Solar 4g CCTV

Grahams

Grahams

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I’m looking for a solar powered cctv system with 4g connectivity fo a location with no power or landline. Ideally looking for a system with four or five cameras and a way of remotely storing footage, as well as me looking in live on my phone. I’ve seen individual Chinese cameras but each needs a 4g contract. Has anyone got/seen a multi camera system?
 
doobin

doobin

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I’m looking for a solar powered cctv system with 4g connectivity fo a location with no power or landline. Ideally looking for a system with four or five cameras and a way of remotely storing footage, as well as me looking in live on my phone. I’ve seen individual Chinese cameras but each needs a 4g contract. Has anyone got/seen a multi camera system?
You could use a 4g router and either wired or wireless cameras. That’s what I do at my yard.
 
Lancs Lad

Lancs Lad

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You could use a 4g router and either wired or wireless cameras. That’s what I do at my yard.
Exactly as doob says.
I ran 5 HIK cameras at a site on a 4G router for a few months after BT fked up. . Worked surprisingly well... TP link MR600 and Vodafone PAYG SIM but obvs check best coverage sim.
Obvs I had mains power which helped. Obvs you'll need a battery setup as well for night/British weather ..or just get an all in one solution hired in?
 
doobin

doobin

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How? I'd like something like this also😀
You just use peer to peer setup for the cameras (it’s all in the instructions, easiest way in fact) and then you don’t need a static ip.
No idea on the solar but guessing you have power.
 
Grahams

Grahams

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Thanks for the replies. So it is possible, but I'll need someone to sort it for me. As soon as HIK cameras, peer to peer or static ip are mentioned I'm lost.
I'm old, PC's were not in general use when I was at school and at uni there was a mainframe taking up the whole of a cellar and had three work stations basically for word processing.
 
doobin

doobin

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Thanks for the replies. So it is possible, but I'll need someone to sort it for me. As soon as HIK cameras, peer to peer or static ip are mentioned I'm lost.
I'm old, PC's were not in general use when I was at school and at uni there was a mainframe taking up the whole of a cellar and had three work stations basically for word processing.
Plug or pair the cameras in to the router, install the app on your phone and follow the setup instructions. Took half an hour for two cameras first time I did it. You just scan a code on each camera and the app does the rest.

Buy the cameras and bring them round my yard, grandad :ROFLMAO:

Is this to be a thing you take with you to each site?
 
Grahams

Grahams

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Plug or pair the cameras in to the router, install the app on your phone and follow the setup instructions. Took half an hour for two cameras first time I did it. You just scan a code on each camera and the app does the rest.

Buy the cameras and bring them round my yard, grandad :ROFLMAO:

Is this to be a thing you take with you to each site?
I might take you up on that.
I'm thinking of buying a remote site as an investment and would have more peace of mind if I can occationally have a look on line to see all is okay and if any problems be able to scroll back to see what is going on. Currently doesn't have power or phone, but does have 5g coverage.
 
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Alan caddy

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You could set up batteries on a solar panel to charge and a small inverter to power the router, or use a WiFi dongle that's rechargeable uses next to no power, charged by mobile phone charger that can just be left plugged into inverter
 
Gunners

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There's ready made solutions for this kind of application, some look really neat. I always think with this kind of thing, you get what you pay for and if it saves just one machine from being vandalised or stolen, its paid for itself. A quick google came up with these...
 

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doobin

doobin

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I might take you up on that.
I'm thinking of buying a remote site as an investment and would have more peace of mind if I can occationally have a look on line to see all is okay and if any problems be able to scroll back to see what is going on. Currently doesn't have power or phone, but does have 5g coverage.
if it's staying in one place then go with wired cameras. More reliable, and you can power them via the ethernet cable. So all your power adaptors could be with the router next to the battery/solar thing, and you just run an ethernet cable out to each camera.
 
Lancs Lad

Lancs Lad

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if it's staying in one place then go with wired cameras. More reliable, and you can power them via the ethernet cable. So all your power adaptors could be with the router next to the battery/solar thing, and you just run an ethernet cable out to each camera.
What gunners says is correct there's stuff on the market...
But for the likes of us with yards etc wired cameras spread out or even wireless is better imo..and probably a fraction of the cost.
There's probably a market for a nice kit. All gubbins/router,NVR etc in a nice IP rack and solar battery pack unit etc prob easily doable for less than 2k.
Verkada is a very cool US based solution that doesn't require NVR but eye wateringly exspensive. Has awesome ANPR and face rec etc built in. Had a trial a while back.
 
Regy53

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The battery part will kill you, my guy does all that but you need some sort of power . It won’t charge enough to do what you want to do
 
Lancs Lad

Lancs Lad

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The battery part will kill you, my guy does all that but you need some sort of power . It won’t charge enough to do what you want to do
You prob right especially this time if year you'd need decent bit of solar and battery setup....I may be dreaming but I seem to remember some vague old legislation about being able to take a tiny amount of power from overhead pole for next to nothing.
Think was aimed at Street lighting like 100w max?..but often wondered if be able to be done for CCTV etc. Prob load of garbage ...time for another drink 😏😌
 
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Smiffy

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You prob right especially this time if year you'd need decent bit of solar and battery setup....I may be dreaming but I seem to remember some vague old legislation about being able to take a tiny amount of power from overhead pole for next to nothing.
Think was aimed at Street lighting like 100w max?..but often wondered if be able to be done for CCTV etc. Prob load of garbage ...time for another drink 😏😌

The travelers next to where we had a site repeatedly managed to wire into a bt pole for electric.
I don't know the ins and outs of it and how much they could draw.

And once the time the battery will run for can be established then it is not difficult to have a couple of battery's and charge them at home then a solar trickle charger for top up.
2 big leisure battery's must last a fair while. They can run a set of traffic lights 24hrs for nearly a week so a CCTV system must be doable.
 
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bobthebuilder

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The travelers next to where we had a site repeatedly managed to wire into a bt pole for electric.
I don't know the ins and outs of it and how much they could draw.

And once the time the battery will run for can be established then it is not difficult to have a couple of battery's and charge them at home then a solar trickle charger for top up.
2 big leisure battery's must last a fair while. They can run a set of traffic lights 24hrs for nearly a week so a CCTV system must be doable.
i belive around 9v
 
Lancs Lad

Lancs Lad

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The travelers next to where we had a site repeatedly managed to wire into a bt pole for electric.
I don't know the ins and outs of it and how much they could draw.

And once the time the battery will run for can be established then it is not difficult to have a couple of battery's and charge them at home then a solar trickle charger for top up.
2 big leisure battery's must last a fair while. They can run a set of traffic lights 24hrs for nearly a week so a CCTV system must be doable.
Eh? You'd hardly charge a phone off a BT line even they figured out how. Sure wasnt leccy?
 
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Smiffy

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Eh? You'd hardly charge a phone off a BT line even they figured out how. Sure wasnt leccy?

Definitely bt don't know how much they where getting off it or what they where using it for and can't even remember the size cables they were tapping into but know they did it repeatedly as openreach had to keep removing it
 
GazCro

GazCro

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Definitely bt don't know how much they where getting off it or what they where using it for and can't even remember the size cables they were tapping into but know they did it repeatedly as openreach had to keep removing it
Phone lines have 12v through them all the time don't they? I'd guess if you tapped enough wires maybe
 
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