FAQ

Q:

What are the differences between the AgCam and the CabCam?

A:

This is probably one of the most common questions we get. We have a direct comparison chart of the differences between not only the AgCam vs. the CabCam but also the OverView camera vs. the CabCam here. The OverView and the Cab Cam are much more “comparable” when it comes to features, quality and price (the OverView is higher quality than the CabCam but a bit cheaper, take a look!)


Q:

Will AgCam wireless work with CabCam wireless?

A:

Sadly, the answer is no, at least not clearly. Both systems work on a 2.4GHz frequency, but within that frequency there are many channels. AgCam & OverView wireless runs on the following 4, switchable channels: CH1-2.411GHz, CH2-2.431GHz, CH3-2.451, CH4-2.471GHz. CabCam wireless runs on the following 3, non-switchable channels: CH1-2.414, CH2-2.432,CH3-2.468GHz.


The variation on some of the channel frequencies is very, very small, so when used together you might be able to receive an image but it will likely be very poor if at all.


Q:

How "Corrosion Proof" is the AgCam when it comes to things like sulfur, salt, ammonia and other chemicals?

A:

The standard AgCam is made out of anodized aluminum. This type of aluminum resists chemical reaction and corrosion by "growing" hydrolyzed columns of aluminum out of the surface with electrical energy. The soft and weak elements are then simultaneously eaten away with acid. This creates a non-conductive and very resistant shell on the camera. Next to stainless and plastic, anodized aluminum is the 3rd most corrosive resistant material.


Q:

How strong is the magnet on the AgCam cameras?

A:

The magnets supplied with the AgCam cameras are rated at 65 pounds of pull force (Pull force is the force required to pull a magnet free from a flat steel plate using force perpendicular to the surface)


Dakota Micro recommends the use of these magnets for temporary mounting of cameras. We suggest that you utilize some sort of tie mechanism (ie. Zip tie) to strap down either the camera base or the camera tail when the camera is located in high vibration areas, or areas prone to outside forces.


Q:

How can I watch/see more cameras on my third party monitor that only has one or two video inputs, like the AGCO C1000 or the Trimble CFX 750?

A:

We offer a quad processor that allows customers to input 4 cameras into a single video port. The quad allows for: viewing of up to 4 cameras at once in split screen mode, auto rotation of available cameras, independent adjustment of brightness, contrast, duration (how long each camera is displayed on the screen) and mode (standard/forward or mirrored).


Q:

How well does the Ag Cam perform in high dust situations? How does it resist scratching?

A:

The lens on our cameras is constructed of triple hardened, photogrey (auto darkening) glass that resists both dust collection and scratching/scuffing. To clean off the lens when it does get dirty, just wipe it clean with a cloth (the corner of a shirt works nicely for this).


Glass lenses tend to be anti static, where plastic tends to become statically charged and actually attract dust. Take a look at how the AgCam performed under high dust situations on our video footage page


Q:

What do you use for power when you are using the wireless transmitters?

A:

The wireless transmitters come in pairs; a sending unit and a receiving unit. Each unit comes with an AC adaptor, and the pair comes with one 12v hardwire adaptor. The reason for only one hardwire adaptor is that when you hook the receiver up to the monitor, it receives its power from the monitor. So, you would only theoretically need to power the sending unit and the camera (they hook together so they only require one power source for the both of them) with either the hardwire adaptor or the AC adaptor.


We have included the AC adaptor for the receiving unit in the event you would like to hook the receiver directly to a standard television set. (A pair of AV cables is also included with the Ranch Hand).


Q:

Can the Ranch Hand be used in a vehicle such as a truck or combine?

A:

YES, the Ranch Hand is able to be used on a vehicle. An example of this would be what one custom combiner is using the AgCam/Ranch Hand combination for. While transporting equipment, this outfit will use the Wireless Ranch Hand to communicate his rear view from the camera to the Monitor in the cab of the truck. It only requires that the Ranch Hand Transmitter be powered by the combine battery. No other cables are required. When in the field, the truck driver will monitor the hopper level of the combine from any location in the field. This is done using the 8dbi omni-directional antenna mounted on each vehicle.


Q:

How stable is the image on a moving piece of equipment? Will I be able to see anything worthwhile when moving down a rough road or in the field?

A:

The image is amazingly stable. Even on the roughest road, the image you see appears steady. We have road tested this camera system on some of the roughest roads we could find. We even did some things that were possibly stupid in an attempt to knock the camera loose from the hood of an old 4x4 pickup. The camera stayed in place and the image it produced was clear and sharp. Other tests were done on machines with high movement. We mounted a camera on one row unit of a JD corn planter. The view of the next row unit was excellent, even at night in total darkness.


Q:

How important is Line of Site with the Wireless System? I have a calving barn 200 feet away that I would like to monitor from my house. Both buildings are constructed of wood. Do I need any external antennas?

A:

You will probably not have a problem within 200 feet using the Ranch Hand with the standard antennas. The signal is able to penetrate walls to a certain degree depending on the distance and other local factors such as interference, electrical lines, trees and in some cases weather. You should give it a try without any external antennas. If possible, locate the transmitter in a window to reduce the amount of signal loss. If all else fails, you should be able to achieve good results using the 5dbi magnetic mount antenna.


Q:

Does the Overview come as a complete system, or does it use AgCam monitors?

A:

The OverView is a complete system with its own monitor, cables and style of connectors. These are the same connectors that the A&I system utilize, giving you the versatility to upgrade customers a piece at a time.


Q:

For wireless, will the Overview use the same Ranch Hands as the AgCam?

A:

The OverView will use Ranch Hands for wireless feed, but they have different connectors than the Ranch Hands that the AgCam uses. All OverView series Ranch Hands part numbers will all begin with the letters "DMOV" to denote "Dakota Micro OverView"


Q:

Do you have an adapter so I can plug the Overview Camera into my existing AgCam monitor? Will this adaptor work for CabCam as well?

A:

Yes to both questions, the PN for this adaptor is: DMAC-OVC


Q:

Do you have an adapter so I can plug my AgCam Camera into an Overview monitor? Will this adaptor work for Cab Cam as well?

A:

Yes to both questions, the PN for this adaptor is: DMAC-OVM


Q:

Can I use AgCam and Overview cameras together?

A:

Yes, but the connectors on the two systems are different, but we do have adaptors available. DMAC-OVM and DMAC-OVC


Q:

Are there different lenses available for the AgCam system? If so, can I switch them out?

A:

Yes, the AgCam camera is available with the following lenses (3.6mm being the standard): 3.6mm, 6mm, 12mm and 16mm. No, the customer cannot switch them out him/herself since the cameras are sealed in a special environment to prevent moisture from remaining inside the cameras when they are built.


If you have any questions that are not answered here, please E-Mail them to us.

Many Questions may be answered by reading the users manuals available in the downloads section.