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    andreleblancjr
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    I am the proud owner of (2) RLC-510A cameras. I'm curious to know how other people have mounted their bullet cameras outside.
    For example

      * Did anyone mount the camera(s) on vinyl siding? On brickwork?
      * If so, how? And what additional hardware did you need, if any?

    For me, having three pigtails but only one cutout in the mounting plate is confusing. What am I supposed to do with the remaining cables? Currently, I'm using this to hold all the cables. In the cap, I cut out a hole to pass the cables through. Then the bundle of cables are inside, along with the ethernet coming in from the side. The camera itself is mounted flush on the cap.
    This setup seems logical to me, but I could very well be missing some other setup that is way more obvious once I see.

    #1258660

    Steve H.
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    I chose to mount mine in a similar fashion. I found some white, weatherproof boxes on Amazon that were predrilled and tapped with the mounting hole pattern and with a center hole for the cables to pass through.

    #1258740

    andreleblancjr
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    Steve, ya got a link to the box you used?
    What type of surface did you mount the box to?

    #1259284

    Str1d3r
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    I did the same as what you used on a few cameras but ended up getting the metal boxes for the rest. They are a bit pricey in comparison to the plastic boxes but for simplicity I just added it to the cost of the cameras while on sale. From the accessories tab.

    Just toss the mounting screws that come with them and get some stainless steel or galvanized screws. For brick use some plastic anchors and use a masonry drill bit

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by  Str1d3r.
    #1259454

    Steve H.
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    The box I used is this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B08742VFPT
    At the time I got them they were $10 each; more than I wanted to pay, but they're white to match the cameras and house, so the wife objects less to them. The base of the B800 cameras fits one of the hole patterns provided. It also covers the majority of the unused holes, but not all. I attached them to stuccoed walls under the eaves of my house.

    #1375761

    andreleblancjr
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    To follow up on my original post, and hoping others might follow suit... Here is what my installation process looked like.

    The box that I used from Home Depot, linked in my original post.
    1-box

    I shaved off the external tabs and then painted them to more closely match the brickwork they were going to be mounted to.
    2-paint

    Close up of the box. (I removed the gasket prior to painting)
    3-texture

    I had to use different screws than what were supplied. The cameras come with small screws and plastic anchors that look like they're meant for drywall, and not really outdoor applications.
    I used what were essentially self-tapping metal screws.
    4-cap-top

    I wrapped the back of the screws to prevent the cables from getting pierced and to act ever-so-slightly as a retainer.
    5-cap-bottom

    I then mounted the boxes up on the house. I initially planned on using Tapcon screws, but ended up using big steel screws. They actually worked better in the pilot holes in the brick. (Previous to mounting the boxes, I drilled a hole in the top channel area to feed the ethernet cable.
    6-on-house

    It got a wee bit tricky at this point. I had to drill my hole to the inside of the garage and run the open ethernet cable through the hole, and then into the hole in the box. Only then could I crimp the RJ45 connector on to the cable. This was the slightly harder way of doing it because I didn't want to drill a hold large enough for the RJ45 cable to passthrough. My intent is to keep the box as weathertight as possible. Smaller hole; smaller area to seal. (I didn't get any pictures of this step.) Once that was done, I had to connect the entire cap/camera assembly, and then wind up those cables so I could screw the cap on. This was also kinda tricky to keep the gasket in place and not pinch the bundle of wires that wanted to push out from the inside. I plan on going back and spray painting the cable at some point. (Of course, masking off the wall behind it, and the front of the camera...just in case!)
    7-mounted

    8-poe-switch
    Lastly, is the POE switch that I mounted in the top corner of my garage. There's very little extra wiring between it and the cameras. The switch then feeds back down to a hole going into my basement where it plugs into the primary router.

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