3D PrintingIP Camera for Monitoring Print Jobs

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Greg Furtman

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I have my 3D printers upstairs and I'd like to set up a camera system to keep an eye on my printers from downstairs on my laptop or phone. I don't need motion detection or cloud storage, just a decent image. Are any of you doing this? What camera & setup do you have?

mpitfield

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Check out Thingiverse, raspberry pi camera. You will need a raspberry pi, the camera, and some software like OctoPrint. Duckduckgo is your friend.

Greg Furtman

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I ran across this & I'm going to give it a try since I have an old Motorola Droid that still works.

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Huxter

I'm on the cheap end w the ubiquitous Logitech c270 - 720p for under $40. Connects to Pi w USB cwbullet Obsessed with Rocketry Staff member Administrator TRF Lifetime Supporter Global Mod I'm on the cheap end w the ubiquitous Logitech c270 - 720p for under$40. Connects to Pi w USB
I have one on my other pi. I would go with the Logitech 270i. USB Cameras have increased in price. Are they infected by COVID?

dhbarr

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I have one on my other pi. I would go with the Logitech 270i. USB Cameras have increased in price. Are they infected by COVID?
A lot of people suddenly need to WFH.

manixFan

A standalone solution is a Wyze camera. about $2. It has no fees (unless you want advanced features), and has a decent app for viewing the feed. It's works well and you can simply unplug it when you're not printing. As a bonus, you can set it up with motion detection as a security cam if you leave the house. I'm not a fan of externally accessible internet things normally but in this instance I make an exception. I do also have a camera setup with my Raspberry Pi, but it's such a terrible quality camera that for smaller prints it does not work very well. USB cameras are hard to come by because of all the work at home stuff. For a while they were unavailable pretty anywhere. Tony Karl Well-Known Member TRF Supporter I use one of the older Go-Pro clones connected to a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (think it was an Sj3000 or Sj4000) and it doubles up as a webcam. Has a nice wide field of view so I can watch both printers through one feed. Greg Furtman Well-Known Member TRF Supporter A standalone solution is a Wyze camera. about$2. It has no fees (unless you want advanced features), and has a decent app for viewing the feed. It's works well and you can simply unplug it when you're not printing. As a bonus, you can set it up with motion detection as a security cam if you leave the house. I'm not a fan of externally accessible internet things normally but in this instance I make an exception. I do also have a camera setup with my Raspberry Pi, but it's such a terrible quality camera that for smaller prints it does not work very well.

USB cameras are hard to come by because of all the work at home stuff. For a while they were unavailable pretty anywhere.

Tony
@manixFan This is exactly what I'm looking for. I did a little research and Wyze does make a RTSP firmware that let's you assign is an IP address & it generates a local url.

manixFan

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@manixFan This is exactly what I'm looking for. I did a little research and Wyze does make a RTSP firmware that let's you assign is an IP address & it generates a local url.

Glad it looks like it will work for you. Are you using RTSP to view the stream on a desktop or laptop computer? Or is there another reason to use RTSP? Just wondering.

Thanks,

Tony

Greg Furtman

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Glad it looks like it will work for you. Are you using RTSP to view the stream on a desktop or laptop computer? Or is there another reason to use RTSP? Just wondering.

Thanks,

Tony
I don't trust the Cloud. I just want to see what my printer is up to & that doesn't need to go out there anywhere.

cwbullet

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I don't trust the Cloud. I just want to see what my printer is up to & that doesn't need to go out there anywhere.
You probably should. I have had a couple of mishaps that could have ended in a fire.

manixFan

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I don't trust the Cloud. I just want to see what my printer is up to & that doesn't need to go out there anywhere.
Mine is on a separate WiFi network than the rest of my house. I'm not a fan either.

Tony

John Kemker

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I've got a Logitech C270 hooked to a Raspberry Pi 3B+ running OctoPrint. Installed the Telegram plugin, so I can always send a /status to my OctoPrint bot on Telegram and get an update, along with an animated GIF. It also sends texts upon predefined events.

Greg Furtman

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I bought a WyzeCAM 2 off of Amazon & hooked it up today. Nice little camera, good image, and the set up was easy. Thanks @manixFan .

manixFan

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I bought a WyzeCAM 2 off of Amazon & hooked it up today. Nice little camera, good image, and the set up was easy. Thanks @manixFan .View attachment 425768
Glad it worked out. For the money they are very good quality.

Tony