Below is a guest post by one of our users, Wayne Jacobsen, who is using a Raspberry Pi computer to turn a USB webcam into an IP cam that can stream video to SecuritySpy, in order to expand his Mac video surveillance system. Wayne is an Art Glass artist – you can see some of Wayne’s work on Pinterest. Wayne has contributed the following description of his setup:
The Raspberry Pi can make a nice security camera in a SecuritySpy system with surprisingly little effort. I wanted a way of seeing what temperatures my kilns were, especially when they were cool enough to open and take the glass out. I had a Raspberry Pi (RPi) equipped with USB WiFi dongle and an old Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 webcam sitting around from my old PC days. A little research on the web led me to many ways to use the RPi with the webcam and I used the instructions on this page as the basis of my setup. Someone has done all the software development work for us in a program call Motion.
Following the step-by-step instructions at the above page yielded perfect results, first time. Just go to another computer and enter the IP address of the RPi and the port used by Motion into a web browser and you see streaming video. To get this working in SecuritySpy, open the Video Device Settings window, add a new network device and choose Manual Configuration for the device type. Enter the RPi’s IP address, the HTTP port number used by Motion, and any username/password you have set up in Motion. Click the OK button and up it comes. Once the RPi is configured to run Motion, the powered USB adapter, HDMI screen, mouse and keyboard can all be unplugged from the RPi.
You can download my config file for Motion in order to help your own setup. Here are a few of my photos and screenshots to demonstrate my setup: