How to setup the Panasonic BL-C30A Network Cam with Cloud Recording
Despite looking like it belongs in the 90s the Panasonic BL-C30A actually boasts some great reviews. It is easy to setup and provides a pretty high quality video. It might not be the most sleek or attractive camera on the market but it will get the job done and its built by a very large and reputable company which is a plus for a lot of people. In this tutorial I will show you how to get this bad boy setup and streaming to the cloud with Sensr.net so you can watch your stuff from anywhere at anytime.
I’ve broken this tutorial up into steps to make it easier to follow:
- Setup your hardware
- Find your camera’s IP address and go to the network access page
- Go to Sensr.net and get FTP credentials
- Tell your camera about your new FTP credentials
Feel free to skip around if you are confident you can accomplish some setups without reading the tutorial.
Step one: Setup your hardware
I don’t know if this part even counts as a tutorial because my instructions are pretty simple: set your hardware. Seriously just plug that camera in. Plug it into your router and a wall outlet and you are done. Boom. That was fast. If you want your camera to connect using wireless just hold off on that for now and we can fix it later.
Step two: Find your camera’s IP address and go to the network access page
As always I suggest doing this by going through your router.
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:
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:
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.
Now that you’ve got the camera’s IP address just type it into your browser. There will be an authentication window with the username and password already. SAVE THOSE. Now you should come to a page that looks like this:
You might have to install a plug-in. Go ahead and do that and now you will have full access to the camera. Explore this page when you have time to find out what your camera can really do. For now it is onto step three.
Step three: Go to Sensr.net and get FTP credentials.
Now you are ready to setup stuff from the Sensr.net side of things. We will store all your recorded data in the cloud so you can access it from any device, anywhere. We have a number of different plans but the first week is always free so just set it up and give it a try. If you don’t like it you don’t need to continue to a payed plan. Log into your Sensr.net account click the Add Camera button. Once you login you’ll see a page like this: 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 server. This generates a login for your Panasonic to where it can upload images via FTP. This tells your camera where to upload the images. The important information here is:
- FTP Server
- FTP User name
- FTP Password
Now the last step…
Step four: Tell your camera about your new FTP credentials.
Go back to the network access page. Click on the setup tab then go to Buffer/Transfer. Click No and check enable Buffer/Transfer then choose timer for the trigger. Click next the choose always on the schedule page. Set the image resolution and quality as high as you like and choose one image per second on the next page. Choose FTP then Copy and Paste the credentials you got earlier. Make sure the port is set to 21 and the mode is set to passive. Hit save and you are done.
Go back to the Sensr.net tab and it should look like this:
Congratulations, now you’re done with the camera config. You’re camera is now on Sensr.net. We’ll archive all the motion events, giving you 30 days of archives, SMS and email alerts, guest access, and a whole lot more. You can view the live stream on our website or in our apps. No firewall configuration is needed. No PC in the basement required.
If you have any problems, send email to info @ sensr.net and we’ll try to help you out!