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  • Barn camera

    Any recommendations for a barn camera? My barn is about 500 feet from the house. I'd love to be able to check up on the horses when I'm not home through my iPhone or computer. We have little night lights in the barn so its not pitch black at night, not sure if that would be enough. I don't need major details, but would just like to make sure they are okay and no one is colicking or anything! I only have 2 stalls.

    I'm not the most technical savvy person so something with easy installation would great!


  • #2
    many options available, most retails units are made in China

    just a very quick search produced this under $100 iphone compatable, pan tilt color with night vision


    Twenty years ago... $40,000


    • #3
      Holy hell those things suck. I had a pair that too me about two weeks to get set up correctly. They would work for a day and then disappear because my IP address would change. Turns out you have to pay your ISP for a dedicated IP address for these cameras. After weeks of frustration, I returned them.
      Yiu can get the CCTV versions that are much more stable. A friend purchased a bunch for his racing barns and said the company was amazing to work with. I can figure out what company it was if you'd like.


      • #4
        FairWeather, you do not need to have a static IP for a camera like that. You DO have to use a dynamic DNS service. There are plenty out there for free.

        OP, you DO need a good strong wireless signal in the barn for that Foscam to work, though. (Or a hardwired internet connection.)


        • #5
          Yep, tried that. Didn't work. Foscam suggested a static IP.


          • #6
            Also, many of the "free" services aren't actually free.


            • #7
              I purchased Swan View cameras through Costco. BEST PURCHASE EVER!!!! I have 8 cameras (stalls/paddocks) and I can view them on my iphone or computer. Installed myself and paid about $250.

              Kiwayu & Figiso Pictures:


              • #8
                These folks can help you, and supply anything you might desire. They are the suppliers to a lot of retailers, and installers.


                Including prepackaged systems

                When we used to breed and keep horses in the barn at night, we used a separate lighting circuit with 25 watt blue "party" bulbs in them for the cameras-looked sort of like medium moonlight, and the horses slept undisturbed.


                • #9
                  Static IPs are not that expensive, I had them set up at my offices. I'd imagine it would expand your possibilities for an affordable system.


                  • #10
                    Right, however if you aren't expecting to shell out 15$ a month, it's a pain in the ass. Foscam's support is ATROCIOUS. Spend more upfront and go with a full-service company like the one Tom mentioned above.


                    • #11
                      I had zero problems setting up my Foscam with a dynamic DNS service. It's just not that hard.


                      • #12
                        Except when it doesn't work

                        Just my (and several hundred reviewers) experience, not saying it can't be done. I spent several weeks and dozens of hours setting these up only to find out that they can't be used on my ISP without a dedicated IP. There are better options for some folk.