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Old 09-06-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Backup camera

I have an NPI wireless backup camera which is not working very well. Can someone recommend a really good backup camera and monitor system? --thanks...Art
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:48 PM   #2
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Here's my saga on developing my analog system:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f450...ras-83497.html

In the end, if money is no object, the only digital system I know of is Voyager, for twice the price.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:33 AM   #3
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Exclamation Rear View Wireless Camera Systems

The reason Voyager wireless works so well is that it uses frequency hopping spread spectrum technology. The transmitting camera and the receiving monitor are digitally "paired" like you would with a Bluetooth device. Much better than units that merely transmit on one of four pre-assigned static frequencies selected with manual switches located on the transmitter and receiver. These much cheaper systems will pick up a lot of interference from various sources in neighborhoods, cities, and, to a lesser extent, even the Interstate. Competition will bring the FHSS technology to units that are somewhat less expensive than Voyager. Probably before the end of 2012.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:11 AM   #4
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The reason Voyager wireless works so well is that it uses frequency hopping spread spectrum technology. The transmitting camera and the receiving monitor are digitally "paired" like you would with a Bluetooth device. Much better than units that merely transmit on one of four pre-assigned static frequencies selected with manual switches located on the transmitter and receiver. These much cheaper systems will pick up a lot of interference from various sources in neighborhoods, cities, and, to a lesser extent, even the Interstate. Competition will bring the FHSS technology to units that are somewhat less expensive than Voyager. Probably before the end of 2012.
True, Mark. All that is covered in my link above. And translated to real world post install observations.
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Great! I can't wait to read the stories. This is the perfect way for us to learn from each other.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:20 PM   #6
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Is there a bluetooth camera I can pair up to a ipod touch?
I'm only looking at the hitching up, for its use.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:05 PM   #7
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Is there a bluetooth camera I can pair up to a ipod touch?
I'm only looking at the hitching up, for its use.
Look for an app for that. Bluetooth is 2.44 Mhz, just like the monitor and camera that I used. If there's an app, I think you could use any analog 2.44Mhz camera. Range??????? No clue.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:30 PM   #8
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Greetings! Hey there dznf0g. I am right there with you. My story is somewhat different and my one system that I purchased, trying to save money failed on my first trip. So, I went back to the drawing board. Now, out $200 I started over. This time with a Voyager digital wireless system. I purchased the add on system hoping to use my LCD monitor but found that it would not work with it and ended up buying another monitor! $$$ later I have a working system with an excellent picture. The voyager digital wireless system works well on an Airstream. I would recommend it. I had so much trouble with the 2.4 ghz analog wireless cutting in and out. It was messed up by Bluetooth, wireless phones, cell phones with bluetooth, etc. awful. The problem is that with a system bothered by so many signals, there is no guarantee that it will work when you need it. So, that means that the choice is a wired system or a digitally locked system. The Voyager system is not cheap but it works.
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On the digitally locked system did you place the transmitting camera and antenna near the center marker light in the rear? Or did you position where you are transmitting through the rear glass toward the tow vehicle to avoid aluminum?

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Old 10-09-2012, 07:26 AM   #10
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I gott tell you, with the polorized antennas, the interference is not too bad, except when MY phone is actively pairing and when I am on a call. I have little interference otherwise. When I am in a very populated area, I do get some jumping around, but it is very useable as a rear view mirror. And that's with a 30'er. It would be even better with a shorter AS.
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That's good to know. Thanks for the feedback and advice!
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Digital Backup Replacement

Finally, here is a photo and an answer to your question via pics:

I drilled a hole and used a rubber grommet to seal the hole around the cable used for power.
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I mounted a voyager digital wireless camera just below the light used for power.
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The result, a clear picture:
The light spot is the flash of the camera.
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Is there a bluetooth camera I can pair up to a ipod touch?
I'm only looking at the hitching up, for its use.
Maybe not exactly what you are looking for, but I installed a Pyle backup (wireless) camera for just this reason ($80). The camera is mounted on the license plate and I can see clearly the stinger on my Hensley - makes it a dream to connect. The screen itself I just hook up to my cigarette lighter, since I only use it to hook up. Perfect.
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Good idea Niles. What I didn't share was that my original system was a truck license plate and rear trailer camera system - 4Ucam. The trailer cam failed on my first trip. The license plate camera is out of focus or blurry and the monitor has two blue spots in it now - they look like drips but the monitor has been either on my dash or in the storage compartment under my console. The company did replace a DOA camera but they told me, after looking at sent pics of my monitor, that they would sell me another monitor - no warranty. No way. The whole system is very cheap. I will probably be looking into a different solution for hitch backing once my purple dots cover the screen. Oh, this "system" is/was only 6 months old btw.
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