Legally Monitor your Airbnb with cheap Sensr.net security cameras

  • September 28, 2016
  • Adam Beguelin

We’ve been renting our place on Airbnb for about a year now and it’s been great to have Sensr.net cameras monitoring our place while we aren’t there. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t have cameras inside the private spaces of our home, we have exterior cameras that monitor the approaches to the house. Think Driveway Camera and Front Door Camera, etc. We only monitor the public spaces around our home, with one exception: owner only spaces.

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Tuning Foscam FI8910W FTP Settings

  • March 1, 2012
  • Adam Beguelin

The Foscam FI8910W is the new model from Foscam with an IR Cut so the color of the daytime images are true to life. This is a nice improvement over the previous Foscam night vision models like the FI8918W. (BTW, why does the newer model have a lower model number?)

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True meaning of motion detection off

  • July 25, 2011
  • Adam Beguelin

A few of our users have pondered the motion detection settings and how they work.  Let’s try to remove some of the mystery. There are two controls for this under your camera settings. Motion detection on or off, and a sensitivity setting which you can see here:

Two controls for Sensr.net motion detection

The standard way to add a camera to Sensr.net is to have the camera push images to our servers at a frame per second. On our side, we will then run a motion detection algorithm and save the images when we detect motion.  This means that when you look at the previous days or months, you’ll see only the images where we save motion.  (Actually, we’ll save at least one image per hour regardless of motion, so the daily views look nice.)  This also means that if you watch the live view, you’ll see a live video stream at whatever rate your camera is using to send us frames.If the camera view on Sensr.net is showing lots of images per hour, then it is probably saving too much motion.  You can reduce the sensitivity of the motion detection on the camera settings page and we’ll save fewer images.  Most cameras work well with a setting between 3 and 5.  If your camera is set to 5 and you’re seeing too many images per hour, then try lowering it to 3.

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