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What is best (better) wireless webcam

Postby aznetcowboy » Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:23 pm

I am entertaining the idea of adding a webcam to my weather station. However I am not sure what one(s) would best meet my needs. I want one that would be wireless (battery or solar?) that can send a signal about 30 feet (direct line of sight) from my rooftop to my PC. However, I am not sure what experienced users would recommend.
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Re: What is best (better) wireless webcam

Postby bzncrew » Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:11 pm

I'm not a big fan of WiFi cameras. Eat up way too much WiFi bandwidth.

Best option is a POE wired camera. You'll be glad you did.

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Re: What is best (better) wireless webcam

Postby ace2 » Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:50 am

I use a foscam fi9805w which is a wireless model.

But the original quested asked for a completely wireless include battery or solar.
Not too sure about that..

Can you not have a cat5 to do it(POE) or a wireless with power???
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Postby vaggos » Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:28 am

So do I. I use a foscam fi9805w which is a wireless model for more than 3 years without any problem at all, even in extreme hot or cold. With wifi i didn't had any problem but i prefer ethernet. I have also other four cams, level1, apexis and one no name, which are working perfect with a script from Foscam.
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Re: What is best (better) wireless webcam

Postby bzncrew » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:48 pm

First of all... solar (no power to the cam) is going to take a fairly big panel and battery to keep it going. If it's cloudy for a while, your batt goes dead and your camera goes off.
It's not practical unless you are willing to have a big 50w panel connected to a deep cycle battery. Probably good for hard to run power to locations. You could even use Yagi antennas to transmit the WiFi up to a couple of miles line of sight. Great for mountain top installs, not on your house.

Since you have to run a line to the thing anyway for power, why consume all your WiFi bandwidth for video. Run power and data of the Cat5 cable and be done with it. Video uses a LOT of data and WiFi is fragile. Turn on the microwave or something and poof, video is gone. I tried it for a while and it really bogged down my WiFi segment.
So if you have to run power, why not POE? It's SO much easier to run low voltage wire to a remote camera. Simply get a power injector and use cat5.

As for software, I use Blue Iris. I don't work for this company, but this stuff is fantastic! So powerful and configurable. Especially the notifications. Can set hot spots (like a door) to trigger and mask cold spots (like trees). It can email/text you when motion is detected. Pre-record a few seconds before motion was detected. View from inside/outside your firewall (will need to port forward). One of the best $50 I've spent.


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