The Raspberry Pi is a small, barebones computer developed by The Raspberry Pi Foundation, a UK charity, with the intention of providing low-cost computers and free software to students. Their ultimate goal is to foster computer science education and they hope that this small, affordable computer will be a tool that enables that.
There are ways to build up your own system using the basic Raspbian distribution and various software packages, or you can use a custom built operating system for this purpose, MotionEyeOS. Which is normally the easy way to upgrade your Raspberry pi into a CCTV Camera.
MotionEyeOS has everything needed to run a security camera system, or simply a remote webcam monitoring system. This tutorial will cover setting up a camera and for basic recording and monitoring.
Things you’ll need:
- Raspberry Pi 3
- Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera
- Micro SD Card
- MotionEyeOS Image
Download the MotionEyeOS here.
Burning the Image to your SD Card
First you need to download the Win32 Disk Imager for you to burn the OS to your SD Card. Then run the application.
Connect your SD Card to your computer.
Click the folder icon in the right side of the program. Then navigate where your downloaded MotionEye OS.
Make sure that the Device shown is the Drive you are going to burn with the OS. In this case it’s Drive G:\\
Then click “Write” and wait for a few minutes and you have successfully written the Image into the SD Card.
Configuring your Raspberry Pi
Mount your SD Card to your Raspberry Pi and also connect your Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera to its designated connection.
Connect the Raspberry Pi into a Monitor and to your Wifi enabled Modem using cable, then power it on. The Raspberry Pi would then boot and in there you see the dynamic IP address. This IP address will be needed for you to access your motionEye in another computer which is also connected to the same network.
In this instance, the IP Address of our Raspberry Pi is 192.168.1.26.
Navigate to your Web Browser like Chrome or of any kind and input the IP Address, hit Enter.
To login, enter the username, “admin” and hit Login. There is no password by default.
Click on the menu button in the top left corner to pull up the options.
You can now change your Username and Password for your Security.
For more advanced settings, there is an option under “General Settings” to enable advanced settings. Once settings have been modified, click the “Apply” button in the top right corner of the settings pane to enable them. These let you configure working hours, motion sensing, save data locations for any videos or images, and much more. Just Explore.
Input your Wifi Name and Password for easy connection of your Raspberry Pi.
Then you’re good to go.
For you to see your IP Address without connecting to a monitor, download the Advance IP Scanner.