Quick Security Cam for RPi




Introduction: Quick Security Cam for RPi

About: 3D printing and designing RaspberryPI projects for a few years now

Quick Security Cam for RPi

Step 1: Quick Security Cam for RPi

Download "RASPBIAN JESSIE LITE" https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/

Create your new hard disk for DashboardPI

Insert the microSD to your computer via USB adapter and create the disk image using the dd command

Locate your inserted microSD card via the df -h command, unmount it and create the disk image with the disk copy dd command

$ df -h /dev/sdb1 7.4G 32K 7.4G 1% /media/XXX/1234-5678

$ umount /dev/sdb1

Caution: be sure the command is completely accurate, you can damage other disks with this command

if=location of RASPBIAN JESSIE LITE image file of=location of your microSD card

$ sudo dd bs=4M if=/path/to/raspbian-jessie-lite.img of=/dev/sdb (note: in this case, it's /dev/sdb, /dev/sdb1 was an existing factory partition on the microSD)

Setting up your RaspberriPi

Insert your new microSD card to the raspberrypi and power it on with a monitor connected to the HDMI port


user: pi pass: raspberry

Change your account password for security

sudo passwd pi

Enable RaspberriPi Advanced Options

sudo raspi-config

Choose: Expand File System

Advanced Options

Hostname change it to "DOORCAM"

SSH Enable SSH Server

Enable Camera Enable camera interface

Enable the English/US Keyboard

sudo nano /etc/default/keyboard

Change the following line: XKBLAYOUT="us"

Reboot PI for Keyboard layout changes / file system resizing to take effect

$ sudo shutdown -r now

Auto-Connect to your WiFi

sudo nano /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

Add the following lines to have your raspberrypi automatically connect to your home WiFi (if your wireless network is named "linksys" for example, in the following example)

network={ ssid="linksys" psk="WIRELESS PASSWORD HERE" }

Reboot PI to connect to WiFi network

$ sudo shutdown -r now

Now that your PI is finally on the local network, you can login remotely to it via SSH. But first you need to get the IP address it currently has.

$ ifconfig Look for "inet addr: 192.168.XXX.XXX" in the following command's output for your PI's IP Address

Go to another machine and login to your raspberrypi via ssh

$ ssh pi@192.168.XXX.XXX

Start Installing required packages

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get upgrade

$ sudo apt-get install sshpass vim rpi.gpio python-smbus python-requests python-picamera python-opencv python-imaging python-dev python3-pip python3 libi2c-dev i2c-tools git build-essential

Update local timezone settings

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

select your timezone using the interface

Setup the simple directory l command [optional]

$ vi ~/.bashrc

add the following line:

$ alias l='ls -lh'

$ source ~/.bashrc

Fix VIM default syntax highlighting [optional]

$ sudo vi /etc/vim/vimrc

uncomment the following line:

syntax on

$ cd ~

$ git clone https://github.com/khinds10/QuickDoorCam.git

$ pip3 install pysftp

Edit Crontab to upload each minute the latest motion image

# m h dom mon dow command

* * * * * python /home/pi/QuickDoorCam/webcam.py

Step 2: Supplies Needed

RaspberriPi Zero (W Model w/ built in wireless)

Webcam (fisheye FOV lens)


Step 3: Build and Wire the Device

Print the Project Enclosure

Using a 3D printer print the enclosure files included in the 'enclosure/' folder. .x3g files are MakerBot compatible. You can also use the .stl and .blend (Blender Program) files to edit and create your own improvements to the design. Solder an appropriate resister and LED to the +3v and GND leads of the PI

Get the webcam and the LED and the RPI ready to mount in the case

Mount the Camera throught the front hole

Install the LED through the small hole in the corner and place the RPI Zero and wiring inside the case

Step 4: Configure Python Application

Configure Application to run correctly in settings.py config file

Find the file settings.py-example and adjust to your current settings

Enter your SFTP server and api.forecast.io credentials to get the weather subtitles working and the images uploaded to be viewed on the web.


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    Question 1 year ago on Step 4

    I am impressed. I am new to tinkering with electronics and I’m trying to understand the verbiage. I’m currently working on setting up a home security system and would love to install camera’s I built. Can you give app. Cost and can I make this as a newbie?


    Answer 1 year ago

    OH cool! it's less than $100 for these parts, but requires a 3D print.