Solar 4g CCTV

Quattromike

Quattromike

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Been also looking for some kind of camera setup for a remote yard with no power, but there is a Genny that gets fired up every so often to work lights and such so could charge a battery pack but would need to last a good week between charges.
 
Lancs Lad

Lancs Lad

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Been also looking for some kind of camera setup for a remote yard with no power, but there is a Genny that gets fired up every so often to work lights and such so could charge a battery pack but would need to last a good week between charges.
Goal zero,eco flow type battery pack. Charged off Genny. Reckon easily last a week . Maybe chuck a panel up to trickle it.
Get proper NVR with couple of cameras .
Then use microtic 4G aerial/router on a decent pole for remote monitoring alerts.. Sorted. Few quid but that's best option.

Theres a million options tbf but that be my setup ATM beauty of proper NVR with harddrive is you get constant recording without relying on tinternet link to cloud.
 
Grahams

Grahams

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I didn't end up buying the first place I was looking for this, but have subsequently bought something else and am thinking of this set up:
https://www.farmstream.co.uk/products/farmstream-360-solar-bundle
I like the idea of buying a full package as if i make it up out of components myself and it doesn't work everyone will blame eveyone else and I'm not clever enough to work out what the actual problem might be.
I already have a 4g camera setup at another place, but that has mains power. To be honest I think I over speced it with a three camera set up, but it has detered all but the most stupid fly tippers and I was able to catch them red handed and sorted the problem - hopefully. I would much rather the camera detered any problems rather than catching people. It also enables me to check what is happening in remote locations without having to physically go there every time.
 
jd6820

jd6820

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Goal zero,eco flow type battery pack. Charged off Genny. Reckon easily last a week . Maybe chuck a panel up to trickle it.
Get proper NVR with couple of cameras .
Then use microtic 4G aerial/router on a decent pole for remote monitoring alerts.. Sorted. Few quid but that's best option.

Theres a million options tbf but that be my setup ATM beauty of proper NVR with harddrive is you get constant recording without relying on tinternet link to cloud.
This is the best solution, fully fledged NVR coupled to a 4/5G modem router and run off a battery bank charged by solar during the day.
 
Grahams

Grahams

Don't complain - suggest what's better
Theres a million options tbf but that be my setup ATM beauty of proper NVR with harddrive is you get constant recording without relying on tinternet link to cloud.
The trouble with hard drive recording is it is accessable to thieves. A friends stables got done over recently and not only did they get the quad and loads of horsey stuff, but they smashed their way into the "secure" box where the harddrive was stored and took that as well. Trouble is nothing will stop the determined thief, the police certainly arn't interested and I don't want to tackle them single handed.
 
doobin

doobin

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The trouble with hard drive recording is it is accessable to thieves. A friends stables got done over recently and not only did they get the quad and loads of horsey stuff, but they smashed their way into the "secure" box where the harddrive was stored and took that as well. Trouble is nothing will stop the determined thief, the police certainly arn't interested and I don't want to tackle them single handed.
No self respecting thief gives a fk about cameras. They put a blatant strip of duct tape over their plates and wear balaclavas.

A camera should only be there to let you check why a (very loud) alarm is going off, before you call the police or a bunch of mates.
 
Lancs Lad

Lancs Lad

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No self respecting thief gives a fk about cameras. They put a blatant strip of duct tape over their plates and wear balaclavas.

A camera should only be there to let you check why a (very loud) alarm is going off, before you call the police or a bunch of mates.
Yes....but it's better than nowt. And agree an alarm is a must. But my thinking and it's proven....if there's two yards...one with alarm,CCTV and lights....and one with sweet fa which will get done first ...
 
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rossandson

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Reolink 2K PT 4G cams! I’ve had real success with these. Admittedly only record on motion, but the AI works out and notifies you if motion, person or vehicle to your phone. Come with a solar panel. Worth the money in my eyes for a complete off grid site solution.
 
Lancs Lad

Lancs Lad

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The trouble with hard drive recording is it is accessable to thieves. A friends stables got done over recently and not only did they get the quad and loads of horsey stuff, but they smashed their way into the "secure" box where the harddrive was stored and took that as well. Trouble is nothing will stop the determined thief, the police certainly arn't interested and I don't want to tackle them single handed.
Just on this point...most decent cameras also have sd card slots now. So they local record as well....good luck removing every camera off a building...but yes NVR theft common. It's a deterrent. Ultimately a remote operated .50cal with night vision is the answer
 
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6feetdown

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Just on this point...most decent cameras also have sd card slots now. So they local record as well....good luck removing every camera off a building...but yes NVR theft common. It's a deterrent. Ultimately a remote operated .50cal with night vision is the answer
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rossandson

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Just on this point...most decent cameras also have sd card slots now. So they local record as well....good luck removing every camera off a building...but yes NVR theft common. It's a deterrent. Ultimately a remote operated .50cal with night vision is the answer
Yes exactly this. Has an SD card but also with Reolink ones it will automatically start uploading it to the cloud too if you have a subscription. Therefore your data is on the SD card and also the cloud. 👌 Best of both worlds!
 
Giles

Giles

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I’d make my own tower for cctv out of say a ibc then have dvr in bottom half fill it with concrete but cast a cube in middle then mirror it for top if they wanted at dvr they’ve half a ton of concrete to lift off or break out. Screw in lifting eyes removed etc.

Thought about making one from old lighting tower, be handy to have remote start on it but would need up armouring or just one with knackered engine and have few batteries and solar panels.
 
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DaveDCB

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Reolink 2K PT 4G cams! I’ve had real success with these. Admittedly only record on motion, but the AI works out and notifies you if motion, person or vehicle to your phone. Come with a solar panel. Worth the money in my eyes for a complete off grid site solution.
Can you activate through your app just to have a look what’s going off?

I’ve just acquired a new site which I don’t want really want to have power/phone on for afew years yet until I get around to starting work there, these would be handy up on the buildings just to keep an eye on things.
 
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rossandson

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Can you activate through your app just to have a look what’s going off?

I’ve just acquired a new site which I don’t want really want to have power/phone on for afew years yet until I get around to starting work there, these would be handy up on the buildings just to keep an eye on things.
Yes you can! 👌

Click live view and away you go. Then you can see battery status etc.

Aslong as you get good signal at the site and clear view to south you’re good to go! I’ve only had an issue with one camera in last year and that was last winter when we had 20 consecutive days of rain, zero sun and dull dark days. But all you have to do is pop it down and charge it back up and away you go.
 
Shovelhands

Shovelhands

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Reolink 2K PT 4G cams! I’ve had real success with these. Admittedly only record on motion, but the AI works out and notifies you if motion, person or vehicle to your phone. Come with a solar panel. Worth the money in my eyes for a complete off grid site solution.
Have you got a link to the system your talking about?
 
Shovelhands

Shovelhands

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I just googled it, plenty sell them, good value 👌🏻

I will have to have a look. I’ve tried cobbling together an off grid system, using one of those recording systems that they fit to trucks. Whilst it worked well, there was obviously no remote viewing, but worst of all I couldn’t keep it running 24/7, a large solar panel and a wind generator wouldn’t keep the batteries charged enough, so it slowly got to the point where it flatted them and switched off. Fitted very expensive deep cycle batteries but still ended up in the same situation, just took a bit longer getting there…gave up in the end.
So will look into this idea
 
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rossandson

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Have you got a link to the system your talking about?

This is the 4mp (2K) version with pan and tilt:
£231 at moment but has a £15 off voucher below price.

OR

This is the same but static bullet version: (need to buy solar panel separate £20-£25 depending on sale price)
https://amzn.eu/d/dHxNJ3Q
£164.99 with £10 off.

The prices go up and down and the voucher discounts vary. Obviously you need a SIM card on top. Giffgaff is pretty good for this.
 
Shovelhands

Shovelhands

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This is the 4mp (2K) version with pan and tilt:
£231 at moment but has a £15 off voucher below price.

OR

This is the same but static bullet version: (need to buy solar panel separate £20-£25 depending on sale price)
https://amzn.eu/d/dHxNJ3Q
£164.99 with £10 off.

The prices go up and down and the voucher discounts vary. Obviously you need a SIM card on top. Giffgaff is pretty good for this.

Thanks, will have a look and give one a go.

What is Giffgaff?
 
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