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WiFi range for ip cameras


 
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KKen
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:53 am    Post subject: WiFi range for ip cameras Reply with quote

What ip camera has the best wireless range. I want to buy
a camera that has to be wireless and I would like to know how far
from the router can I place it and expect it to work.
I understand walls will make a difference but would like
to hear from users as to their set up and distance from router.

I would also like to know if a laptop could set their wireless up for adhoc
and connect wireless direct to the camera for viewing.

thanks
Ken
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JohnnyC
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not far. For a decent signal with no or little obstruction 200 is about it. The further away and lesser of signal strength, the fps will decrease big time. For wireless cameras running in the 2.4 Ghz spectrum, this is about it. You can enhance the wirless by using a hi-gain db antenna(s) on your wireless access point and an amp/pre-amp. I did this with great results, but I decided to run cable to all my cameras at my 200'x100' property for best performance. Also, you won't find a good megapixel camera that is wireless (yet).

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thewireguys
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I strongly do not recommend wireless IP cameras for indoor use if you want something that is reliable. Outdoors LOS it will work very well but I don't recommend cameras with built in wireless. Any IP camera can be wireless with Wifi access points for PTP, MP and Mesh links.
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Soundy
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thewireguys wrote:
I strongly do not recommend wireless IP cameras for indoor use if you want something that is reliable. Outdoors LOS it will work very well but I don't recommend cameras with built in wireless. Any IP camera can be wireless with Wifi access points for PTP, MP and Mesh links.

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sadik007
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:07 pm    Post subject: Re: WiFi range for ip cameras Reply with quote

KKen wrote:
the best wireless range


In most cases Wireless is not practicle.. You will have to bring power wire anyway to run the device. Why not run power and network over POE adapter. This way you get power and network over single Cat5 wire.

regards


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JohnnyC
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In some cases wireless is practical. For example, on my property i have 3 detached garages, a large house, and a 2.5 story workshop with power. I have 1 network and access point with 9 cameras covering the entire proprty. Wireless worked good, but over the year i when to 100% poe.

John
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videofairy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyC wrote:
In some cases wireless is practical.


Wireless cameras are quite useful as a temporary solution.
When it doesn't worth to install cables.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheap wifi cameras barely go 20' in my house or one wall away. If you really want wireless you need to create a mesh network in your home to cover where you put the cameras. You do this by getting WiFi repeaters and placing them strategically in your house. What happens too with WiFi cameras is people put them at marginal locations and if someone (like a thief) walk near the camera, it breaks the signal and you get nothing or static.
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