About the System
Riverwind Supply began selling barn camera systems specifically designed for use in barn stalls in 1997. Our barn cameras have evolved into effective yet cost efficient systems for ours and our customers
livestock operations. Yes, our wireless cameras came to be because we, like you, hated those late night walks to the barn only to find a missed
birth or worse (a little bio about us if you're interested). With years of setting up surveillance cameras for Local, State, and Federal drug cases (our other life, the one we use to support our horse habit), we put our knowledge to work staying with what we knew worked (quality components). Our Wireless Barn Cameras are built on the remote transmitter concept. Rather than building a transmitter into a camera, we use a transmitter which connects to our weatherproof camera either directly or with 50 feet of included cable. This allows the barn owner to place the transmitter in a window or outside to avoid the sheet metal barn walls, a problem for wireless transmitters. It gives the wood barn owner extra distance and allows for easy upgrade if you choose to add additional cameras. Not having the transmitter bundled into the camera means multiple cameras can be viewed through the single transmitter and receiver set. Why pay extra for transmitters you don't need and receivers to clutter up the TV. Our Multiple Camera page will explain in more detail should you wish to start with multiple cameras or add them later. We do recommend reading this overview page to fully explain the wireless camera system..
Our wireless barn cameras ship completely weatherproof. Ready to operate out of the box, they take no expertise to install. All connection plugs are color coded so there's no guessing to which wire plugs to which. Install in minutes and monitor on your TV.
About the Transmitter / Receiver (distances)
Our 2.4 Ghz transmitters have two signal strength ratings. 1000 feet line of sight (standard) and 2000 feet plus (High Power, actual line of sight rating 15 miles). Our transmitters achieve these distances because we use matched law enforcement grade units in our systems, not novelty toys. You do not need an open line of sight. The transmitter will penetrate objects in it's path. Simply, the more it has to go through, the less distance you will achieve. For more information check out our wireless information page. We recommend keeping distances under 400 to 500 feet (Standard) and 2000 to 3000 feet (High Power).
In short, if you can shoot the barn with a rifle and not hit a
forest or earth, you're probably ok. If you're not comfortable with your distance needs, give us a call and we'll evaluate your distance
setup. If you're unsure of your distance, we recommend visiting and downloading google earth. The program is free and contains a button on the toolbar which will allow you to measure from your house to your barn off of the satellite image. It is very accurate.
In October 2013, Riverwind switched over to a Digital 2.4 Ghz
transmitter/receiver system. This avoids all interference
commonly associated with the analog 2.4 system. In doing to we
achieved greater distance and added the convenience of a
weatherproof much sturdier receiver. The digital signal did
cause us to give up a little crispness previously associated with a
wired or analog system, but for barn specific purposes we felt
the switch was worth it. You'll still have a clear image of
what's going on and will not be plagued with the rolling screen many
found due to all the other 2.4 appliances sharing the bandwidth.
link for a comparison of the digital transmitter video loss compared
to hard wired. The Youtube video dose not represent the
overall quality of either, but it will give you an idea of the
Captured from customer's smartphone video feed.
Captured from customer's smartphone video feed.
The system ships with 50 feet of cable (camera to transmitter
site). This may be increased up to 100 feet for $10.
About The Camera
We carry a variety of cameras and multiple camera lens focal
lengths to make your barn camera the most effective for your needs.
Our Color Infrared camera is our most popular. Our color cameras
will switch to black and white when the lighting gets too low for
the color to function properly. Infrared Cameras allow you to see
in total darkness and operate as normal black and white or color
during the day. All cameras are weatherproof.
Our 3.6 mm wide angle camera lens will give you a 90 degree
field of view. We carry vari-focal cameras if you need
something other than a wide angle (as seen in the home page
Transmitter may be positioned to avoid barriers.
Weatherproof camera available for other uses (barn lot in the summer
Additional cameras can be added. You only pay the
difference. Piece at a time is the same price as all at
once aside from shipping cost.
Weatherproof transmitter and receiver (should you need to
place the receiver outside)
- Safe 12 Volt operating system (AC adapters included)
Click here for a video
comparison of Digital Wireless compared to hard wired on the same