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    Help Me Buy A Barn Cam System

    So for a multitude of reasons, I want a barn cam system to be able to acess from anywhere with my iPhone. Color and sound definitely preferred, and I need something that someone else installs. I hate messing with cameras/technology because it always ends with disaster and then I have expensive junk that I can't make work. I don't need cheap, I need something that will fill my need and last awhile. Any recommendations out there? Something for at least four stalls and outside the barn too.

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    Does your barn have wifi? This is important
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      #3
      Not yet. My house does but barn has nothing as yet.

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        #4
        http://blueirissoftware.com/

        I know a few people who use this software. I believe it works with a myriad of camera brands.
        "Do what you can't do"

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          #5
          If you don't have wifi/internet access you're SOL. The system needs to be connected to the internet in some fashion if you want to view it from your iPhone. If you can get a signal in your barn I've heard good things about Arlo cameras. I just bought the Blink system. It's working well now that I've got it up but it was a PITA to find camera placement that allowed them to reliably connect even though they weren't that far from my router. I don't know that its one I'd recommend for that that reason.

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            #6
            Is there anything out there that works off of cellular data?

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              https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 These get good reviews. Not sure it they can be mounted externally though. I have a few for indoors and the night vision is fantastic.
              "Do what you can't do"

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                How far is your barn from your house? We have Arlo cameras. The farthest camera that I have from the base is out at the electric gate. It's around 325-350 feet (I need to measure) from the house to the gate. That wifi signal is traveling from the Arlo base unit on the opposite side of the house, through the house, through the garage, through vehicles parked in front of the house, through a horse trailer and out to the gate. Arlo cameras are wireless, waterproof, have great night vision, can operate live or record snippets, you can talk to someone through them. We have a second base unit at the indoor, which has tt's own wifi due to the distance.

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                  I will measure, but I don't believe the wifi carries through the barn. I usually have to go outside for an internet signal.

                  I have Comcast internet and cable though, is this something that I might be able to get them to run a line for a second wifi box or maybe some kind of antenna to go to my house box?

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                    I think you can do either option and find out what works for you. My wifi box reaches my barn, which is about 200' away, but doesn't go into the feed room (no idea why) and will drop calls (I use wifi calling). I did get a booster that my Arlo is plugged into so that it reaches my gate, so I can put a camera out there.
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                      Originally posted by TheeNightRider View Post
                      I will measure, but I don't believe the wifi carries through the barn. I usually have to go outside for an internet signal.

                      I have Comcast internet and cable though, is this something that I might be able to get them to run a line for a second wifi box or maybe some kind of antenna to go to my house box?

                      Your wifi signal does not have to reach your barn. The Arlo base unit is what transmits the wifi signal to the camera. The maximum distance you can supposedly place your Arlo cameras away from the base is 300'. For sure the camera at our gate is farther than that, plus the signal is travelling through vehicles and a horse trailer. Our wifi signal itself is only detectable on devices up to about 50' around the house. It's DSL because that's all that's available.

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                        Originally posted by TheJenners View Post
                        I think you can do either option and find out what works for you. My wifi box reaches my barn, which is about 200' away, but doesn't go into the feed room (no idea why) and will drop calls (I use wifi calling). I did get a booster that my Arlo is plugged into so that it reaches my gate, so I can put a camera out there.

                        What kind of wifi do you have that you can detect from 200' away? We have DSL and it only reaches about 50' around the house. The separate DSL at the indoor arena is about the same.

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                          The company or the box itself? My service is through Frontier, and

                          *runs to computer room*

                          *forgets electric heating pad around neck and nearly dies*

                          the box they supplied is an Actiontech and the booster is a Card King off Amazon. Frontier comes in through the phone line, not a cable, I'm not techie enough to know the terminology there.
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                            Originally posted by Color of Light View Post


                            Your wifi signal does not have to reach your barn. The Arlo base unit is what transmits the wifi signal to the camera. The maximum distance you can supposedly place your Arlo cameras away from the base is 300'. For sure the camera at our gate is farther than that, plus the signal is travelling through vehicles and a horse trailer. Our wifi signal itself is only detectable on devices up to about 50' around the house. It's DSL because that's all that's available.
                            Oh boy, you've lost me here. So, how does this box connect to the internet then? I'm confused. I might need this all explained step by step, because I have the internet at the house that I already pay for, this would be a separate connection? (This is why I start looking at these things on Amazon and Best Buy and don't even know where to begin or what to look at. I just know what I want it to do.)

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                              Originally posted by TheeNightRider View Post

                              Oh boy, you've lost me here. So, how does this box connect to the internet then? I'm confused. I might need this all explained step by step, because I have the internet at the house that I already pay for, this would be a separate connection? (This is why I start looking at these things on Amazon and Best Buy and don't even know where to begin or what to look at. I just know what I want it to do.)

                              OK so the Arlo base in your house will link wirelessly to the wifi.the arlo system likely has a website or app for inputting the wifi password.

                              the Arlo camera out at the barn will wirelessly connect to the Arlo base which is acting to extend wifi out to the barn.

                              note: You need strong wifi to make this work.

                              you download an Arlo app on your phone and tell it to read your camera's data. Some have motion sensors.and time.frames to run the camera. Good stuff.

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                                #16
                                I just bought a Lorex system, 8 cameras with a 2TB DVR unit. The cameras are hardwired with video/electric cable that transmits the signal to the cameras and powers them at the same time, so no need to charge them.
                                The DVR is in the house and hooks up to my phone so I can check the cameras anywhere via an app on my phone. I can playback the cameras from my phone as well as live feed view.

                                Really like it so far!

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                                  #17
                                  The company that put our regular security cameras up talked about what to do in the barn, if we wanted to do so.

                                  Why don't you call a local, well respected security company and see what they tell you?
                                  We use the same company our school system uses, that many business in town use, Walmart and small private offices, whole apartment buildings, so they know their stuff.

                                  The price they quoted for a system that would let us see the barn, with different cameras, a monitor in the house and thru our phone when away was not more than buying the cameras ourselves and trying to figure how to set them up.
                                  They had also previous experience with horse barn monitoring, so knew where best to set the cameras, that was not where we may put them.

                                  At least the OP could get some ideas if she can find such a company locally.

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                                    Originally posted by TheJenners View Post
                                    The company or the box itself? My service is through Frontier, and

                                    *runs to computer room*

                                    *forgets electric heating pad around neck and nearly dies*

                                    the box they supplied is an Actiontech and the booster is a Card King off Amazon. Frontier comes in through the phone line, not a cable, I'm not techie enough to know the terminology there.
                                    Is it DSL, fiber optic, cable?

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                                      Originally posted by TheeNightRider View Post

                                      Oh boy, you've lost me here. So, how does this box connect to the internet then? I'm confused. I might need this all explained step by step, because I have the internet at the house that I already pay for, this would be a separate connection? (This is why I start looking at these things on Amazon and Best Buy and don't even know where to begin or what to look at. I just know what I want it to do.)

                                      It's super easy. It's not a separate connect. The Arlo base is a wireless device that feeds off of your wifi just like an phone, tablet, printer, Apple TV, etc would. There is no extra charge to hook up an Arlo system to you wifi. What TMares says, except I don't know that I'd say that either of my DSL wifi's are strong, and my two Arlo systems work perfectly.

                                      It goes:

                                      1) wifi router
                                      2) Arlo base connected wirelessly to the wifi router
                                      3) Arlo cameras connected wirelessly to the Arlo base.

                                      Easy peasy.

                                      The farthest camera that I have from an Arlo base is over the 300' that's supposed to be the maximum it can reach. I don't know the maximum you can set your Arlo base from your wifi router (both of ours are right next to their respective routers), but you'd add even more distance to your camera's if you maximized the distance where you place your Arlo base if you need to.

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                                        Originally posted by Color of Light View Post

                                        Is it DSL, fiber optic, cable?
                                        Originally posted by TheJenners View Post
                                        I'm not techie enough to know the terminology there.
                                        Sorry
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