Originally Posted by seayalatermoonglow
Brad, thanks for starting this most excellent thread and for the experimentation. I've been following this and the antenna thread since day one. I've got all the parts on order and I should be putting it together in the next month or so. I will post my results and my permanent installation when completed. I'm finally getting this off the ground, I've been humming and hawing for far too long.
I'm now hooking up a webcam to my long range wifi. You'll be able to control the pan & tilt and see the cam in the salon.
Why did I do this? I did not winterinze the engine this year since I'm using the boat so much. I'm depending on a bilge heater in the engine compartment to keep the engine from freezing. The heater is connected to shore power. I already found the boat not properly connected to shore power after the marina moved her to her winter slip. She's 25 minutes away and it's important that I keep checking on her.
So yesterday I bought a wireless webcam, with pan and tilt! I'm putting it in the salon so I can check that the boat is still plugged into shore power and the heater is working. I have a 120v light bulb on and I'll put a mercury thermometer in plain sight. (I have a heater in the salon too.) It will be easy to see that everything's ok. The camera was about $70, or a fraction of the cost of the engine work needed if the raw water pipes freezes and things burst.
Having the long range wifi gives me some options in using the webcam while on the hook this summer, even though it's an indoor webcam (THere are outdoor webcams for 3x the price. I'm going to walk before running on this one.) And yes, I'll have to share the web address so you can check out the setup. You'll be able to control the up-and-down and side-to-side motion of the camera, and see the interior of the boat.
The web cam is a little like this one, only I bought it from someone in the US. I didn't want to wait for delivery from Hong Kong -- winter is already here in the Northeast US.
Good luck with your long range wifi installation. I found it a little tricky at first. It helped when I powered up the Bullet after the laptop was already powered-up. But others have found this not to be a requirement. If you need any help just holler.