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I need a surveillance camera.

by MumClarke / November 19, 2014 6:55 PM PST

I need to watch the inside of whelping kennels, to monitor when the Mum starts to give birth. The kennels are approx. 30 metres from the house. The images must be in real time and I would prefer not to use cabling due to the distance and lack of 'how to' knowledge.
I have IP cameras that allow me to watch the images on my PC and mobile but it seems that the cameras must be a maximum of 20 metres from the router and don't work! I have tried an extender but that did not work either.
Can anybody suggest an alternative camera or a solution to my problem?

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Please provide more info
by Pepe7 / November 19, 2014 11:29 PM PST

Knowing your current equipment, especially all makes/model numbers (including the PC & router specs) would help.

My guess is the extender isn't set up properly, or would be the easiest link to fix.

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Equipment specs.
by MumClarke / November 20, 2014 11:57 AM PST

I'm not very knowledgeable about all the specs but I'll get it off the manuals and boxes!
PC: 4GB Intel(R) Celeron(r) CPU, 64 bit operating system, running Windows 7 Home Premium.
Router: TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N ADSL2 Modem Router (model TD-W8960n
Extender: Netgear Universal WiFi Range extender model 3000RP
Camera: Maginon IP Security Camera, WLAN surveillance camera, model 1PC-1A
The computer & router is in the middle of the home. I have set up the router in the window of the bedroom closest to the kennels. It is linked and working.
I contacted Maginon after sales support and they told me that the camera's have a maximum range of 20 metres from the router. I don't understand this and assumed that if I have coverage out there (which I do even without the range extender) that it would work.
If you need more computer/router specs, let me know where to find them and I'll supply!!
Thank you so much.

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Range still the issue
by Pepe7 / November 21, 2014 3:55 AM PST
In reply to: Equipment specs.

Understand, if you have a camera with specs that state 20m as max range, and the kennels are 30m from the house, it's not going to work. The extender would usually have to be somewhere in the middle of that 30 meters for this to work at all. Also, it's helpful to understand that even if the device is 'seen'/can connect, that doesn't mean it will necessarily reliably transmit data at that particular distance. There's going to be some 'threshold' involved.

I suggest testing out the extender inside the kennel as an ethernet bridge. Use a short ethernet cable between the base of the wifi camera and the extender. Extender hopefully can see the main router in the house. (And that's another option- relocating the main router much closer to the side of the house that faces the kennel.)

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Range issue suggestion
by MumClarke / November 21, 2014 9:13 PM PST
In reply to: Range still the issue

Thanks for the suggestion. I did try putting the extender in the kennels and it could be 'seen' by the main router but still found that the camera 'connection' kept dropping out. Didn't think of connecting the camera to the extender with a Ethernet cable so will try that tomorrow. Unfortunately, I don't have a phone connection on that side of the house and was trying to avoid having to install one but may have to bite the bullet. It'll give me an extra 4m closer and may do. If not, cabling here I come! Darn it.
Thanks again for your help.

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(NT) Equipment specs
by MumClarke / November 20, 2014 12:03 PM PST
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