Long range wireless target cam
Posted July 12 2012 - 01:07 PM
I used an old linksys router along with a cheap IP camera and a yagi antenna so I can view the target on my laptop or on my phone. Set up was not that complicated and can be done via the camera viewer software or your browser.
It was pretty cheap as I had an old router so only bought the antenna (x2), camera, and batteries. The batteries can be had from Amazon for less the $10 a piece and will last pretty much all day if fully charged. I aranged all of it on a salvaged pc of conduit as you can see in the pics. Cost would be $200-$250 to set up, does not include the targets.
This eliminates the mirage problems that start to show up around 400 yds and you can record on your laptop to pinpoint hits and misses.
Let me know if anyone wants more details.
Posted July 12 2012 - 03:04 PM
Posted July 13 2012 - 09:37 AM
The batteries you need will be 12V, ~ 1A (mine were 1.2A) camera and router have the same pwr requirements (2 for $18)
The Yagi antennas are from eBay, I used the ones inside a tube so they don't get wrecked in the field or in the truck (about $40 per)
Router Linksys WRT54G (used one is arounf $30)
Camera is TP-Link TL-SC3171 (I paid $90 for mine)
Posted July 13 2012 - 02:53 PM
Posted July 16 2012 - 09:35 AM
Let me know if you have questions.
Amanda let me know if there are any issues with posting this or the links to other sites as an example of which products I used spcifically.
Posted February 17 2015 - 11:14 AM
I would like to have more information on your target camera setup. It sounds like a very inexpensive solution to the target spotting problem.
Could you describe the exact equipment you use and generally how you connect it?
Is the picture stable and at what range do you use it?
Can't wait to hear about it!
Posted February 17 2015 - 09:18 PM
jnf, nothing more I can really share unless you have a very specific question. The parts list is above and in the attachment right above your entry. Open the attachment it is very detailed.
Posted October 05 2015 - 06:00 PM
Is there any more current info on how the system has performed over time, any changes to equipment, or setup data, and of course your satisfaction with the system after using it for over 2 years.
By the way, I found your instructions clear and easy to follow. I did have connection problems after disconnecting the camera from the router though, and not sure why.
I do have a question - What is the LRH Site?
Posted October 05 2015 - 06:34 PM
I am glad it worked out for you.
LRH is the longrangehunting.com site.
I only was able to use the system 3 times not counting playing with it a couple of times in the neighborhood and up north to show a friend how to put one together. I never had any issues and one time used my phone the entire time instead of the laptop. There really is no moving and these old routers were pretty bullet proof. I actually keep the system in an old duffle bag in the garage and last time everything still worked just fine. My kids are getting into shooting more now that they are old enough so I hope to break it out again this winter and get them out to shoot.
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