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bkenobi

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Wireless trail camera
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:19:36 PM »

I have some property with wooded areas.  I have seen plenty of deer and occasionally a daytime coyote, but I don't really know what's out there when I'm not watching or at night.  I have a trail camera on order to try out, but I was thinking it would be cool to have something feed directly to the network in some way.  I want to add security cameras around the house anyway, so it seems like the two could be solved with a unified solution.

So, what I'm wondering is if anyone knows of a good way to add a day/night camera that is wireless and has a range of say 200yds and can use an external battery.  This may not be feasible since it would really have to be motion controlled to avoid killing the battery.  The only thing I've seen that would work is a 3G enabled trail camera, but that would add a lot of cost to the camera and the data plan could get spendy.  If there was a WiFi version, that might be better.

I'm really just probing to see if anyone else has had a similar thought and could point me in the right direction out of the gate (even if that's to a different forum).
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Re: Wireless trail camera
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2014, 02:31:08 PM »

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Re: Wireless trail camera
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2014, 03:41:17 PM »

Dave, you are one heck of a great resource.

Are you doing any better health wise?
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2014, 06:15:11 PM »

Dave, you are one heck of a great resource.
I just seem to have a knack for using the right terms with web search engines.  ;)
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Re: Wireless trail camera
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2014, 08:04:44 PM »

I'd seen some at cabelas that claimed wireless, but they were all GSM/3G according to the help.  This one looks promising!  I saw one that had a wireless camera and remote base station that could connect to multiple cameras.  I think if that one had the range and could permanently connect to a PC, that might be a nice alternative (they were a bit cheaper per camera but the combination base camera was pricey).

Thanks for the quick response and good luck with those exams!
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Re: Wireless trail camera
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2014, 11:15:27 AM »

I just realized that the wireless cameras I saw at Cabelas were actually the same brand as you found (Spypoint).  I suppose just finding the full lineup that they offered could have answered my questions. rofl
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Re: Wireless trail camera
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2014, 01:03:21 PM »

Yep! I believe they also have a system with an aggregator (my term, not theirs) which can link multiple GSM/3G cameras with a WiFi network.
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Re: Wireless trail camera
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2014, 01:32:53 PM »

Reading the documentation an the setup leads me to believe that they require a paid account in order to upload images to their service.  It appears they have a similar setup to LaCross (weather station gateway).  If the device connects to my WiFi, why should I have to pay for their service rather than just storing locally. Sigh...
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Re: Wireless trail camera
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2014, 06:46:39 PM »

That's too bad. I only looked at the specs - I did not dig deeper. There seems to be more and more of this type of thing (e.g. AHP connecting to X10 servers). I had two NAS units fail after power outages despite being powered from a UPS. Both used proprietary formatting schemes so the only way to recover the files was to ransom them which was beyond my means.
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Re: Wireless trail camera
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2014, 11:16:10 AM »

a possible issue with using a trail camera as a security camera is the time delay BEFORE taking pictures....  I have 8 of em (4 different brands) around a few hundred acres, and they are great for candid shots of those deer & cayotes, but miss most people and cars going past them. They wait until infrared detects something for 10-30 seconds before taking the first snapshot.....
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Re: Wireless trail camera
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2014, 11:24:21 AM »

I bought a camera off eBay to play with since the price was cheap.  It claims 1 second before it takes a picture, up to 6 pictures per second in that burst, and variable delay between 10 and 60 seconds for next trigger.  I'm going to install it today and see what it comes up with this week.
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