Long time ago I thought to install Surveillance Station in my Synology NAS to have a surveillance system at home for those periods where I am abroad. However, after checking the high prices of the IP cameras, I quickly dismiss my plan 🙁
A few days ago, looking for ideas to know what to do with my old Android phone, I discovered that one of the possible uses was to turn it into an IP camera with an app named IP Webcam, and suddenly the idea of having a home surveillance system came to my mind again.
If you are interested in knowing the steps you have to follow to set up your Android phone as an IP camera and your Synology NAS to have a home surveillance system, keep reading 🙂
First of all, enter in Google Play with your old smartphone, search the app named IP Webcam and install it:
Once the app is installed in your device, open it and scroll down to select the option “Local broadcasting”:
In this menu you can setup how to connect with your IP camera inside your local network. Select the option “Login/password”:
Enter the username and password you want to use to connect to your IP camera and click on the “OK” button. This step is optional, however, I really encourage you to not skip it and establish a minimum of security:
Change also the port number if you do not want to use the default one:
By last, scroll all the way down and select the option “Start server” to turn on your IP camera:
The IP camera will now start and you will see on the screen of your smartphone what it is recording at this very moment:
Now enter in Diskstation Manager (DM) as administrator and click on the top-left corner button to open the main menu:
Select the “Surveillance Station” app. If it does not appear in the main menu, try to install it through the “Package Center”:
A new tab in your web browser will open with the “Surveillance Station”. Again, click on the top-left corner button to open the main menu:
Click on “IP Camera”:
Click on the “Add” button to add a new IP camera:
Select “Quick Setup” and click on the “Next” button:
Introduce the following:
- Name: name of your IP camera, e.g. “Camera 01”.
- IP address: the IP address of your IP camera (it appears on the screen of your smartphone once the app is running).
- Port: 8081
- Brand: [User Define]
- Video format: MJPEG
- Source path: /videofeed
- Username/Password: defined a few steps before inside the app.
Click on the “Test Connection” button and check if you can see the video broadcasted by your IP camera. Whether you can see it, then click on the “Finish” button:
And that is it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions do not hesitate in leaving a comment 😉