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ext_91726 on March 26th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Can you show us a parts list or more photos of your setup?
Can you show us a parts list or more photos of your setup? I would really like to just copy what you did 100%.

steveshackssteveshacks on March 27th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: Can you show us a parts list or more photos of your setup?
I used the following items to build this whole thing:

-One three-foot Cat5 cable (plugs installed)
-Fifty feet of raw Cat5 cable (without tips)

I cut the three-foot cable in two, and began wiring it to the 50-foot cable (for the RJ45 plugs, only wire the orange and green!) like in my mspaint diagram above. I then wired the following to the roof end:

-Two DC plugs (one for the router, one for the screw camera)
-One female DB9 plug (for the console)

On the indoor end of the cable, wire up the following:

-One female DB9 plug

Then wire the V+ and GND wires to either a universal power supply, or the yellow and black wires inside your desktop computer.

There's not a whole lot to it, the wiring is the hardest part (very important that you get it right the first time!), the parts are dirt cheap and probably can be harvested from defunct electronics.
(Anonymous) on March 26th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
better mounting
unless you live in fair climate all year round with little humidity, your router may succumb to the weather with just a sheet of plastic covering it.

heres what i did.
added a small (about 1") fan to my router blowing inward.
bought a cheap plastic lunchbox.
routed the antennas to the outside of the box and sealed with glue (using a pigtail connector)
threw in a couple of silicon gel packets (to reduce moisture)
closed the box and sealed it with more hot glue (if i ever need to access it, it'll be quite a pain. but its airtight and shouldnt succumb to the heat or moisture easily.

might spray-paint it white to reflect more sunlight too, since mine is on top of my house. if you place it in a shaded area, heat will be less of an issue.
steveshackssteveshacks on March 27th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
Re: better mounting
For now it's alright because not only did I seal the router itself with hot glue (the bag is really more so my neighbors dont see), but our winter climate here in canada is quite cold and dry. I'll probably have a nice plexiglass case painted with chrome come summer.
kareemgrimwood on October 17th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Sorry it's so HOT; but our a/c is out, we haven't had power in FOREVER. . . . Oh, and there's some folks who'd like a word with you.
feltontripathi on October 9th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Unless you live in a very damp climate, the other metals surfaces should be safe from rust with just a light coat of gun oil, and wrapping in vapor phase corrosion inhibitive VCI paper (also available from Brownell's).
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