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Whole-House CCTV System

Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:45 am
by CaimenTechChecks
Hi, I've been looking into building a CCTV system, as our gate was set on fire, however I do not have a huge budget, and was looking into the PS3 eye cameras with the raspberry pi, it worked with one (using motioneye), however now that I have multiple, with all of the hardware IDs being mostly the same, I cannot use more than one, does anyone have a solution to this?

Many Thanks

Re: Whole-House CCTV System

Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:54 pm
by fruitoftheloom
CaimenTechChecks wrote:Hi, I've been looking into building a CCTV system, as our gate was set on fire, however I do not have a huge budget, and was looking into the PS3 eye cameras with the raspberry pi, it worked with one (using motioneye), however now that I have multiple, with all of the hardware IDs being mostly the same, I cannot use more than one, does anyone have a solution to this?

Many Thanks
IP Cameras ??

https://zoneminder.com

Re: Whole-House CCTV System

Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:03 pm
by CaimenTechChecks
No they are USB 2.0 cameras, I've tried using both the inbuilt USB ports and a powered USB hub, when trying all 4, but for some reason motion pi cannot destinguish between each camera, regardless that in the root, when plugging each camera in each one has (video0, video1).

Re: Whole-House CCTV System

Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:16 pm
by fruitoftheloom
CaimenTechChecks wrote:No they are USB 2.0 cameras, I've tried using both the inbuilt USB ports and a powered USB hub, when trying all 4, but for some reason motion pi cannot destinguish between each camera, regardless that in the root, when plugging each camera in each one has (video0, video1).
Does ZoneMinder differentiates the cameras ?? The PS3 Eye appears supported:

https://forums.zoneminder.com/viewtopic.php?t=15778

Re: Whole-House CCTV System

Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:18 pm
by CaimenTechChecks
I'm not sure as I am unable to use Zoneminder, when attempting to install, I get 404 error when it tries to download some images which it needs, my first idea was Zoneminder, but I couldn't use it. I also have trouble with the StartX command where my raspberry pi would glitch out, I've tried re-installing raspian, but still facing the same problems.

Would it be best for this setup if I switch to Ubuntu on the raspberry pi?

Re: Whole-House CCTV System

Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:07 pm
by fruitoftheloom
CaimenTechChecks wrote:I'm not sure as I am unable to use Zoneminder, when attempting to install, I get 404 error when it tries to download some images which it needs, my first idea was Zoneminder, but I couldn't use it. I also have trouble with the StartX command where my raspberry pi would glitch out, I've tried re-installing raspian, but still facing the same problems.

Would it be best for this setup if I switch to Ubuntu on the raspberry pi?

Raspbian Jessie with Pixel:

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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install zoneminder
zoneminder Linux video camera security and surveillance solution. Version: 1.26.5-3.1+rpi1+b12

Re: Whole-House CCTV System

Posted: Wed May 10, 2017 8:01 pm
by CaimenTechChecks
It appears to of installed this time, with only a few errors, however I cannot get it to run with the startx command as the startx command makes my raspberry pi crash for some reason

Re: Whole-House CCTV System

Posted: Thu May 11, 2017 9:46 am
by BMS Doug
Add a micro USB - USB converter and a Pi0W / camera?

Still limited to buying 1 at a time unfortunately.

Re: Whole-House CCTV System

Posted: Thu May 11, 2017 7:48 pm
by CaimenTechChecks
Thanks, I'll use that since as it's quite cheap, do you reckon, if I bought 10 of these, one per camera and had each one broadcasting it in a local ip, I could then use the 3B and connect all of them as IP cameras, so I can have 1 interface with 10 cameras?

Re: Whole-House CCTV System

Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 7:55 am
by BMS Doug
CaimenTechChecks wrote:Thanks, I'll use that since as it's quite cheap, do you reckon, if I bought 10 of these, one per camera and had each one broadcasting it in a local ip, I could then use the 3B and connect all of them as IP cameras, so I can have 1 interface with 10 cameras?

I would imagine that you could. I don't know if it can handle the data rate of 10 cameras simultaneously but cycling through one at a time should be fine.
you could implement motion detection on each Pi0 so that it could flag it's feed as higher priority if it has detected motion.

Re: Whole-House CCTV System

Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 8:06 am
by Forrrge
Another option is if you have some old android or iphones gathering dust in a cupboard is to use a free app like Alfred (link below)
https://alfred.camera/

You can tie them all together and monitor them through a web browser or app.

Re: Whole-House CCTV System

Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 8:11 am
by fruitoftheloom
Forrrge wrote:Another option is if you have some old android or iphones gathering dust in a cupboard is to use a free app like Alfred (link below)
https://www.facebook.com/UkuleleExpress ... 4532037079

You can tie them all together and monitor them through a web browser or app.
LMFTFY. https://alfred.camera/

Re: Whole-House CCTV System

Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 8:40 am
by Gavinmc42
I have networked MotionEye OS and Pikrellcams, but night vision LEDs are still under construction.

I got one of these to try 4-5 camera system.
https://clusterhat.com/
Still need a few more Zeros to fill it.
But dual use, normal cameras plus Noir with nighttime IR Leds and the networked mother Pi can control the power to each Zero

Still leaves 3 USB ports for webcams ;)

I have tested a Zero W with Pikrellcam running on Jessie Lite.
Picamera software does have some motion array stuff if you want to roll your own.
The much smaller PiCore OS does work with the Picamera and may be used on the Zero's, if I can figure out the OTG stuff.

Re: Whole-House CCTV System

Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 9:27 am
by Forrrge
Thanks Fruitoftheloom, for fixing that link, that the danger of working on two posts at the same time :oops: