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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 190702 9-Jan-2016 14:37
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Howdy folks, I'm new here so consider this my introduction and first question all rolled into one :) I look forward to being a part of your community.

I'm wanting to use an old Android phone as a security camera at my home and would like some suggestions on how best to do this.

I've tried using an app called Perch which is pretty much perfect for my needs, except that it chews through my internet cap and slows everything on the wireless network down. Therefore, I'd like to set up a similar system using the phone but have it record a loop on the phone itself. I should be able to remotely trigger the phone to stream to a remote device such as my phone or laptop if motion is detected or I manually trigger the stream.

I've looked at a bunch of apps and all the ones I could find would use a heap of data as they stream continuously to a remote server. This is what I am trying to avoid. Have also considered setting the phone to stream over it's own dedicated wireless network to a network server at my home.

Got any ideas? Is there an app for this that I'm missing? Oh, the phone is an old Samsung Galaxy s4.

TL;DNR - Suggestions for converting an Android phone to a security camera that won't hogg all my data and bandwidth.

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  Reply # 1466537 9-Jan-2016 14:40
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It must be on all the time or only on when triggered manually?

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  Reply # 1466546 9-Jan-2016 14:55
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Ideally I was thinking on all the time recording in a 30 minute loop on the phone itself. If motion is detected, it should send out an alert to my phone where I can trigger it to stream to the device manually.

As I mentioned above, there are apps which will allow something similar - stream continuously to a remote server, but this chews through all my data.


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  Reply # 1467172 10-Jan-2016 19:16
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Take into account that a smartphone camera uses a lot of battery and that generates a lot of heat. I don't think most of them are designed to stay on for hours at a time... Might cause damage. They also like to lock up etc. YMMV...

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  Reply # 1467192 10-Jan-2016 19:26
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I have used DashCam apps in the past which allow recording of loops, or time lapse photos.
Perhaps you could use 2 apps - a dashcam app for the 30 minute loop and another app for live stream.
The 2nd app might need only be a remote control app like teamviewer, if such a thing exists for Android.

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  Reply # 1467227 10-Jan-2016 20:08
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I've got a couple of cheap and cheerful $35 Vodafone android phones doing this already via an app called "IP Webcam" (Linky) - works pretty well. I have my feeds going into a Zoneminder server running on a Raspberry Pi and each camera loops a 30min feed on the SD card (and Zoneminder records too).

Works out well since each phone can run for a day or so on battery and my UPS powers things if the power goes out.

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