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Request for Comment/Insight: Convert Indoor WiFi Cam to Weatherproof Outdoor Cam

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Trying to kill two birds with one stone, I posted this lengthy thread the other day. The moderator moved it to the Suggestions forum where it is doomed to die without responses:

So let's skip to the essential question with only essential information. Here's an Amcrest Wi-Fi Indoor Robotic PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera:

You could read the original thread, or I will say that I'm not interested in POE cameras in either Indoor or Outdoor flavors -- not now anyway. But they leave the user with the same feature: he must still manage a single wire between a source or switch and the camera when he installs it. There are few if any outdoor PTZ cams.

I think I can make an indoor cam weatherproof for outdoor use in our mild So-Cal climate here. That is:

1) I can mount it in a perpetually shaded area while still giving full panoramic viewing of an entire patio and hillside;

2) I can keep the camera fairly waterproof without compromising the optical quality with glare or obstruction.

My plan is to use a clear-plastic circular grocery-store cake-box, waterproofing the wired power connection and the cake-box, and mounting the assembly on the bottom of a 2nd-story waterproof deck overlooking a patio. The only drawback might be moisture condensation from the air already sealed in the box.

What do you think? Do you have other ideas? Does it seem feasible?

Date: Oct 10, 2017   

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