Auxiliary camera installation

To enable tracking and video recording of additional perspectives during trips, install up to four auxiliary cameras at different spots per vehicle.

The image below shows just one example of how you might position the auxiliary camera for additional perspectives:

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To install an auxiliary camera:

  1. place the auxiliary camera in the relevant position

  2. connect the camera to a power source

  3. associate each auxiliary camera with a single main AI-12 dashcam through the Surfsight™ app, or through a web browser.

Once installed, you can control the functionality of each auxiliary camera from theSurfsight™ cloud account by logging in and accessing the relevant dashcam.

Note

A wired ethernet connection is not currently supported but will be in the future.

Important

Auxiliary cameras only record video. They do not record audio currently.

The image below is an example of the RAC-1 auxiliary camera model:

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Example of the RAC-1 auxiliary camera

To learn more about auxiliary cameras go to:

The auxiliary camera cables

Each auxiliary camera comes with its own wiring. There is a single camera wire that comes out of the camera, splitting into three wires, as shown in the figure above.

Note

Previously, Lytx offered an alternative 2-wire camera. It is no longer available for purchase. For those still using this camera, the only difference is that this camera does not have the RJ45 ethernet connector.

The 3-wire cameras described here also enable wired connection to the AI-12 dashcam.

Additionally, a wired ethernet connection is not currently supported by Lytx at this time, but will be in the future.

The wires are as described in the table below:

Wire name

Description

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Power connector

The cord has a round female power barrel connector socket - 5.5x2.1mm (no pin)

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Reset button

The reset button changes the WiFi connectivity and/or reboots the camera.

To reboot the camera, press the button once.

Long press the reset button for 10 seconds to return the camera to its factory default settings, and to enable the camera as a WiFi hotspot.

Ethernet connector

This RJ45 connector is used when the camera is wired to the AI-12 dashcam with an ethernet connector.

Note

A wired ethernet connection is not currently supported but will be in the future.

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Connect the auxiliary camera to a power source

This section provides additional information about the wiring to help you install the camera correctly.

Warning

Working with your vehicle's power system can be dangerous. A qualified professional must perform the installation.

Warning

The reset button cable must not be removed, as it is the only way to return the camera to factory default settings in case of any issues.

Warning

Leave the ethernet connector intact. Do not cut it or change it in any way.

To connect the auxiliary camera to a power source

Caution

Power should be connected to a 12V power source that is on only when ignition power is on (and not through constant power).

Warning

Auxiliary cameras are 12V. To install 24V or higher voltage vehicles, a DC-DC voltage converter is required. The converter needs to be suitable for automotive use and properly certified for the country, region, and/or territory in question. Install the converter in a dry location. Fuse the DC-DC converter appropriately relative to the number of cameras being powered. All individual camera power connectionsmust be routed to the converter. Each camera should be independently fused on the output side of the converter.

Use the round barrel power cord to connect the camera to a power source in the vehicle.

There are two options to connect the cord:

  • purchase a round barrel pigtail connector to then connect the cord to its source (a pigtail connector is not included with the auxiliary camera)

  • cut and splice the round barrel socket and then connect the wire to a round DC connector

    Caution

    For safety reasons the installation and cutting and splicing must only be done by a qualified professional.

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