Check out the guide below to see everything you need to try it out for yourself!
Once you’ve added adapters and a long ethernet cable you’ll be able to watch the view from your camera in real-time and use the interface to record videos, take photographs / snapshots and set motion-detection and change settings all from the comfort of your computer indoors.
Below I’ve added a guide and a list of parts you’ll need with suggestions of where you can find them and how much they’ll cost. This is a hack so it’s not necessarily the most beautiful but it does work wonderfully well!
Additional hardware you’ll need:
- Wildlife Cam Kit or Raspberry Pi and camera set up
- microSD Card with Live view operating software image – download here – this will run on your Raspberry Pi and provide an interface to view and control your camera settings.
- Power Over Ethernet Adapter Kit (Amazon – £19.99)
- Ethernet cable (cat5e with RJ45 connector) – the length that you need to run from your camera location to your computer (15 m cable gearbest – £3.76)
- DC Barrel to Micro USB adapter (thepihut £2)
- USB to ethernet adapter (only required f you have Raspberry Pi A+/Wildlife Cam Kit. Pi B/B+/2/3 models do not need this) – Connects USB to RJ45 Ethernet, compatible with windows, linux (Amazon– £4)
- microSD writer (your computer might have one of these already, or you might need to purchase a card adapter £3.50 or a USB micro SD writer £3.99)
- 20mm Grommet: You can either; purchase a grommet to run the power like this; pierce a hole in your grommet and feed the cable through, or; hack another solution to give the hole some weather protection using sugru, blue-tac or something similar.
Estimated Cost of additional hardware needed – £30.00
note: We do not supply the additional parts. The additional purchase parts (linked above) are our suggestions that have worked well for us. Feel free to hack your own solution and let us know how you get on.
Steps to create a live-stream from your Wildlife Cam Kit.
On your laptop or desktop;
1. First, you’ll need to download and install the “Bonjour” software package for Windows (if using Mac you don’t need to) – this software allows the Raspberry Pi to talk to your computer when plugged in via the ethernet connection.
2. Next, download and install the Chrome browser. Naturebytes Live View has been optimised to work in Chrome and doesn’t support Internet Explorer.
3. Download the Naturebytes Live View Image (powered by the excellent RPi-Cam-Web-Interface) and write it to your microSD card to be used in the Raspberry Pi (for more detailed instructions on how to do this see here.)
4. Connect up your PoE adapter kit to your computer, PoE splitter, Injector and Raspberry Pi so they are all connected. Instructions are included in the PoE adapter kit but we’ve included additional instructions below for guidance;
i) Connect the PoE Splitter to the Raspberry Pi:
Insert the PoE kit DC Power Cable into the DC OUT port of the Splitter, insert the other end into the corresponding DC port of the DC Barrel to micro USB adapter and connect it to the Raspberry Pi.
Note – The black switch on the PoE ‘Splitter’ should always be on ‘5V’.
ii) Connect one of the PoE kit’s short ethernet cables from the LAN OUT port of the ‘Splitter’ to the Raspberry Pi unit with the USB to ethernet adapter.
iii) Place the PoE ‘Splitter’ inside the back of the cam kit and run the ethernet cable through the back of the cam kit through the opening.
Note – this will mean water can get through the back of your case so you don’t want to leave it out where dust or water can get inside. You can either purchase a grommet like this, or pierce a hole in your grommet and feed the cable through, or hack another solution to give the hole some protection using sugru, blue-tac or something similar.
iv) You’re now ready to connect the Wildlife Cam Kit to your computer! Insert the short Ethernet Cable into the ‘LAN IN’ port of the PoE Injector, and connect the other end of the cable to your PC (hub or router to enable multiple Ethernet connections)
v) Connect your long Ethernet Cable from the PoE ‘POWER+DATA IN’ port of the Splitter to the Injector’s ‘POWER+DATA OUT’ port.
5. Ensure the microSD card with Live View software is inserted into the Raspberry Pi. Connect the Power Adapter with the PoE Injector and plug into an electrical outlet. A green light on the PoE “injector” unit will indicate the power is on.
Your Raspberry Pi and camera should now be connected to your computer, powered and ready to test!
6. To view the live feed, open Chrome browser window on your laptop or desktop.
Type the following URL into your browser’s address bar:
Allow a few minutes for the Pi to boot up. Now you should see the live stream from your camera.
If you don’t see “Start live feed”, check the cables are connected correctly, click REFRESH on your browser and wait a few minutes. Read through the guide again and give it another go.
That’s it. Now it’s time to place your camera outside and start capturing images of wildlife!
We hope you enjoy the new camera functionality. Let us know about your hacks and what wildlife you spot.
The Naturebytes Team,
P.s. For any advanced camera settings check out this guide for settings adapted from (http://elinux.org/RPi-Cam-Web-Interface)
Credit: The software that provides the camera control interface has been adapted from the brilliant Raspberry Pi-Cam_interface created by Silvan Melchior.