Panasonic BL-C230A Network Camera on Sensr.net
The Panasonic BL-C230A Wireless Internet Security Camera is a cute little PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) camera. It works in wired and wireless mode. One feature that some of our users like is the Privacy button on top. It looks a bit like a snooze button on an alarm clock. When you push this button the camera’s LED turns from green to red. Indicating the camera has stopped sending images. Hit the button again, and the camera’s light turns green and images are once again being captured.
This camera works well with sensr.net by using the built in FTP upload functionality. This article will show you how to setup the BL-C230A so you can use it with sensr.net, giving you all the advantages of the sensr.net site, like archiving, alerts, and sharing.
Add a New Camera to your Sensr.net Account
“Add New Camera” Setup Page
- FTP server,
- FTP Username, and
- FTP Password.
These three items of information need to be entered into the camera.
Tell your Camera about Sensr.net
Now you need to configure your camera so it will send images to sensr.net. You should have already setup your camera on your home network. To configure the camera, you simply log into the camera’s admin page by pointing your browser to the IP address of your camera. Click the setup tab shown below.
From the trigger page, select one of the trigger numbers (1-5) and click on the numeral. It will then take you to this page where you check Enable Image Buffer/Transfer and select Timer from the pull down menu.
Click next and you will see the page below, where you tell the camera to send an image per second, always, every day of the week. You can select the image resolution you want, but generally higher resolution is better. The BL-C230A’s maximum resolution is 640×480, which we recommend using. Under Image Buffer Frequency select “1s” and “1” image. This will tell the camera to send an image per second to sensr.net. For the transfer method select “FTP“.
When you’ve made these changes, click the next button.
At this point you are done. You can close the browser window pointed at your camera and go back to Sensr.net. 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, Twitter, and YouTube.