tibmeister
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IP Camera NVR Server

Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:02 pm

Does anyone know of some open-source NVR type software that I could use to turn a Raspberry Pi into a survelliance server for my IP camera's from Foscam I have installed at home? Thinking a sizable USB drive for the storage and access it through a web page.

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ScoobyDoo
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Re: IP Camera NVR Server

Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:52 pm

Motion

dktucson
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Re: IP Camera NVR Server

Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:21 am

hmmm.. zoneminder is for hardware cards...vlc will handle video streams but only 1 at a time...I think motion mentioned above looks for local video input as well (usb cams or other /dev/video designations)

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Re: IP Camera NVR Server

Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:01 am

"zoneminder is for hardware cards" - not at all.
Ive recently set it up using wifi ip camera's nothing special needs to be done.
Just set up the feed as an ip camera by following the instructions.
I found iot very easy to do.

Gordon

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ScoobyDoo
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Re: IP Camera NVR Server

Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:27 pm

Does zoneminder work ok on the pi?
I thought it would bring it to its knees that's why I'm using motion.

purohitanuj
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Re: IP Camera NVR Server

Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:49 am

I have used motion and it brings the poor pi down. I have Webmin, Apache, MediaTomb, MySql, TorrentFlux parallel running (no swap).

How much uptime can you maintain by using motion ?

gme
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Re: IP Camera NVR Server

Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:11 pm

I have 2 foscams at home and have setup the pi as an Apache reverse proxy so I can simply goto https://myhomedomain.com/camera1/ and https://myhomedomain.com/camera2/ and get access to view the live feeds / control the cameras.

This is using a self signed cert for https. More secure than http since you are not sending passwords unencrypted.

I have also installed VSFTPD as a ftp server on the pi. This saves any motion detected on the camera to an external hard drive I have. This directory is also the root directory for https://myhomedomain.com/recordings/ so I can quickly see any motion alarms. I use PHPDL to list the pictures - http://greg-j.com/phpdl/

Works really well and the pi handles it great

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ScoobyDoo
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Re: IP Camera NVR Server

Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:49 am

purohitanuj wrote:I have used motion and it brings the poor pi down. I have Webmin, Apache, MediaTomb, MySql, TorrentFlux parallel running (no swap).

How much uptime can you maintain by using motion ?
Try running motion on raspbian.
It handles it much better as motion uses hardfp alot and raspbian is a hardfp os so it performs much better, im not getting any performance issues running motion under raspbian.

bulletprooffool
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Re: IP Camera NVR Server

Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:52 am

gme - I am trying to do exactly this - do you have any details I could use please?

I have a pair of Foscams that I would like to provide https access to - and ideally monitor.

Thanks for any help.

Alan

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Re: IP Camera NVR Server

Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:04 am

Was there any outcome to this? I'm about to embark on the same project and have similar questions:

1. What distro and software combination works best? I was looking at Arch with ZoneMinder?
2. Will a Pi B+ be man enough to handle the load?
3. I've got an HD camera and I've read that the max achievable throughput for the Pi is circa 2Mbps. Will this cause me problems recording to a USB HDD?

Appreciate any replys, I'm completely new to this.

James

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