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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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). 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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