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jbeletti
04-23-2015, 10:43 AM
Some of us are video surveillance fanatics. Some of us just want peace of mind when we're away. I have a number of cameras in and around my property at my home in TN as we travel a lot and I like to keep an eye on things.

A year ago, after getting a second dog, we wanted to monitor him in his crate at home while we were out. I bought a Samsung Smart HD camera (this one (https://www.samsungsmartcam.com/web/cmm/02_SP/Overview.do?productId=00000000000000001107)) and used it for this purpose. I chose this camera for these reasons:

Cost Effective (~$170 on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SmartCam-1080p-Full-HD-Camera/dp/B00J38NVHE))
Connectability (WiFi or Ethernet)
Image Quality
Audio Monitoring (2-way on this model)
Cross-Platform Compatibility (Android, iOS and web-browser)
External Request Triggers Push-Protocol (no need to worry about double-nat, port-forwarding etc.)
Ease of Setup
Small Form-Factor

It worked great and we were able to see and hear from our phones, tablets and laptops. Then we hit the road. Now what? I took it with me!

When using it in the RV, I used 3M Command Strips to mount the camera base upside-down under the cabinets over my rear window in the coach. I did have to power to it - but this was all very temporary. Proof-of-Concept of sorts. It worked great! While on the road, when we are out of the RV, we can see and hear what's going on in the coach.

Since then, I've moved on to a more complicated system for reasons I'll explain in another thread at another time.

So - does anyone here currently use any video monitoring in or around their RV? If so, what do you use and how do you use it?

Is anyone interested in this topic?

Would anyone be interested in having cameras on the outside of their RV or on their RV site to monitor (and record perhaps) what's going on outside, for either "interest" or "security" reasons?

JanAndBill
04-23-2015, 11:46 AM
Had a friend a few years ago who had several cats in his house. He set up several cameras around the house and streamed the video to a webpage called "Kittycam". Got a lot of traffic at first till people realized cats weren't really all that interesting. LOL

Oregon_Camper
04-23-2015, 12:09 PM
I have 5 cameras at home and use Blue Iris to manage them. They activate on movement (defined area) and post to my Dropbox account. I also use their app on my smartphone

OEFVET
04-23-2015, 12:27 PM
I have a full surveillance system at home (12 Camera's) and "yes" I will be installing camera's on my rig. Currently I am conducting research to determine the best way to go about it. I would prefer the very small camera's that are 3M taped to the sides and rear up high. I haven't gone any further then research at the present time. But this is a topic of interest to me.

Nabo
04-23-2015, 02:52 PM
When we ordered our 2007 Sundance, one of the options was an outside security camera with a small monitor mounted in the bedroom. At that time smart phones weren't available to be able to see what was going on while we were gone. It was ok in that we could see who was standing at the door, especially at night. Now since the world has gone more tech-y it would be more intriguing to have a system which could be monitored from anywhere thanks to the smart phone, especially since there are more gadgets inside.

Geodude
04-23-2015, 06:14 PM
I want to get into this, mostly for a bit of fun, but also to keep an eye on the house when we travel. Doing something inside the trailer might be fun too.

For now at the house I am using one old Samsung Galaxy S2 for a camera, and will soon add another. Also using the camera on a laptop to cover one room. There's a free app called "At Home Camera" that works pretty well for the laptop camera but it doesn't adjust the S2 very well for night vision or sunlight snow during the winter (we have the phone looking out the front window). So for the phone I use IP Webcam to run it, and view both its cameras using a web browser.

A friend of mine who works in the business has a lot of good things to say about Samsung cameras, and that's what I plan to buy at some point, so I'm happy the OP has good things to say about them too.

For the trailer, all I have planned for now is to stick GoPro to inside of the back window using the automotive mount and use it as a rear view camera while driving, with it's 600' WiFi range the signal should reach the phone in the truck pretty easily.

jbeletti
04-23-2015, 07:49 PM
Cool to hear so many people are like me with vdeo surveillance in and around the sticks and bricks. I'd like to hear from more people who are now or have an interest in cameras in and around their RV.

There is SO MUCH out there in terms of equipment. When I was considering what to do with my truck in terms of video, I did some pretty extensive research. I'll talk about it here a bit as it does relate to what can be done in and around an RV.

I was considering a 4 camera system for my truck (windshield/dash, rear window, driver's side and passenger side - both outside) but ended up doing something else. For the dream system in the truckm I had some criteria I was looking for in a mobile DVR that may apply to a system one may want in their RV as well.

12 VDC powerable
Small form factor
4 camera capability
Adjustable shut-down timer (say, 1 to 120 minutes after ignition shut-off)
64 GB SD card capable
Multiple SD card capability
3-axis G-Shock Sensor (where shock is noted in video)
GPS Receiver (where speed, direction and position are noted in video)
WiFi built-in (Wi-Fi client for wireless offload)
LAN port (for network connectivity - i.e. you have a router in the truck with an Ethernet port)
Cellular capable (not high on my list but a nice-to-have feature to access to DVR remotely)
NTSC Composite Video Output
HDMI Video Output
WiFi accessibility to Video (i.e. the ability to see a single or all 4 cameras from a dash mounted iPad or other tablet or computer - all connected to the same WiFi network)
1 Channel and 4-Channel matrix display (switchable)
Manageable via HTTP
$400 max retail price

Here again, the above list was for a mobile DVR for my truck. But I think I'd like much of it for a mobile DVR for an RV too. Will I ever do this? Doubtful - but a boy can dream :)

Back to an RV application - what would my dream system be? Hm...

One interior camera (with audio) in the rear cap area covering most of the lower level.
A low profile camera outside, just above the entrance door, pointing down, capturing all activity at the door and a bit beyond
A camera outside (with audio) on the rear cap that points downward to be used as a backup camera from the truck cab and as a security camera at other times
A camera outside in front of the RV somewhere. Maybe at the top of the front cap. Maybe on the pinbox
All cameras would be connected to the mobile DVR that would be mounted in a hidden location in the coach running on DC power
Camera feeds would be available on the living room TV
Rear camera feed would be available in the truck cab - perferably on my iPad
Camera feeds would all be available via secure remote at anytime

Gaffer
04-24-2015, 01:24 PM
What can you use for remote viewing in the way of wifi when away from home if you have no wired internet? We use smart phones and mifi but the myfi travels with us and I think it times out after awhile of non use. We use this for security http://simplisafe.com/ but there is no camera option as of yet.

porthole
04-25-2015, 11:20 AM
So - does anyone here currently use any video monitoring in or around their RV? If so, what do you use and how do you use it?

Is anyone interested in this topic?

Would anyone be interested in having cameras on the outside of their RV or on their RV site to monitor (and record perhaps) what's going on outside, for either "interest" or "security" reasons?

Always interested in tech stuff.
Last year at the Dover race we tried the app that uses any IOS device as a camera.
I used my iPad as it has the cell feature.
When motion is detected the video starts and streams to a website for remote viewing.
While it was interesting to see how many times Regis got up to go slobber some water, the several gigabytes of data we used during the race had me delete the app.

So all this video tech, plus a sensible way to use ($$$) it is on the plate.

2psnapod2
04-26-2015, 04:32 PM
Jim you might also want to add a camera around the front A/C so you could tell if clearance might be an issue. It sure would be nice to be able to just switch to a camera and see if you are low enough.

jbeletti
04-26-2015, 09:33 PM
Always interested in tech stuff.
Last year at the Dover race we tried the app that uses any IOS device as a camera.
I used my iPad as it has the cell feature.
When motion is detected the video starts and streams to a website for remote viewing.
While it was interesting to see how many times Regis got up to go slobber some water, the several gigabytes of data we used during the race had me delete the app.

So all this video tech, plus a sensible way to use ($$$) it is on the plate.

Duane - back in the earlier days of cellular data, when it was unlimited, I used to run a dash mounted IP camera and stream it all the time. I also ran a full mini-computer in the car. Today, while speeds are faster, mobile data is pretty expensive for the consumer and I've guessing it's a good profit center for the carriers.

porthole
04-27-2015, 07:19 AM
I had a Verizon 3G MiFI with unlimited data, and it was just about as fast as any 4g spot we have been in - but - no more part time job - no more free MiFi. Didn't bother keeping it because it had no way to add an external antenna.

It was a great addition though for Deb to watch her murder trials on the way to various rallies.

MCTalley
04-27-2015, 08:41 AM
I'm debating some type of camera system to watch the trailer wheels and tires while underway. Environmental issues might kill that plan, though.

lynndiwagoner
04-27-2015, 08:48 AM
I like to mess around with cameras also. I'm currently using an inexpensive WiFi camera from China on a garage sale wireless router in the rig. I've got the camera mounted to the back of the rig and use it for backing up, etc. One problem I've encountered is that the frame rate is not fast enough to monitor traffic real time. I'm still working on that one. I set up an old laptop running the free software Contacam for recording. This software is great for monitoring and recording events outside the rig, well worth checking out. I'm also running a true PTZ camera to monitor the dogs at home and in the rig via my AT&T hotspot. This one is more difficult as AT&T uses double NAT and private IP addresses between you and their internet access point. This makes it impossible to access the camera without the hotspot having a static IP. Getting a static IP for the hotspot was another story..... you must have a business account and then it costs $3.00 a month extra...worth it for me. Lots of fun.......

travel_and_wander2892
04-27-2015, 12:08 PM
I have an awesome camera set up in my Class A and also in my home.
We use dropcam, they are available for purchase at Lowe's or Home Depot and are about $200, if I remember correctly. That's where we got ours, but I'm sure they are sold at other retail establishments as well. The cameras work well for us and have very cool features. They are compatible with live streaming (it does have about a 5 second delay), detect motion and send alerts with a "screen shot" of the object that moved, have incredible night vision and are also capable of maintaining a 2-way conversation with who/what ever is on other end. I personally like to talk to my dogs when checking in on them at the house. They go crazy because they can't find me. It's hilarious. :)
The only downside is the dropcams back up to a cloud. So if you leave them running, it eats up your data. So we turn them on whenever we want to view them or when we connect to an outside WiFi like an RV park.

We have had the system in our home for a little over a year and would never use anything else. We were doubtful that it would have the same performance in the RV because of connectivity issues but we found an amazing, unthinkable solution for WiFi broadband (better than an AT&T MiFi , cell phone hotspot, or Verizon Jetpack) in our RV as well, and it works beautifully. Best decision we've made yet.

I would definitely look into these cameras (dropcam) and the broadband solution. Hotspots just can't keep up and support the data we use. And it costs a fortune, as we use about 150+GB of data a month between the cameras, tv's and other electronics we have.
Feel free to message me if you need more information about our set up. I tried to keep it simple here.


Happy travels!
-Kristina Thomas

yport
04-27-2015, 05:01 PM
Jim ... I have been using cams in my Cape home while away in florida for the winter ... 2 overlooking the front of the house ... 2 the back ... and 1 inside. They are wireless Linksys WVC80N ... and they work sweet ... and I have found them for sale at $85 each. They do need power ... so I can plug then in wherever I want as my home is wifi. These things are sweet ... the viewing app is a free download on your phone, tablet or pc. They have a mic so you can listen in ... you can turn on motion activation, have it email or text you if it detects motion, record, take stills, etc. Love sitting at the pool in Florida and viewing all that snow piling up :)

Would be cool to figure out how to use around the RV too when away ... but need the A/C power is resolved. Love the idea of one viewing my height under bridges too :)

Hope to see you at our September MA rally :)

Dennyha
04-28-2015, 05:55 AM
I am also interested in adding a wifi camera to our camper to keep tabs on our dogs while we're gone. My concern is chewing up data when we're not even looking at the video. We have a dropcam at home, where we have unlimited data, and it is always uploading video. I'd like to find a camera that only transfers video when it is activated by smartphone app.

Geodude
04-28-2015, 02:08 PM
I find for data consumption it's best to run the FPS setting down really low, not much is needed really. And we just use ours to peak in for a few minutes at a time. Eventually I want to get a number of cameras recording to a DVR locally.

donr827
04-29-2015, 04:26 AM
I am also interested in adding a wifi camera to our camper to keep tabs on our dogs while we're gone. My concern is chewing up data when we're not even looking at the video. We have a dropcam at home, where we have unlimited data, and it is always uploading video. I'd like to find a camera that only transfers video when it is activated by smartphone app.
Glad you mentioned chewing up data. I was under the impression that if you were hooked to wifi you would not be using your data plan limits.
Don

Geodude
04-29-2015, 06:42 AM
If you're within your own local area network then you shouldn't be using up any of your data. As soon as you're outside your network you're paying for data uploading from your cameras to the net and you're also paying for cellular download data if you're looking at the cameras on your phone. If you're on someone else's wifi or some other network then their data is covering the download.

jbeletti
04-29-2015, 09:03 AM
Would be cool to figure out how to use around the RV too when away ... but need the A/C power is resolved. Love the idea of one viewing my height under bridges too :)

Glenn - take a look at the transformers used. You'll likely find them to be 110 VAC to 12 VDC. This means from a direct powering perspective, you should be able to use them in the RV without AC power. In my coach on all my projects, where possible, I always try to DC power everything.

Dennyha
04-29-2015, 08:51 PM
When we travel, we use a Verizon JetPack for internet access, so my concern is, if even when I'm not looking at the video on my iphone, am I paying data charges for video to upload "somewhere" so it is available if I were to look. On my dropcam at home, it is transferring video 24 hours a day to a website where it can be accessed by my phone. I can't afford for that to happen on my JetPack where I'm using data from my phone's dataplan. Hope this makes sense.

DocFather
04-29-2015, 09:49 PM
When we travel, we use a Verizon JetPack for internet access, so my concern is, if even when I'm not looking at the video on my iphone, am I paying data charges for video to upload "somewhere" so it is available if I were to look. On my dropcam at home, it is transferring video 24 hours a day to a website where it can be accessed by my phone. I can't afford for that to happen on my JetPack where I'm using data from my phone's dataplan. Hope this makes sense.

I have 6 cameras up and running as we speak. My usage is strictly "in-house" over my wi-fi. Therefore it is strictly inTRAnet aka local LAN/network - no inTERnet and no data useage. If I disconnected my wifi router from my cable internet modem, my cameras still work as I set them up. --- When I take 3 of these cameras out to my 4100, same deal. The only time you would be using any internet data or cell-phone carrier network data is if you accessed these cameras while you are away from the RV park or wherever you are camping.

Geodude
04-30-2015, 06:54 AM
When we travel, we use a Verizon JetPack for internet access, so my concern is, if even when I'm not looking at the video on my iphone, am I paying data charges for video to upload "somewhere" so it is available if I were to look. On my dropcam at home, it is transferring video 24 hours a day to a website where it can be accessed by my phone. I can't afford for that to happen on my JetPack where I'm using data from my phone's dataplan. Hope this makes sense.

If your cameras are uploading video data to somewhere outside your home network then your data plan at home is paying for that upload traffic. As soon as you start looking at the video on your phone from a location outside your home, then you are paying for the downloading of the video data to your phone, presuming you are on a mobile network. Yes, you pay twice. That's why I would like to avoid buying anything that uses cloud (i.e. someone else's computer) for storage.

lynndiwagoner
04-30-2015, 08:50 AM
As I mentioned earlier, I'm using an old laptop running Contaware http://www.contaware.com/contacam.html in the rig on a local area network just like Doc. It can be set up to record motion on the hard drive. I whacked off the transformer on my router and hardwired it to 12vdc through a switch. Local operation only.

Geodude
04-30-2015, 07:55 PM
Contaware looks interesting, I'll have to try it. Thanks for mentioning it.

I've been using At Home, which is also freeware that handles up to four cameras. I had it running a web cam (an old Android phone) and the camera on a laptop, but found the software doesn't don't handle the camera settings well at all when it comes to a camera looking out at snow in the bright sunlight or nighttime scenes at any time of year. It's the old Android phone that looks out at the front yard. I went back to using IP Webcam for that one since it manages the camera very well.

HornedToad
06-14-2015, 10:16 PM
All this tech talk sounds like it answers my question, but it's all Greek to me. Fortunately my future son-in-law is a techno geek and can help me with this type of project.

My concern is leaving the dogs in the trailer while I'm gone during the day this summer and if the power / AC fails it would be like leaving them in a hot car.

Other than fixing a camera on a large wall thermometer, is there a way to monitor the temperature and receive an alert at a set point? Am I watching too many TV commercials for monitored alarm systems... Has anyone had a vendor install a monitored alarm in their RV at a fixed site?

ADDED LINK: THIS IS IT... I don't need to see the dogs, just make sure they don't have heat stroke!!!

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ndmac
11-24-2015, 10:36 AM
We are seasonal campers right now and we had folks in the CG (sleepy town) had little things happen through the week.
I was compelled install night vision/Color Camera system to watch site while we were away few days through the week.

Within one week after install on a Thursday @ 2 am while we were sleeping we had two men going through out things out side the camper they took some items but nothing we would not have gave to them it they would have stopped by and asked for, but its creepy knowing they were there and rifling through our stuff.

Not only does it help with keep and eye on humans, but you can clearly identify what got into your trash and how to prevent them from doing again.
We thought we had raccoons getting into our trash. We put heavy rocks on lid and found out that cat's were knocking over the can to defeat the rock and help them selves to the contents. Now trash can cannot be knocked over and no more picking it up!

Another thing it helps with is you can monitor your awnings when away from RV. Had to go back couple of times and retract them.

Bottom line for us is it gives us some piece of mind. So well worth the money.

jmgratz
11-24-2015, 10:56 AM
We are seasonal campers right now and we had folks in the CG (sleepy town) had little things happen through the week.
I was compelled install night vision/Color Camera system to watch site while we were away few days through the week.

Within one week after install on a Thursday @ 2 am while we were sleeping we had two men going through out things out side the camper they took some items but nothing we would not have gave to them it they would have stopped by and asked for, but its creepy knowing they were there and rifling through our stuff.

Not only does it help with keep and eye on humans, but you can clearly identify what got into your trash and how to prevent them from doing again.
We thought we had raccoons getting into our trash. We put heavy rocks on lid and found out that cat's were knocking over the can to defeat the rock and help them selves to the contents. Now trash can cannot be knocked over and no more picking it up!

Another thing it helps with is you can monitor your awnings when away from RV. Had to go back couple of times and retract them.

Bottom line for us is it gives us some piece of mind. So well worth the money.

Why do you leave your awning out? It is always a good idea to store them away when leaving your RV, even if you tie them down. We have personally seen the wind destroy many folks awnings that were securely tied down. Why take a change? Did you catch the thieves? Hopefully you made a Police report. (they don't know where crime is happening if it is not reported), and notify the campground too.

ndmac
11-25-2015, 09:51 AM
Why do you leave your awning out? It is always a good idea to store them away when leaving your RV, even if you tie them down. We have personally seen the wind destroy many folks awnings that were securely tied down. Why take a change? Did you catch the thieves? Hopefully you made a Police report. (they don't know where crime is happening if it is not reported), and notify the campground too.

Normally we do not leave awning out, just happened to get call from some friends that needed our help, Mrs. Checked on RV and noticed wind had picked up. We are generally in the CG golfing or visiting if they are out.

Sorry, I did not finish the story. We did report it and provided video to both CG security and local police.
They were not caught as of last day of camping season. No one in the CG recognized them and they may not have been from the area?

Sorry for the quality, but this is a picture from smart phone video directly from TV. (only one I have on my phone right now)


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nonamer
12-07-2015, 10:02 PM
Anyone using an IP camera and NVR as their surveillance system? How does it perform compared with the regular cctv system?

jbeletti
12-07-2015, 11:34 PM
Anyone using an IP camera and NVR as their surveillance system? How does it perform compared with the regular cctv system?

At home, I'm running all IP cams and using Blue Iris on a dedicated Dell Optiplex desktop as my NVR.

In the past, I've used 3 different dedicated CCTV DVRs. They were all analog with analog cams. IP is where it's at today. In my experience, IP cams and an NVR is much more responsive than the old analog stuff.

I chose to use Blue Iris on a dedicated PC but I know there are some good dedicated NVR boxes out there.

Oregon_Camper
12-07-2015, 11:40 PM
At home, I'm running all IP cams and using Blue Iris on a dedicated Dell Optiplex desktop as my NVR.

I also use BlueIris...great software for the computer and you can remotely access it via a browser or the smartphone app.

One trick I use, once the cameras detect motion they record for 1 min after no motion (as 30 second before...from the video cache buffer)...then I write this file to my Dropbox folder which instantly uploads it to the cloud. Now...worse case, someone breaks in, it would take them a while to find my PC....by that time, the video of them is already safe on the cloud.

jbeletti
12-07-2015, 11:50 PM
I also use BlueIris...great software for the computer and you can remotely access it via a browser or the smartphone app.

One trick I use, once the cameras detect motion they record for 1 min after no motion (as 30 second before...from the video cache buffer)...then I write this file to my Dropbox folder which instantly uploads it to the cloud. Now...worse case, someone breaks in, it would take them a while to find my PC....by that time, the video of them is already safe on the cloud.

I used Sighthound before converting to BlueIris. I had Sighthound setup the same as you with DropBox. Just haven't taken the time on my server running BI to setup DropBox. You need a robust and unlimited upload on the server side though. Mine is at home on my Charter account - so I'm good to go. Not so good if one was doing this from an RV on cellular or park WiFi.

busted2341
12-08-2015, 08:40 AM
I would love to use a camera in and outside of my coach, however the only draw back is internet. We only use the unsecured internet offered at campgrounds. For personal stuff like finances I will use my hotspot. When DISH or DirecTv start using one dish for both TV and Internet I will gladly pay the 2k for an antenna for that. Unless there is another way of monitoring cameras that you can tell me about, I guess II have t wait...

jbeletti
12-08-2015, 09:22 AM
I found that a great camera for inside the RV is the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro (http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SmartCam-1080p-Full-HD-Camera/dp/B00J38NVHE). What I like about it:

Price: $150
Form Factor - smallish
Great Video (wide field of view) and 2-Way Audio
Free Mobile App and Browser-based Viewer
WiFi connectable to your network (your MiFi, JetPack, Hotspot, campground WiFi etc.)
No need to manage your or campground's router to forward or open a port*
Does not until you call for the feed*

* The last two items are really important in a mobile application such as an RV. By not having to manage any router settings, anyone can install the camera. And since the camera does not broadcast its feed until you call for it, there is no impact on your data plan.

I have one of these and was using it in the RV. I'm using it in my home right now and plan order another for use in the RV.
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jmgratz
12-08-2015, 09:26 AM
As for me I prefer not to be on camera all of the time. Keep in mind that anything that goes 'over the air' can be hacked and monitored. Even baby monitors can be hacked. But I really do see the value of them.

cookie
12-08-2015, 09:36 AM
So, my questions are, what powers all of this surveillance equipment and would the flip of the pedestal breaker disable all of it?
Would the use of dedicated AC power with an automatic transfer switch be of value?

Peace
Dave

jbeletti
12-08-2015, 09:41 AM
Dave - I generally DC power all the mobile comm gear I install in the RV. This particular camera has an AC to DC brick. When I put one back in - it will be DC powered.

nonamer
12-08-2015, 08:55 PM
At home, I'm running all IP cams and using Blue Iris on a dedicated Dell Optiplex desktop as my NVR.

In the past, I've used 3 different dedicated CCTV DVRs. They were all analog with analog cams. IP is where it's at today. In my experience, IP cams and an NVR is much more responsive than the old analog stuff.

I chose to use Blue Iris on a dedicated PC but I know there are some good dedicated NVR boxes out there.

How many cameras in total and how much does the whole system cost?

jbeletti
12-11-2015, 04:56 PM
How many cameras in total and how much does the whole system cost?

Bear in mind - this is in my home, not in my RV. Costs are rough numbers...

$100 to $1000 per camera depending on needs. Most of mine are $130 but I have one that is $600 (PTZ and powerful IR)

Most of my cameras are POE (power over Ethernet) - this requires a POE power supply. I use an 8-port 150 watt switch - $150

I think I spent maybe $600 on the computer plus another $150 for a Western Digital Purple HDD (note that I also use this computer as my home digital media server for music, movies, TV shows and pictures).

Then there's some infrastructure like Ethernet cabling, connectors, fasteners and misc. Figure maybe another $20 per camera for this.

Blue Iris is about $50

Hope this helps.

dlw930
12-13-2015, 05:40 PM
I found that a great camera for inside the RV is the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro (http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SmartCam-1080p-Full-HD-Camera/dp/B00J38NVHE). What I like about it:

Price: $150
Form Factor - smallish
Great Video (wide field of view) and 2-Way Audio
Free Mobile App and Browser-based Viewer
WiFi connectable to your network (your MiFi, JetPack, Hotspot, campground WiFi etc.)
No need to manage your or campground's router to forward or open a port*
Does not until you call for the feed*

* The last two items are really important in a mobile application such as an RV. By not having to manage any router settings, anyone can install the camera. And since the camera does not broadcast its feed until you call for it, there is no impact on your data plan.

I have one of these and was using it in the RV. I'm using it in my home right now and plan order another for use in the RV.

I just got one of these at Sam's Club for $100 w/instant rebate. Sam's is discontinuing carrying it in store inventory. It appears to work great, but is AC powered. We played around with placing a thermometer near the camera in its field of view but without affecting the overall field of view and found we could read the thermometer on our smartphone by zooming in a bit. . We can save video to the cloud, an SD card (cam came with a 16G card), our phones, or just view live feed on demand. For the price, I think it will be a winner.


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