Setting up an Axis P1344 Camera on Sensr

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The AXIS P1344 Network Camera is an excellent high end camera available for just over $800 one such camera on Amazon ($809 in January 2011). This article takes you through the steps to add a new camera to your Sensr account and program your Axis P1344 to send its images there. Many other brands of Network Cameras (both wired and wireless) have FTP-upload capabilities too. If you have one of them, you may find this article helpful in setting it up. 

Add a New Camera to your Sensr Account

Login to Sensr using your Facebook username and password. Select the “My Cameras” page. Here you will see thumbnails of the latest images from your cameras. To add a new camera to your account, click on the big green button labeled “Add New Camera.”

Select the “Add New Camera” button on the “My Cameras” Page 

Tell Sensr About your Camera

On the “Camera Info” page you should fill in the fields marked with arrows. Give your camera a name that you like. Select an appropriate timezone. When you are done, click the “Add Camera” button at the bottom. 

“Add New Camera” Setup Page

The “Add Camera” step allocates a new Camera Server on Sensr to watch your IP1344. As part of creating a server, Sensr has created a new FTP account for your P1344 to upload its images to. The FTP credentials are displayed on the following page. The important bits of information are

  1. FTP server,
  2. FTP Username, and
  3. FTP Password.

These three items of information need to be entered into the camera.

Tell your Camera about Sensr

Now we turn our attention to programming the Axis P1344 so that it sends its images to Sensr. You should have already gotten your camera added to your network. Now, navigate to your P1344 Home Page. Expand the Events tab on the left and select Event Servers. This is where we’re going to add the Sensr server.

 

 

Select Add FTP and you’ll see the Event Server Setup window.
This is where you enter all of the detailed parameters – including the FTP Credentials created for you by Sensr.

  1. In the Name field, enter a descriptive name for this server.
    (In our example it is “sensr ftp”.)
  2. In the Network Address field, enter the “FTP Server” from Sensr.
    (In our example it is “f6.sensr.net”.)
  3. In the User Name field, enter the “Username” from Sensr.
    (In our example it is “cam660″.)
  4. In the Password field, enter the “Password” from Sensr.
    (In our example it is “itbazlmx4t”.)
  5. Be sure to select the check box Use passive mode:

There are a few other parameters we want to set in the camera. We want to tell the P1344 to upload a new image every second, for that, navigate to the “Event Types” tab, then select the “Add Triggered…” link. 

This will bring you to the Scheduled Event Type window where you tell the camera to send images every second. You can name the event, in this case “1 per second”. Set the Activation Time to “Always” so the camera will continually upload images. Under When Activated select Save Stream and set the frequency to 1 frame per second. Then select Upload as long as the event is active. The upload type should be FTP and choose Sensr as your primary FTP server. 

Also be sure to select Add date/time suffix. This tells the camera to name the files with the current date and time. This is so the camera doesn’t overwrite the files as the Sensr server is processing them. 

 

Don’t forget to save the changes by clicking the “OK” at the bottom of the page. At this point, you are done! 

You can close the browser window programming your Camera and go back to Sensr. Click on the “Take Me To My Camera” button to see the Gallery view of images coming from your camera.

Now you can share your camera and its images with your friends on Facebook. Have fun!