Introduction: Camera Surveillance Project


Don't have a home-camera and surveillance system in 2019? Worried about Big Brother Tech Companies spying on your lawn if you do? This Instructable is a top-down guide to developing a surveillance camera system in under $500, packed with features like SD card storage, a live video feed hosted on a server and a smartphone app to access the stream from anywhere in the world. This tutorial is designed for people with little to no experience with the Arduino microcontroller, and thus can be exhaustive. Therefore, it has been split into several different Instructables detailing each step. If you are a complete beginner, it may be useful to look through all the steps!


Step 1: The Basics

If you're absolutely new to breadboarding and Arduino, there are a few basics that are helpful to understand before building the project.

Arduino is a "microcontroller", which includes microprocessors and various electronic components to create an interface where users and hobbyists can easily code and build their own electronic devices. Before you begin, be sure to download the latest version of Arduino to your computer from the official website so you can get coding. When connecting your Arduino board to your PC, be sure that you have selected the correct port before you upload any code (this is a common error!) by going to Tools>Ports and selecting the appropriate device.

Breadboards are easy-to-use connection interfaces for creating prototypes for your electronic projects, and include several rows (numbered) and columns (lettered) separated by a "bridge", and surrounded by two "+" and "-" power rails (usually) on either side. When a conductive device is inserted into one of the holes in the breadboard, it connects all surrounding holes in the row, except for the ones across the bridge. The power rails are inversely connected in columns, and are not conductively separated by their gaps. See the diagram in the image provided for a better understanding.

Step 2: Testing and Configuring the Bluetooth Module

To begin, we will first set up and test the bluetooth module pair by sending a button signal from one Arduino to light up an LED at the other.

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Step 3: Testing the Camera Module

A tutorial to initialize and test the camera module through command prompt on Windows already exists and can be accessed at: