I purchased and downloaded the $10 software image just a couple days ago. I have been trying to setup and install the skycam. I have it at the set-up testing stage. I have the pi connecting to my networks both wired and wireless. It appears to be working to the point that I am trying to find the skycam wireless network, but scanning the ssid's and no skycamxxxx listed. Any ideas on what I should look at to find out why it is not broadcasting or transmitting? TIA
I have also tried with another PI 4B, another Sd card and still no idea why it is not broadcasting.
Last Edit: Feb 22, 2023 7:38:51 GMT -8 by masterhawk: added info
Post by masterhawk on Feb 22, 2023 14:48:05 GMT -8
An update to the problem. The new SDL sd card image that is available to purchase and download has VNC installed and running. Apparently some of the conf files have been overwritten now and the wlan0 is configured to 10.0.0.0 segment rather than the 192.168.4.0 that the wlan0 was using previously. if anyone has any ideas what needs to be done to get skycam working again please let me know.
Thanks for the reply. I was using the latest downloadable image and following the SkyCam Assembly and Operations manual. I found that the Raspbian system on the image has not been updated in some time. I had wifi set up and working fine according to the instruction manual and connected to my wifi with no issue. The problem is the SkyCam provisioning step 2 in the manual says to search for the SkyCam-XXXX access point, but there is no such SSID anymore because the VNC has taken over the Wifi connection. Also I have not found any mention of (connecting to RPIHost and all) in the manual. Should I be using a different manual instead of the SkyCam Assembly and Operations manual ver 1.1 dated Aug 2021?
Last Edit: Mar 2, 2023 17:18:29 GMT -8 by masterhawk
excellent, thanks for all the information. I am downloading a fresh image from your dropbox account and that will take another two hour just for the download. So it will be tomorrow before I will have the immage on a new sd card. That should keep me busy in the morning.
I followed the instructions above and re-provisioned the Wifi. I sill have no problem connecting to my WIFI. The original problem still exists. When following the instructions in the SkyCamAssemblyAndTestManual1.1. First you have to connect up to your local WiFi network. Step 1: Plug in the power and turn on your SkyCam by moving the switch on the SunAirPlus (2 or 3) board (Part B) to the right. You will see the USB Power LED illuminate on the SunAirPlus board and you will see a red LED on the bottom board on the Camera Assembly (Parts G,H,I). Step 2: Look at your available networks. You should see a SkyCam-XXXX access point. This is your SkyCam. Below is the available networks screen from a Mac. 20 Page Version 1.1 August 2021 Step 3: Click on the SkyCam-XXXX (SkyCam-3BAD) access point. In a few seconds you will see this screen: Note down the SkyCam-XXXX number. You will be using this later to identify your SkyCam unit (since you can have many of them!)
Step one is fine. The problem is step 2. There is no SkyCam-XXXX access point. Does anyone know of a replacement camera with wifi that can be used. I looked on the switchdoc store and was not able to find a replacement camera with wifi and I didn't want to have to purchase and replace the entire SkyCam kit since it appears that the skycam wifi is not transmitting. Thanks
Post by masterhawk on Mar 18, 2023 14:43:37 GMT -8
Thanks for the link but isn't that just one board of the 3 in the stack? Is there a link for the ESP32 CAM board that actually has the camera with wifi on it? If I'm not mistaken, the wifi is on the same board in the stack as the camera and since it does not broadcast the camera SSID, I think that may be where the problem is. I may be completely off base here and if so, just let me know and I will purchase the item in the link above which I think is just the board with the grove connectors.
Post by masterhawk on Mar 24, 2023 10:06:23 GMT -8
Since I finally received the SkyCam I ordered last month when I noticed this problem, I tried to set the new kit according to the SkyCam assenbly and test manual. I got to step 3 and checked for the SSID. I was rather annoyed after waiting a month for the new SkyCam to be shipped from SDL and it also was not broadcasting an SSID. I went onto the internet and found that ESP32 Cam and ESP32 Cam MB can be programmed without the SDL board with grove connectors. That was how I found the solution to the problem. If your skycam is not transmitting an SSID, unplug the cables grove cables, unplug the micro usb cable and connect a separate power source to the camera stack. Now my ESP32 camera is transmitting the Camera SSID SkyCam-XXXX like it is supposed to. Provisioned the camera and then reconnected the grove cables and SunAirPlus3 with a fully charged battery and found that the Camera SSID SkyCam-XXXX has disappeared again. Disconnected the grove cables and connected to power source and it is broadcasting the SkyCam-XXXX. I'm waiting for another SkyCam to be shipped from SDL and I will post an update after I get that other SkyCam Kit, but I suspect the results will be the same
I found it to be so odd also. Yes, the antenna has been connected the entire time. I had not even put the camera's into the 3d printed case yet because of the issues encountered. I was still in the initial installation phase. Do you know if the Esp32 cameras you sold in the SkyCam kits were flashed by SDL, or were they already flashed? I have found that there are several flash files for the esp32 Cams, and not all of them have the camera hotspot activated in the flash (.bin) files. This makes me wonder if one can just purchase one of the esp32 cams from the internet to use with your I2C stack board. I'm trying to figure out how the hotspot is assigned the SkyCam-XXXX SSID's, and who assigned the IP address of 192.168.4.1 to provision the cameras
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2023 5:41:59 GMT -8 by masterhawk
I got an email with the board type information and link to the flash file. This will get me started in the right direction. I think the rest of my questions above are answered in the flash file once it is compiled and flashed.