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external CCTV case for under £10?

Sat May 17, 2014 9:25 am

Hi all,

Iv'e been looking on the internet for a low cost external CCTV camera case, but have had no luck.

Ideally I want one for under a tenner, but am struggling to find one that will fit a Raspberry pi with a noir camera and USB connector plugged in (they are quite long).

I plan to mount the camera under the guttering just below the eves, and bring the WIFI dongle back into the attic for better reception.

1) ideally waterproof dome type that will fit the PI with a USB cable plugged in (approx 7cm x 15cm x 3cm) for under £10
2) second hand waterproof dome type for under £10
3) broken camera, intact case waterproof dome type
4) I don't mind hacking an old/broken camera out of a case and DIY mounting the PI and noir camera in its place.
5) Extending the cable between the noir PCB and the PI and getting a smaller enclosure, Iv'e seen extension cables, but none that are suitable for bringing out of an external camera case. I need a long (at least 2 meters of round cable, not flat).

Someone must have done this before cheaply,

any ideas, links would be appreciated,

Kind regards,


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Re: external CCTV case for under £10?

Sat May 17, 2014 9:50 am

Have you done a Google Shopping search by price? ... :l,p_ord:p
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Re: external CCTV case for under £10?

Sat May 17, 2014 9:59 am

A Raspberry model A fits inside this

Fake Dummy Outdoor Waterproof Swivel Motion IR Signal Surveillance Camera CCTV 5 @ £8.84

Or this one has a bit more room inside:

Dummy Outdoor Brick Camera with switchable On/Off LED @ £14.59
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Re: external CCTV case for under £10?

Sun May 18, 2014 6:11 am

Hi Mike, this looks good, if not a little tight, but how waterproof is it? Have you used one outside with a pi and PI camera in it?

The links you gave didn't look like Amazon's usual site, so i searched for it. I'm assuming this is the same one: ... 0&ff14=108

GTR2Fan, I didn't do a search for "dummy" because i was worried about how waterproof a dummy would be. If all they're trying to protect is a battery circuit then they may not pay too close attention to water ingress.

Has anyone any practical experience with putting a pi inside a dummy case and putting it outside? Maybe spraying it with water and seeing if it leeks?

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Re: external CCTV case for under £10?

Mon May 19, 2014 8:05 am

Enough silicon sealant can make (almost) anything watertight, the dummy camera won't have enough holes to make it unsealable and a tube of bathroom sealant will solve any water ingress problems (just leave yourself a way to cut back into the case.

take the dummy case and remove internal components. fill with cardboard and close it up.
spray it with a hose and see where (or if) the cardboard got wet.
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Re: external CCTV case for under £10?

Tue May 20, 2014 8:04 am

love it! :lol:

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Re: external CCTV case for under £10?

Tue May 20, 2014 11:57 am

How about something like this - doesn't look like a camera, but enough space inside for everything you need. Maybe. ... 00lm/95207 ... 00lm/28393
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Re: external CCTV case for under £10?

Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:40 pm

also looking to do something similar soon, did you buy a case yet? or anyone else recommend a good case to use?

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Re: external CCTV case for under £10?

Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:44 pm

Re-igniting this topic a little,
I also wondered about doing something similar, but using something along the lines of: ... 4858deff26
which would be great for 360 degree viewing (you can't see behind the camera), then 2 options of either a GPIO controller servo to turn the camera 360 or even better some kind of fancy lens which allows permanent 360 view - I've seen these ... B008ER8AMG
for mobiles.

Food for thought!

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Re: external CCTV case for under £10?

Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:49 pm

This youtube video shows exactly what you are all trying to do:

I've been working on a similar project for a while, just haven't had the time to finish it. I used this dummy camera which is waterproof (still seal it up with silicon!): ... B002PK0UU8

I used perspex in mine with adhesive nylon for the pi to sit on. The camera fits perfectly where the dummy one is and you just use nylon bolts to fit it to the existing plate.

It works great, however now that I've seen that youtube video I'm going to add my PIR to it which is what I've been trying to work out how to do but that video has solved that!!

This is the best camera solution I have found. I've seen lots of IP Cameras, but for the price and the amount of this you can do with this since it's based on linux makes it so much better. For 80 quid you can make a camera that works better than the ones in the 100's with full 1080P HD, IR and PIR!

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