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Wifi back up camera
Published by kierbmw
04-13-2014
Wifi back up camera

Hi,

Anybody tried installing wifi back up camera on non-navi e90? http://www.4ucam.com/iphone-android-...up-Camera.html
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By techie182 on 05-22-2014, 08:14 PM
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Just buy camera that fits into your rear license plate light. It looks like oem and fits like oem.
After that get wireless transmitter($5 ebay or free with camera)
Get lcd screen(I got lcd screen built into rearview mirror) $20
Screen only pops up when I put my gear on reverse.
Wiring is super easy(draw power from reverse light bulb).

I got mine installed for about $70.
$130 for cheap camera with wifi transmitter is rip off.
Also you would have to turn on your phone and connect to wifi to view it.
I really don't want to do that everytime I'm reversing.
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By TheGlobetrotter on 05-24-2014, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by techie182 View Post
Just buy camera that fits into your rear license plate light. It looks like oem and fits like oem.
After that get wireless transmitter($5 ebay or free with camera)
Get lcd screen(I got lcd screen built into rearview mirror) $20
Screen only pops up when I put my gear on reverse.
Wiring is super easy(draw power from reverse light bulb).

I got mine installed for about $70.
$130 for cheap camera with wifi transmitter is rip off.
Also you would have to turn on your phone and connect to wifi to view it.
I really don't want to do that everytime I'm reversing.
That's actually some great insight...any chance you can share some pictures?
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By e92ry on 05-27-2014, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by techie182 View Post
Just buy camera that fits into your rear license plate light. It looks like oem and fits like oem.
After that get wireless transmitter($5 ebay or free with camera)
Get lcd screen(I got lcd screen built into rearview mirror) $20
Screen only pops up when I put my gear on reverse.
Wiring is super easy(draw power from reverse light bulb).

I got mine installed for about $70.
$130 for cheap camera with wifi transmitter is rip off.
Also you would have to turn on your phone and connect to wifi to view it.
I really don't want to do that everytime I'm reversing.
Please post more information about this method, such as which LCD screen you bought for the rear view mirror. I would like to get a rear view camera installed into my car.
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By onesuperboi on 05-27-2014, 05:20 PM
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Please post more information about this method, such as which LCD screen you bought for the rear view mirror. I would like to get a rear view camera installed into my car.
+1
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By techie182 on 05-27-2014, 05:40 PM
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I bought and installed last year.
But here are camera and lcd thats similar to what I bought last year.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2006-2013-CM...55ec19&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-4-3-TFT-...item5aff5aefe8

You can use any lcd with vid input. Didnt want my dash to look busy/messy so I bought rearview mirror with lcd(lcd turns on only when I put my gear on reverse).
Will take picture at break time.
I have 08 with 8" lcd nav. 08 dont have input for rearview camera so I went this route. Input module was $300 last time I checked(just for module).
Make sure to get camera with Sony ccd. I can get clear view even in pitch dark with reverse/tail light.
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By e92ry on 05-27-2014, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by techie182 View Post
I bought and installed last year.
But here are camera and lcd thats similar to what I bought last year.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2006-2013-CM...55ec19&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-4-3-TFT-...item5aff5aefe8

You can use any lcd with vid input. Didnt want my dash to look busy/messy so I bought rearview mirror with lcd(lcd turns on only when I put my gear on reverse).
Will take picture at break time.
I have 08 with 8" lcd nav. 08 dont have input for rearview camera so I went this route. Input module was $300 last time I checked(just for module).
Make sure to get camera with Sony ccd. I can get clear view even in pitch dark with reverse/tail light.
This might be a stupid question, but since you said you purchased a wireless transmitter.. are there absolutely no wires going from the mirror to anything?

This looks like a good solution, but I just dont want any wires dangling around in my car.
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By joekitch on 05-28-2014, 12:29 AM
actually, the thing OP linked is the first time i have ever seen a product like that....a lot of the car PC folks like me that stick to the android ecosystem have been looking for something like this. the only problem is that the wifi camera (since its wifi based) will probably have to be on at all times and connected at all times to the tablet, meaning battery drain.
but again, almost nothing else does this yet

a bluetooth 4 camera would be perfect though, almost no current draw in standby state and still has great bandwidth
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By techie182 on 05-29-2014, 05:50 PM
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Mine is one with 4.3inch center display. Last pic is different mirror that my friend installed on his e90. Hard to see them during the day but it was only $20 shipped. You can get simple 3-4inch lcd mounted on your dashboard if you want clear view during the day.
Just red and black wire for power. No video out/in cable going from front to back.
Bluetooth/Wifi will be nice idea but you'll need lcd with bluetooth/wifi receiver. Yes you can use smartphone but will take some time to sync.

Power is drawn only when gear is on reverse(wire is connected to reverse light bulb).
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By chisss on 05-30-2014, 02:41 PM
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I'm sure the Rear-view mirror also needs power to power on the LCD correct?
Can someone post step by step instructions on this? that would be very very helpful!
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By bernard54321 on 06-13-2014, 03:44 AM
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Link to the last pictures mirror? I like that setup a little more, but cant find one with the wifi or the correct one to hook up with the first link you listed in your ebay links...
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By vanondemand on 06-16-2014, 06:07 PM
As stated above, I had a similar setup for half the price.

I used these transmitter/receiver set:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-4GHZ-Wirel...item19d8f8df57

This License plate light camera:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/For-99-11-BM...32e065&vxp=mtr

and a little 6" monitor.

Please note that when wiring the camera up you will need a relay in order for it to power up the camera properly. Drawing power directly from the reverse light bulb will not work properly. You need to wire the relay directly to the battery in the trunk and use the reverse light bulb as a trigger.
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By bernard54321 on 06-16-2014, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by vanondemand View Post
As stated above, I had a similar setup for half the price.

I used these transmitter/receiver set:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-4GHZ-Wirel...item19d8f8df57

This License plate light camera:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/For-99-11-BM...32e065&vxp=mtr

and a little 6" monitor.

Please note that when wiring the camera up you will need a relay in order for it to power up the camera properly. Drawing power directly from the reverse light bulb will not work properly. You need to wire the relay directly to the battery in the trunk and use the reverse light bulb as a trigger.
Good info about wiring, but the 6" moniter is mounted where? I like how it is in the mirror and off to the left side of the mirror. But i dont know where to find the mirror/screen assembly
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By kenny22 on 06-21-2014, 02:13 AM
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Hi,

I'm also looking for a solution of installing a rear view cam. When i do so i'll make a DIY for it but for now i have a question

Is the visibility of the lcd in the mirror good? because it's so reflective?
I think the mirror is the best solution because i don't know where else to put a screen for it. what type of mirrors do you use? (link on ebay?)

On ebay there a a lot of cheap mirrors but i doubt the visibility, i would also like to have a complete mirror and not a clip-on.

Next question i don't have a auto-dimming rear view mirror, nor the alarm or rain sensor but when i look at my mirror i see a cable cover running from the mirror in to the ceiling and i can feel through the rubber there's a cable? Any idea for what? a prep?

Thx
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By bernard54321 on 06-25-2014, 03:02 AM
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Bump no answer to where to find the non-clip on mirror/screen?

and no reply as to clarity?
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By bernard54321 on 07-02-2014, 03:08 PM
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Bump?????
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By fackamato on 07-03-2014, 04:26 AM
This looks interesting but clipping on a mirror on the existing mirror sounds like it's not gonna look so great. Also the exsting mirror has auto dimming, do these ones have that?
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By bernard54321 on 09-09-2014, 05:28 AM
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Bump again? No reply from anyone....
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