CCTV guide part 2 – Getting the image off your IP cam

In this part of the guide we’re going to try and figure out that special url you need in order to pull the images directly off the CCD of your IP cam, which is what you need in order to make the scripts from the previous part of the guide work properly.

I’m going to assume zero prior knowledge so am going to try and explain everything as we go along.

For this exercise this is the camera I’ll be using. It’s just a standard cheapo Wanscam one off ebay. It’s not the IP camera I actually use for our CCTV system but it works the same so will illustrate just how similarly they all work:

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Turning your Raspberry Pi and pretty much any IP cam into a home security system with logging & archiving, for free (CCTV part 1)

This post is the first part of a series which shows how to turn your IP-cam and raspberry pi (or other embedded linux machine. pc etc) into a pretty decent and *reliable* security system which logs images, auto archives old images and cleans up after itself.

It’s free, and all you need is a text editor and a bit of time to figure out the particulars for your system.  I’ve done the hard bit which is working out the process and writing the bash scripts to actually do the hard work.

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