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deelish321
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June 17, 2015 - 7:44 pm
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Hi, avid hunter here. This isn’t security related but hoping you could help me out.

I need a camera with a remote monitor so i can watch for deer in 2 different places at once. It will be a little over 2 miles from my position and will need to be waterproof. The quality of the picture isn’t very important but being able to record footage would be a nice plus. It also needs to be able to stay powered by battery or something for about a week at a time without plugging in. Do you have any ideas what I could use for this? I also have a phone that can stream video so that could also be an option but I don’t have a home network.

Thank you.

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Hello, 

I have to say I would buy a camera like that in a heart beat. I hunt here in FL religiously, and to be honest we do not have any sort of set up that will do that, but it is a good idea. I will look around the web to see if I can find an answer for you. Good luck! 

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Thanks. I know it seems like it can’t be done, I’ve been scouring for something similar for hours now. I’ve come up with a few ideas so far.

1. Use 2 cell phones and stream the video through Skype. Problem is monthly bills for internet and low battery life on phones.

2. I’ve seen camera setups with mobile monitors but the antennas only reach a couple hundred feet usually, and they are pretty expensive.

3. Connecting an outdoor camera to a router and streaming it to my phone. A monthly bill but it alleviates the battery problem i would assume. Gonna keep searching, I’ll let you know if i come up with anything too.

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We have nano stations that are good up until 16 miles I believe, but the problem is it has to be line of sight, and I doubt very seriously it is line of sight in the woods. I will keep my eyes open for you. 

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   Well someone recommended this to me on another forum but still have a ton of questions about it and waiting for a response. He sent a pic of an ip camera pointing to a radio tower then to an ipad looking thing. All with 3g/4g under it without an explanation.

One of my concerns with going the 4G route was the GB plans they have are very limited unless I spend over 100 dollars. Would I need 2 of these plans in order to upload and download the data to my phone using this type of setup?

Also my requirements have somewhat become more flexible: Camera that can stream directly to a mobile monitor (preferably from over 2 miles away through trees) without monthly fees except for possibly the phone I can use as a monitor. No home network use either.

I can build a shelter for it so waterproof isn’t necessary. I think i can get a power adapter so i can attach big batteries to probably any device if need be. Still researching that idea.

Also, thank you for responding. Does it matter how much is actually in the way or does any obstruction completely block the nano stations?

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deelish321,

 

The cellular route can be very expensive with the data plans like you said.  With the Nano stations, going through vegetation such as trees and foliage can degrade the signal possibly too much depending on the density of the vegetation.  Now you will still need power at the camera location to power both the camera and transmitter.  

Here is a link that was written on creating a solar powered setup that may help you on your endeavor. http://www.securitycameraking……nd-cctv/ 

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