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How far will the wireless work (Distance from my house to my barn)?

We Carry 2 distance ranges. With both, you will see a line of sight rating as well as recommended distances. Because of the variables in use, transmitters are rated at line of sight. Since your TV will not be sitting in your yard, we've also list the recommended distances that come into play with getting a wireless signal into your home.

Our standard range system is rated at 1000 feet line of sight. We have found this to be effective for most setups out 400 to 500 feet for good house coverage in frame built homes.

Our extended range system uses an FCC part 90 class transmitter and is effective 2000 to 3000 feet with an open line of sight.  Further distances are achievable.  If needed, give us a call and we'll discuss your needs.

With either system, you do not need a clear line of sight. It will penetrate drywall and framed siding on your home. If you have a brick home, you want to be sure you have a window facing the barn, in line with the location you wish to place the receiver. Where this is not always necessary, it becomes more of a chance at the end of the distance ratings. The standard range system will be more prone to problems with brick homes. If you have the window as a back up, follow our recommended distances. If not, give is a call.

 

NEW  Riverwind now offers point to point wireless and Internet systems.  These transmitters are effective up to 3 miles line of sight.  If you have internet at the barn, you can view from anywhere.

 

My barn is metal sided. Will the wireless work?

Yes, our system is effective for both wood and metal barns. We do not carry separate systems for the different barns. What other's sell as a wood barn camera is a non-weatherproof transmitter camera that does not hold up to damp, dusty barn use. With our system, the camera can be placed where ever you wish. Place the transmitter on the outside of the metal barn walls facing the house. This allows for a clear signal for the metal barn owner and a little added distance for the wood barn as the signal does not have to penetrate the barn walls on it's way to your home.

 

Why do you include cable when it's a wireless system?

The camera in a metal barn must be connected to the exterior transmitter on the outside of the barn. A metal barn walls would not allow the signal to get out if placed the transmitter were inside. We recommend the wood barn owner do the same for optimum signal strength, but if you wish, you can mount the transmitter and the camera side by side in a wood barn.

 

 

I cannot see my barn from the house, will they work?

That depends, if you cannot see any part of the barn (roof, corner or nearby pole) from the house because of trees, hills, etc.. No, wireless is probably not for you. If you cannot see the barn because of an outbuilding that is wood sided then you may be ok. You are going to decrease your distance by shooting through the wood outbuilding so you may need to over compensate on the transmitter model.

If you can see any part of the barn such as the roof or a nearby utility pole then yes you can make it work. The transmitter should be placed at the visible area. You may wish to view our transmitter video on our home page. It may explain it better.

Trees:; If you can see barn paint through the trees you're probably ok. Don't try getting a signal through a forest but a few trees won't hurt so long as you place the transmitter in the visible area.

Hills. If you can't shoot a rifle from the house to the barn without hitting mother earth, Wireless is not a good option. If the roof is visible or you can cable to an area that is, give us a call.

If you have internet at the barn, we can setup a system even without line of sight

 

How far away and wide will the cameras see?

The cameras effective distance and the width it see's depends on the focal length of the lens. Our most popular is our 3.6 mm wide angle lens. You get a 90 (width) field of view, but because of the wide angle nature, distances appear further than they would to the naked eye. We've found that After about 50-60 feet larger animals like cattle and horses start to get rather small. Smaller stock such as sheep or goats tend to seem out of range after about 35 - 40 feet. You'll still see the animal, but it's going to be a little hard to tell if they're in labor. For applications where you wish to get a better view of farther distances, we carry a 6 mm and a 9 mm lens. They will bring the picture in closer, but you'll lose width on the field of view. Our home page has a video link that gives actual video footage of the different cameras mounted in the same location. By default, se ship all orders with a wide angle 3.6 mm lens. If you wish a 6 or 9 mm, you may request it by phone or in the special instructions on the shopping cart. There's no additional charge. For extreme distance viewing such as a driveway camera, give us a call. We carry specialty lenses out to 22 mm's.

 

How much light is needed for the cameras to operate?

All of our cameras function normally with very little light. The Black and White Camera needs enough light for you to walk around without bumping into the stall wall. If you can see, the camera will see better than you do. Incandescent lights work better than florescent lighting.

The Color Camera has an auto change over mode. If the light level becomes too low for the color to function properly, the camera will operate in a black and white mode thus allowing for use with lower natural lighting.

The Infrared Cameras operate in zero light. The Infrared LED's built into the camera lens provide viewing 15 to 20 feet. The color cameras operate in color during the day and black and white infrared during zero light. The black and white infrared camera operates black and white normal during the day and b/w IR at night.

If you need extended IR distance for a driveway or other distance usage, give us a call. We carry IR cameras capable of zero light viewing out to 100 feet.

Our camera video provides actual examples of the different types of standard and IR cameras.

How does the equipment hold up outside or in a barn?

Our weatherproof cameras and transmitter units are used because they hold up. Unlike new startup companies, Riverwind has been testing and selling solely barn cameras since 1997.

What if I want multiple cameras?

Our multiple cameras page explains the setup in detail. In brief, it works the same as a single camera system except where a single camera would feed straight to the transmitter, multiple cameras now cable to a switching unit. The switcher has a single output line that plugs to the transmitter where the single camera normally would. You may start with a single camera system and add the switcher and camera(s) later, or order all at once. Nothing is wasted and the price difference is the same whether you do it piece meal or all at once.

How does a multiple camera system work?

Once in place, you select which cameras you wish to view on the switcher. You can rotate between cameras, turn off certain cameras from the rotation or select an individual camera to view all the time should you have an animal you know is close. The rotation speed can be adjusted from 1/2 to 15 seconds per camera. We carry 4 and 8 camera switching units.

Why use a switcher for multiple cameras, why not use a split screen?

A switcher gives you live action video where a quad processor (split screen) outputs a slower frame rate that causes the video to appear in slow motion. Where this is fine for security purposes, we've found when viewing animals for signs of labor, this choppy video can cause you to miss those subtle signs. The use of a quad would also make audio impossible. Our switching units have the ability to rotate audio as well as the video. For those who don't mind the above, we do carry quad's, give us a call.

What about interference?

In 2013, Riverwind Barn Cameras switched over to 2.4 Digital transmitters and receivers.  This means no interference which was commonly associated with older 2.4 analog units.  The digital conversion came with a slight loss in resolution, but the overall performance and durability makes up for this.  Here’s a link to a video that shows the same camera through both Digital and Analog or hard wired. 

What if it does not work?

All of our products come with a 10 day trial money back guarantee. Try the system when you receive it. If it's not going to meet your needs, give us a call for an RMA number. All products have a one year warranty. See our terms and conditions for further.

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