Lately, I have making a lot of videos and writing documentation for our Viewtron LPR camera system. However, I have not yet discussed the details about how we are using this long range wireless outdoor camera system to transmit video from the LPR camera and two AI security cameras that we installed. You see, there is no network connection or cables run from our light pole to the recorder (NVR) that is located in our warehouse.
A customer recently asked me to explain more about this, so I decided to make this video and blog post.
Wireless Camera System Installation
The goal of this project was to provide additional video surveillance coverage and license plate detection at the rear of our warehouse. The best placement for an LPR camera was across the street from our building. The pole that you see in the above picture did not exist at that location before we started this project. One of our local installation partners, who is also a general contractor and licensed electrician, installed the pole and ran power to it for us.
The electrician ran the power to the from an existing source in that large box to the right of the pole. That is where our sprinkler pump is installed. A 120 volt power source was available there. We took over the installation once we had the pole installed and power run to it.
The cable for the 120 volt power was run underground to the pole, then in an electrical conduit up the pole and into that NEMA enclosure / junction box that you see at the top of the pole.
Inside the NEMI box, there is a PoE network switch for the IP cameras and the power supply for the WIFI antenna.
Wireless Antenna (Receiver)
Here is the wireless antenna that is installed on our building. This is the antenna that receives the wireless video.
System Details & Network
This is the wireless camera system (WIFI bridge) that we installed on the light pole. Here is an overview of how the system is networked together over WIFI.
- The red lines in the diagram represent CAT5 or CAT6 Ethernet cable.
- Starting on the right hand side, all of the IP cameras that are installed on the pole are hard wired to this PoE switch () using CAT5 cable.
- The PoE switch is enclosed inside this weatherproof NEMA box.
- The uplink port of the network switch is connected to the transmitting antenna of the WIFI bridge system.
- On the left hand side of the diagram is our warehouse. The receiving antenna of the wireless bridge is installed on the building. It is VERY IMPORTANT to note that there must be an unobstructed direct line of sight between the transmitting and receiving antennas.
- The receiver antenna is hard wired to a network switch in our building.
- Please note that although we actually have multiple IP cameras installed around our building that are connected to the same network switch as the receiving antenna, I only have one pictured in the above diagram to keep things simple for illustration.
- The Viewtron IP camera NVR is connected to the same network switch as the IP cameras in the building.
- A Internet modem is connected to the switch as well. This is optional, and only needed if you want to view your security cameras from remotely over the Internet.
Wireless Security Camera System Design
The long range wireless security camera system that was demonstrated in this article can be used for many video surveillance applications. You can watch the below video to see how we used multiple wireless bridges and an omni-directional antenna to transmit video from multiple buildings. You can learn more about this self storage facility camera system here.
Here are a few other types of applications that CCTV Camera Pros has designed wireless camera systems for.
- Gated Entrance Housing Communities / HOAs
- City Street Surveillance using Light Poles
- License Plate Recognition for Military Base Entrance
- Commercial Properties with Multiple Buildings
- Farm and Agriculture Properties
- Gas and Oil Field Security
- Estate Residences with Gated Entry
CCTV Camera Pros provides free consultations and designs for customers. You can request a free consultation and quote here.
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