How to setup the Linksys Wireless-N Camera with Cloud recording

Definitely good looking

Definitely good looking

The Linksys Wireless-N IP Cam is definitely in the more affordable range of IP cameras. It comes from a very reputable name, Linksys has been making electronics, since before I was born, and has plenty of great features not the least of which is FTP compatibility. It is important to note, however, that it does not support scheduled FTP uploads, only motion detection uploads. So you will not be able to get a “live view” on Sensr.net. This is pretty disappointing but that doesn’t mean that if you have this camera all is lost. Be warned that the reviews on amazon are a little harsh (it only got three stars over all), but, a lot of those reviews revolve around how difficult it is to set up so that won’t be a problem for you if you read and follow this tutorial!

This tutorial will follow these steps:

  1. Hardware setup and finding the camera’s IP address
  2. Navigating to the camera’s network access page
  3. Getting FTP credentials from Sensr.net
  4. Go to you camera and start cloud recording

Step 1: Hardware setup and finding the camera’s IP address

Hardware setup, as always, is the easiest part here. Just plug your camera into both your router and a standard wall outlet. Make sure you put it in an inconspicuous place with a good line of view. If you want to connect it wirelessly you will have to setup with a wired connection and then change it to a wireless connection once you finish setup.

Next you will need to find your camera’s IP address. There are two ways to do this: going through your router or going through the included software. The included software is very self explanatory and easy to follow so I will not include it in this tutorial instead I will focus on the other way.

I will show you how to do this on a mac (because I am writing from a mac) but it is also very easy to do from a PC (the PC process is outlined in this article). On my mac it is under system preferences>Network>Advanced…>TCP/IP. The page looks like this:

Router IP address shown on second line

Once you have the IP address just enter it into your browser and it should bring you to a network access page. Everyone’s looks different depending on the make and model of their browser. Mine, for example, looks like this:

My router's Network Access portal

If you aren’t sure which device is new you can always unplug your camera then plug it back in to see which one disappears and comes back.

Step 2: Navigating to the Camera’s Network Access page

Type the IP address into your internet browser and you will come to a page asking you for a username and password. The defaults are admin and admin. Change these! Once you enter the username and password you will come to this page:

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 3.02.46 PM

Sorry for the tiny picture.

From here you can control every aspect of your camera. Feel free to explore it when you have time.

Step 3: Get FTP credentials from Sensr.net

Simply log into your Sensr.net account click the Add Camera button. Sensr.net has a free one week trial, so give it a go and see if it works for you.  (It’s free to setup an account with Sensr.net. Camera monitoring starts at $9.95/month after your free trial is up.)  Once you login you’ll see a page like this:

Add new camera page

Next you’ll see a page like this where you can set the timezone for your camera, give it a name, and tell us the model.  Cameras default to private but you can make them public if you want to share them with the world.

After that, we’ll generate some FTP credentials for your camera. This generates a login for your Linksys Wireless-N IP Cam  to where it can upload images via FTP. This tells your camera where to upload the images. The important information here is:

  1. FTP Server
  2. FTP User name
  3. FTP Password

Save these so we can add them to your camera later.

 

FTP credentialsNow onto the last step…

Step 4: Go to you camera and start cloud recording

Go back to your camera’s Network Access page. This camera does not support constant recording to FTP which is a shame but you can have it send clips when motion is detected. Choose setup>motion detection then copy and paste in your FTP credentials, Make sure the motion detection box is checked and the mode is set to passive. Set the port to 21. Change the precapture to 4, the post capture to 5, and the interval to one.

Now you are done. You should be recording to Sensr.net. For now the firmware only lets your camera send clips to use when it detects motion but hopefully they will change that soon. For now explore all our features and the features of your camera. As always if you have any questions shoot me an email at info @ sensr.net