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Enable SSH on your Raspberry Pi. Click here for instructions.
Of note, the local IP address of the Raspberry Pi can be found by typing
Setup port-forwarding. To do this, you must go to the Port Forwarding section of your router.
From there, forward port 22 (for SSH) for the Raspberry Pi IP address. You will also need to forward a port for the live
camera feed (8081). Note: if you are going to be using multiple Raspberry
Pis, please see the image on the Multiple Cameras page under the Further customization section instead.
Open up the input_variables.txt file and update the prompts based upon your
activity in Steps 1 and 2. Next, assign a username and password to be used to login to the live video feed,
the number of degrees required to rotate the live feed correctly, and the name of your camera. Lastly, identify the full path of your
python interpreter. You can determine this by typing
in the command-line. If you would like
to use a different version of python, you may specify that.
At the current moment, you will only be able to connect via your smart phone if you are
connected to the same Wifi network as your Raspberry Pi. To connect remotely, you have 2 options:
1) Create a
domain name via the Dynamic Domain Name System (DDNS) service offered by your router (not all routers can do this),
2) Download Duck DNS (see Required Software section), which is software which will periodically check your IP
address and re-register it to your assigned domain name if it changes.
Enter your domain name into the input_variables.txt file.
Insync-portable is used to upload image and video files to
Google Drive. There is a free 15-day trial, after which time there is a one time cost of $30. Once downloaded, you can extract the
files and use an SFTP client (also Port 22) like WinSCP to transfer the inysnc-portable
folder to your /home/pi/Desktop/
(it must be placed here). With SSH,
./insync-portable help add_account
for instructions on how to do so. The command you enter should be (sudo needed):
sudo ./insync-portable add_account -a AUTH_CODE -p /email@example.com
In addition, enter your insync email address into the input_variables.txt file.
Determine whether or not you want to use Pushbullet notifications (see Software Required), text notifications, and/or
email notifications for alerts by entering True/False into the input_variables.txt file. Click
if you want to setup the ability to send texts and/or emails (as the mail command is used for both).
Ensure that the crontab file automate_tasks.txt is run on startup, which is a file that automates
various commands necessary for the security system. To do this:
to the .bashrc file, then
ctrl + o (to save)
ctrl + x (to exit)
Every time that changes are made to any of the files, the system must be restarted
sudo python /home/pi/Desktop/reboot.py
Note: I have found that I had to change the 433Mhz receiver after around 1.5 years, as it wasn't as reliable anymore. I also find
myself changing the batteries on the door sensors around every 6 months. If anyone has a better solution, please let me know (see Contact section)!