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After my relative success with the AirCams last week (https://tickett.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/home-security-cameras/) I purchased some AirCam Domes to try out.

Initially when I unboxed them I was a little surprised/disappointed by a few things:

  1. There appears to be no mounting option other than "in a hole"
  2. The lens cover doesn’t seem very secure
  3. The position/orientation of the RJ45 ethernet jack seems to limit mounting options
  4. The lens can only be adjusted up/down (vertically) not left/right (horizontally) – this seems to be yet another indication that the Domes aren’t really meant to be wall-mounted
  5. You can simply unscrew the camera from the "nut", unplug the ethernet cable and walk off with the camera (equally easy with the AirCam)
  6. I’ve got my doubts as to how waterproof the unit is *EDIT* Oops- apparently i dreamt that this is suitable for outdoor use? :)

WHT from the Ubiquiti forum: http://forum.ubnt.com/showthread.php?t=48067 suggested a solution for wall mounting the Dome by reversing the nut usually used to clamp the camera to a ceiling. I followed the advice and set off drilling 3 holes in the nut to mount it to the wall:

I then drilled 3 holes in the wall for the screws and one in the middle for the ethernet cable:

I mounted the nut, pulled an ethernet cable through and crimped an RJ45 connector on the end:

The camera wouldn’t screw back into the nut because it’d been slightly skewed by the screws. I backed them off a bit and it went on a treat. With the added bonus when I fastened the screws back up the camera was locked in place and couldn’t be unscrewed without easing the screws back off:

I may make some adjustments as ideally I’d like to look further left and lose a bit from the right:

I experienced some issues with the camera not registering properly with the NVR ("PREVIEW MODE. PLEASE ASSIGN TO NVR"):

But it seemed that the software had ground the server to a halt and a reboot seems to’ve fixed things for the moment. I’m still a little concerned at the number of processes running and the amount of CPU usage they’re consuming:

And that’s with only 2 cameras currently connected. I may try installing the software in linux later to see if it appears any more efficient.

I have a few more cameras to mount but they’re going to be a bit trickier (running the ethernet cables etc). I’ll update once I’ve found the time.

L

Home Security Cameras

I’ve been in the market for a while but couldn’t make a decision. Finally I thought I’d give the Ubiquiti Aircam a go: http://www.ubnt.com/airvision

Here you can see it mounted just below and to the left of the satellite dish:

And a bit closer up:

Quality isn’t amazing (1 megapixel) but price (£100), interface and ease of use make up for it:

I have another camera but have yet to mount it.

Currently the Aircam is running off of the included POE injector but I have ordered a few adapters to allow me to run them straight from my POE switch: http://www.ubnt.com/8023af

I have also ordered a Ubiquiti Unifi access point to try: http://www.ubnt.com/unifi and a pair of Nanobridge M (NB-5G25) combined bridge/antenna: http://www.ubnt.com/nanobridge with which I will attempt to create a link to a house "down the road".

*EDIT* As per request i’ve added a few bits.

Performance at night is pretty poor (no ir night mode) and i’ve got quite a bit of ambient light around. I intend to add a motion activated light in the back garden eventually though.

The web interface does work from my iPhone but it doesn’t look like it’s really designed to:

I’ve not noticed any options for text/e-mail alerts but once i get my hands on a raspberry pi and start using some form of central home automation software I will most definitely be looking at integrating it!

L

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