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Roll Your Own DIY Solar-Powered Security Camera Setup

If you’re looking to set up a security camera without running power or video lines, this solar-powered version combines a cheap Wi-Fi cam with a home-rolled solar setup to provide surveillance without wires.

Courtesy of Reddit user CheapGuitar, the setup combines a dirt cheap off-brand Wi-Fi security camera, a Tupperware container spray painted black, some old camping solar panels, and a battery into a security camera that checks in as long as it’s in range of a Wi-Fi router or repeater. Hit up the link below to check out the build guide.

Solar Powered Camera [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/14/12

Comments (2)

  1. siulayhumga

    nice idea but kind of silly. The setup will cost at least $600. You don’t need one, If you are in an area that no one care about $600 worth or stuff in the open. Otherwise the last video the camera capture will most likely be someone walking away with it.

  2. Chris Morton

    $600? I guess you missed the bit where he has cheap camping solar panels hooked up to an old car battery powering a cheap 5v Chinese webcam in a tupperware box?

    I’d be very surprised if it cost as much as $100 all in.

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