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#198063 24-Jun-2016 16:11
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Im wanting to set up two wifi security cameras to keep an eye on farm buildings.


Id want them to be movement activacted only, and only record at night.


The cameras would be well away from my house (100m+), reception is poor on my farm.


Id need any footage to be recorded to a box/disk, that I could easily access on my home PC.


Me being able to view with my cellphone at other times would be nice, but at this stage, not a major.




If you were to set up a small two camera night viewing system, what would you buy and where?


Open to suggestions





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  #1579666 24-Jun-2016 16:26
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You're not going to get an out of the box solution with such requirements so you can pretty much flag doing the work yourself unless you have the skills. 


You would need a professional install with dedicated p2p links for wireless and are obviously going to need power at each location unless you're looking to deplot a fairly high end solar based solution. If you don't have line of sight coverage you'll need to trench cable, and if you are looking at significantly beyond 100m you'll need to look at POE repeaters or trenching fibre.







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  #1579673 24-Jun-2016 16:47
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At a friends place we put a couple of cheap wifi IP cameras up on the pole by their gate, and aimed a yagi antenna on a cheap accesspoint at them from the house about 140m away, and it all worked as well as expected. Records onto a cheap china NVR in the house which is also how they watch them. As a bonus the outside accesspoint also means that the entire driveway gets wifi for when they are mowing etc.


Was just done with left over junk I had lying around and since they are semi rural there isnt much 2.4Ghz interference happening.



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  #1579697 24-Jun-2016 17:23
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Hmmm... wouldn't have thought that WiFi could be extended 100+ metres. You live and learn.


My solution would have been a Raspberry Pi with either it's own camera or an IP camera, plus a cellular modem. The RPi could continuously record to an SD card or USB stick, and would have enough horsepower to do a reasonable job of motion detection from the camera images, or you could add PIR sensors to trigger recording. Should be able to send notifications via Internet too. Could be battery-powered if needed too.



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  #1579722 24-Jun-2016 18:16
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Hmmm... wouldn't have thought that WiFi could be extended 100+ metres. You live and learn.





umm try 30+ KM! using the right gear of course

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  #1579880 24-Jun-2016 22:27
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I'd probably go for 2 X Hikvision 2335 Cameras (4mm or 6mm). A POE switch and Sighthound software. Running on a fairly descent cpu. Maybe take advantage of overseas $ after this Brexit carryon. It's not the cheapest but I reckon is the most robust and 'satisfying'.

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  #1579944 25-Jun-2016 09:23
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Is power available in the farm buildings?... 





My first ever network connection was a 1MHz AM crystal(OA91) radio receiver.

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  #1579976 25-Jun-2016 10:53
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Be careful with hikvision cameras, all the models on aliexpress officially don't support any other language than Chinese and are hacked to English by the sellers hence problems occur updating firmware etc... plus no warranty as a result. Hikvision don't make it easy to buy the proper international versions of their products

Hikvision are also known for GPL violations and refuse to provide copies of their code for uboot and the Linux kernel they use etc...


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  #1579989 25-Jun-2016 11:03
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You can still drive the hikvision gear fine when it has reverted to chinese in chrome with translate I found.


Friend now in aussie bought some hikvisions over there from someone and they were just chinese ones with the hacked firmware, it seems common as to be selling those. Many amazon ones are too.


atlas gentech are just parasites, look at their pricing for anything they pass around to other places.


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