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brker48
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:25 pm    Post subject: Need help finding a network camera? Reply with quote

I am looking for 4 network cameras. Can anyone help me find some that are outdoor, wireless, pan n tilt , and night vision?

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buellwinkle
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know of any that meet that criteria. The toughest is wireless. The rest is easy. The most expensive is pan/tilt. What's your budget per camera?

Most find it futile to have an outdoor wireless camera because of the cost of wiring a GFI 110V circuit by the camera and then having a transformer plugged into it and the wire running to the camera. Messy look, expensive and WiFi rarely has a good enough signal from inside to out to do what you think it should. Many go PoE instead, where a single Ethernet cable connects and powers the camera. Cheaper than running conduit for 110V, the GFI protector, the electrician costs.
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brker48
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for replying back so fast. I would probably spend less than $300.00 per camera. Do you know of any PoE cameras that are outdoor, night vision, and pan/tilt?
Also will I be able to view a PoE camera through my cell phone or computer from anywhere?

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buellwinkle
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, maybe an indoor camera like the low end Vivotek PT cameras like the PT7137 should be about $240. It has all you want, but not outdoors. There's Foscam on the very low of the lowest end for about $80, similar specs, but also indoor only.

The cheapest Panasonic that I know with all the features you want is closer to $600-700 like the BB-HCM371A probably meets all your criteria, it's wifi, it's PT, it's outdoor ready, has a CCD for better low light capability. It's a trade off, because for about the same money, you can forgo WiFi and get the megapixel version of the same camera, the BB-HCM735.
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wingon
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try Foscam Fi8905w, good wireless outdoor camera, with good night vision distance, and it is cheap, around 140 USD per cam but no PTZ. The only problem I found is this camera is not weatherproof but only waterproof.

You can search it thought google and order it online.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would caution on the Fi8905w as it has a 12mm lens. That's very telephoto, maybe 35mm full frame equivalent to a 120 mm lens. You can change the lens, but the IR illuminators are aligned to the 12mm lens.
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