Introduction: Phone Webcam
This instructable will show you how you can setup an old smartphone to be used as a camera to monitor a 3D Printer, baby room, house while you are away, front porch, peep hole on front door and so on. the options are limitless.
This is simple to do but very effective. I just use and app, connect to WiFi, set password, and can be viewed anywhere from a computer or device.
As you can see in the photo, I use mine as a camera to keep an eye on my 3D printer.
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Step 1: Setting Up Phone Software
I did this using my Android phone and it may be different for others.
First thing you need to do is connect to WiFi and go to the Play Store and download IP Camera app. This is a free app, at least at the time that I am writing this.
Once the app is installed, make sure all other camera apps are closed. Then open the IP Camera app.
When you have the app open scroll down to the bottom and click "Start Server"
This will bring up a live view of your rear camera. at the bottom of the screen you will see and address, for example http://192.168.xx.xxx:8080
Copy this number down as you will need it in the next step
Step 2: Setting Up the Viewer
Go to any browser, it can me a computer or phone and type in the address that was at the bottom of you screen on the last step. For example
This will bring up a new page like in the photo above. At the top under Video render choose "Browser", and under Audio Player choose HTML5 wav.
You can now view your camera and receive sound.
Step 3: Protection
This part is very important!!!
On your phone that you are using as a camera, you need to back out to the main screen of the IP Camera app and go to Local Broadcasting under Connection Settings.
Once you are in Local Broadcasting click on Login/ Password
Add a login and password here to prevent everyone in the world from viewing your camera. Click OK.
Go back to the main screen and go back down to Start Server.
Now when you login to you address in your browser you will be prompted to put your username and password in.
Please do not skip this step, its for your protection.
Step 4: Final
I have used this to view prints on my 3D printer from my other phone in a different room and also as a second baby monitor. Feel free to use this how you would like whether its for security, watching for critters at night, timelaps of the stars...the options are endless.
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