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Getting Started with Sentry DashCam Bridge on Raspberry Pi

Everything you need to know about setting up the Sentry DashCam Bridge on a Raspberry Pi Zero W.

Hardware Requirements

  • Raspberry Pi Zero W — The W stands for wireless and is important for Sentry DashCam Bridge to work. If you are new to using a Raspberry Pi devices, we recommend getting a Raspberry Pi Zero W Basic Starter Kit.
  • Micro USB cable — The quality of the cable matters when it comes to power. We recommend a premium 1ft micro USB cable.
  • Micro SD card adapter — There are a lot of options for formatting micro SD cards and most will work. For instance, if your computer has an SD card slot, you can use a micro SD to SD adapter which comes free with most micro SDXC cards. If you don't have a way to connect a micro SD card to your computer, we recommend a micro SD to USB 3.0 or USB C adapter depending on your computer's port options.
  • Micro SDXC card — When it comes to surveillance video, important factors for choosing the right SD card are capacity, speed, and durability. Capacity will determine the total hours of stored footage (30 minutes for every ~1GB). Speed is important as it impacts the transfer time to the Sentry DashCam Bridge. Durability is important because all drives fail over time as a result of being constantly overwritten. For these reasons, we recommend the SanDisk Extreme Pro line of security camera grade micro SDXC card with a UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) with at least 128GB capacity.

Software Requirements

Instructions

And you're done!