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Need Recommendations For Multi Megapixel Cameras To Send Wirelessly-Line Of Site About 2 Miles

I would like to transmit video for about 13 cameras between 1 and 20 MP each located in metro area.

Any advice on who to use and what type of interference I might run into?

To clarify, are you looking for recommendations on wireless equipment? Or on cameras?

If wireless, are these 13 cameras going to be in the same place or far apart from each other?

I'm looking for wireless equipment.

The outside cameras are placed in various points in an area about 1500 ft x 600 ft. with line of site to central location about 2.5 miles away

I personally have used and really like Luxul. They are rugged, powerful and easy to use. Very low fail rate from my installs. Here is a model I go to a lot for this kind of stuff, I believe the max is 6+ Mile LoS:

They have antennas and such that probably can make what you want happen, give them a call, their support is awesome.

If you are looking at doing 20MP... that will definitely be more challenging for bandwidth.

I would suggest that you decide first what you are going to put in at maximum MP, so you can measure your max potential throughput and such (give or take for night vision, busy scene, etc). Site survey will be a most too, to figure out channels and frequencies around...


I will check Luxul.

I think you need to separate the two issues. Camera selection should be based on the required features required (MP, FOV, IR, etc.). Once bandwidth has been determined, wireless product selection should follow.

We are partial to Cambium (read Motorola) and have several links which exceed 300 Mbps, some over 14 miles (PTP250 PTP 200 - Cambium Networks).

Keep in mind that many of the wireless products will use unlicensed frequencies in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrum. Some of these frequencies, such as 5.4 – 5.6 GHz require iDFS to ensure the wireless system does not interfere with ground based radar installations. These links must be registered.

Interference issues may also be significant as the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands are fairly congested in most Metro areas. 5.1 GHz has recently become available but is power limited to short distances. You should strongly consider having a spectral analysis performed by a wireless integrator.

I’m not certain where you are located but feel free to reach out if you need a recommendation for a local wireless specialist. It may save you from a significant FCC fine. I hope this helps.

I would look at FluidMesh as well. We have had much success with this product and zero isues on the units we have installed over a year ago (granted we were not going 2 miles, but the units are rated for 10 times that).