I never had the idea of writing an "User manual" and to be honest I hardly read one in the last 30 years. I have the theory that if you need to read an User manual to be able to use a device, then is probable has a very counterintuitive usability and is not user friendly. So with the FS2 camera we wanted to design something utterly simply. But of course being a pure WiFi camera you need to set up your connection.
Connecting to WiFi
The first time you start the FS2 Camera, it won't be online, so a Led will turn on indicating that you need to setup the WiFi.
At the same time, the camera creates an access point called CAM-autoconnect.
You can connect to this from any device and access: 188.8.131.52 in your browser
The ESP8266 "System on a chip" has a web server inside, so it will render for you a friendly WiFi-manager . This is very similar to connecting your phone to a WiFi router, just select it, type it's password and press SAVE . That's all, the camara will restart, and try to connect to the provided WiFi. If it's not connected and the Led keeps being the same color, make sure that the Hotspot is on. In case you are sharing WiFi from your mobile and turn the Camera On /Off again.
The camera is online
Wheb the FS2 is online, the Led will change it's colour and will open her own server, that is accesible through http://cam.local
from devices connected to the same WiFi router.
cam.local is a internal DNS, which is called multicast DNS (or mDNS). This is a technology invented by Apple, that makes possible
to route internal Domain name looksups to devices. So if you are on a Iphone, or Apple tablet connected in the same network,
you have this discovery service active and can go directly to cam.local in your browser.
If you are on Windows and want to have this friendly name, then you need to
install Bonjour, that is exactly this "service discovery"
to be able to scan mDNS devices.
If you are on Android, there is an App called "Bonjour search" that acts also as a service discovery, showing the devices with a clickable IP address.
In cam.local a very user-friendly and simple Web interface will welcome you. It enables you to:
- Make a slow Video-stream (Just to adjust focus, then simply reset it)
- Take a photo
- Turn on/off the timelapse mode
And where is the photo uploaded?
As default we send you the camera setted up with our API, api.slosarek.eu with your own directory, but if you want to upload the picture with to your own API endpoint that is also possible. The upload host and path are already configurable in the WiFi-Manager as extra parameters so you can upload the photos directly wherever you want. The API and gallery is open source code and you can get it in github.
WiFi settings and cam configuration