wifi camera to monitor car in realtime against vandalism

The place I park in office is about 200-300m from where I seat:
I can't see the car as blocked by walls.

My car is parked along the street which can get vandalised (scratched, etc):
I wanted to be able to view my car from my office PC/laptop (or at least from
my iphone) remotely : the street is a straight one & if I sit in the car, I could see
if someone is approaching (even >100m away).

Anyone has any solution to this?  I don't want a recorded video as it's too late
& the vandal would have taken place.  I wanted a camera/device which will make
it like I'm viewing from within the car (but I'm viewing from my office seat).

Feel free to show me any eBay/Amazon links of the items you recommend.
Not something more than US$300 ideally.

I have an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 6: perhaps one of them can be mounted in
the car (with a low-cost 4G data plan of US$20/month for 20GB data)?  If it's
something that don't need any data plan, will be better but I'm Ok to get one
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Something easy to set up is ideal.

I just recall my office has free wireless service which I must login to a captive login page.
So I could use my phone or PC to connect to this free Wifi service to view the camera).

So any  IP camera that is USB-powered will work, just that I need something
a) easy to set up (I had difficulty setting up the Tenvis one years ago)
b) small (not bulky so that could mount in car without taking much space)
c) it's USB powered (or has it's own power that could last at least 9 hours)
sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Btw, my office free Wifi can't be reached to the carpark: somehow just immediately
outside the compound of my office, this free Wifi is undetectable by phone.  Looks
like the Wifi camera needs to be an access point by itself or support 4G SIM card
sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Come to think of it, my Oppo Android phone could share out a Hotspot without any SIM card in it & several devices could connect to it within 15m but it's only 15m.  If only there's a USB-powered device (say a Wifi router or AP) that could share its service for 300m, this solve my issue: just one of those small Tenvis (USB or self-powered) camera & my phone/PC from office could connect to it as well.
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:


Will the above items help?  both items did not specify the distance & it is USB-powered.
The first item mentions it's "not a hotspot" : is this something that will not fulfill my
requirement?    I'll need something that could cover 300m, ideally through a layer of wall

For the camera, I'm lookg at item below:
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
You're 200-300 metres away from the car and there's a wall in the way.

Ordinary WiFi won't do that range.  Long range WiFi would but you need special transmitters and possibly receivers.  WiFi is normally line of sight so even with the special transmitters and receivers that wall would probably stop any signal.
sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Can indicate specific products from Amazon & eBay to address my needs?
Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
You need to install WiFi Extender with very long operation range in your office and connect your camera to it, but I don't see how wifi camera installed inside a car can monitor what is going on outside a car. You can try.

Devices to extend Wireless for long range are expensive and as far I know only Unifi making those devices for regular user.

You can try to install some Unifi Outdor access point (working up to 600ft)


and your Wifi camera, but it must be some camera that will work on 12V DC and you need to have an option to provide power to it when your car is OFF and closed.
Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
There are apps to use your older phone as a baby monitor, but obviously the phone in the car would need service. Could work without having to purchase any hardware at all! One of the apps I looked at was $5, so a pretty inexpensive way to reuse your older phone.

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RartemassLife CoachCommented:
What is your expected action if you notice someone approaching your vehicle?
Do you want a siren to sound?
Will you call police?
Will you rush out to intercpet them?
Something else?

The answer to that will help determine the hardware and software you require.

I would think you'd need an internet connection in the car that you can tap into from any other device with an internet connection.
This appears to have what you desire:

These ones won't help you today though do seem to be exactly what you are after:
sunhuxAuthor Commented:
As I'm sitting about 50m away, I "Will you rush out to intercpet them".

What's the app that $5 app that Aaron mentioned?
Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
A search for "iPhone baby monitor app" turns up a bunch
RartemassLife CoachCommented:
I don't think the "rush out to intercept them" option is a valid one. Even at 50m and a clear path it will take time for you to get there. If they want to vandalise your car it would be a quick thing. Walk up, throw a rock at the window and if anything on the front seat take it with them.
Scratches might be malicious kids showing off to friends, or a simple accidental clip from a bike messenger bag as they go past.
Either way they will be gone by the time you get there, and if not they may attack you if confronted.
Do you intened to rush out at every person walking in the general vacinity of the car just in case they are set on vandalising something? You'll spend the entire day at the car that way.

Having a camera with some sort of alarm would be a better deterrent that physically rushing out.
You'd also have to think abount latency of the signal. Depending on your signal strength and connection speed, the image you see may be a few seconds to a few minutes old.
I'd want the video evidence I can take to the police. Insurance can fix any damage and chase the vandal for the money.

Do you have the option to park in a more secure location?
RartemassLife CoachCommented:
Multiple options to resolve the question
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