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Solution to install IP camera at gate

Posted on 2014-03-24
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Say, lightning is a huge problem in our country, namely South Africa, particularly Johannesburg which is high on the escarpment and gates providing access to properties are especially vulnerable . We are looking for a cost-effective solution to mount an IP camera, power it and keep it protected from lightning. We were thinking that using a WiFi technology and solar powered solution to isolate the device from any connection to the ground where lightning seems to enter from, would be a good solution. But, we are looking for a cost-effective way to do this if this is suggested as a solution.
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There are lots of wireless IP solar powered cameras you can get.. and it depends on your definition of cheap too.

http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/solar-power-ip-camera.html

These above are some examples. but i think you are looking for a "lets go pick it up" sort of solution.

Pros of your choice:
* Duh, its wireless
* No power :)
* no cabling or wires

Cons:
* Wireless signal strength - how far away is your gate compared to your router?
* Data transfer rate - will you be trying to stream 720p or 1080p accross your wireless..? because there is a 99% chance that wont work unless you have some good cisco gear.
* with solar unless you have something like a redundant battery pack (ie car battery) you will most likely lose power with a bad day or 2 of sun.


Can you please explain your entire wish to me so that i can get a cleared picture and advise you a more tailor made solution

The main points i want answered are
- Do these need to run 24/7 without fail.. IE are you scared you will miss recording the guy who tried to kill you? (yes i know Johannesburg..)
- do you just want to stream the data accross your wireless and access it sometimes or do you want it to record and save the data somewhere?
- What kind of quality do you need? do you want to pick up if the guy has a pimple? or do you just need a rough picture of the guy?
-Do you need it to be lightning proof (it would need a circular enclosure to divery the flow of electricity and then be grounded would be a good idea.
 

Anyway. Give me as much info of possible and if need be just flood me with too much. i can ignore extra information that is useless but i can't make up what i don't have ;)

Goodluck ^_^
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