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11-29-2005 03:56 AM  12 years agoPost 1
hmd7968

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heres a question i hope can get an answer
nikon coolpix has a new camera, the p1
it has 811b-g wireless built in
this would downlink to a laptop real time w/ download and view
when you landed your pictures would already be loaded for burn, edit, touchup
etc.

my question is what is the effective range of a minipci 811b-g with internal antenna?

any input would be appreciated pro and con.
thanks

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11-29-2005 03:59 AM  12 years agoPost 2
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probably not enough. My wireless network sure as hell wouldnt work.

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11-29-2005 04:05 AM  12 years agoPost 3
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i know they dont work so well through walls but what about elevated line of sight

or maybe a signal amplifier

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11-29-2005 04:28 AM  12 years agoPost 4
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yes it can be done with the right antenna, if you can use a external antenna on the camera, and a good antenna on your laptop, it should be fine. I ve done it. Not with what your talking about but playing around with wireless networks.

Victoria BC, Canada, Century Swift,Trex SA 450, Hummingbird V3.

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11-29-2005 04:49 AM  12 years agoPost 5
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thanks for your input wedge
dont think a camera antenna would be possible but i thin a signal relayer inbetween would work
just always had a hard time getting relayer to work specially with wep or wap encryption
just trying to keep it simple
a laptop antenna would involve removing internal minipci and plugging in aftermarket pci card
was trying to get a feel for range of 2 internals in the wild blue yonder

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11-29-2005 05:14 AM  12 years agoPost 6
iflybyu77

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Why would you run WAP or WEP for a camera anyways? Not like someone is going to steal your copywrighted photos.. And if they did, good job for being in the right place/right time!

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11-29-2005 05:23 AM  12 years agoPost 7
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theres a possibility i might be using my laptop for other things too besides taking pictures

like balancing my checkbook or buying cameras online with my credit card

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11-29-2005 05:28 AM  12 years agoPost 8
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anybody in a house or apt. building could gain access to my files within about a 300 foot area

all they need is some special software

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11-29-2005 05:38 AM  12 years agoPost 9
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Why would it matter if wep was enabled or not, how does the camera work anyway, wep is an option in your wireless router, wouldn't imagine you can have it set up between you camera and laptop, how does it work anyway, because your laptop is looking for a wireless network to connect to, how does it connect to your laptop. And yes about using and antenna on your laptop, my laptop is older and I have a wireless card in it that you can plug in a external antenna, this is how I sniff for other wireless networks.

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11-29-2005 06:01 AM  12 years agoPost 10
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when you enable wireless you need encryption whether your at your local coffee shop or downloading pictures next to an apt.building
unless you dont have anything to steal
except maybe videogame cheats
looks like ill have to look elsewhere for my original question
sorry didnt mean to intimidate anybody
bye

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11-29-2005 12:17 PM  12 years agoPost 11
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Nikon's own specs for this camera show a wireless range of only 100ft. In my experience wireless tx/rx range is typically around 70% of manufacturers quote. Not exact but close. You may be able to increase your range by using an access point and a couple of the higher dB antennas. I usually get about 50% greater range with that setup.

But - even if 100% is assumed you only have about 100ft to work with. Sounds like it would work if you flew up, took pics then hovered within 100ft of the laptop (or access point), downloaded pics then went back up for more. The transfer time might get you, though. I estimate transfer time for the largest image file to be around 5 seconds each over wireless. Is this close to what you've experienced? Transferring 10 images would would require hovering or close flying for about a minute.

I like the idea! Hope it works - should work! Send some pics and let us know the outcome.

Wes

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11-29-2005 04:55 PM  12 years agoPost 12
hmd7968

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thanks wes
pleasant surprise
that would of been my next question "whats transfer times on 811g camera and 811b laptop"
sounds too short of range and too long on download
sounds like you know your stuff
was interesting concept anyway
but a can of worms right at tis stage of technology
unless camera can que the images for download
maybe will give nikon a call
once again thanks

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11-29-2005 05:08 PM  12 years agoPost 13
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Glad it helped. The transfer of B is about 60% slower. Here's a link to a review from ImgaingResource.com that has more detailed info on the wireless aspects.

You should try it though and see how well it works...

Wes

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11-29-2005 05:54 PM  12 years agoPost 14
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hmd7968 - wasn't trying to be smart or un-helpful. You realize that WEP/WAP slow down the pipeline somewhat. And if you are not acting as a dedicated access point all the time, it wouldn't really make a whole lot of sense. And yes, G radios would still be somewhat slow for transferring 5-8 gigapixel images, unless there was some reasonalble sized buffer. Nothing replaces good ole hardware connectivity yet, so storing them directly to a camera and only viewing what was shot while in the air still seems like the best solution.

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