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Re: boat monitoring via web cam/security camera
Where are you?
I'm pretty sure that you can get cellular wifi enabled cameras in Europe, but not the US. Not sure why.
Step one in the US is to figure out the bandwidth necessary for internet access. Most marina's around here will do something to prevent their wifi access from being used as a 24/7 vid streaming portal. Ours kicks you out every 24 hrs and requires a separate screen to access. No password, just a step that a dumb unit can't automatically access. I'm sure this is to keep the entire marina from doing this.
The only alternative I can find around here is a cellular based hot spot that would run about $100 per month.
Once you figure this out, there are all sorts of systems out there. DropCam, Simplisafe, etc.
Several of them (like Simpisafe) have cellular capable wireless intruder detection, along with internet alerts to your smartphone, but all that I've found require 110v electricity and wifi to power a video camera, if you want one. I bet a small inverter off a battery that was being recharged via solar would work. You would have to cobble it all together.
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