Our hill is getting steeper every yr. Husband asked what I'd like for Christmas, thinking about getting a barn camera. Fairly good distance & through wooded area, so line of sight type probably wouldn't work. Probably need the cell phone type. Looking for info/suggestions on types/brands?
Thinking about it, should ask for info on smart phones too? LOL
I mostly have a wired system, however for the barn stalls there was no easy way to run wires without tearing up paved areas, so I gave a Samsung wireless system a try. Our barn is all metal, and the receiver is inside the concrete block building which lets very little wi-fi or cellular inside, so I set up an external antenna outside the building. It works very well. Four cameras, and an app for the smartphone so we can watch anywhere there is internet access.
It's hard wired to the router/modem for our DSL connection for the internet access.
Smart phone I will answer. My first "smart phone" was an Iphone 3. I still have that phone! ( But it isn't in use though it could be). Personally, I liked the 5, and the 6, had an eight for a about two months before it disappeared but did not like it as well as the 6. I tried a Samsung Galaxy because half my family is Samsung. . .. but I could not transition from the IPHONE. I love my Iphone! ( And my Ipad too and there are some good sales on them right now - Amazon had some deep discounts just last week, for instance on the IPAD Air.) They are not the most current model but still brand new.
The 6 and 6S phones, (and you can get the 6 plus but they are at least $150 more, and I find them way too big to comfortably hold in the hand), are available from several of the phone companies as " pay as you go" phones. ( Walmart has them NEW - and if you don't want "refurbished" be careful to pay attention to information). Whoever your carrier is, ( mine is ATT), you buy the phone, use it for a month and then transfer to a plan if that is more workable. I saw the 6S for $149 around Thanksgiving and I think that is an exceptional price reduction for a great phone.
I think American citizens. .. . . .especially those in rural areas. .. . . . should petition the government for FREE wi-fi. Just like radio signals and TV used to be before the corporate entities discovered they could force people to pay for TV. ( Most of you will NOT remember that all TV was free until around the early 1990's, when paid programming began. Our trustworthy government ( rolling eyes) promised us we would NEVER see a commercial if we paid for programming. HA! You cannot now watch programming for all the commercials. There is plenty of great and FREE programming through Amazon Prime, and for a nominal fee each month other carriers like Netflix and Hula, and Masterpiece theatre. ( PS. . . I highly recommend "Woman Walks Behind".
Back to the topic. WHY shouldn't the internet be free to ALL of us? Why should a few large corporations control and benefit by selling it? It's MY air air waves as much as theirs. Let's take it back! Google can watch you eating potato chips on the patio. .. . .those satellites could easily send free WI-FI to all of us.
Everybody already receives all of the satellite programming there is. You just can't decode it unless you pay. It still passes through your bodies.
With a satellite-based barn camera, your camera would have to send the signal to a satellite to be re-sent to your receiver. It wouldn't be unreasonable to expect those who paid to put the satellite into service to charge a fee for doing that.
There are civilian radio bands available for this purpose. The camera feed is sent to your receiver by radio. The drawbacks are that the bands are cluttered and someone else could interfere with your signal from time to time. If your distance is short, only a very strong signal could overpower yours between your barn and house.
If the distance from your barn to the house is very short, check out the wide array of baby monitors available.
Some trail cameras do what you want, but are usually motion sensors and only transmit when motion is detected. They are also mostly battery powered, and while they have a long battery life, eventually they will need re-charging.
Here's a starting point for a long-range baby monitor:
Post by lakeportfarms on Dec 14, 2018 13:02:28 GMT
Karrie, you have high speed internet, correct? It's just the wi-fi signal from your router that doesn't make it to the barn?
I can get a signal very easily 1/4 mile from my router, but you have to use external antennas that direct the signal where you want it to go. The same goes for the wireless cameras that I posted in the earlier post, since they work on the same frequency. For example, on the building I use this, and point it right at the antennas for the cameras in the barn:
You get various cables and connectors, depending on the antenna that you use, so that it can be connected to the NVR that decodes the signal from the camera(s) and records it to the hard drive. Most often it is the RP-SMA type connector. That is what I have on both my NVR (recorder), AND the cameras. So although I just used a omni-directional external antenna on the camera, I could theoretically use one of the high gain directional antennas on the camera as well as the NVR, and extend the signal from an even greater distance, but they have to be accurately aimed. All of my wireless cameras are in the same general direction, but if I had them scattered around, I'd want to use the directional antenna on the cameras, and the omini-directional antenna where it connects to the NVR, so I could beam the signal from each camera to the fixed location of the NVR antenna. You can get pre-made cables of various lengths for the antenna, but if you are running the cable more than about 25 feet, you'll probably want a heavier "Type N" cable and connectors, and then adapters to work it back down to the RP-SMA size connector.
Obviously this works only from line of sight, and wouldn't work over a hill.
You'll want the NVR that receives the camera signal in the house so you can hook it to a monitor or your television, and watch the camera(s) that way. So your wi-fi signal to the barn really isn't important, and it's always better to hard wire the NVR to your router/modem to get a higher quality picture without any lag. You just run an ethernet Cat 5 cable from the NVR to the router.
It sounds complicated, but it really isn't too hard. You need power at the location of the cameras, but there are no batteries to have to replace, and best of all once you've purchased the equipment, it's free to run. They have really come in handy for us, especially since we live 4 miles from the farm.