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Building a mostly remote camera system

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I work for a construction company and we were looking for a mobile camera solution.
This is what I came up with and it works great. We can move it around easily and in most areas the Mobile Broadband gets adequate reception to operate well.
 
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Step 1: Get the parts

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Here are the parts I used for this enclosure assembly.

-AXIS 215 PTZ-E Network Camera

-Linksys Wireless-G Router WRT54G3GV2-ST

-Sprint Mobile Broadband Card PX-500

-Orbit Outdoor Timer Cabinet

-Strain Relief Cord Connectors 1/2" and 3/4"

-Heat Shrink Tubes

-14AWG Replacement Cord

-1/4 Bolts, Lock Nuts, and Washers

-Louver Vents

-50mm Fan

Step 2: Build a 50mm USB powered Fan

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Here is a link to an instrucatable about building a usb fan.
http://www.instructables.com/id/USB-Desktop-Fan/

This is how I did it.
A 50mm usb fan will fit over these louver vents.
Make sure to use a usb plug with a 1" long protrusion from the device. Anything longer that that wont fit between the router and the cabinet. I found a retractable usb extension cord made by ZIP LINQ that works great.

Cut the plug from the fan and the female end from the usb plug. Make sure to cut the other two data wires at different lengths so they don't touch. It will cause problems if they touch. Also cut the foil and shielding wires back.

Before soldering the wires together slip one 3/16" full tube over all the wires and two 3/32" pieces of shrink tube over the small wires . Make sure to pull the tube back far enough so they don't start to shrink while soldering. Solder the red with the red and the black with the black. After soldering shrink the small tubes over the small wires soldered areas using a heat gun or even a lighter. Be careful not to burn or melt the wire sheathing and be sure to cover all the exposed wires. Then shrink the larger tube over all of them. This will make the wiring safer and better looking.
knozis9 months ago
great tutorial, i want make something like this
getbusy214 years ago

This is a cool Instructable. I have never used that type of housing for that purpose before. For anyone who is interested in a similar camera with good day night capabilities check this camera out: http://www.specotech.com/cart/products/productDetails.asp?prodID=936 Here is a cool demo of the day/night capabilities: http://www.specotech.com/Cameras/IntensifierVsIRcamera.wmv

mr.jmb (author)  getbusy214 years ago
That looks like a great camera.  I have two systems built with the AXIS 215 PTZ-E and I am generally happy with them. We have used them on several jobsites and they have been very helpfull. The AXIS camera I used doesn't have the best night vision capabilities though. The IPSD10X appears to have great night vision. I would like to try it out.
It doesn't say what the warranty is for this camera but all the other Speco cameras I have used are 5 year warranty. I haven't had to use the warranty in the 2 years I have been installing these cameras as my main cameras. I hope you do more Instructables!!
Its Looks Awesome
lemonie4 years ago
What do you use it for - on-site security? L
mr.jmb (author)  lemonie4 years ago
We use it to help minimize traveling from job to job. We can view the job site from our office and watch the overall progress. This particular camera can pan tilt and zoom so we can monitor a large area. We do use it for security as well however without adequate lighting during the night it’s hard to make out many details. So for the most part it’s just to help us watch the construction progress.
lemonie mr.jmb4 years ago
It's good, you can see a lot of potential for other uses. Thanks for the detail. L
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