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"Barn Cams", what's better wired or wireless?

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charlene birdsall
Neonate
Username: Charlie67

Post Number: 9
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Tuesday, October 02, 2007 - 06:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

For those of you that use cameras in your barn, which is more reliable. wired or wireless. I have a metal sided barn and heard that not all cameras get reception with a metal sided barn. Do they all have to be hooked up to a tv screen or can some be hooked up directly to the computer? Any input would be greatly appricated as I need to purchase one soon. Thanks, Charlene
 

Susannah Hart
Weanling
Username: Glennedynmorgans

Post Number: 42
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 - 05:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Charlene,

We have an old metal polebarn and ended up having to used wired cameras to view from the house. They're great. We hooked ours up to a t.v. Another thing we discovered is that the energy saver spiral light bulbs will interfere with the camera signals.
 

Leanne H
Breeding Stock
Username: Cntrygal4life80

Post Number: 104
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 - 05:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

we tried wireless and it sucked.. you cant use it near alot of stuff in your house like microwave wireless stuff.. we had no luck with it so we went to wired camera's.. SO much better.. might be a hassel with the wires but it works alot better. wireless is just a pain in the butt on tryin to get a signal.. so i would say wires work better..
 

Emily West, Zita born 4/12
Breeding Stock
Username: Paintlover

Post Number: 839
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 - 05:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a wireless and really like it. I have a creek between me and my mares so wired was pretty much out of the question. But as previously mentioned you can't have any interference. It had a little hand held receiver with a screen so that meant I could carry it with me at all times!!! As long as I was in range of the signal I could see my mare. It also could be hooked up to the tv.
 

Emily West, Zita born 4/12
Breeding Stock
Username: Paintlover

Post Number: 840
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 - 06:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Good grief!!! I just realized that the original post was from a year and half ago!!!
 

Linda Bauer --Rebel foaled day 333
Breeding Stock
Username: Llazyt

Post Number: 268
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 - 06:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have both but I the wired has a better picture. The wireless has issues with interference. The wireless I have hooked up to a TV and the wired I have hooked up to my computer. Being hooked up to my computer I could do a remote access from my work computer and hook into my camera and view my mare from work. Even after she has foaled I still check in on her and baby from work.
 

Leanne H
Breeding Stock
Username: Cntrygal4life80

Post Number: 106
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 - 06:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i didnt even notice that it was posted a while ago LOL it just showed up as a new message lol
 

Kathee McGuire
Breeding Stock
Username: Katheekj

Post Number: 907
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 - 09:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I personally enjoyed the wireless vs wired discussion...thank you!
 

Leanne H
Breeding Stock
Username: Cntrygal4life80

Post Number: 107
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 06:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

yea it gives everyone an idea on what to get.. lol
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 2165
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 03:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i have wireless AND a metal barn, and couldn't be happier. Check out riverwind surveillance (advertised on marestare) .....they have a transmitter on the outside of the barn, and their customer service cannot be beat. Works very well...I am 400ft from my barn, so no way was i putting in wired. I am impressed and have owned it over a year. The only issue i have is that when the microwave is on, the pic is fuzzy.
 

Kathee McGuire
Breeding Stock
Username: Katheekj

Post Number: 944
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 06:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Diane - what is the technology needed for the wireless camera to communicate with the web site. Is it all the same package of equipment or did you have to purchase a receiver to connect to the computer. I have a wireless camera with a receiver that hooks into the TV. I would love to have a web access, also.
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 2170
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 01:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kathee, If you've already got the receiver connected to your TV, the rest is simple. You need a few things ...first of all, you need a splitter. The splitter will go between your existing receiver and TV...giving you an extra slot to plug into (Radio Shack $5). you then need a cable long enough to go to your computer from TV. I ran mine up thru the attic and down into my office to avoid having cords running thru the house. This cable should then plug into a Video Capture Device. Mine is called Dazzle DVD Recorder. It was purchased at Best Buy for $48. You plug the cable coming from the splitter into the port on the Dazzle, then plug the Dazzle into a usb port on your computer. The only thing you need beyond that is a streaming server and their software (windows media encoder...free download at microsoft.com). I use Camstreams, as it is extremely easy to work and they stream for FREE. If you have more questions, or need some help setting up, email me! kdgilger@att.net
 

Kathee McGuire
Breeding Stock
Username: Katheekj

Post Number: 955
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 04:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank you so much...I am going to check this out in the next couple of days!
 

GLA Performance
Neonate
Username: Glaperformance

Post Number: 7
Registered: 07-2010
Posted on Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 05:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Since I'm now interested in this and someone brought up marestare... What are all the different foal cam companies online and which one has the most features and is easy to use?

Also, of those who have cameras set up, how many mares have you watched at once and what would you suggest for someone that has say 10-20 foaling horses



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