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jbeale
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outdoor enclosure for RPi + camera?

Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:51 am

Now that I have a few R-Pi camera boards, I'm thinking about putting one outside. For this I'd want a weatherproof enclosure that can stand up to rain (and also direct sun all day). I don't need anything huge; it only needs to be big enough for 1 RPi and 1 RPi camera, a 12V->5V converter, and some wires (and a hole for the camera to look out of). I was thinking of using a PoE kit* for power, so the only connection would be a CAT5 cable.

*maybe something as simple as a passive PoE splitter: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Power-over-Ethe ... 1100493562 in addition to 12V-5V DC-DC: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Waterproof-DC-D ... 1122976419

It seems likely that I'm not the first person to think about this. Does anyone have any outdoor enclosures they've found to work well? The tricky part is probably the lens port, so I tried a specific search for "outdoor camera enclosure" but most of them are 11-14 inches long, more than needed for a R-Pi setup.

Update: I'll probably use something like this. Still bigger than really needed, but for less than US$15 it is so cheap I probably can't find anything better.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-CCTV-Securi ... 0462513106
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Re: outdoor enclosure for RPi + camera?

Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:54 am

I squeezed a Pi, camera board and PIR Motion detector into a smallish plastic enclosure from Maplin. See this post...

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 83#p384183

It is not a waterproof box, but I sealed it with camouflage Gorilla tape. Due to the size of the power supply connector into the Pi, the power wire protrudes from the top of the box. I had to slot the box to make it fit. I sealed it with a combination of self-amalgamating tape and PVC insulation tape.

I made a 10mm hole for the camera to poke through, and placed an old SLR camera lens filter over it (daylight type), glued and sealed with hot melt adhesive.

It has withstood some heavy showers over the last few days! I'll update this post with a close-up of the box later today.

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Re: outdoor enclosure for RPi + camera?

Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:41 pm

I'm planning on using an outside floodlight enclosure. I picked one up in one of the DIY shops at the weekend for about £6.

Simply strip out the lamp and reflector from the enclosure and it leaves you with a weatherproof case with a glass front perfect for a Pi and camera. Of course it even has weatherproof cable routing :D

Just make sure that you buy one big enough to hold all of the extra bits (PoE splitter, etc) that you'll need in there along with the Pi and camera module.

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Re: outdoor enclosure for RPi + camera?

Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:28 am

The floodlight enclosure sounds like a good idea!

As a followup, in case anyone else is interested, I just got the cheap CCTV camera enclosure I linked above from ebay. The top & bottom are 2 interlocking aluminum extrusion pieces, very lightweight / flimsy, with a smaller interior steel base plate with slot to hold a camera mounting screw. The front window is glass, about 1.5 mm thick. Room enough inside for four (!) R-Pi boards plus wiring. It does offer some protection but it is far from watertight: it has curving 2mm wide open gaps around the front edge in four places, plus 4 screwholes each top & bottom and the two rear cable cutouts. With a lot of silicone sealer, maybe it could be made tight.

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Re: outdoor enclosure for RPi + camera?

Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:20 am

www.pistuffing.co.uk - Raspberry Pi and other stuffing!

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Re: outdoor enclosure for RPi + camera?

Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:30 am

Wow, a zinc die-cast enclosure that's IP-54 water-resistant, that looks very rugged! I might end up getting one. But for right now I'm looking for something quicker, and cheaper :-) I might end up with simple plastic food-keeper bowl, as a temporary solution.

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Re: outdoor enclosure for RPi + camera?

Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:22 am

My DIY solution was to us an 80mm acrylic pipe + endcaps for 75mm PVC drainpipes. I found a rubber endcap that would stretch over the 80mm pipe, and which is secured with a hose clamp. Inside that, I used a standard PVC endcap with some tape wound around it to make it fit, as mounting point. At the other (bottom) end of the pipe, which is more protected, I used a standard PVC endcap and self-amalgamating tape for sealing.
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Re: outdoor enclosure for RPi + camera?

Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:50 am

The small gaps might be weep holes, for allowing any condensation to drip out. The cable cutouts would be designed for "cable glands" which you can get cheaply (ebay!) and pass out cables with a good seal. But yeah, that one looks like it might be an indoor design. You can get decent outdoor ones quite cheaply though. This design is extremely popular and looks OK: http://www.monoprice.com/Product/?p_id=6687 The bottom screws onto a mounting bracket which you can attach to a wall.
jbeale wrote:It does offer some protection but it is far from watertight: it has curving 2mm wide open gaps around the front edge in four places, plus 4 screwholes each top & bottom and the two rear cable cutouts. With a lot of silicone sealer, maybe it could be made tight.
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Re: outdoor enclosure for RPi + camera?

Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:36 pm

@kaos: impressive construction, that one does look waterproof!

@mholling: Thanks for that link, that design looks much better than what I got, and is about the same price w/shipping.

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Re: outdoor enclosure for RPi + camera?

Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:56 am

My outdoor raspberry pi housing is based on a IP65 rated, UV resistant industrial enclosure. I cut three holes in it to add a small window (using a small piece of glass and epoxy glue), a cable grommet (for the PoE cable) and a pressure equalization element to prevent condensation caused by large inside/outside temperature differences.

To make sure that it does not get too humid inside, I fitted a tube filled with silica gel (the stuff that you get when you buy new shoes) in addition to a temperature and humidity sensor.

I also taped off all LEDs and lined the camera module with velvet so that it doesn't reflect in the glas.

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Re: outdoor enclosure for RPi + camera?

Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:16 pm

I have been working on headless internet capable security cameras using two types of fake security camera cases. Google, search amazon or ebay for fake security case or brick security case.

One is a small fake plastic security cam case from Amazon. Model A or B fits inside with wi fi only.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D8 ... UTF8&psc=1
These fake plastic security cases come apart horizontally and after gutting it is easy to mount the pi on a small stand off or two. The camera module can be mounted to the glass. I use a small strap and felt pad spacers on the front of the camera module so the camera lens is held level against the glass. Since there is no room for the power adapter (Unless you take it apart,) I cut a usb cable and power RPI from GPIO pins (two wires on USB are used) Google for more details.
It is very water proof but you will need to cover the USB power adapter to make it waterproof.
Here is a video showing this camera case in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnUaB1GVVTk

Here is another choice.
http://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-108431- ... ity+camera
http://www.amazon.com/NEEWER%C2%AE-Wate ... ick+Camera You can search for similar fake security cases. They are usually cheap and make great cases for your raspberry pi projects.
The first one is a larger aluminum camera case that I have a model B installed in. This is very rugged and waterproof..
This one has lots of room inside for a usb power supply etc. I run a power cord right into the camera case and plug the pi into the power adapter inside the case. This setup has been running continuously for more than two years without any problems.

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