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Outdoor Dropcam - make Dropcam weatherproof

Glenn Grubbs
suggested this on April 24, 2012 03:43 PM

Outdoor cameras are one of our most popular customer requests and is something we are actively working on! At this time we don't have anything ready to announce regarding availability or features. If you'd like to be among the first to know when an outdoor Dropcam is available, please sign up for our special outdoor Dropcam mailing list here:

Outdoor Dropcam Mailing List

Our current cameras, Dropcam and Dropcam Pro are rated for indoor use only. We cannot guarantee their operation when exposed to extreme heat or cold or moisture. Our technical specifications are available at http://www.dropcam.com/product

 

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Ryan Galloway

an outdoor dropcam would  be great

September 02, 2012 11:36 AM
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Anthony Head

AGREED!  I put mine up to a window and at night it can't really work as the light reflects back into the camera picture!

September 06, 2012 05:51 AM
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Albert A.

Yes Yes! I'm really looking for a outside cam and have been disappointed that there isn't one available.

Here's hope for the future.

September 18, 2012 04:57 PM
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David Rosner

Yep, an outside cam would be MARVELOUS! I have 3 DropCam HD and would need one outside too!!! 

September 26, 2012 10:17 PM
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jondewar
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make an outdoor one! I'd buy 10 immediately!
October 25, 2012 05:16 PM
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Karl Zimmer III

I am also all for an OUTDOOR version of Dropcam!!!  Would get one immediately if available!

October 26, 2012 01:19 PM
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Roger Frederick

Yes, for security installations an outdoor version would be great.

November 01, 2012 06:51 AM
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Mike Puckett

Does anyone has solutions to the problem of window reflection from the glass at night? An outdoor camera would eliminate this problem.... I need 6 immediately!

 

Mike

November 06, 2012 06:49 PM
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jondewar
I increased my outdoor lightning and shut the night vision off. Works like a charm! Can't wait for them to make a case so it can be used outside or a dedicated outdoor model though.
November 06, 2012 07:11 PM
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Scott A. Kingsley

I was heartbroken when I received my Dropcam then learned of the temperature restrictions. I was planning on using it indoors at my unheated New England summer home in the winter. I suppose I would need a camera good at -20F to be safe. Reduced quality during the lowest temperatures wouldn't be so bad, but I wouldn't want any damage.

November 07, 2012 08:36 PM
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tfirma

Another request for an outdoor version of the DropCam.   You'd pick up a huge piece of the home surveillance market here!

November 21, 2012 07:39 AM
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F.B.

I'm a contractor.  An outdoor waterproof DropCam would likely quadruple your market.

November 22, 2012 10:55 AM
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Mike Puckett

Obviously the outdoor camera is a huge potential market... I know I would need 4 more if they could be used in an outdoor environment.  Also, the option of having the same outdoor camera operate using batter power or electrical would be a plus as well.

 

Mike 

November 22, 2012 11:31 AM
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Mike Puckett

BTW... thank you Jon for the suggestion about shutting off the night vision and increasing outdoor lighting.  Much appreciated! 

November 22, 2012 11:32 AM
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jondewar
My pleasure Mike! Adding the lights made a world of difference!
November 22, 2012 11:34 AM
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James Smith

yo , please PLEASE make an outdoor dropcam or im gonna have to do A LOT of business with another company.... its not like you dont have the technology to use a little thicker polymer and make this stuff airtight... quit skimpin. other than that i love your dropcams. criminals beware

November 29, 2012 02:14 AM
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tfirma

so many of us have asked for an outdoor camera.  I realize this can't be done overnight - but it would be great to hear from Dropcam whether this is in the works, and even a rough estimate of timing.    I would wait for a Dropcam solution before setting up outside security, but if they are never going to release an outdoor version, or can't give us a timeline, we should know that so we can go to other options.   Thank you

November 29, 2012 11:40 AM
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F.B.

Does anybody at DropCam read these messages?

November 29, 2012 11:44 AM
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Aamir Virani
Dropcam, Inc.

Yes, we do.  :o)

Like most companies, Dropcam doesn't publicly announce any products before they're ready.  After all, if we say "hey this is coming out next week" and we don't do it, then people will be unhappy because we're now behind schedule.

Our goal is to make the best possible products - both hardware and software.  We want to make sure any Dropcam, whether indoor, outdoor, or something else, meets your goals.  

Dropcam is willing to spend the time to do it right.  We have high standards, and we know our users do, too.

Lots of interesting thoughts and suggestions here.  We thank everybody for the interest and are looking forward to addressing the outdoor questions in a way that makes you say "Wow!"

November 29, 2012 12:01 PM
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Allyn Phillips
I would like to monitor my yard for creatures, what if I put the Dropcam in the window? will that work or will the IR reflect off the window and cause video recording problems?
December 02, 2012 10:53 AM
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jondewar
As mentioned previously, reflection will render it useless. Outside lights must be used and IR turned off.
December 02, 2012 11:17 AM
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Aamir Virani
Dropcam, Inc.

Hi Allyn,

Jon is essentially right but we've seen some people have success - it really depends on whether there is any IR coating on the windows.

December 02, 2012 02:43 PM
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jondewar
Trafitional windows do not have an "IR Coating". That said, an Optical Coating can be applied (here's a link for some details: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_coating#) but honestly doesn't work for this application. External lights (or putting it outside) are the only real solution (for usable results) until they make an outdoor version.
December 02, 2012 03:25 PM
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Aamir Virani
Dropcam, Inc.

Yup - Jon stated it better and made it less confusing than I did.  Thanks Jon!

December 02, 2012 03:31 PM
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jondewar
My pleasure ;)
December 02, 2012 03:40 PM
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Tigerfanwoot

Just a thought, Dropcam could make an outdoor enclosure that works with existing dropcam HDs. This way current owners wouldn't have to purchase new cameras but rather repurpose existing cams.  I'm sure an enclosure would require a lot less engineering to design. I envision a a slender tube where the end screws off and you can drop the black piece in the end then screw the cap with a transparent lens on it. 

December 03, 2012 06:28 PM
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jondewar
Agreed, an outdoor "case" could/should be made for existing cameras. Problem is, any "high performance" outdoor camera has hearing and cooling built in. The Dropcam generates heat (as any true high performance cam does) and would need to be dealt with properly (to stay reliable). So it would be pricey. A true outdoor Dropcam would be far beneficial.
December 03, 2012 06:33 PM
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Tigerfanwoot

I must admit I had not given much though to the heat coming from the unit. Either way, I'd prolly buy an outdoor version of the dropcam if they released one. If they decided to produce an enclosure, I'd  buy it also. One way or another "we" NEED this functionality. *hint hint 

December 03, 2012 06:47 PM
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jondewar
I agree 1000%
December 03, 2012 06:49 PM
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marcussmith
I think the company would find an order overload if they came out with an outside version at the same price or close to it. Great product!
December 05, 2012 12:08 PM
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jondewar

I couldn't agree with you more Marcus!

December 05, 2012 12:10 PM
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DeStefano Garcia

Just got my first drop cam!  Overall I am impressed so far (I have had it for about 4 days!).  I planed on using this to "look" over my house while im not home.  The outdoor model would be a perfect fit for my needs!  At this time the camera I own now is being used as a baby/kid live monitor so I have no need to use the DVR service until the outdoor models come out.  Please let me know If/When they do--and keep them at a "friendly" price point!!!

December 15, 2012 02:16 PM
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Brian Wilson

If any of you are interested, here are some pictures on how I weather proofed my Dropcam for an outdoor ocean environment:

http://www.ski-epic.com/2012_weatherproof_dropcam/index.html

It is really easy and inexpensive and you can do it all yourself.

December 19, 2012 01:58 PM
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Ellismcn
I live in the UK and have managed to purchase a dropcam, i am very pleased with it. I have 2 questions, why is this not available to purchase in the UK? I am also after an outdoor wifi camera when will this be available?
January 01, 2013 11:47 AM
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F.B.

As an interim, consider using this.  Works like a charm on 3 of my outside locations.

DropCam might want to consider a similar customized design for outdoor use.

January 01, 2013 12:41 PM
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jondewar

Hi F.B.,

What are you referring to when you say "consider using this"?

January 02, 2013 12:11 PM
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hatilton

I live in Hawaii, and the temperature range is only from 60 f to 85 f, so if the camera is placed under roof, away from rain, is there a problem?

January 02, 2013 01:01 PM
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Brian Wilson

I think there will still be a problem in Hawaii under a roof, you'll probably get about one year before it dies.  The USB connector that provides power rusts when exposed to humidity.  Consider building a small enclosure like I did, or maybe even try just using 100 percent Silicone (any hardware store for $5) and "coat/glue" the USB power connector into the camera, sealing it against moisture.  Then the camera will probably last 3 or 4 years in Hawaii under a roof but still outdoors.

January 02, 2013 03:31 PM
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Aamir Virani
Dropcam, Inc.

@ellismcn - we are considering international opportunities as we continue to build out the Dropcam system.  We know lots of folks are interested and want to make sure Dropcams work well no matter where you are.

January 03, 2013 02:12 PM
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Aamir Virani
Dropcam, Inc.

@hatilton - @brianwilson is right.  This is why we describe Dropcam HD as an indoor use camera.  Temperature and humidity both matter for best outdoor performance.

January 03, 2013 02:14 PM
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Sharky

I'm interested in how far (in length) USB power (DC) can go with the outdoor idea.  I'm not sure I can get an AC outlet near the location I need the outdoor dropcam.  Maybe there are USB power boosters out there?  or the dropcam engineers are working on a long-distance usb cable?

January 11, 2013 10:07 AM
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billviverette

Count me in on an outdoor model.  I can easily imagine three or four in my future.

 

Thanks,

Bill

January 12, 2013 07:47 AM
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tfirma

OK, so this is a long shot, but I'm going to use some existing ethernet cable that I used on a legacy surveillance camera and run Power over Ethernet to connect (using a micro USB adapter) to a dropcam.   I just ordered one of these housings  and will try to put it all together to see if I have a viable outdoor dropcam!    

http://goo.gl/YIz4F    

I may be missing something obvious - but hopefully the experimentation eventually pays off.   

January 14, 2013 12:59 PM
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Diane Dennis
Very disappointed that there is no outdoor camera. I need to purchase one now, today. Guess I'll have to look elsewhere. Shame...
January 14, 2013 05:05 PM
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Rebecca Highlander

So many applications for an outdoor model!  I raise sheep and need to watch expectant moms.  Used to be in the horse business, and an outdoor version would be a godsend there.  Our rural area has theft problems and the local "Neighborhood Watch" facebook page is talking about surveillance options.  *This* would be a hit if it could be used outside. 

January 16, 2013 03:19 PM
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Joe Cotey

Personally I think they should have a model that can go either inside or outside. Temperature is my biggest concern here in Michigan, single digit temps come every year.

January 24, 2013 07:57 AM
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billviverette

I can only imagine there's one in the works.  DropCam is successful and widely advertised.  And missing a key product.  That just invites copy-cats, probably even well-funded ones.

January 24, 2013 08:36 AM
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BasenjiTV
Just want to add my name to the list. Really would like an outdoor dropcam. Thanks. And I'm prepared to wait. But not too long.
January 24, 2013 01:33 PM
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John C

kudos to Mr. Brian Wilson...

I work with recovery of data from smart devices, cell phones, etc...

a trick we use to dry devices that have been exposed to moisture is to place them inside a box of rice..., so my suggestion is to add rice to the box, change it periodically depending on your weather conditions...but still not a work around to Dropcam's warranty.!!!

another suggestion is something I have built here in my home... 

I dropped the top window 5 inches, measured the interior of that space... cut a piece of 3/4 shelving wood (5" x 26")  in my case.  cut a 2 inch diameter hole for the placement of the 'eye' of the camera, filed the angle into the cut to provide movement of the 'eye' accordingly (the only part outside is the face of the 'eye' itself).  then mounted the 'eye' into the wood. roughly adjust for angle.  placed the wood onto the top of the window, slide the window up / closed  against the new wood insert (you may want to measure a prop stick if your windows are loose).  if you have extreme climate, then get some type of insulation and cover the interior side of the wood.

January 25, 2013 06:00 PM
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kirit

I need at least 10 outdoor cam.

February 02, 2013 11:13 AM
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John Kennedy
I would really like to see an outdoor capable dropcam. I want to place one outside my front door. Another place I would like to place one is either outside facing my boat or inside the boat. Inside the boat is dry but could occasionally drops below freezing.
February 03, 2013 01:55 AM
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Cory Simpson

I've used mine outdoors for the last 7 months or so without issue. However, mine is under a covered porch that would take a Hurricane to get rain water on it. The Houston humidity & heat haven't seemed to be an issue either. 

February 05, 2013 06:44 AM
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William Demers

I am waiting for an outdoor version.  I need more than one and have the bandwidth to use them.

February 15, 2013 03:36 AM
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Mike Massaro

Yes, outdoor camera please...would rock

February 15, 2013 01:22 PM
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Susan Roberts

I was really looking for outdoor camera.  Please let me know if you add an outdoor version!

February 16, 2013 06:28 AM
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Rod Nance

Absolutley! You make a drop cam for outside, I'm buying one as we have a dog that we'd like to keep an eye on plus it is in close proximity to a back door so that would be two birds with one stone kinda thing.  Please make a outdoor version OR some sort of case for the cam.

 

February 18, 2013 11:19 AM
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Ryan Galloway

Why not just get an outdoor IP camera like a Foscam or Honeywell? You can even connect it to your Micasaverde home automation system if you have one. Here are some links to Amazon:

http://goo.gl/AeDNM

http://goo.gl/kaxJw

February 18, 2013 11:36 AM
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jondewar

Not sure where to begin with that Ryan...

Comparing a cheap IP camera (with a resolution of 640 x 480) to a 720p HD camera doesn't make much sense... and is why we all want Dropcam to make one. Add to that the small size and seamless cloud based DVR service and you then discover that no comparison can be made.

That said, come on Dropcam! We are waiting ;)

February 18, 2013 11:57 AM
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Ryan Galloway

 Jon, good points, but just suggesting alternatives for those who need a solution now. I'm personally waiting to see what Dropcam offers up as well. 

February 18, 2013 12:04 PM
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jondewar

Fair enough Ryan :)

Sure hope they have solutions SOON

February 18, 2013 12:05 PM
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Matt Saavedra

This company is losing so much potential revenue because they don't yet have an outdoor model. Foscam is getting my money only because there are no Dropcam options. 

February 18, 2013 01:58 PM
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skytrailwi

I'd reeeeally like an outdoor camera as well as the rest of the people above. I've only had the indoor version for 2 hours and love how easy it is to use. I actually have this one in service, unlike the box that I bought last year that I'd have to have my IT dept. connect for me. So if you made a camera that would stand up to the elements - I would be a happy person.

February 18, 2013 02:17 PM
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Brian Wilson

A quick update to anybody who cares -> my DIY outdoor Dropcam has held up now for 3 months in the pouring rain and ocean wave environment.  Anybody who wants can now have an outdoor Dropcam, here are the instructions:

http://www.ski-epic.com/2012_weatherproof_dropcam/index.html

It is really easy and inexpensive and you can do it all yourself!!

February 19, 2013 08:52 AM
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krismanw

Any update on the outdoor dropcam?   The rest of the outdoor ip camera now are low resolution and pretty crappy without DVR service.   

February 20, 2013 10:29 PM
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Walter P. Jenkins

I second, third and 1000th the motion for a outdoor mountable drop cam.  Maybe 3 or 5 screw holes and slots for steel banding.  Then supra-antenna for great distance radio.  Well, similar to Ayrstone's outfit.  Or can you merge part of your business with them?  Thanks!  

February 27, 2013 08:03 AM
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towncryers

out door cam with 360 vew would be the best

February 27, 2013 05:31 PM
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agrater

Ryan, a big reason to go with Dropcam instead of Micasaverde is that Dropcam is drop-dead simple, whereas Micasaverde is incredibly complicated. 

March 07, 2013 01:21 AM
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mjw445

Would be great.

March 07, 2013 05:16 PM
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Kvdberge

Dear Dropcam addicts,


Despite our wish and the efforts from some of us to make our Dropcam-HD 'outdoor proof' -kudos to you Brian Wilson and John C, you rock!-, no solution is really as drop-dead simple as the device itself.
Being an absolute early-adopter from Dropcam I have paid my dues shipping the devices over half the planet to finally lay my hands on the Dropcams as one of the first, did not stop experimenting after :-)

  • The challenge: We want an outdoor Dropcam-HD 
  • The results so far from our Dropcam team: Not much, they hardly respond to our messages. They do know what we want but it is unclear to us WHEN the outdoor cam will be available
  • My solution: Give your Dropcam-HD a Liquipel treatment and it should last for years to come, totally splash proof!  (Nano-coating layer that makes your Dropcam-HD water repellant)
    Search on Google or Youtube for the word Liquipel and bob is your uncle ;-) 
  • If this official: No, you might void your warranty but it works like extremely well 
  • Costs: I got it done for just $59, unfortunately I had to send it in from Europe which costs a lot... but the result is A+
Message to our Dropcam team: Please do this treatment on all Dropcams-HD and start selling worldwide! :-)

Rock on!,


Koen
March 10, 2013 03:54 PM
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agrater

>Not much, they hardly respond to our messages.

They BEGAN this discussion and addressed it multiple times afterwards.  They did not give a specific release date, but that is quite common in the tech world for a lot of good reasons.  

March 10, 2013 07:52 PM
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Aamir Virani
Dropcam, Inc.

@koen - thanks for the comments and suggestions.

Dropcam is definitely looking at the right way to address the outdoor request.  We don't have any news right now but appreciate everyone's feedback and patience.

March 11, 2013 12:39 PM
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Chris Menzel
Brian Wilson, Is your Dropcam still working with the homemade outdoor case you built? What modifications, if any, have you made to it? Chris Menzel
March 12, 2013 06:47 AM
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Brian Wilson

Yep, my weatherproof DropCam still going strong!   Zero modifications to that particular one, but I just ordered another Dropcam and plan to make the next enclosure much smaller (just barely larger than the "puck" itself, more like what GoPro has), try to make it better looking.  There is so much interest on this discussion list I might offer them up for $10 each (or whatever the materials actually cost) to anybody on this list who wants one.  Not for profit, my day job pays fine.  :-)  Just for fun.

 

When I make my next weatherproof enclosure, I'm worried slightly about the camera overheating, so I'll need to run mine for a few months to gain confidence I'm not going to fry everybody's Dropcams.  :-)  It would be a lot better to have this come directly from Dropcam, but it's better than nothing.

March 12, 2013 11:36 AM
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Chris Menzel
Brian, Thanks for getting back to me so fast. I must say yours is a good test subject with high humidity, salt air/mist, and little cover. It will be interesting to see how it continues to perform after a year or so. Good luck. Sure wish Dropcam would come out with an affordable version soon.
March 12, 2013 01:59 PM
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Brian Wilson

The ocean air is BRUTAL, but some other Dropcam owners have mentioned worries about outdoor temperatures like in frozen sub-zero snow areas.  The one good thing about near the ocean is it cannot freeze.  Semiconductors stop working at low temperatures (-40 degrees?) and it can't be good for cameras.

March 12, 2013 03:09 PM
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E.B.

Really a shame this one isn't in the "Planned" category yet.  I've rigged up an enclosure using an outdoor light fixture for one of my cams and seems to hold up nicely , I'll have to bring it in during Jun-Aug as I'm sure the temps here (105 highs are common Jul/Aug here) will cook it but may play around with adding a usb fan in the fixture.  In this case, needing to monitor one area far away from a building necessitates some redneck engineering and voiding the warranty on one of my cams, but gotta do what ya gotta do.  

But seriously, really not even planned?  Very disappointing.  Based on the # of posts in this thread, it really seems there's demand.

April 16, 2013 08:48 AM
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Kevin Fairchild

Agreed.  I hope this at least will be marked as a Planned feature -- even if it's going to be a bit of a wait (beyond what it's been already, I mean).

 

--Kevin Fairchild

May 01, 2013 12:21 PM
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Chipbankston

Please create an outdoor version!    Would buy at least 2.

May 01, 2013 07:32 PM
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Chris Menzel
I recently purchased my third Dropcam...love them, but I NEEEEEEEED an outdoor model.
May 02, 2013 06:41 AM
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Gary Lucido

I also want an outdoor version.

May 03, 2013 07:29 PM
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Peterpham1

For $150 I don't mind putting these outside under an eave, figure it'll last 2-3yrs. Much better than the $600 POE outdoor cameras like Axis.  I had one at my old house that lasted over a year fine and then I moved.

My question though is that is there a way to get power to these over ethernet? POE?  I'm wiring the house right now and powering these via 5w USB for outdoor is a bit of a pain. I'm currently planning wire ethernet to every spot outdoor that I was going to get a camera for, but I really want to use dropcam vs. other NVR solutions.  Problem is how do I get power to it.

Assuming I can't do POE, how does my electrician wire for a USB cable? can he splice it into regular power? 

May 12, 2013 03:46 PM
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Brian Wilson

Peterpham1 - DropCam does not have an "ethernet" jack on it (it does not have an RJ45), only USB.  The easiest way is have your electrician can wire a regular 110V wall outlet within 6 feet of where you want the DropCam, then plug in the "110V to USB" converter that comes in the DropCam package.   The nice thing about this setup is it is COMPLETELY standard, if you change cameras ten times in the next 50 years I guarantee that every single last one of them will also plug into this completely standard 110V wall outlet. 

Alternatively, you can get "USB Extension Cords" (I see 50 feet long on Amazon for $19.49).  

May 13, 2013 11:01 AM
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Peterpham1

Brian

Problem is the wall out let then running a usb cable doesn't look all that great..  I guess I can snake the usb cable thru the wall and out and to the plug, but again that doesn't look great. 

Alternatively I just found this last night!

http://www.vidabox.com/products_vcharger_poe-like_cat5_usb_charger.php

turns ethernet to usb power, wondering if it's strong enough to power the dropcam. this might be a good solution. thoughts?

May 13, 2013 04:55 PM
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Brian Wilson

I used something similar to run power and ethernet 250 feet to power a WiFi base station:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003DLJNWE

But again, the DropCam does not have an ethernet jack, so this would look pretty ugly and gangly and is kind of a silly way to run USB power a long distance.  Yes, I think you should snake the USB cable through the wall, what doesn't look great?  It should be a 3/4" diameter hole in the wall to push the USB connector through, then use some waterproof "outdoor" drywall putty to seal it back up around the finished USB cable.   Alternatively, you could also use a wall plate if it makes sense, like this:

http://www.amazon.com/DataComm-45-0001-WH-1-Gang-Recessed-Voltage/dp/B00193U3O0/

or these two in combination for a really polished look:

http://www.amazon.com/Keystone-Jack-Female-Coupler-Adapter/dp/B001TC9BOO/ 

http://www.amazon.com/Icarus-Keystone-Style-Wall-Plate/dp/B0047ZFHBG/

-- BrianW

May 14, 2013 04:46 PM
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Cory Simpson

You could have your electrician install something like this http://www.amazon.com/Newer-Technology-Power2U-Outlet-Charging/dp/B0065I114K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368575724&sr=8-1&keywords=USB+wall+outlet It's a normal wall outlet with USB charging ports. You just need to find one that has enough juice for the camera, which I think is 1 amp. 

May 14, 2013 04:57 PM
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Abazlen
I need outdoor cameras and am just waiting for Dropcam to release one. Once they do I plan on buying 2 or 3! Please, consider this. It seems there are people just waiting for this...
May 24, 2013 01:46 PM
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Peter0714

I'm interested in using drop cam to monitor the sidewalk in front of our SF home.  Dog walkers frequently don'y clean up after their pets and this would be a great solution.  Let me know when you have that capability.  Also, it's not clear from what I could find on your website as to the maximum length that a cable can be from the camera to the computer.

May 27, 2013 12:59 PM
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Brian Wilson

Hey Peter, the Dropcam does not connect to any computer, it is a "stand alone" device that must talk to a WiFi (802.11) base station then up to the Dropcam website.  Your computer can be powered off the whole time.   If you have a really good WiFi (the Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight has the best range on the market right now) then it should reach about 40 yards (120 feet)  as long as it is line of sight (if there are walls in the way it can lower the range).  

You do need to run electricity to the Dropcam somehow.  Extension cords easily run hundreds of feet so the WiFi distance will be your limiting factor.

-- BrianW

May 27, 2013 02:49 PM
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ClearCom, Pro A/V

Brian, you can also you a Netgear Signal booster that can extend any WiFi signal 100 + feet all for $40.00.  Works well for other applications like making sure my kids phones are using WiFi anywhere in the house!  

They absolutely need either an outdoor version or an enclosure.  We have a zillion applications for this device, but half are outdoors.  

Would be great to see one soon!

June 02, 2013 05:51 PM
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Jim Crowe

Would love an outdoor version

June 06, 2013 07:41 PM
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Col Schmauss

I'm patiently waiting for an outdoor Dropcam like all of you. In the mean time, I have three of my cameras positioned looking through different windows. One problem I encountered was the reflected ambient light onto the inside glass window pane.  Night vision on the HD camera shines on to the glass and reflects back into the camera. Light emanating from the room can also shine onto the glass, which will show reflections of images on the glass.  An example would be if you have the camera on a window shelf, placed in front of shutters, the camera would pick up the reflection of the shutters and make the image outside not as clear as you would like it to be.

I solved this particular issue by placing a black poster board behind the camera and in front of the shutters.  Closing the shutters was not enough by the way.

 

As mentioned above, for outdoor shooting through glass, you need to turn off the night vision, because the light will reflect off the glass and back into the camera.  So on my front porch, I leave my porch lights on all night.  I use very bright, LED lights, they use less energy but they are also expensive!

Using the cameras for outdoor shots at night through a window requires 2 basic rules.  !. Remove the reflections and the outside must be brighter than the inside.  

June 08, 2013 02:35 PM
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Tom Franklin

Clyde, I bought one.  Did it work for you?

June 15, 2013 09:29 PM
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Clyde O'Neill

Couldn't get the Chinese to provide a hole diameter, so I just ordered it to find out for myself. Have you received one, yet?

June 16, 2013 07:58 AM
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Tim McGill

Count me in on an outdoor model.

June 16, 2013 07:28 PM
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oakpines

An outdoor, weather resistant camera would blow away any competition.

June 17, 2013 01:40 PM
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beirne lowry

Heres a housing wth HEATER and FAN at B+H for only $14

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/556909-REG/ARM_Electronics_OC...

June 21, 2013 02:51 PM
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Clyde O'Neill

I wonder about the Dropcam's night vision reflecting off the housing glass.

June 21, 2013 11:25 PM
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Scott A. Kingsley
Berne, have you tried this? How does the wifi signal do coming out of the aluminum enclosure? I am assuming signal is from camera not the power adapter ( which would work fine if the signal is transmitted from the adapter). BH also has the bracket and power adapter. The whole deal is $25.00. The housing glass will certainly fight with the night vision. Try an external ir light source.
June 23, 2013 10:52 AM
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randy

I already have a location picked out for an outdoor camera. I currently have 3 Dropcams, one interior covering all entrances, one looking through a window for the front yard and one looking through a window covering the back yard. Back yard has a couple motion detection food lights that work very well and creates and event when they go on. I want to add one outside to cover my garage door and alley. Wifi range should be fine to this location and I have a power source already. Just waiting patiently. We have also thought of a birds eye view from the top of our chimney, but I would have to add power to this location.

June 26, 2013 07:26 AM
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ClearCom, Pro A/V

Having an outdoor dropcam would be a great idea.  I plan to try using a small solar panel and small battery to power the camera.  This way I can place it anywhere!  Thinking out by the pool.  Have power, but being used for pool stuff (pump, lights, etc.)

Once I get mine and see what voltage it requires, I can build a solar solution easily for not much money too!

June 26, 2013 08:25 AM