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January 12, 2014
10:41 pm
chasestern
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Im new to your site and just want to say how much I enjoy it. Very thorough and well presented. I am a home owner in search of a single, wireless IP, battery powered camera, to mount above my front doorway so it can look out into my front step/doorway area (there is a glass pane above my door). I wish the camera to record video during night hours as well. I plan on using Blue Iris, or similar video recording software, in conjunction with a large external drive to record and potentially save any video I need. 

 

The problem I am finding is that I cannot seem to locate any legitimate cameras anywhere that fit these criteria. I do have a power source a few feet away from my desired camera location but do not wish to use it if it can be avoided. Does anybody have any suggestions at all???

 

I would be very grateful for any type of response!

January 13, 2014
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Unfortunately it is going to be very hard to find a camera that meets that criteria.  Personally,  I've never seen one.  The issue is that you're asking to have ir, wifi, and battery power all in one.  These features will eat up way more energy than a battery can provide.  If you do find such a camera you would more than likely only be able to record for a few hours before having to switch out the battery.Also, wireless  is not the most reliable.  There are definitely wireless cameras out there but i would personally suggest going wired.  We do carry one ip wireless cam that you can check out in our ip camera section but there are definitely many camera which operate much better in my opinion but they're wired.  Let me know if you do find one that meets the specs you have asked for.  I'd love to take a look at it. If you want help possibly finding another camera that may work for you,  we can help you with that as well.

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January 13, 2014
9:09 am
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Thanks for the quick reply. 

 

If I were to go wired... But still needed the wireless capability and IR, what would you recommend?

January 16, 2014
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Really, since you are going to have to power the camera, wireless capabilities are not needed in most cases and usually only prove to cause issues. Most of our cameras can be powered using POE (Power Over Ethernet) so one cable from your network goes into a POE switch and then you run one cable from that to your IP camera. That's it. That one cable will provide power and internet at the same time. That is the best way to go. If you must have wireless internet because you can only get power to the camera locally, but there is no access to a network, then you can use any wireless access point to turn any IP camera into a wireless camera. There are many choices in access points from very small to weatherproof. 

January 16, 2014
7:27 pm
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Thanks Brad. .

 

Unfortunately I do only have the ability to run a power cord to the location I want the camera. Ethernet is not possible. I have a wireless router in the middle of my house, but, I'm not sure how that helps me if I have an IP camera. I believe IP means that it ISNT WIRELESS? I'm sorry I'm a bit confused by your suggestion at the end of your post. 

January 16, 2014
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No Problem. So, if you can power a camera, that means you can just as easily power a wireless access point. So you mount the access point to your wall, ceiling or in the attic. Wherever you want. All you have to do is provide power to the access point. Install it as close as you can to where you want to mount your camera, but no further than 300'ft away from the camera. The wireless access point will connect to your network wirelessly. It will be a wireless bridge, you could say. The access point has an ethernet port that also provides POE (Power OVER Ethernet). Now you just run one ethernet cable from the access point to the IP camera. This single cable will carry power and internet. You were going to run one cable for power to the camera. This is really no different, but you have basically turned your IP camera into a wireless IP camera! Here is an example of the device I am talking about: http://www.walmart.com/ip/2406.....;veh=sem 

January 21, 2014
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OK I completely understand what you are getting at. Thank you for the explanation. 

 

I did some research on devices like the one you linked to, and I have a general question: if a given device indicates it can be powered by POE - does this also mean that it can be the SOURCE of the power to ANOTHER device, using the POE port it contains? 

 

What I mean is: if i find another AP that has POE - does this mean I can power that device using the standard power cable and utilize that devices POE port to power my camera? Or must I look for a specific POE classification that indicates such functionality?

 

Thanks so much for your continued help. 

January 22, 2014
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It can be confusing. Sometimes they mean it can be powered with POE and sometimes they mean it is capable of providing POE power. Just check the diagrams or manuals and make sure it has a POE port (which is used to provide POE power) and that the specs say it provides at least 15w of POE power. 

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