Using a Raspberry Pi as a cheap security system

A small project this weekend. I used my hitherto untouched Raspberry Pi 2 as a security system. The process is reasonably straight forward to anyone who is already familiar with the Raspberry Pi.

I have two web cams which are attached to the Pi via an external powered usb hub. This is necessary as the device does not have enough power to run itself and the cameras. It also has a USB 2.4G wireless dongle.

I’ve installed MotionEye¬†onto the Pi’s SD card. Again, simply using:
sudo dd if=MotionEyesIMGFile of=/dev/sdX
did the job.

Once the device was setup using the wired network, it could be secured with an admin password, by default it has no password and it can be added to the wireless network. All of the settings can be accessed by clicking the menu icon in the top left hand corner, and the process is intuitive, as is adding the cameras.

The only real difficulty encountered was allowing it to function behind the reverse proxy. To do so relied on having to edit the /etc/motioneye.conf file to include the line:
base_path /security

I had tried to ssh into the device to make the changes, however the file system is set to RO by default, so I ended up removing the microSD card and editing the files on my desktop.

That then needed to be mirrored in my apache reverse config files:
ProxyPass /security http://10.60.204.xxx
ProxyPassReverse /security http://10.60.204.xxx

And done! The new security system is accessible via ssl at: https://www.warbel.net/security/

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