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Author Topic: IP Cameras (Indoors) - Any Strategies For Hiding Them?  (Read 2934 times)

foogama

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IP Cameras (Indoors) - Any Strategies For Hiding Them?
« on: May 21, 2013, 09:27:47 AM »
I'm considering installing an IP camera system in my newly built home.  Because it will be new construction, I will have Cat6 drops wherever I decide to mount them.  I want to install a few throughout the home just to capture the main, wide-frame views of common areas like the living room, kitchen, garage, hallway, etc.  My question is though, does anyone currently use any strategies for hiding them?

It doesn't need to be CIA-grade covertness, where every camera is its own unique object that doubles as a camera (e.g. an alarm clock, smoke detector, etc.).  I just don't want it to be an eye sore while existing in prominent areas.  Also, I don't know if they could be individualized covert objects anyways, because I need them all to be network friendly so they can play nice with a home network/server setup.

Does anyone have any strategies for hiding wired IP cameras?  These will be fixed cameras, not PTZs, so I would think there has to be some way.  Some type of one-way scrim fabric disguised as art work, perhaps?

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Re: IP Cameras (Indoors) - Any Strategies For Hiding Them?
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2013, 12:11:18 PM »
Standard definition analog cameras are much easier to hide than IP cameras. If your primary goal is to keep them hidden then I recommend finding some small pinhole analog cameras and running them to an IP encoder. Axis makes some very reasonable encoders. You can run use video baluns to transmit the video and power over your cat6 cables.

http://www.axis.com/products/m70_series/index.htm

You can also find some relatively small fixed IP indoor domes these days which some wouldn't consider to be an eyesore.
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Re: IP Cameras (Indoors) - Any Strategies For Hiding Them?
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2013, 10:10:20 AM »
Axis actually makes covert IP cameras...which will make CIA level covertness pretty easy ;D

http://www.axis.com/products/p12_series/
« Last Edit: May 22, 2013, 10:11:52 AM by bearclaw »

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Re: IP Cameras (Indoors) - Any Strategies For Hiding Them?
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2013, 01:30:35 PM »
Nice, I haven't seen those. It looks like a single channel encoder with a small built in HD analog camera.
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Re: IP Cameras (Indoors) - Any Strategies For Hiding Them?
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2013, 11:44:54 AM »
Thank you, BOTH! 

I couldn't find pricing on Axis' page for any of those models,  all the purchase links are broken; but I'm already envisioning ways to incorporate that into some kind of "hiding in plain sight art piece" on a living room wall.

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Re: IP Cameras (Indoors) - Any Strategies For Hiding Them?
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2013, 01:46:31 AM »
maybe you could using mini HD 1080p camera, it is small, easy to hiding.
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