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Author Topic: Mounting behind a window?  (Read 3395 times)

Ackis

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Mounting behind a window?
« on: August 16, 2015, 10:46:27 AM »

Hey everyone - I'm trying to find a decent way to mount this camera so it can look out from a window.

I want something for the backyard - people have been throwing various things into our backyard and I want to see if it's intentional, or what else is going on.
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RYAT3

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Re: Mounting behind a window?
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2015, 05:46:13 AM »

Set it down on the window ledge.

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Re: Mounting behind a window?
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2015, 10:22:52 AM »

Putting it on a window sill works until the IR lights come on.  Then all you see are the IR lights reflecting off the window.  I thought of coming  up with some type of shield around the lens but never did it. 
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Re: Mounting behind a window?
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2015, 12:27:38 PM »

So he should buy a dlink camera that supports turning off the leds.

Anyways not sure how much distance he has but this isn't even an hd camera.
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Re: Mounting behind a window?
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2015, 12:46:07 PM »

Set it down on the window ledge.

Not large enough - and for me to mount it with the bracket that came with it, it still wouldn't work.  It's why I'm asking for advice - would the infrared really be an issue?  We only tested in normal light conditions.
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Re: Mounting behind a window?
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2015, 01:50:52 PM »

How about some velcro on the window sill and under the camera?
OR have someone fashion a shelve for the camera in the window to sit on?

Infra red LEDS will cause a reflection on the glass so you'll need to turn this off or open the window enough to allow the camera to view with out the glass being in the way.
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Re: Mounting behind a window?
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2015, 06:49:45 AM »

How about some velcro on the window sill and under the camera?
OR have someone fashion a shelve for the camera in the window to sit on?

Infra red LEDS will cause a reflection on the glass so you'll need to turn this off or open the window enough to allow the camera to view with out the glass being in the way.

My next step was to try the shelf route - I didn't think of velcro, not sure how that would look though.

Opening the window isn't an option really, especially during the winter months where it gets really really cold.

Is there a rule of thumb on how far a camera should be from a window before the infrared causes a reflection?  The camera has the feature so I might as well try to use it.
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Re: Mounting behind a window?
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2015, 06:58:46 AM »

Do you need to record at night as well? if not then you could turn off the IR. You could try placing the camera at an angle to the windows glass plane so that the camera isn't pointing directly straight on at the glass and see if there is reflection. Any chance you could get a outdoor camera model?
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Re: Mounting behind a window?
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2015, 12:14:52 PM »

A bit of a delay since I last posted.

As everyone said, the reflection at night makes it unusable.

Recording at night is a requirement, and getting a new camera isn't on the cards.  I was looking at getting a housing of some sort but haven't found anything that would work - added to that, I don't know how well the camera will work in -40F weather.
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Re: Mounting behind a window?
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2015, 07:47:48 AM »

You may need to look in to a actual outdoor model camera then. The 5020L is a indoor camera only I believe.
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