Turning old iPhone into a surveillance camera

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  1. ciarals macrumors member

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    Hello! It's some days I'm planning to turn my old iPhone 4 into a surveillance camera by attaching it to the wall. I'm reporting below some links if someone is interested.

    After hours of searching and readings, I've found the right app for my needs: AtHome Video Streamer (for the iPhone 4) and AtHome Camera (for the other iOS devices that are used to control the iPhone 4). Here's the link.

    I've also found the right mounts: CMPHD006 from Arkon + MG002WR from Arkon.

    I've already tried the app and it's pretty good: no registration, no recordings (I don't need them) and it just works. I still have to order Arkon stuff. Here are my questions for you:

    • Do you have any experience in turning old iOS devices into surveillance cameras? Any apps or mounts to recommend me?
    • (Most important question) The iPhone 4 will have to stay on 24hrs a day, with power cord always connected and the screen always on. The app has a dim option to turn the screen dark and let the iPhone heat less; also, the power cord is the original Apple one to avoid any power problem. But my big question is: the iPhone was not designed to be a surveillance camera, so by leaving it on 24hrs a day, will it burn itself or turn into a nuclear weapon? :D

    Thank you! :)
     
  2. bransoj macrumors 6502a

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    Use Presence on my old 3GS, iPhone 5 and my iPad mainly to keep an eye on our dog but sometimes set up the 3GS if we go away.
     
  3. ciarals thread starter macrumors member

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    I've tried Presence yesterday, but for my needs AtHome is better ;)
     
  4. ciarals thread starter macrumors member

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    No one can help me? Mostly regarding the last question about heat/nucelar weapon possibility? :D
     
  5. braddick macrumors 68040

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    An iPhone is like a clock.
    We don't turn off our clocks and they seem to run just fine.
    Same with your iPhone (with a dimmed screen, of course).
     
  6. ciarals thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, this is exactly what I was thinking about... My only concern is that a clock is not attached 24hrs a day to a power cord: this will of course not do the best to the battery longevity (but it's not a problem), but I hope it won't heat too much the iPhone. This is my only worry.
     
  7. bransoj macrumors 6502a

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    I ran presence on my old 3GS for a full 8 days or so whilst plugged in when i was on holiday and didnt have any issues. Also tend to use the iPad as a camera whilst in a stereo dock so its charging again with no issues.

    Presence has an option that the device that is being used as a camera can have the screen dimmed and this stops most of the heat issues. I certainly dont remember either of the devices being to warm when i came back to them.
     
  8. ciarals thread starter macrumors member

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    Very happy to hear this :) Thank you!
     
  9. braddick macrumors 68040

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    You can locate clocks with power cords at swap meets and second hand stores that were produced in the 50's/60's and the 1970's that once plugged in, still work to this day.

    Computers and other electronics are left running 24/7. Shouldn't be an issue with a used iPhone4 either.
     
  10. ciarals thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you ;)
     
  11. frank33v macrumors member

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    Another choice for software

    I have been using manything.com for the software. Thanks for the links to the mounts.
     
  12. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    I use this as well
     
  13. ciarals, Mar 30, 2015
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    ciarals thread starter macrumors member

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    Hello Frank and dhank you for your reply. Manything.com was the first one I tried, but there's one thing i don't like of it, but please tell me if I'm wrong.

    The app I'm using (AtHome) simply leave my iPhone on all the time and, when I want to check the live stream, I connect to it remotely and only in that case the app streams the content to the internet.

    With manything.com the iPhone is always uploading the video on manything's cloud, so that I can check previous records and the live stream. There's no way to check only the live stream. By doing this, the ADSL modem is always uploading data to the internet, correct? So if I want to use manything AND some other internet-related device (PS4, Apple TV, who knows...) it's nearly impossible, isn't it?

    If you will contradict me I will be very happy, because I love manything interface :)
     
  14. ciarals thread starter macrumors member

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    frank33v, dukebound85: can you please provide me an answer to my last post regarding manything? I'm curious about it :) Thank you!
     
  15. ciarals thread starter macrumors member

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    I received an answer from Manything staff: I'm posting it here in case someone is interested.

    Since I don't need the 24/7 cloud recording, I think I'll stay with the current AtHome app and when Manything will update with the "stream on demand only" function I will surely switch to Manything :)
     

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