Friday, 29 March 2013

Storage Options day-night IP camera

Following on from this thread:-,53498.0.html I bought a storage options day-night IP camera. Excellent value. Lots of functionality see:- Including motion alarm and night vision!

My only criticism is that support a bit poor especially zero support for so called advanced use of the motion sensing alarm output, which I guess is the one some arduino users would want to use. I know I did. However they do say up-front they don't support advanced use. But I though at least they could tell us what each of those terminal on the back are for!

Anyway after contacting Storage Options and getting nothing. I went on and worked it out so I thought to post an example in case anyone else wants a go!.

Arduino sketch below.

See the above drawing of the green I/O screw terminals on the back of IP camera. Wire up according to that and just follow the camera's manual for setup of alarms in the camera software.

Code ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
const int IPalarm = 6;      // the number of the IP camera INPUT pin
const int ledPin = 4;      // the number of the LED pin to attach led with 560 ohm resitor
char flag1 = ' '; // char to store alarm data

void setup () {
// setup the arduino pins
  pinMode(IPalarm, INPUT);
  digitalWrite(IPalarm, LOW);

  pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);
  digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);


void loop () {
  if (digitalRead (IPalarm) == HIGH) // if IP camera alarm activated set flag1 to 'i'
     flag1 = 'i';
    switch (flag1) { // action according to flag1 (using switch case because I am using lots of different values of flag1 in a bigger project)
// could just use if... else

    case 'i': //IP motion alarm was triggered
      digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);
    default:  // No alarm
      digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);

    }// end of switch case


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