Timer Folder Pusher

This tutorial will introduce you to how to periodically transfer images to a shared folder on a computer via the TimerCAM, based on the SMB file sharing protocol.

Creating a Shared Folder

As an example with Windows 10, create a folder -> right-click in the folder to open properties -> sharing settings -> add access permission -> click the dropdown menu in the input box, and select Everyone then click add -> click the permission level dropdown, enable read/write permissions -> confirm sharing.

Modifying Sharing Settings

Right-click in the folder to open properties -> Network and Sharing Center

Change network discovery to Enable network discovery.

Click the dropdown icon for all networks, in password protected sharing select Turn off password protected sharing, finally click Save changes.

Driver Installation

Connect the device to the PC, open device manager to install the FTDI driver for the device. As an example with Windows 10, download the driver file matching your operating system, and unzip, install through device manager. (Note: In some system environments, it may be necessary to install twice for the driver to take effect, unrecognized device names are usually M5Stack or USB Serial, Windows recommends using the driver file for direct installation through device manager (custom update), the executable file installation method may not work properly). Click here to download the FTDI driver
For MacOS users, before installing please check System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> General -> Allow apps downloaded from -> App Store and identified developers.

Downloading the Burning Tool

Please click the button below according to your operating system to download the corresponding M5Burner firmware burning tool. Unzip and open the application.

MacOS users, after installation please place the app in the Application folder as shown below.

Linuxusers, please navigate to the unzipped file path, run./M5Burner` in the terminal to start the application.

Obtaining Local IP Address

Press Win + R keys together to open the Run window, type cmd and press enter to open the command line, type ipconfig and press enter to confirm, view the current computer's IP address.

Burning Firmware

Open M5Burner --> connect the device to the computer --> select the corresponding port --> switch to the TimerCam option --> select the TimerFolderPusher firmware and click download --> click Burn to start burning --> wait for the successful popup to indicate burning is complete

Click Burn, before burning, you need to configure some related connection parameters for the device.

WIFI SSID: WIFI name, note to avoid special characters, the computer establishing the shared folder and the TimerCAM must be on the same network
Host/IP: The IP address of the file sharing service
Username: Username for accessing the file sharing service (if access permission is for everyone, this can be omitted)
Password: Password for accessing the file sharing service (if access permission is for everyone, this can be omitted)
Folder Path: Path to the shared folder
File Prefix: Default prefix name for images
Image Size: Size of the image
Interval: Interval between sending images

Starting Periodic Transfer

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