I’ve recently moved and thought to myself, why not add some extra security here by turning my Raspberry Pi Zero W into a little CCTV server.
Plans for it are to get a better case as that case is awful! Grab a little Pi camera and set it up to stream live video so i can keep an eye on things. I’m also going to add a heat sink as the Pi will be on a lot once it is set up.
Starting work on the CCTV system today.
A 1080p camera with a wide angle lens and also night vision!
Time to switch the cameras over.
Oh yes! Much better camera.
So what will happen to the old camera…?
It’s going on my old Raspberry Pi! A Pi 1 to be exact, very old but perfect for my front door!
Camera feed from the new camera:
I had been waiting for a case to arrive for the Pi and the camera but sadly, as usual, eBay sellers are unreliable…
So I went ahead and made my own out of an old display stand.
Super glued the pi and the camera module to the display stand and it looks great! I never intend to use this Pi for anything else other than CCTV so glue wasn’t too terrible an idea (plus it’s all i had to use.)
But, I went one step further.. i had a spare tripod which was always far too short to be of much use so I removed the centre screw and glued the display stand to the tripod.
The end result, a very stable, fully adjustable, fairly cool looking CCTV camera.
It’s now busy in my large window overseeing everything that goes on outside plus keeps an eye on my vehicles.
Time to add the second one and give my ancient old Pi 1 a purpose!
New case for Pi 1:
After all was set up I fitted the camera, luckily, there was a little gap in the frame of the door so i could install the camera cable very easily.
Great image too, i actually have motion activated lights out there too so the camera will work at night as well.