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#1 mikefamig

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 10:50 AM

Has anyone found a surveillance camera that has a decent wifi range?

 

I have two FI89xx Foscams, two newer R2 Foscams and one Hikvision DS-2CD2142. The old FI89 Foscams seem to be the best of the lot but none are near the range of my laptops or IOS devices when connecting to the same wireless access point. The R2's have trouble staying connected from one room to the next. If the problem was interference then I would expect my laptops and Iphone to have problems but they are fine.

 

Are the cams known to have weak radios?

 

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 11:50 AM

Way long time ago relating to use of Axis CCTV cameras and WIreless covering a large area used wireless bridges for a commercial CCTV view of multiple warehouses and a large fenced in area for commercial construction do whats (with a high fence - barbed wire). 

 

Before installing this system and reason for installation was that one day a truck rolled in the yard rolling over the fences and stealing a few large job site (gas and oil job sites) generators valued at a few thousand dollars (over 100K worth).

 

Really above the issue related to creation of the willy nilly infrastructure of the site (it was a permanent location).

I did see a lot of this with same company and implementation of security post issues which is truly a mickey mouse to do business. 

 

I have seen this methodology of wireless CCTV and WAP's used for camp grounds etc...

 

For residential today you can do similiar at a reasonable cost.

 

Here you would utilize the network port on the camera and connect it to a wireless device and directional antenna going to your home.

 

Years ago (early 2000's) created a double DD-WRT router wireless bridge to the neighbors house a few hundred feet away for their internet access.  Basically it was a dedicated Linksys DD-WRT router with directional parabolic antennas made of paper and aluminum creating a bridge between the two homes. 

 

For one camera with wireless you could install a dedicated and directional WAP pointing to the camera.  You can also make directional parabolic antennas on each end for better wireless.   Seen this done using an old direct TV dish.



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Posted 04 May 2018 - 02:24 PM

The one batch of Foscams I tried, the wifi was terrible - I ended up using a TP-Link Pocket-Router to handle the wifi instead.  It's been running solid for about 4 years now that way.  The foscam thinks it's wired.

 

If you needed to go real long-range like pete describes, nowadays it's much easier than piecing together the parabolic antennas and all that (I've done that in the past) - nowadays, you can use a Ubiquiti NanoStation Loco to do the job (or a pair of them) - much easier than it used to me.



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Posted 04 May 2018 - 07:49 PM

That pocket router looks like an easy affordable way to go. I think that someone mentioned one to me here a while back and I forgot about it.

 

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