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Cheaper than DVR system? Security surveillance system with Raspberry Pi board!

Are you still using expensive security surveillance system equipment? In this manual we are going to disclose a secret how to make your video surveillance cheaper than DVR with Raspberry Pi board. For this you will need Raspberry Pi board computer, Xeoma and a simple IP camera.

Cheaper than DVR system? Security surveillance system with Raspberry Pi board
Security surveillance system with Raspberry Pi board is cheaper than DVR system

You can easily buy Rasberry Pi board on eBay for $20 and Raspberry Pi 2 for $40.

To create security surveillance system with Raspberry Pi board as an alternative to DVR systems, first of all you need to install an operating system on to the bare board.

Then download Xeoma ARM version with the command
wget http://felenasoft.com/xeoma/downloads/xeoma_linux_arm7.tgz or
wget http://felenasoft.com/xeoma/downloads/xeoma_linux_arm6.tgz:

Creating security surveillance system with Raspberry Pi board as an alternative to DVR systems, download Xeoma ARM version

Then you need to unzip the downloaded file with the command
tar -xvf xeoma_linux_arm7.tgz (or tar -xvf xeoma_linux_arm6.tgz):

Step 2 in creating security surveillance system with Raspberry Pi board: unzip the downloaded Xeoma for ARM file

Now let’s install the server to the auto start with
./xeoma.app -install -coreauto
If installation is successful, password for remote access will be displayed:

Install the server part of Xeoma for ARM to the auto start on your Raspberry Pi board

Please make sure that Xeoma process is really started:
ps axu|grep -v grep|grep xeoma
or in top:

Make sure the Xeoma process is really started

In the end, we need to know the IP address and password of security surveillance system’s on Raspberry Pi board:

Find IP address for remote connection

You will need Xeoma password for remote connection, which was desplayed after installation. To remind the password, execute
-showpassword

Find password for remote connection

Now, download the client for any operating system and use remote access to connect. In the remote access option enter device IP address and password. More about remote access

Now configure your camera!
As you can see, security surveillance system with Raspberry Pi board and a couple of IP cameras or web cameras is easier to create and cheaper than using DVR system.

21 October 2015

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