Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:59 am Post subject: Need configuration recommendation
My uncle needs a camera system installed at his house. Right now he has an old system in his barn to keep an eye on his horses. He wants to be able to link that system up to a new system at his house with remote viewing capability.
The system in the barn is about 10 years old and records on tape. It is connected wirelessly between the barn and house covering a distance of about 1000 feet. In the house there is a unit that connects to a coax cable so he can view the cameras from any television in his house.
For the house he wants two cameras under the eaves of the roof, 1 for the front of the house and 1 for the back. In addition he would also like a camera placed about 100 feet away from the house looking towards the house.
Can anyone recommend the equipment he needs to buy? I'm experienced with setting up networks, but I have never installed a camera system before.
Joined: 12 Jun 2008 Posts: 50 Location: Fife, Scotland
Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:17 pm Post subject:
For your outdoor cameras I would suggest the Panasonic BL-C140 outdoor IP CCTV Camera. These are outdoor ready cameras which offer Power over Ethernet and are very easy to set up. Alternativley the Panasonic BL-C160 additionally offers a PIR infrared sensor and white-light LEDs.
Are you looking to run a network cable to the camera away from the house? If so I would suggest the 140/160 again, if not I would suggest the Panasonic BB-HCM371 outdoor wireless IP CCTV Camera. This would allow you to place the camera outdoors and connect to a standard wireless network.
I'll need a bit more info on your barn camera. What type of wireless connection is being used? Most standard home wireless networks tend to struggle over 80 meters (line of sight). If your system is stable I may suggest a video encoder such as the Axis 241S Video Encoder. This will encode your analogue camera signal into network format so that you can view over the internet.
We worked with a company called www.wirelessoutdoorcam.com and they quoted and setup one of our site trailers with a desktop PC with a PCI DVR card that can handle 4 cameras and the software that allowed us to also record video from a couple of their wireless outdoor network cameras. The analog camers are muchmore inexpensive compared to the IP or wireless ones sowe saved some money there. But the wireless cameras allowusto put them almost any where. Just call their 800# ask them to quote you a system like the one they did GeoRad Construction.