Auxiliary camera installation

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

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

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Installation of the auxiliary camera involves:

  1. placing the auxiliary camera in the relevant position

  2. connecting the camera to a power source

  3. associating 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 of the auxiliary cameras from their Surfsight 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 at this time.

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

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Example of the RAC-1 auxiliary camera

Learn more about auxiliary cameras as follows:

The auxiliary camera cables

Regardless of the auxiliary camera you purchase, when you open the packaging, you'll find that camera, including its wiring of course. There is a single camera wire that comes out of the camera, splitting into three wires, as shown in the figure above.

Note

At one time, Lytx offered an alternative 2-wire camera. This camera is no longer available for purchase. If you are 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 the 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 following table:

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

This is a button designed to change the WiFi connectivity or to reboot the camera.

To reboot the camera, press the button once.

Hold 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 describes in more detail the functions of the wiring in order to assist you in installing the camera correctly.

Warning

Working with your vehicle's power system can be dangerous. This installation should be performed by a qualified or professional person only.

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

We strongly recommend that you leave the ethernet connector intact and 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 in 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 of the individual camera power connections must 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 as follows:

  • 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

    Cutting and splicing must only be done (as should the entire installation) by a professional.

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