For what it's worth, I acquired the EyeSpy RC8221 firmware upgrade file from a very helpful reader at this very blog, and looked into upgrading the Lowes Iris RC8221 using it. I couldn't make the normal web interface OR the recovery web interface accept the file in its normal state, I'm assuming it expects a header or checksum of some form to validate the file...HOWEVER - I was able to pull the flash IC again, and dump the EyeSpy RC8221 firmware onto it with an external programmer, and get it to boot properly. Didn't complain about internal checksums, either. Standard EyeSpy 247 WebUI works, default user/pass works, configuration and wireless setup work. All menus functional, haven't actively tested the triggering and recording, but stream configuration works 100%, and remote registration seems to also function. I fully believe this camera is now, effectively, fully operational. With a little more tinkering, I might even be able to get it to run scripts and software from its own MicroSD card slot, but that's distant-future territory...

Contact me for details. I really need to set up a blog of my own, apparently..maybe I'll look into that. In the mean time, I've confirmed that the Iris models will run less locked-down firmware. If anyone is willing to let me BORROW (or keep) -any- other IP camera that's locked down -AND- has a non-locked-down version with accessible firmware, I'm willing to burn a few dozen hours messing around with those to unlock them as well, and send it/them back. I suspect the process for things like the OC821 will be very similar. Contact me and we'll negotiate something.