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Old 02-08-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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back up camera idea

I know this has many threads but I had a idea. My work has given us iPads. Of course for work I don't use it much except checking emails and reading about how much I wish I didn't work. Anyway. I got to thinking on a use for the ipad. Is there a way to link a wifi or blue tooth camera to the back of the tv or trailer and use the ipad in the cab as a monitor. Do cameras exists that link over wifi and not need the Internet as obviously that would not be available. I think wifi would be better since blue tooth is not as strong. Any thoughts
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:49 AM   #2
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A lot of Bluetooth devices only have a maximum range of 30 ft. so the only way to really see if it works for each individual application is take the plunge and get one. I've seen good reviews on this one.

Amazon.com: Looxcie LX2 Wearable Video Cam for iPhone and Android - Retail Packaging - Black: Cell Phones & Accessories

They have all kinds of different mounts for it.

Amazon.com: Looxcie: Cell Phones & Accessories
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:01 AM   #3
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This is "possible" but it will be more complicated then just having a wireless camera. You will need a router running in your trailer or truck acting as the "operator" between the two. You don't need an internet connection to get the iPad talking to the wireless camera. It'll run you a bit of money but it might work pretty slick.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:01 AM   #4
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:31 AM   #5
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http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...129&cmd=VIDESC
. Would have to find camera that had battery power.

So I use one of these or similar. "Borrow" the home router on vacation. Plug router into inverter in cab use IP address on safari in ipad? I'm thinking that's how set up would go
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:34 AM   #6
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I've used 2 iDevices (iPhone and iPod) and Facetime (a video-chat product) for working on the camper around the house (where my Wifi network was within range). Not sure how it would work out in the field - even with my personal hotspot on my iPhone.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:46 AM   #7
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Or you can you pick up a peak camera for around 80 bucks anyone used that system
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:55 AM   #8
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I have been considering trying this with my iPad as well.

You can buy a D-Link DCS-930L wireless Day/Night wireless camera from Office Depot, Staples or Best Buy for like $79.00. These are indoor cameras so you could not mount them outside unless you can find a housing they fit in. I have several of the Day/Night cameras mounted in housings around the outside of my house for security.

D-Link Products - DCS-930L - mydlink-enabled Wireless N Network Camera



My Cameo has a large window in the back wall. I have thought about using double sided tape to stick one of these to the window looking backwards and plug it into the 5 VDC outlet near the TV. I have converted and old cell phone charger (5VDC) to power the camera.

I have a spare Linksys wireless router I could use, just need to figure out how to power it. Guess I need to get busy and try it.
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I played with this setup this afternoon and the iPad does not support ActiveX or Java. If you have a pad or a laptop that will it would work. The Linksys router is 12 VDC so it will work on battery power.
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