Placing a webcam outdoors, 500m away?

Posted on 2012-08-13
Last Modified: 2012-08-15
I want to place a few webcams in some land i have behind my home, its almost plain forest, like 500 meters away from my computer, i've thought of seting an outdoors cam. I need two cables, one for data and another one for energy, would this be possible to use very long cables to reach that distance?

Note, i have now trailcams just in case you recommend me this, but what i want is real live image of the forest, to keep track of animals coming
Question by:celtician
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    by:Ernie Beek
    I'm thinking fiber here.....
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    500m is a long distance for any video signal.  You might be able to use siamese cable , which has a signal and power line combined to connect a camera and is designed for surveillance installations.  RG-6 is recommended for lengths over 500ft.  You would still need a way to protect it from the elements and animals, which means a conduit.

    You can also use directional wireless antennas, but you would still need a way to power the cameras.  Some people have put together a solar panel with a battery to do this.

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