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RE: My WiFi backup/security camera & trailer network project

Just took a 4,000 mile cross country road trip with this setup and it performed wonderfully! It was so nice having a high quality long range view of what was behind the trailer. You can see the crazies flying up from behind and safely make lane changes. Everything ran off the inverter while traveling and never put a dent in the battery capacity. I can swipe the screen and see the two rear views and the front view when hooking up.
wtbman 07/14/19 09:17pm Technology Corner
RE: Whats Your Real Weights? Truck and Trailer. The Real Deal

TV 2014 Ram 2500: 8,380 lbs - 5,060 front - 3,320 rear (fueled up + me) TV + 5er: 5,060 front - 5,020 rear (axle GAWR 6,000 front 6,500 rear) GVW: 10,080 (GVWR of 10,000) leaves me 80 lbs overweight plus wife and kid :( Trailer 2006 FR Wildcat: 11,120 lbs total - 9,420 axles - 1,700 pin Trailer dry rating: 9,500 total - 1,300 pin GCVW: 19,500 lbs I am happy to find out I am within axle ratings and GVWR fully loaded but not so much that I'm over GVWR (in my mind I thought it was 10,500 lbs). I don't have any safety concerns about the GVWR but worry about possible issues with the law. I would rather have more truck than I need and be under the numbers but this is what I have to work with. Honestly I wouldn't want tow anything heavier with this 2500. I added airbags to soften the bucking but doing it all over I'd opt for the 3500, DRW if towing anything bigger long distances. width=640 width=640
wtbman 06/23/19 12:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: My WiFi backup/security camera & trailer network project

Fixed my battery situation so the inverter stays running. Road tested my camera system. I love it. I'm going to add a second rear camera for a view of traffic to go along with my "backup" view.
wtbman 06/22/19 10:47pm Technology Corner
RE: My WiFi backup/security camera & trailer network project width=640 width=640 width=640 width=640 I'm going to add a second camera below the rear camera so I can have a higher view of traffic in addition to the backup camera that can see the bumpers. Also I bought this today: Ubiquiti NanoStation loco M5 It's a 5ghz directional wifi antenna that will replace the old client router I setup. The cat6 cord dangling in the picture above will be ran over to the ladder where I'll mount the antenna... unless I decide to mount it to the old tv antenna instead.
wtbman 06/19/19 08:55pm Technology Corner
RE: My WiFi backup/security camera & trailer network project

The initial road test went well. The cameras had great response time and worked wonderfully. The only issue I had is I think my batteries are dying so the inverter in the trailer kept turning off taking the cameras and router with it. Signal between the ipad and router was great because I placed the router near the front of the trailer and the cameras are wired. I'll post some pictures soon.
wtbman 06/14/19 03:17pm Technology Corner
My WiFi backup/security camera & trailer network project

Previously on my TT I bought a cheap wired backup camera that I sent to the truck with a wireless RCA transmitter. The setup was low quality and constantly fuzzy. I upgraded to a 5.8GHZ wireless RCA transmitter not meant for automotive purposes. It really wasn't any better. The camera died, replaced it with another cheap low quality camera... I was reluctant to purchase one of the many wireless backup camera solutions available on Amazon. They are either tied to a specific screen or cost a lot of money and come from questionable chinese origins. There are a few WiFi backup cameras available with mixed reviews. Most of them won't do a good job of being constantly "on" while driving. I wanted a high resolution, constantly on solution and I wanted to be able to chose my screen. This is what I have come up with: - mount wireless router in storage near the front - there will be two old routers (asus N-16 and N66) - routers are running TomatoUSB ( - one router setup as a wireless client - router can connect to rv park wifi or hotspot to watch rv cameras remotely while on day trips - one router is the wifi access point for gadgets/phones in the trailer/truck - routers will act as repeater to connect to home wifi when in range - old ipad mini mounted on dash connected to trailer wifi - mac mini running inside connected to inverter - security software for dvr on mac mini - front and rear cameras: - cameras are 2.8mm lens version with 103 degree wide view - mount rear camera on rear wall with: - front camera mounts offset under front overhang with shot of hitch - cameras are poe, power with: - run cat5/6 cable from cameras to poe switch and router - cameras will be part of home security system when in range - need to find 180 degree side cameras I chose Hikvision cameras for this setup because they are high resolution and low latency with their proprietary app: ivms-4500 which I've tested with my home setup. Night vision is good. I can also reverse the image for the backup camera. The two routers are setup and my wifi repeater network is working great. The two cameras are streaming to the app on my ipad and the latency is low so it will work great as a backup camera. The quality is excellent (4 megapixels). I haven't mounted the routers or camera yet. The router I'll connect the ipad to will be mounted in the front storage compartment for the shortest distance to the truck. Cost so far: - routers $free (old asus wireless N routers) - cameras $83 x 2 = $166 - poe switch $60 - cat 5/6 cables ~$10 - old tablet $free - proclip charging tablet mount $99 (many other cheaper options) Total: $336 Having a commercial grade system that won't fail: pricele$$
wtbman 06/05/19 05:27pm Technology Corner
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