Can IP Camera Transmit Video Signal Direct to iPhone or iPad without router?

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    Mike Haldas
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    A customer contacted CCTV Camera Pros with the following question:

    Please provide information about your products. I recently bought an iphone and an ipad. My hope is to buy a security cameras for my house and car. I want to keep video surveillance on these areas. I will be VERY close to the cameras, within 10-20 feet at all times.

    My hope is to find a camera that will transmit a WiFi signal directly to the iphone without the use of a router.

    Below are parts of your ad about the Zavio F210A IP Camera. The ad says that you can watch this camera directly from the Safari web browser. Please give me your best advise.

    CCTV Camera Pros provided the following response to the customer:

    Thank You for contacting CCTV Camera Pros. Unfortunately, you will need a wireless router in order to view the cameras from your iPhone. There is no way that I know of to connect a device directly to the iPhone (peer to peer) unless you use Bluetooth technology, and there are no security cameras on the market that I know of that use Bluetooth.

    The Zavio F210A IP camera would need to be connected with an Ethernet cable to your wireless router, then your iPhone connects to that router over the wireless port. You could then view the camera video and control the settings of the camera through the Safari web browser app or you could view the security camera live using our iCamViewer iPhone app:

    http://www.cctvcamerapros.com/CCTV-Camera-iPhone-App-s/362.htm

    It would work the same way for all IP security cameras available. Please let us know if we can help further.

    Follow up questions from the customer:

    I appreciate your reply. Your answer means that ALL cameras need a router to interface with the an iphone or ipad. But, wireless cameras means "no wire", and therefore this type does not need an Ethernet cable; right ?

    My project is to put a back-up camera in my older Prius. I hope to use my ipad as the monitor or view screen. In order to increase my angle of view, I was hoping to put in two or three different cameras aimed out the back. What is your suggestion for a working system? The cameras will need night vision. The cameras and router will need to be fairly sturdy since they will be giggled around during regular driving.

    CCTV Camera Pros Response:

    You are correct, with a wireless IP camera, the camera can connect to the router via a wireless bridge, instead of being hard wired.

    I do not think this type of equipment will be the best choice for a mobile camera system though. There are wired mobile solutions on the market. Although we do not carry them at this time, that is what I would recommend looking into.

    Please let me know if I can help with anything else.

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