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Running IP cameras with Ubuntu 18.04, best solution


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#1 SRC45

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 08:27 PM

Hello all,

 

I joined BC to learn about Linux/Ubuntu, and after a minor issue with Win7 (which the forum helped resolved very quickly), I am finally ready to post my first Ubuntu question.

 

I had an older small form factor desktop that I needed an OS for, so after a bit of research I went with Ubuntu 18.04. My primary goal for this machine is to run 2-4 security cameras around my home. 

 

I plan to use wired I.P./network/CatV cameras wired directly to the computer. I also want to connect the computer to my home network and the internet via WiFi (which I have already done).

 

So, my question is this...  Is a router a viable solution to connect 2-4 cameras to the computer via the ethernet port?

 

I have a spare Netgear router that is currently not being used, so my thought was to connect the cameras to that, then connect the router to the computer. Am on a right path here? Is there a better solution?

 

I understand there will be software to be resolved, just trying to work out the hardware first.

 

Thanks for any & all input.

 

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#2 The-Toolman

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 09:13 PM

This may help.

 

https://reolink.com/cat5-cat6-ip-cctv-security-camera-system/


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Posted 28 June 2018 - 05:13 PM

Thanks for that link Toolman. Interesting reading.

 

I am looking for a DIY "homebrew" solution (if possible). I am wondering if it's possible to connect several cameras to a router (wired with CatV) and then connect that router to my computer. I think I have seen a few Ubuntu software solutions for cameras, just trying to figure out the hardware first.

 

Thanks

 

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 07:16 PM

Hey SRC45,

 

 

My understanding is a switch as this one is the best solution into a router and then to the computer.

 

https://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/datasheet/en/FS108P.pdf

 

 

Here's a link to some switches.

 

https://www.ebay.com/bhp/netgear-fs108p?rmvSB=true

 

 

 

I'm uncertain of how you would record the video or have the cameras switched without using some kind of switcher.

You might be able to locate some software for doing such although I'm at a loss here whether any is available for Linux.

 

It would be interesting to know what surveillance software if any is available for Linux.

 

I know some systems can supply power to the camera trough the cat5 cable along with the data from the cable and others use a separate cable for power and data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 29 June 2018 - 08:56 AM

Hi, SRC45. And :welcome:  to the Linux & Unix forum.

 

Now; I don't know whether or not this would be of any use, but one of our Puppy Forum members, rockedge, has for quite a while been running the ZoneMinder surveillance camera software in Puppy. In fact, he's gone one step further, and actually re-built/re-mastered a complete Puppy ISO around it!

 

https://www.zoneminder.com/

 

This is a Linux-only application. ZoneMinder clearly state on their website that they have not, and never will have, any plans to support Microsoft products. It should fit your requirements nicely, since the system can be as small & simple, or as large & complex, as you yourself care to make it......and works with an enormous range of cameras (including webcams, so I believe).

 

Don't use the ZoneMinder packages in the Ubuntu repositories; apparently, they're very out-of-date. The current stuff is located in a PPA, which you'll need to add to your system before installation. ZoneMinder give details about this on their site.

 

Hope that helps.

 

 

Mike. :wink:


Edited by Mike_Walsh, 29 June 2018 - 10:36 AM.

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Posted 29 June 2018 - 09:51 AM

https://www.zoneminder.com/

 

This is a Linux-only application. ZoneMinder clearly state on their website that they have not, and never will have, any plans to support Microsoft products. It should fit your requirements nicely, since the system can be as small & simple, or as large & complex, as you yourself care to make it......and works with an enormous range of cameras (including webcams, so I believe).

 

Don't use the ZoneMinder packages in the Ubuntu repositories; apparently, they're very out-of-date. The current stuff is located in a PPA, which you'll need to add to your system before installation.

 

Hope that helps.

 

 

Mike. :wink:

Hey Mike,

 

Excellent link I'm going to do some investigating and see if it can be of use for my old outdated surveillance system.

 

 

Thanks for posting it. :thumbup2:


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Posted 29 June 2018 - 11:10 AM

No worries, mate.

 

I only thought of it because rockedge has been publishing packages for it recently on the Puppy Forum that he's compiled from source.....so it's still fresh in my mind.

 

Let us know if it's any good, will ya? Cheers.

 

 

Mike. :wink:


Edited by Mike_Walsh, 29 June 2018 - 11:11 AM.

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 07:08 PM

Thanks for the replies gentlemen, I now have a starting point for research.

 

Work has kept me busy recently, but I'm going to start looking at hardware options soon, as well as software.

 

I'm sure I'll have additional questions soon, and I'll update this thread.

 

SRC






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