FTP storage | Camera Status Uploads | Remote Monitoring
cloud_uploadFTP vs CloudX
The following diagram summarises the difference between using CamDo's CloudX platform vs deploying your own FTP server.
Upload to customer FTP/SFTP service.
No CamDo monthly fees.
No CamDo technical support.
Can be locally deployed (no internet required).
CamDo technical support.
Low monthly fee.
View images through CloudX portal.
Auto time lapse generation.
buildHow does it work?
FTP for UpBlink allows you to integrate image upload into your existing infrastructure.
FTP and SFTP protocols supported.
Image upload after every image or once per day.
Status file upload so you can check on vital stats such as SD card free space.
Can be deployed on a local wifi network to a local FTP server so can be used with no internet connection.
Monitor your time lapse camera remotely.
If you don't have the time to worry about deploying your own FTP server, you'll want to check out CloudX, CamDo's managed time-lapse platform.
Uploads a text file to a status folder on your server listing heartbeat status items confirming:
SD Card space remaining
# of photos and video taken since last status
In order to use this feature, UpBlink must be near a 802.11n WiFi access point with an internet connection(either an open WiFi network or WPA secure network). WEP secure networks are older technology and not supported. Alternatively a 3G/4G hotspot can be plugged into UpBlink.
account_circleSounds great, how do I get access?
FTP functionality for UpBlink is a one-off purchase for lifetime access including lifetime firmware updates.
If you don't know how to setup an FTP server or need email notifications and automatic time lapse generation, checkout CloudX, CamDo's managed time lapse platform.:
assignmentFeatures and Pricing
The following compares FTP functionality to the CamDo CloudX service.
CloudX Lite Plan
CloudX Pro Plan
✔ (via uploaded status text file)
✘ Status history only
✔ 15 GB storage
Automatic Time Lapse Creation
✔ Once per week
camera_enhanceWhat cameras can I use?
The platform is compatible with UpBlink and GoPro cameras.
If you are not familiar with FTP, you will want to check out CloudX, CamDo's managed time lapse platform.
I just received UpBlink - how do I activate FTP functionality?
Once you have received your UpBlink controller, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your UpBlink SSID details and we will send you a firmware update keyed specifically to your device. See the next FAQ to check your activation.
I just activated FTP - how do I know it worked and where do I put in my server settings?
Once activated, the following dropdown box will appear under "Upload Schedule" --> "Upload Type" (see screenshot below). Select FTP or SFTP and fill in the server details.
Can I use the FTP firmware on more than one UpBlink?
No. each firmware is keyed to your particular UpBlink controller. If you have multiple controllers, you will need to purchase 1 x FTP license per UpBlink controller.
Can I use FTP to upload to Google Drive or DropBox?
No. You will need to deploy your own FTP server or purchase a subscription from a web based service. Last time we checked, Box.com offered an FTP service for Enterprise and Business accounts.
How do I setup an FTP server?
If you don't know how to setup an FTP server or need email notifications and automatic time lapse generation, check out CloudX, CamDo's managed time lapse platform.
Do you support FTP and SFTP?
Yes, both protocols are supported. We do not support FTPS.
Help, my FTP connection is not working.
We cannot support the setup of your FTP server, however we suggest the following as a starting point:
Check using free online tools such as https://ftptest.net/ to validate your FTP server is working correctly and help troubleshooting.
Check you can login to your FTP server using free FTP software such as Filezilla.
Check you can ping your server from the command line in MacOS, Windows or Linux. eg "ping ftp.myserver.com"
Can I get status updates?
Yes, a status.json text file containing status information is uploaded to the FTP server so you can check status remotely.
Can I update firmware remotely using FTP?
Yes, simply place the UpBlink firmware update file into the status folder. On the next upload event, UpBlink will download the firmware and update.
Can I change the settings of the camera remotely?
Not yet. This is likely to be a future feature.
This product does not have any specific support pages as it is a customer deployed FTP server. Please see the FAQ's tab for more information.
General support can be found on our Support pages here.