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I am a newbie to security cameras and have a very basic question. How do you get power to the cameras? I have a floodlight connected to an exterior junction box that I would like to replace with an RLC-422W. After I remove the floodlight, I have a junction box with 110V house wiring. How do I connect the power supply? Ideally, the camera had a power supply internally that I could just use wire nuts to connect it to the house wiring, but I don't see how to connect to the power supply. The only way I see to do it is to drill a hole through the wall, run the wires to the interior and plug the power supply to an electrical socket which would look terrible with three wires with connectors to another wire down to the power supply near the floor. Suggestions?
Adding an outlet to the junction box, and then plug in the reolink adapter should work. If exposed to weather, use a weatherproof in-use cover over the outlet. Make sure you have wifi signal at the location before doing all the work, of course.
I have never heard of a security camera (Wi-Fi or not) that has a 120v plug. EVERY camera is powered either using a "Wall Wart" adapter or over the Ethernet cable (PoE). This is what makes the battery powered cameras so attractive. (What makes them NOT attractive is the way they eat up batteries, cannot do constant monitoring, and lack many features.)There are companies making floodlights with security camera built in (not Reolink). If you have not made a huge investment in Reolink, you might want to look around before getting in too deep.For me, cost of the camera is not the major factor in adding more security cameras. It is "how the heck can I get power/signal to that location?"I am not 100% certain that the RLC-422W would even mount to a standard electrical box.My RLC cameras that are mounted externally have the Ethernet and Reset cords hanging inside the wall. ONLY the power cord goes through the wall.
I ended up using a USB adapter in a central l9cation and running a 30ft USB cable to each of my cameras and used the supplied microUSB cable to power each camera directly. The solar panels did not charge the cameras sufficiently on cloudy days.
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