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can I use a wireless router connected to a wired IP camera to make a wireless connection to a home network, if so, how? Answered

A neighbor has asked me to put together a security system for his farm buildings.  I'm debating between wifi enabled cameras and wired IP cameras each connected to its own wifi router.  There aren't a lot of options for wifi camera in his budget range and distance between cameras and the house is a big issue.  I can get a 'wired' system with an NVR that meets his requirements and budget but I just don't do enough with wifi to know if this is possible.  Any suggestions are welcome.  Thank you.


You can certainly use the router + wired IP camera idea.

You can either do it using the existing firmware and connect the routers to the central home network in a client mode (you may require corner reflectors if you have low signal strength), or depending on your distances (and if your home router is not central) you can use something like the WRT-54G with thirdparty firmware (like tomato/dd-wrt) and utilise their repeater modes if cameras are more like this configuration Home-RouterCam1-RouterCam2-RouterCam3.

Another good option would be to install and run something like a mesh network using the WRT-54G routers running the Freifunk firmware. This is very reliable (once set up) and simple to add nodes (if you need another camera you simply add another Freifunk router with cam). They can be run off 12V directly, so if you have a couple of isolated camera sites you can set them up using a battery/solar system. Personally this method can be relatively cost effective and very modular and once you have set up one system it takes minutes to set up another (just in case some other neighbour wants help too).

Thank you so much for the excellent information, suggestions and instruction. I haven't had great luck using routers in repeater mode, but am intrigued by the mesh network idea. A couple of questions.....
I'm debating between VGA and 720p cameras, do you think I would have any bandwidth issues using the mesh strategy and 720p cameras? I've used DD-WRT a couple of times so I'm marginally competent with it. I found an article on line telling how to set up a mesh network using DD-WRT, in your opinion, could that work as well as Freifunk (I'm concerned about the time involved in the learning curve)? I have a box of old 802.11g routers, most are Trendnet with a few D-Links, how do you assess my chances of making these work (a couple of the Trendnets already have DD-WRT firmware)? Again, I greatly appreciate your input. Thank You.

Sorry totally dropped the ball on this. I haven't used DD-WRT with a mesh but I've been impressed with DD-WRT so I would imagine they have a great implementation of mesh networking. I used Freifunk as it was what we had at the time (but it worked really well and the learning curve was low due to on line step by step setup instructions). I hadn't really thought of the cameras flooding the mesh but it's a real possibility depending on how you use the cameras. If they are all being accessed and recording continuously then it's a quality issue. What will be your capture frame rate? You could look at capturing with less fps (but with high res) which will still give you basic security footage and also lower your storage requirements. Basically, you will be restricted by your mesh network bandwidth, but then it is a balance between capture resolution and interval. If you have old routers that can run a DD-WRT mesh (you might need to update the firmware anyway), I would say you could certainly make it work, however, you will have to limit your camera throughput (using lower res or fewer fps) depending on how many cameras connected. Some mesh setups work better for streaming media have a quick search to see if others have a preference). Hope you have success one way or another.

Just use the Wireless Cloud Cameras and Use a powerful router or two to connect the cameras.The Belkin router have a range upto 350 metres outdoor.

Why not stick with simple, and go wired ?