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#886774 - 11th Jul 2014 12:04am External camera on a Tablet.
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On finding a camera to send down my drains is 150 a day to hire, I bought a waterproof USB endoscope (640 by 480) with a 10 metre cable from China for 9. I will tape this to my drain rods. My intention is to connect this to my Samsung Note tablet, and I have a USB adaptor to do this.

The problem is android based software to display the image. There doesn't seem to be any!

Any ideas / suggestions are very welcome.


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#886782 - 11th Jul 2014 12:23am Re: External camera on a Tablet. [Re: Excoriator]
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My brain is a bit numb tonight but I seem to remember that usb power wont travel that far, maybe 12-16 foot. I may be wrong. Quite a few years ago I tried to run a usb webcam from upstairs to downstairs and it failed on 16 foot I think. Check it will work while looking for the software. Cheers
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#886787 - 11th Jul 2014 12:45am Re: External camera on a Tablet. [Re: ZipperClub]
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Don't know if this will help.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3_VNzV-6r0

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#886789 - 11th Jul 2014 12:59am Re: External camera on a Tablet. [Re: Raven61]
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#886791 - 11th Jul 2014 1:07am Re: External camera on a Tablet. [Re: ZipperClub]
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Sorry that's for windows only.
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#886793 - 11th Jul 2014 1:19am Re: External camera on a Tablet. [Re: ZipperClub]
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#886797 - 11th Jul 2014 7:02am Re: External camera on a Tablet. [Re: Excoriator]
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Thanks Zipperclub. I will try this - when I can find my misplaced USB adapter!

Reading the reviews, it seems some people have difficulty with it, but it is worth a try. I can use a laptop if it doesn't work. It is just that a tablet is more convenient.

I know that USB is supposed to be limited to five metres or so, but the cam seems to work OK over the 10 metre cable. I guess they have beefed up the driver at the camera end to do this and/or used low loss cable.

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#886814 - 11th Jul 2014 8:53am Re: External camera on a Tablet. [Re: Excoriator]
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Phone has to be rooted for this to work wink

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#886977 - 11th Jul 2014 11:14pm Re: External camera on a Tablet. [Re: beehive]
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Phone has to be rooted for this to work wink


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#886979 - 11th Jul 2014 11:16pm Re: External camera on a Tablet. [Re: Excoriator]
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I am not quite sure what 'rooting' is, but I am alarmed at having to make significant (and maybe irreversible??) changes to my tablet.

One of the things I dislike about Android is the difficulty of knowing where everything is stored. Quite probably my fault, but with Windows I can find things. With Android I can't.

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#887027 - 12th Jul 2014 10:03am Re: External camera on a Tablet. [Re: Excoriator]
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Don't know if this would be of any help.
One of the shops by me has a security camera in the shop and he can see whats going on via a tablet or laptop even when at home away from the shop.
Camera he said was 39 off ebayI thnk


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#888975 - 21st Jul 2014 1:26pm Re: External camera on a Tablet. [Re: Excoriator]
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Thanks Derekdwc. I know that's possible with a wireless camera, but I want to use it with a waterproof borescope which is USB powered and connected, unfortunately.

No problem, I shall use it with a laptop.

It is odd that android tablets do not allow this. I am half of a mind to set to and write an app. myself, there is sure to be a market for it, but I dislike writing software and only do it when there's no alternative.


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#889054 - 21st Jul 2014 7:37pm Re: External camera on a Tablet. [Re: Excoriator]
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Maybe the tablets do not have the power to do it. Most of the power would go to its own screen.
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