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:
Attachments
Screenshot_2013-10-02-11-01-35.png
(480.85 KiB) Viewed 110 times
View: New PagePopup • Select:BBCode
[nepathumb]44151[/nepathumb]
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size


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.
Attachments
Screenshot_2013-10-03-07-23-19.png
(720.71 KiB) Viewed 40 times
View: New PagePopup • Select:BBCode
[nepathumb]44195[/nepathumb]
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size

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....
waldo lemieux
 
Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: s-20

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-)
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size

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-)
Attachments
20131024_175220.jpg
(118.06 KiB) Viewed 67 times
View: New PagePopup • Select:BBCode
[nepathumb]44829[/nepathumb]
shot.jpeg
(201.49 KiB) Viewed 63 times
View: New PagePopup • Select:BBCode
[nepathumb]44830[/nepathumb]
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size

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.
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

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
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size

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.
Attachments
Screenshot_2013-10-28-13-49-28.png
(682.45 KiB) Viewed 23 times
View: New PagePopup • Select:BBCode
[nepathumb]45006[/nepathumb]
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size


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?
hotblast1357
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1984 Eshland S260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1990 New Yorker WC 90
Coal Size/Type: anthracite pea
Other Heating: oil furnace

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.
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size

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
hotblast1357
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1984 Eshland S260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1990 New Yorker WC 90
Coal Size/Type: anthracite pea
Other Heating: oil furnace

Re: Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: BigBarney On: Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:03 pm

I've been using the IP Webcam program for quite awhile but do not understand the port forwarding,being

able to access the camera from other than your own Wi Fi. Can anyone help? I am able to get pictures and

save them.

I use this to monitor my secondary burn in my boiler that burns Bit coal with low smoke and very blue

flame and long burn times. The picture below show the progress from fill to shakedown.
Attachments
Just after Fueling.jpg
(450 KiB) Viewed 13 times
View: New PagePopup • Select:BBCode
[nepathumb]77838[/nepathumb]
1 Hour later.jpg
(450 KiB) Viewed 8 times
View: New PagePopup • Select:BBCode
! Hour after filling
[nepathumb]77839[/nepathumb]
8 Hour Later 1030pm.jpg
(450 KiB) Viewed 5 times
View: New PagePopup • Select:BBCode
*8 Hours Later
[nepathumb]77840[/nepathumb]
10.5 Hours Later Midnight.jpg
(450 KiB) Viewed 4 times
View: New PagePopup • Select:BBCode
10.5 Hours later MidNight
[nepathumb]77841[/nepathumb]
20 hours later After clean grates.jpg
(450 KiB) Viewed 10 times
View: New PagePopup • Select:BBCode
20 Hours later after cleaning grate no fuel added
[nepathumb]77842[/nepathumb]
BigBarney
 

Re: Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:21 pm

I have 8x$60 Foscam cameras around the farm, all with port forwarding. All wired with Cat 6 cables. Make sure your Cat 6 is really Cat 6 as there is plenty of thin crap around. So here are some fun facts.

If you have a power glitch often the cameras will sometimes resign an internal IP address and your port forwarding will not work. You really need DHCP and a static MAC address. Another little gotchya is the feed is probably a dynamic IP (static IPs are expensive) and that can be reassigned and then everything remote dies. However, it rarely changes but I have been caught out a time or two. You can reach the router with a HTTPS: address with the external IP such as xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx: 8443. Note the colon and 8443 (or another address if you have created it). Now you are into the router and now you can remotely reassign the port forwarding. Watch the numbers ... I start at 201 and move forward as I have 24 things connected to the network and things clash.

Fun, fun, fun.
coalnewbie
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL AnthraKing 180K, Pocono110K,KStokr 90K, DVC
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Invader 2
Baseburners & Antiques: Wings Best, Glenwood #8(x2) Herald 116x
Coal Size/Type: Rice,
Other Heating: Heating Oil CH, Toyotomi OM 22

Re: Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:38 am

you can setup NDVR software on a computer...
It sends it to the "company" cloud...
you view with an app/browser/software...
Lots of free cloud hosts to view live only...
If you want retention you must pay...
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: Remote Monitoring Made Simple with Old Cell Phone

PostBy: Lightning On: Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:49 pm

I wish I could help with the whole port forwarding thing but I haven't done it in a few years. I upgraded my camera to a Dlink IP cam that uses a cloud server. No more issues with port forward drop outs and IP address gremlins.
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size