Setting up 3G for your HD IP Construction Camera with Time Lapse

In this Blog post we are going to cover the basics of setting up your HD IP construction site camera. In particular using 3g technology for construction and jobsites. New build applications with no landline or internet access. We are also going to look at the technology and methods used for collecting your HD Jpeg images. Which will be used later on for your final time lapse movie creation. The most popular device we sell for time lapse photography is our 1080p HD solutionWhat are we waiting for lets go.

Is 3G Time lapse what you actually need ?

First of all, if you have landed on this page, and/or have read this far, chances are 3G is the solution you require. Lets quickly look at why, where and when 3g is deployed.

All our hd time solutions share one common technology feature. They are IP based (Internet protocol). They run on the Ethernet and data network. Do you have a printer at home that connects to your router ? That is an IP device. If you have a CCTV camera that runs over your network, one that is plugged in with a cat5e cable. That is an IP device. If you want to get really technically, see this page from Webopedia on Internet Protocol (IP). 

3g icon for the blog page

Our Photography IP time lapse solutions which are used for construction sites are IP based. Each camera has its own built in web-server and IP address. Long story short anyone ? Running these systems over a network and internet connection, allows you to log in and view the construction site remotely. You could be sat at home, relaxing in your local bar, a library ? whatever, wherever, you can log in and view the area. ( obviously you must be using an internet enabled machine. This could be a PC, Laptop, MAC or smartphone.

Image shows an example of viewing the ip camera on a web-browser.

So, if you’re new build work site has no internet connection, your kind of removing the biggest feature of the camera. If you do not wish to deploy a 3g network, you can still use the camera for time lapsing. However, your images would need to be collected and stored locally. On a NAS device for example. As just mentioned, you remove the remote viewing element. Who wants that hey. I wouldn’t ! Before you get to in-depth with 3g, we suggest using this 3g postcode checker by 02. If you can not get the 3g coverage you need, you may be best with a wireless solution.

For those who don’t want to lose that feature, let me introduce a 3G ready time lapse system. First you need to decide which HD IP Time Lapse system you require. Our best seller is the 1080p option. This system is pre built in our warehouse. The 3G element is a system add-on. When we ship your camera/system, it ships with a high speed 3g router. This is the same 3g solution we have used for many years. We have lost count at how many remote viewing construction site projects its been involved in. I would probably say 100’s rather than 1000’s. Depending on your setup. You could look to house the 3g router within the cameras housing. We do supply an external pole mount box you could utilize.

There are other time lapse systems available to buy. Ones which offer 3g construction site time lapse photography. These solution have the 3g built in. We have found our customers prefer not to pay over the odds. Its really not difficult at all to mount the 3g router and antenna somewhere.

This is an example of the box you could purchase >. You could fit your 3G router inside. As mentioned above, you could possibly fit tge small router inside the housing. However, if you are powering your construction site IP camera by POE, you may not have room. (both the POE unit and the router need housing)

Lets cover that in a little more detail. This is not a solar powered solution. Therefore, you will need to power the camera. You do have the option for a none POE electrical power supply.

However, you have to connect the camera with a ca5e Ethernet cable. Its more flexible to send power down that same single cable. When you have your system, you will have the camera pre built and assembled into the IP67 housing unit.

image to show how the 3g router looks that connects to the IP time lapse camera
A POE injector and the 3g high speed router ship with the system, as an accessory. We advise to use Powerdsine and their GIG POE Injector. The 3g router is not POE out. Infact, I don’t think you can get a 3g router that gives POE out. You will need to plug the POE injector into the router. The POE injector will also need powering.

Then you plug a cat5e cable into your POE injector. Plug the other end into your constrcution site time lapse IP camera. You have not created a network point. This allows you to view the camera remotely. Obviously the 2 accessories (POE injector/3g router) will need housing and protecting. As the installer, that is something you need to care of.

A 3rd system add on you may require is a pole mount adapter (for the IP camera). The IP67 housing unit is complete will a wall.surface mount arm. The bracket is cable managed. This makes feeding your cat5e or cat6 cable through very easy. iTime Lapse systems stocks a cost effective pole mount bracket.

Once the camera is assembled on your wall or pole, you need to configure it. This is so easy to do. Anyone with IP camera, FTP or general IT experience will not find this a problem.

Below you will see an example of the time lapsing GUI. This is easily accessed trough the camera’s IP address. Just simply type the IP address into a web-browser. You can use Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

bottom and last image of the time lapse camera

The picture shows how you focus the varifocal lens. Mirroring the entire set up, this is as simple as pointing the camera and clicking focus. Within the settings you will see an “Events” section. This is where you enter your FTP server details.

Filezilla is a FREE FTP server programme. In a nutshell, you download Filezilla on your PC or Laptop. Create a location (folder) for your images to be stored. Log into the time lapse cameras settings. Enter your FTP server details. Then the camera will periodically capture, send and help store your HD JPEG images.

We have spent years providing HD Time Lapsing Camera Systems to our partners. If you have a question, email or call. Details are here. You will also find out best selling products around the border of our website.