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Old 08-09-2013, 10:49 PM
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Default Battery operated Wifi Camera?

We've been having issues with people busting into cars in the neighborhood. Tonight I tried an experiment with my Dlink WiFi camera in my truck. I plugged it into an inverter through the cig lighter and after extending the range on my home Wifi, I was able to get the camera to hook up. The video feed looked good, and motion detection did work. I would assume there has got to be a better way then going there the cig lighter? Would it be a significant drain on the car battery? I'm clueless in this area. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 08-11-2013, 5:51 AM
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We've been having issues with people busting into cars in the neighborhood. Tonight I tried an experiment with my Dlink WiFi camera in my truck. I plugged it into an inverter through the cig lighter and after extending the range on my home Wifi, I was able to get the camera to hook up. The video feed looked good, and motion detection did work. I would assume there has got to be a better way then going there the cig lighter? Would it be a significant drain on the car battery? I'm clueless in this area. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Why don't you try it? If battery is dead, at least you're at home.
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Old 08-11-2013, 5:54 PM
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figure out how many ma's that camera draws and go buy a rechargeable battery for it. I think they all operate on DC, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find a battery that can power it all night if needbe.

A bigger problem will be lighting. It might work fine in daylight, but you will have issues making out a face if its dark. If your cam has those red led's for night vision, they will create enough glare off your windows that the cam might not be useful.
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Old 08-11-2013, 6:01 PM
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Most inverters will shut them selfs off when amperage drops to a certain point as to not damage itself and electronics pluged into it.
Leaving enough juice for startup.
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Old 08-11-2013, 6:03 PM
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http://www.vuezone.com/use-ideas/battery-powered-camera
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:39 PM
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We've been having issues with people busting into cars in the neighborhood. Tonight I tried an experiment with my Dlink WiFi camera in my truck. I plugged it into an inverter through the cig lighter and after extending the range on my home Wifi, I was able to get the camera to hook up. The video feed looked good, and motion detection did work. I would assume there has got to be a better way then going there the cig lighter? Would it be a significant drain on the car battery? I'm clueless in this area. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I use old pads and phones. On android they not only have camera software; there is motion detect software too (that can email you alerts over wifi if your home signal makes it to the car / does not need cell service). They're battery powered by default. If also attached to your car electric it is not going to empty the battery overnight. If you have any old ones laying around.... no new expense.
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Old 08-23-2013, 7:43 PM
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Cheap Game Camera with low lux and movie record would do the trick. Cabellas any weekend for 125.00
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