Can my existing Raspberry Pi become a Camio Box?


Yes! You can download the operating system image and install it onto the SD card of your Raspberry Pi V2 or V3.

Items needed:

  • Raspberry PI (v2 or v3)
  • Blank SD card (8GB minimum)
  • Computer with an SD card reader.

Optional Items

  •  (DEPRECATED) Picamera for the RPi - Camio Box no longer supports the PiCamera.

Getting the OS-image onto your Raspberry PI:

  1. Download the compressed .iso file from here
  2. unzip
    This will extract the file to your current location.
  3. Insert into your computer the SD card you wish to use.
  4. Identify the name of your SD card.
    • OSX : About This Mac > System Report > USB > USB 3.0 Bus > Card Reader, then read the BSD name of the top level Card Reader (not the Volumes). The name should be something like /dev/disk7.
    • Windows : Open Windows Explorer, and look down the column on the left to locate the drive identifier (such as :G).
  5. Burn the OS image onto the SD card.
    • OSX :
      1. Open up your terminal.
      2. Double check you have the correct name of the SD card (IMPORTANT: the following command will completely overwrite the disk that is named, so ensure that you have the name right)
      3. Run the following command in your shell after replacing /dev/diskX with the path to your SD card:
        dd bs=1m of=/dev/diskX
      4. Wait for this command to finish, it should take anywhere from 5-15 minutes to complete. When it is done you will see an output resembling:
        2176+0 records in
        2176+0 records out
        1114112 bytes transferred in 0.013963 secs (79790394 bytes/sec)
      5. Eject and remove the SD card from your computer.
    • Windows :
      1. Download the Win32DiskImager utility from the Sourceforge Project page as a zip file; you can run this from a USB drive.
      2. Extract the executable from the zip file and run it (may need to be ran as administrator).
      3. From Win32DiskImager, select the camio-box-os-2016-09-11.iso file and the drive identifier of your SD card. Ensure your information is correct, and click on 'Write'. This will write the .iso file to your SD card.
      4. Exit the program and eject the SD card.

Getting your Box setup and configured

  1. Insert the SD card into your RPi, then connect the RPi to a power source and let it boot-up.
  2. Navigate to and follow the instructions from there on how to use a QR-code from our site with the PiCamera on the box to register the device.


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    Brandon Smith

    What is the purpose of the picamera for the box?

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    John Allard

    Hi Brandon, the PiCamera serves two purposes.

    1. It detects a qr-code that registers the Box with your Camio account.
    2. It also serves as another camera for your Box to capture footage from.

    Once your Box is attached to your account, the PiCamera serves as a 720p camera that your Box can capture footage from.

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    Keith Wright

    I followed this guide and I am presented with a login request. What is the username and password and how do I register my box? The camera light is not on so am assuming it won't read my QR code.

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    Sebastien Barrau

    Same, followed the instruction but do not know what the login and password is, usn: pi and pass: raspberry are not working for me

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    John Allard

    Hi Sebastien and Keith,

    You cannot login on purpose, the end-user versions of the Box software are locked down both over SSH and TTY login for security reasons. We do offer a 'developers' version of the ISO which is not locked down, but we expect that if you choose to use this version you understand the security risks and will lock down your system appropriately. See this article for a description on how to setup the developers version:

    Please note though, that ISO is old and will most likely give you issues. I'm trying to get out a new developers-ISO today that will have the most recent firmware on it.

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    John Allard

    Also, note that the camera light will not come on, we have purposely turned it off so as not to reflect on glass that the camera might be pointing out of. If you see the green-light on your Pi blinking (about once per second) that means it is in working order and waiting to detect a QR-code.

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    Keith Wright

    Just for future reference to all I was able to get the camera to pick up the QR code on a computer and not my phone. Not sure what the reasoning was. But this is why it lead me to believe I was missing something. Everything is sorted out now. Thanks again John. I look forward to the ISO.

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    John Allard

    Hey guys, the developers ISO is live. Find it here :

    Let me know how it goes, the credentials are pi:raspberry.


    Edit - The Developers ISO has since been deprecated. Please use the new ISO found here:

    Edited by John Allard
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    Sebastien Barrau

    Awesome thanks, going to be testing on an RPI B (Rasp 2)

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    Keith Wright

    John, Unfortunately I am getting an Access Denied message.

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    Keith Wright

    Anonymous users does not have storage.objects.get access

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    Sebastien Barrau

    Hi guys, I was using the 1st gen pi camera on a pi2 and could not get anywhere with it. is there a way to setup the Pi without a camera ?