57:44

  @TikiTaco I'm having the same poblem. If I'm watching on the tapo app on my iPhone it connects in vlc right away, if I close the app I can't connect.  Firmware 1.3.5.

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Re:Tapo C425 rtsp stream not connecting unless viewed in Android 1st
2024-04-12 18:34:25

  @NtroP 

 

They've quietly REMOVED RTSP.  According to support (see below), the solution, "please buy a different camera".
Also, I disabled auto-firmware update after getting this. It still auto-updated. To make matters worse, we now even get a nag screen telling us something like  "You've watched the camera for over 5 minutes with no input, would you like to continue?". I even bought a solor charger to overcome battery issues. At least give us config options. Can we not manage our own battery life, tp-link?

They've gone out of their way to remove the ability to actually view the camera. This is my 1st and LAST tp-link camera.


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C425 is a low-power battery camera. For battery-operated machines, it is more difficult for RTSP to realize the functions of wake-up and play live view, so RTSP on battery camera is still in the beta stage. 

The current design is not able to balance the RTSP feature and low power consumption for the time being, we may disable this feature in the future. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

We are very sorry to say that the upcoming firmware version 1.3.5 is the last version of the C425 to support RTSP, so if you wish to keep this feature, we recommend that you turn off automatic updates after this update.

However, we still recommend that if you want to use RTSP for monitoring, please use normal no-battery cameras, they are more compatible with RTSP (Keep fetching the live view) and don't have to worry about battery issues.
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Re:Tapo C425 rtsp stream not connecting unless viewed in Android 1st
3 weeks ago - last edited 3 weeks ago

@TikiTaco Disappointed too - the "Update firmware" nag screen said to update for a better experience, but since when have better experiences been mandatory upgrades, and indeed not better. Even with automatic updates off, I couldn't proceed to use the app until I did it.

 

I have home assistant on my watch - everything goes through it, cheapo Amcrest cameras, Dahua cameras, TP-Link Wifi switches,.. Tapo don't do a watch widget, so now have to keep the phone always on me just for the C425s.

 

I can't say I'll never buy another TP-Link camera, but it definitely undid the good vibes I had with the company.

 

 

 

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