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  1. #91
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    Wow Don, sounds like your property is pretty 'cluttered' maybe lots of electronic bled over around you? Still a pretty awesome home project, I am still in awe of some of it!!
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  2. #92
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    Thumbs down Electronic "Soup"

    It's an effort to explore the technology we are all putzing with. I was hoping for a little better and an affordable result, I could herald for the gang, but it is not to be. The "wired solution" is pretty much error-free. I can throw just the ONE Ethernet cable out of the window ... string it out to my "remote" location, plug in the Webcam (for TTL live-view), the A700 DSLR and the tripod-robot and just start taking images from the virtual PC "Control Panel." That really is pretty neat, considering it is all over one wire and no additional power is required.

    There are at least five "evening" wireless access points I detect with my laptop, in the backyard. I have mine severely "locked down" because these smart-pants youths like to pry where they don't belong, sharpening their 'hacker' skills on their poor neighbors. I also have O'Hare's powerful air tracking radar less than a mile from the house, sizzling the tree tops with raw RF energy. I'm surprised that we are going as well as we are, under those circumstances. I pity the people who actually live closer.

    Anyway ... I suppose the wireless USB could be a liability in that regard, as it has no real method of preventing access to the devices. I haven't really weighed all the security issues, but since it does not work reliably, anyway ... who cares? I'm sure its day will come soon enough.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 04-18-2009 at 09:24 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  3. #93
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    I find it interesting how many people have a wide open unsecured wirless access to there home computers and even some office ones. I guess what ever level of security one feels comfortable with, but Geesh it isn't that hard when you hook up at home. Just a interesting side note, law enforcement at a national level are noticing among child pornography 'collectors' are jumping on unsecured home wi fi in residental neighborhoods during the day. We are taught during investigations to look for keychain sized wi fi locators, 'wal mart' for less then $20.00" and jump drives, they like to keep the collections close at hand so to speak. Now back to the photography
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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  4. #94
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    Don, I think the Gefen device is old hat operating at 54Mbps.

    The WUSB standard speced by the "Wireless USB Promoter Group" operates in the 3.1 to 10.6 GHz frequency range and is capable of sending 480 Mbit/s at distances up to 3 meters and 110 Mbit/s at up to 10 meters. An upcoming 1.1 spec is aimed at 1 Gbit/s and working frequencies up to 6 GHz.

    D-link make one to this new standard ,,,,,,, http://www.dlink.com/products/resour...rid=2320&sec=0 ,,, but I hear it may be a bit slow. Nothing available yet in UK and I have no experience of any and have no idea of the dropoff over 10M.

  5. #95
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    Cool Wrapping things up ...

    Problem with these UHF/SHF frequency devices is that their penetration capabilities are severely limited. A solid wall becomes an issue and line-of-sight between antennae is absolutely critical. You can easily see this as you get to light-speed frequencies, where even a simple sheer drape destroys legible transmission.

    If we had no walls ... LOL.

    Anyway ... here is the final project design ... I know it looks a bit "wire-bound", but I am using the cables that came with all the parts ... if you wanted to pare them down, get out the wiring tools and get started.

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    As you can see, all three connections and I added the Manfrotto RC2 Quick-release to the top of the tripod-robot, so I can easily remove the camera, w/o having to remove the robot from its location. The WebCam removes quickly from the hot-shoe mount and you simply pull the USB R/C cable from the side of the α700 DSLR USB port. Three minor actions and the camera is in your hands. So, it is not "wire-bound."

    Then tucked away in the camouflage netting:

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    (The neck strap is conveniently tucked away in a rear pocket of the camo head-net)

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    (the convenient flip lens cap is only on my 28-75mm f/2.8 lens. It usually is not on any of my other lenses.)

    HIDING UP IN THE TREE

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    α700 w/ TAMRON SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO

    If you do not use the Vertical Grip (CG-A70AM) for additional battery support to the α700 DSLR, you can drop the net another 1-inches
    Last edited by DonSchap; 04-19-2009 at 05:21 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  6. #96
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    Thumbs down A little AHEAD of its capability

    I packed up the WUSB 4-port Hub and sent it back to the manufacturer. It was not meant to be, this time. But, it was a challenge to try. A man has to know his limitations.

    Anyway, weather is definitely on the upswing ... better get some shots.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 11-06-2009 at 09:57 AM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  7. #97
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    Angry Back Off, Pal!

    The closer you get, the more ... well, severe, the ladies seem to get.

    "Out of my face, camera boy!"

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    A700 w/ TAMRON SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD 1:1 MACRO
    @ f/11 - 1/500 sec. - ISO-1600 - Spot Focus - Spot Metering - Cloudy - Dist: 5-feet! - Remote Control Shot

    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  8. #98
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    Well, the winds were way up, today. 20-30 mph and the birds were not happy about it. Some of the feeders got attention ...

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    but, most did not. It was sunny and 70+ degrees, though ... and that has been a little rare around here.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  9. #99
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    80* F here in Ohio today, soft gentle breeze, more of the same for the weekend!!!
    man are we gonna pay for this LOL!
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    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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  10. #100
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    We already are ... the rain hit early this AM ... and more is on the way ... four days worth!

    "Noah ... I'm comin', buddy! I'll bring pictures. Watch for the canoe!"
    Last edited by DonSchap; 04-25-2009 at 10:04 AM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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