Build Your Own Surveillance with old phone and motion/motioneye on Android Openwrt

If you have some old phones collecting dust in a drawer somewhere, don’t sell them for a fraction of what you bought them for. If they still turn on, you can put them to good use in your home.

You could turn one into a baby monitor or a makeshift Google Home speaker, etc. One of the most useful ways to upcycle an old phone is to make it into a home security camera.

1、First install the IP camera APP on the phone, so that you can use the phone camera for video surveillance

config user name and password
After starting monitoring, you can get the rtsp url address from the APP interface

There are several issues in video surveillance with mobile phones alone:

  • Mobile phone SD card space is limited, unable to store a lot of videos
  • The mobile phone SD card has a limit on the write cycles. Frequent storage of video files on the SD card will damage the SD card
  • There is no unified management portal if you have several mobile phone
  • Cannot access the network surveillance video from the internet

But if you use Android Openwrt together, you can get the following benefits:

  • You can manage and browse multiple mobile phones camera in a unified interface
  • The video can be saved on the USB hard disk connected to the set-top box
  • You can browse the network surveillance video from the internet through frpc

2、Use a browser to access the Android openwrt motioneye web management interface, the address is http://xx.xx.xx.xx:8765, xx.xx.xx.xx is the ip address of Android openwrt

username is admin, and initial password is empty
Select the “add camera” drop-down menu in the upper left corner
Configure camera type according to the rtsp url and usrname/password on the mobile APP
Configure the storage location of pictures and videos, it is recommended to save it on the hard disk
Input movies config
Input motion detection config
After clicking “apply” button in the upper left corner, you will see the camera image

Here is a video clip recorded by motion when activity was detected.

If you want to send an email notification after the activity is detected, you can configure the activity notification, as shown in the figure below:

And with frpc you can access motion video surveillance from the internet.

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