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Old 11-19-2014, 04:18 PM   #1
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GoPro camera as a rear and backup camera

Edit by wmtire: I moved this post from the "made a wireless backup camera cheaply" thread and into it's own thread as it has a lot of potential that deserves it's own thread.

I have been following this thread for a short time, While trying to decide which solution, I liked best, I realized I have a great solution already. Just tried it out and works great. I have a WiFi enabled GoPro camera which connects via wireless to my cell phone and tablet. I added one of the quick connect mounts to the bumper. I do not plan to leave the camera on the trailer permanently, but quickly attach it when I need it. Great quality and uses things I already have.
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Old 12-13-2014, 03:44 PM   #2
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I have been following this thread for a short time, While trying to decide which solution, I liked best, I realized I have a great solution already. Just tried it out and works great. I have a WiFi enabled GoPro camera which connects via wireless to my cell phone and tablet. I added one of the quick connect mounts to the bumper. I do not plan to leave the camera on the trailer permanently, but quickly attach it when I need it. Great quality and uses things I already have.
That solution intrigues me. What OS is your phone and tablet? Mine are android. What model GoPro are you using?
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Old 12-13-2014, 07:56 PM   #3
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This sounds like a great idea, and GoPro already has waterproof housings that will allow you to use these cameras outside.

IIRC, the GoPro Hero 3 is already wireless, and you can buy what is called a Wi-Fi BacPac to retrofit the original Hero and Hero 2.

http://shop.gopro.com/accessories/wi...AWPAK-001.html
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:03 PM   #4
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I would keep in mind there is a delay in the gopro wireless of a couple of seconds. It's not real time but maybe ok if you are moving slow.
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:06 PM   #5
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That solution intrigues me. What OS is your phone and tablet? Mine are android. What model GoPro are you using?
The gopro will work with both android and Apple iOS. I have used mine with both my android phone and my ipad.
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I think this is a great idea. But what happens when you don't have Wifi?
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Old 12-14-2014, 04:14 AM   #7
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the camera broadcasts its own WiFi signal to the phone.
you don't need other WiFi.

you can use your smartphone as a remote viewer of what the camera sees.
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How far does it broadcast? Several ideas for use come to mind and my wife was just asking how much the goPro cameras are, so think I'd be good to go on buying one.
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They say they are good for about 600 feet in optimum conditions. I only use mine for 40 to 100 feet. The picture of my boat as my avatar is a capture from the gopro video as it was mounted on a planer board.

A friend of mine has tried it on a drone and it did not work to far with the wifi. But not a problem as it records anyway to the sd card. You just can't watch it real time or turn the camera on and off with wifi.
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