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    External IP camera recommendations..?

    I've been tasked with sourcing an external IP camera to be mounted outside on the building site where our 6th form is being built.

    Needs:

    Decent Image
    Weatherproof
    Mountable to..say an existing camera pole/light pole or similar
    Ability to FTP images out on a schedule preferably, say one every few seconds or whatever (unless anyone can give me ideas on that?)

    Either wifi or LAN, or both should be fine - there will be a cab situated in the portacabins. Wifi may be a useful extra.

    PoE may be advantageous from a cabling view.

    Static view is fine, preferably a decent angle of view

    I've looked at Axis - expensive. Anyone got any suggestions? It's not really my field of expertise.

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    I have a Mobotix M24 mounted on a pole outside with no shelter - has taken a battering of wind, rain and snow and been pretty reliable. Approx 180 degree view.
    I'm using it PoE, with a Netgear directional wireless bridge which can sometimes interfere with other kit around it, but the camera itself is pretty good.

    All together the kit and installation came to approx £2k.

    <Edit> I have attached an image from the cam which is approx 80% quality </edit>
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    I used to work for an IP reseller/installer and I'd second the above recommendation. Best image quality on the market and the cameras are extremely robust.

    Depends on your budget I suppose. Give my old company, Network Webcams, a ring - 0151 633 2111, tell them you're ringing from a school and they should give you a decent discount.

    They do free next day delivery, and you can try for 14 days and they'll give you a refund if you're not happy! Very nice company!

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    we've got quite a few Mobotix here now - excellent cams and good features too.
    Try Net-CTRL for purchasing/installs

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    The mobotix equipment being displayed by Net-Ctrl at the Edugeek conf last year looked pretty damn good!

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    We use AXIS P3343's here. We have 3 of them. HD recording, weather proof, work at night, PoE. However they are EXPENSIVE. £700 a pop if I recall...

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    If your budget won't stretch to Axis or Mobotix then maybe take a look at the ACTi ACM-1231 or the Vivotek IP8332.

    Both are outdoor/weatherproof, built-in infra-red LEDs and POE enabled.

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    Great thing about Mobotix M12 day/night external camera mentioned above is that it has fantastic resolution of 3.1 megapixel, most IP cameras are around 0.4 megapixel equivilent. Also has onboard SDHD slot so you can record internally upto 32GB, more than enough for the type of recording you want. Have a look at a link to one outside our office (Net-ctrl). camera.net-ctrl.com

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    I would also recommend the Mobotix but they may be beyond your budget...

    Look at the Y-Cam Bullet very good value for money.

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    Im posting in this thread instead of opening a new one since im looking for almost the same thing. Im looking for an external IP camera but with Wireless interface. Both ACTi ACM-1231 and Vivotek IP8332 that use-IP suggested meet my needs and budget but i cant find anything with the same specifications/price range that supports Wireless connection. Any suggestions?


    Thanks in advance.

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    We have an acti cam at the front of the school and for a little cam the image quality is great not sure the exact model off hand atm though.

    Ben

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    If you want truly budget gear, but excellent image quality - try a Grandstream camera.

    I put a GXV3611_HD in my last school as a quick and easy camera for viewing the entrance gate from the reception desk. Was cheap as chips, super easy to set up etc...

    They do external dome cameras too, and normal type IP CCTV models, which you can then mount in a standard external camera housing.

    Grandstream Networks, Inc :: IP Video Surveillance

    Their standard model, the GXV3601 costs about £140, and a housing would cost anything between £10 and £150 etc...

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    Thanks localzuk but still, none of those cameras have Wireless interface. I need a good quality camera to project the view from my hotel and i cant use ethernet cable due to the distance of the spot. I do have a good WiFi reception tho and i want o use that, I previously had a Foscam IP camera but the resolution was VGA and i wasnt satisfied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadfloppy View Post
    Thanks localzuk but still, none of those cameras have Wireless interface. I need a good quality camera to project the view from my hotel and i cant use ethernet cable due to the distance of the spot. I do have a good WiFi reception tho and i want o use that, I previously had a Foscam IP camera but the resolution was VGA and i wasnt satisfied.
    Finding an external IP CCTV camera with wifi is going to be tough to be honest - hardly anyone makes them. D-Link make a camera which could be mounted in an external body which is wireless, but the antennas would be an issue. Wifi IP CCTV is inherently insecure, as messing up a wifi signal takes about 2 minutes work.

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    I presume there power at the remote location? I would couple a normal ip cam with something from ubnt to provide the wireless bridging.

    Ben



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