Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: Lightning On: Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:10 am

I was just hunting around for a remote web cam so I could watch my mano and temp gauges while I was out on the bread route. I stumbled upon a cheap and easy way to manage doing this with an android phone I'm not currently using. On my old phone I downloaded an app called IP webcam. Heres the YouTube video instructions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWms-VcRd74

I have a wireless router at home that my old phone is sending the video stream to. Then I simply put the IP address in my browser on my computer and cell phone. Now I can see anything in the view of the old phone camera, anywhere I have internet service on a computer or cell phone. Simple, easy and cheap. It cost nothing since Im using stuff I already have.

Below is a screen shot of my current cell phone that I'm retrieving the live video feed on via the internet :D That's my living room.. I'll mount the old phone in the basement in front of my temp and manometer panel 8-)

Enjoy :lol:
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Re: Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: Lightning On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:39 am

I did run into a stumble when I got out of reach of the WiFi (local network). Turns out I had to port forward the Remote camera thru the router in order for me to access it away from home. There wasn't any real definitive instructions on doing this so I had to do some research on each part of the process and throw in my own two cents.

Took a couple hours but I managed to figure it out. If anyone needs help with any part of this set up let me know.I can even control some basic functions of the remote camera like if I want video or a full resolution picture. Below is a screen shot off my computer desk at home. I took this picture a few minutes ago 75 miles away hahaha.
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Re: Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:56 am

Rube Goldberg arrives in the 21st century! Nicely done :dancing: Now if ya can just get the thing to take out the ashes....
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Re: Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: Lightning On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:41 am

Hahaha!!!! I took a picture of my wife while she was sitting there in front of the computer this morning. Then I sent the picture back to her on her phone. She thought it was a little bit creepy lol

All while I was 75 miles from home
8-)
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Re: Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: Lightning On: Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:14 am

So,,, I rigged the cell phone IP camera in the basement yesterday.. Below is a picture of the rigging, enjoy my fish line suspension system :lol: and the bottom picture is the image I get on my cell phone away from home... 8-)
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Re: Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: titleist1 On: Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:47 am

very cool!! the fact that you got your port forwarding to work give me hope.

i have been trial and erroring with the port forwarding on my ancient dsl router to get access to the security cams i have on the property. close but still palying with it.
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Re: Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: Lightning On: Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:38 pm

titleist1 wrote:very cool!! the fact that you got your port forwarding to work give me hope.

i have been trial and erroring with the port forwarding on my ancient dsl router to get access to the security cams i have on the property. close but still palying with it.


If you have any questions about your set up, PM me. I'll try to help :D
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Re: Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: Lightning On: Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:55 pm

Here's piece of mind that I'm not used to. I'm 75 miles away and nobody home. :D

Got a hair under a -.02 draft and 252 degrees over the load door.
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Re: Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: hotblast1357 On: Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:23 pm

So I need a old phone, and WI fi?
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Re: Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: Lightning On: Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:30 pm

hotblast1357 wrote:So I need a old phone, and WI fi?


No there are other ways but, You do need internet and a router. You could also get an IP camera and run it directly to the router with an Ethernet cord. I did it with an old cell phone since I had one that was not in use.
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Re: Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: hotblast1357 On: Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:34 pm

Well I have two I phones losing around but I do not have WI FI so I'm up a creek I guess, I have a go pro also that I'm sure would work
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