If you’re looking for a cheap night vision camera, the Airlink101 SkyIPCam500W is not a bad choice. The image quality isn’t great but the night vision works, it’s wireless, and it lists for about $80 on Amazon these days. The image of the raccoon was captured by the camera and stored on sensr.net. This blog entry will show you how to get your SkyIPCam500W connected to sensr.net so you can keep an eye on those nocturnal happenings too. (Note the instructions here are for the SkyIPCam500W but they are very similar to other Airlink101 Internet cameras. If you have a different model SkyIPCam, read on.)
It’s pretty easy to setup the SkyIPCam500W (aka AICN500W) to work with sensr.net. In fact, if you have the camera already connected to your WiFi network, you just have to modify two configuration settings.
There are three steps to getting this to work:
- Click Add Camera on sensr.net to get an FTP login
- Put the FTP login information into your camera’s Event Server setting
- Add a Schedule Trigger on your camera’s Event Config page
Add a New Camera to your Sensr.net Account
Login to Sensr using your Facebook user name and password. Select the “add a camera” link link at the top of the page next to your picture.
You should then see this page where you can read more about cameras or if you’re ready to add your camera to Sensr, then click the “add a camera” button.
Next you’ll see this page, which allows you to name your camera and set it’s timezone. It also gives you the FTP credentials for your camera.
The above page will continue to scan for images on the Sensr server. Leave that window open and go to your camera configuration page in a new browser window.
Tell your camera about Sensr.net
Now that we have your FTP credentials, we need to put them into your camera so it will send images to sensr.net. Go to your camera’s admin page and click on Setup > Event Server > FTP and you should see a page like this:
Take the ftp server, username, and password and add them here. Make sure Passive mode is enabled and click “Apply”.
Next click on Event Config > Schedule Trigger and you should see a page like this:
Check the enable box under FTP Schedule. Then click the button next to 1 frame/sec and hit the “Apply” button. This tells your camera to FTP an image per second to the sensr.net FTP server we setup in the previous step.
If you go back to the previous Sensr.net page, you should see an image from your camera. It should look something like this:
At this point you are done. You can close the browser window pointed at your camera and go back to Sensr. Click on the “Take Me To My Camera” button to see the Gallery view of images coming from your camera.
Now you can share your camera and its images with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.