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Night vision network camera, deploying to Afghanistan


 
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Ragin
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Joined: 11 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:31 am    Post subject: Night vision network camera, deploying to Afghanistan Reply with quote

Hello all,

I'm a soldier who will be deploying to Afghanistan in the spring and would like to purchase night vision ip cameras (possibly with 2-way audio, depending on the connection speed at my location abroad) so that I can watch my kids. I'm not sure what the internet service is going to be like in Afghanistan, I will probably not have wireless and the wired connection will likely suck. I'm thinking of investing in satellite internet even though it's pricey. Also, I have an alarm system through alarm.com that allows for ip cameras to be viewed remotely on their servers. At any rate, any recs on good night vision ip cameras, and what kind of connection speeds are necessary for two way audio on these devices? Thanks.
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sadik007
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:47 am    Post subject: consider this Reply with quote

consider Skype phone..

Consider this skype station...
http://www.buy.com/prod/asus-videophone-touch-aiguru-sv1t-skype-white/q/loc/101/212502216.html

or no video version.. just phone
http://www.buy.com/prod/ipevo-wifi-phone-for-skype-voip-cspn-01ip/q/loc/111/212702013.html

2 way IP cameras are not cheap... about $600 to $1000 (mobotix, etc)

Satellite links has delay, very hard to have normal phone conversation.. plus not cheap..

http://www.satelliteinsight.com/afghanistan-satellite-internet.html
http://www.ts2.pl/en/Internet-in-Iraq-and-Afghanistan

Your side ..
Consider getting WiFi (Pocket PC phone), I use HTC pone, it can do Skype..
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buellwinkle
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Joined: 28 Mar 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ditto on Skype, it's what I use every day to communicate with folks in my company thousands of miles away and most laptops have a video camera, speakers and mic built in. Even if they don't, usb webcams are very cheap and many come with built in mic. I see them on ebay for $10 or less. Downside is, and I'm not sure it's a big downside, is your family would have to have the PC on to receive the call.

If you don't want to use a PC at home to view and talk, you can use an inexpenive wifi IP cam, and many have mic and speakers built in, but I have never been able to make audio on any of them work right. I can barly get our $1,600 Mobotix camera's audio to work right. But if you feel compelled to try it, check out Foscam IP cameras on ebay, their PT camera has mic and speakers built in and Foscam has good support. Their camera typically sell for under $100 and that's shipped directly from Shenzhen, China.
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moonblinkshaun
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Joined: 13 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3343 by Axis is day night w/ 2 way audio and uses H.264 compression for limited bandwidth

http://www.moonblinkwifi.com/pd-axis-p3343-network-camera.cfm

Under $800
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Ragin
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:25 pm    Post subject: Thanks for the replies Reply with quote

Thanks for everyone's replies. I went ahead and purchased the Asus Skype Videophone, which I think will probably meet all of my needs. I didn't realize that the audio function on many of these cameras don't work well. I'll probably just stick with regular ip cams with no audio and go with Skype.
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robertbEZ
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Joined: 18 Jan 2010
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Location: San Jose, California

PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: consider this Reply with quote

sadik007 wrote:
consider Skype phone..

Consider this skype station...
http://www.buy.com/prod/asus-videophone-touch-aiguru-sv1t-skype-white/q/loc/101/212502216.html

or no video version.. just phone
http://www.buy.com/prod/ipevo-wifi-phone-for-skype-voip-cspn-01ip/q/loc/111/212702013.html

2 way IP cameras are not cheap... about $600 to $1000 (mobotix, etc)

Satellite links has delay, very hard to have normal phone conversation.. plus not cheap..

http://www.satelliteinsight.com/afghanistan-satellite-internet.html
http://www.ts2.pl/en/Internet-in-Iraq-and-Afghanistan

Your side ..
Consider getting WiFi (Pocket PC phone), I use HTC pone, it can do Skype..
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