webcam and cat5 usb connection
Posted 07 November 2006 - 01:41 PM
It has to do with using a cat5 cable with a usb long range extension cable adapter and what I need to do to make the cat5 cable weather/waterproof... ????
Or, if I am using the wrong approach, please suggest something else that is equally cost effective. The cable is for providing power between the web cam and a laptop.
I would really appreciate the help.
Here is more details.
I want to take underwater pics/movies from various fishing piers without having to go into the water - especially since it is getting rather cold out there... My photography trip is slated for Long Island, NY, over Thanksgiving - which is only a couple of weeks away.
I have a digital camera and web cam (1.3 mb pixels) and have built a housing contraption that utilizes 6" schedule C PVC with (2) 1/2" acrylic plate windows. I face out each camera in either direction.
Within the housing, I have added a circuit board using 5V that runs a timer for the digital camera. It shoots pictures every so often and works great.
I have also included a bunch of LCD lights for the strobe effect.
Since I have more than enough space, I now want to add a web cam to the housing so that I can also preview what is "down there".
I plan on connecting the housing to a nylon rope (with the cat5 cable attached) which I will then lower to the bottom of the channel. I believe it is around 10-20 feet. I will drill a hole into the 6" pvc pipe for the cat5 cable.
I plan on using using a USB long range extension cable adapter with some cat5 cable. (website = http://www.pccables....;rsite=f.70553).
Posted 07 November 2006 - 03:41 PM
Canon 350D, Ike Housing, dual DS-125, 10-17mm FE, 60mm macro.
Posted 07 November 2006 - 04:21 PM
Any other ideas or thoughts I should consider would be appreciated..
Posted 10 November 2006 - 04:41 PM
Here is an example (listing expires 11/15/06):
There is no complicated housing and the maximum recommended depth is 60'. There is 66' of cable included. This model has a color camera but others I have seen are black and white.
This particular seller offers an optional video grabber package (at the bottom of the eBay listing) for connection to a laptop. It includes a USB port adapter.
It seems like in shallow water you could control this type of unit better if you mounted it to a telescoping pole.
Have fun, and keep us posted on what you decide.
Posted 10 November 2006 - 05:06 PM
Olympus E-520, TLC arms, Inon Z-240s, 50mm, 14-42mm woody's diopter