Ambianic Box is the recommended enclosure for DIY (do-it-yourself) installations of Ambianic Edge. It is a 3D enclosure for Raspberry Pi 4B with a Raspberry Pi Camera.
Why does Ambianic Box exist?
Proprietary camera manufacturers don't make it easy to access their products via open APIs. RTSP is available in some models, but hard to figure out. ONVIF is partially supported and usually hidden behind several proprietary enablement steps. Turned off by defauly more often than not. It often requires installing custom, unsupported firmware in order to open RTSP or RTMP access. And there is no telling if and when that option may be discontinued. It depends on company policy.
Most camera manufacturers want you to use their own app for access to their cameras and integration into their own home automation platforms. They are protecting current and future revenue. Trying to please multiple masters with different demands: end users who want a great product and investors who want great ROI. That creates a trend to move towards centralized cloud subscription and data collection services which have been proven prone to hacks and massive user data leaks. It is hard to build trust with users without verifiable code transparency proving protection of user data privacy.
So here we go. Let's build something that works for Open Source developers and DIY folks.
Alternatively, if you don't want to 3D print an enclosure, you can order a kit such as this ony by Labists which includes a usable enclosure box and other components required to build an Ambianic Edge device.
To assemble a fully functional Ambianic Box, we recommend the following readily available off the shelf components, but you can use any viable alternatives available to you:
|Component||Retail Price||Link(s) to Online Stores|
|Raspberry Pi 4 B 2GB||$35||RaspberryPi.org, amazon|
|SD Card 32GB||$8||amazon, Best Buy|
|5V 3A USBC Charger||$3||wish, ebay, amazon|
|5MP generic picam||$5||aliexpress, amazon|
|3D Print Material* (130g of PLA)||$3||MatterHackers, amazon|
*3D Print Note
If you don't have a 3D printer handy for the box enclosure, you can use an online service, in which case the cost for the enclosue will vary from $20 to $60 depending on time, distance, material and other options.
How to Assemble an Ambianic Box
Wall Mount Note
Ambianic Box can stand up on a flat surface or it can be mounted. For wall mount, there are several options. The box has two openings on the back side that can be attached to wall mount hooks. Alternatively if you don't feel like drilling into your wall, the box is light enough to mount via two sided mounting tape such as this one.
Installing Ambianic Edge
Ambianic Box comes to live once Ambianic Edge software is installed. Follow this step by step install guide.