Making a Wireless Security Camera

Managed to pick up a Swann swpro-642cam night vision security camera. No idea if it works, haven't tested it. But I would like to turn it into a wireless security camera for home. Assuming I would need a transmitter, but I'm not sure what kind. I would prefer to have it so I can just pop it up on my computer or phone, so could I avoid using a receiver and can it be recorded on my laptop as well?

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Downunder35m8 months ago

A standard and old school video transmitter will work.
Gives you the same AV output.
Problem is that this only works for standard resolutions, anything HD and it really comes cheaper to buy the lot.
Some cam apps allow the input of a normal video signal, but of course you will need a dongle of some kind or a graphics card with video input.
If it is standard resolution you can always buy a cheap WiFi cam and connect your cam instead of the build in one.
With a bit of work you can even convert a pan and tilt camaery system to hold your cam instead, but not sure if the motors will handle the extra weight properly.

4DIYers (author)  Downunder35m8 months ago

I'd like to have it on a motorized base eventually. It's quite light, all aluminum frame and case. So would I be able to use something such as this?

Should work from what I can see.
But again, if you use the "base" of a cheap WiFi cam maybe even with pan and tilt function you will have the stuff already included.
For a fixed installation with a fixed viewing field it would not matter.

4DIYers (author)  Downunder35m8 months ago

True... The only thing I would be worried about is how it's wires, assuming the camera in one unit would be hard wired. Where it'll be put on the house, I'm hoping it will have enough swipe across the front of the property. We're at the end of a dead end street, last house. Would I be able to view this on a laptop at home? Thank you for the input too, I really appreciate it :)

caitlinsdad8 months ago

You are better off purchasing an IP cam or wireless/network enabled security camera. Commercial products already have an app used to record and remotely monitor your cam in use. What you have is only a camera which needs to be hooked up to a security cam system to get it to do what you want to do. A DIY system might be more effort and cost.

4DIYers (author)  caitlinsdad8 months ago

From what I've been able to find this is a really good quality camera which is why I got it. I know some cameras can be hit and miss quality wise, especially at a distance or at night. Not really quite sure what type of transmitter I would need... I figured $75 should be enough for a decent transmitter. Getting a decent system would be triple that from what I've found.

It may be a good camera but that is all it is, a camera with NTSC composite video signal(older TV) out. So what makes the whole proposition expensive and complicated is all the gear needed that understands that type of signal and be able to translate that to something the computer can use. Simple webcams can go direct over USB or more easily interfaced or networked because they are the newer digital data streams. Commercial security systems have all of the older tech baked in.

4DIYers (author)  caitlinsdad8 months ago

Thank you for the input too, I really appreciate it :)

4DIYers (author)  caitlinsdad8 months ago

How would I determine what type of video signal is used? It says it's a 700TVL and uses and rg59 connector. I was thinking about something like this, but I am not sure if it would work