What Is This Project?
I've been wanting to do this project for a while, and have been working on it for a little over a month as time allowed. I take a raspberry PI Zero W (actually 2 so far), and using an inexpensive Fake Camera housing, build a fully functional, open source, self hosted, home security camera.
Part 1 focuses on the hardware, modification and assembly. Part 2 will focus on the software options you'll have for self hosting, and controlling your video.
Why Do This?
I currently have a Ring doorbell camera, 2 Logitech Logi Circle 2 Cameras, and 1 Reolink Camera. Each is very nice, and works fine, but each one has it's own "eco-system" where I have to use the manufacturer's app to access videos and feeds. I don't like my video, from my home, from a camera I bought being held hostage by the manufacturer. It's creepy, and honestly kind of wrong. So, I decided to do something about it.
I searched, quite a lot for open source cameras that I could run on my own...and just didn't find anything that I felt satisfied what I wanted.
How Much Does it Cost?
Raspberry Pi Zero W - $ 10.00
Fake Camera Casing - $ 7.00
SD Card / 32 GB - $ 5.00
Micro USB Cable for Power - $ 9.00
Camera Module / 5 MP - $ 8.00
Total Monetary Investment - ~ $40.00 US
Parts List / Links
Pi Zero Camera Cable (it's smaller)
Fake camera 4 pack
Pi Zero Wireless
Power Supply for Pi Zero W and Camera
Other supplies you'll want
- Small saw that can cut smoothly through plastic
- Hot Glue or Glue / epoxy that can be used on a board without interrupting power flow.
- Small Philips (+) head screwdriver