Hardwire the auxiliary camera to the dashcam

Fleet managers can hardwire up to three auxiliary cameras to a single main AI-12 dashcam. This connection is helpful when the auxiliary camera is placed in an area with possible interference to the WiFi signal, such as the back of the vehicle. The auxiliary camera needs a 12V minimum 2A power source.

Note

This feature is currently in BETA. The feature will be fully released after we have finished all validation and testing.

Caution

Make sure the dashcam is connected to ignition power instead of constant power.

Warning

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

Before you start, the following equipment is needed:

  • AI-12 dashcam

  • AI-12 auxiliary cameras with a hardwire option

  • USB Type-C to RJ-45 adapter, purchased separately

  • Router (not a hub), purchased separately

  • RJ-45 CAT-6 network cables, purchased separately

  • A pigtail connector, purchased separately.

  • When using a tamper proof case, some USB Type-C to RJ-45 connectors fit the case while others require an extension USB Type-C cable with a low profile connector, purchased separately

Note

For devices purchased separately, choose from this list. If you want to use a device not on the list, first test it to ensure to works.

To connect using the wired connection:

  1. Connect the USB Type-C to RJ-45 adapter to the dashcam.

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    Note

    Contact Surfsight support to enable USB power in the dashcam for the RJ-45 adapter to work.

    Note

    For dashcams purchased before July 2020, you need to get a new hardwire kit or OBD2 power connection. Using an older kit or power connection may cause the dashcam to remain in standby.

  2. Connect an RJ-45 network cable to the USB Type-C to RJ-45 adapter.

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    Caution

    Protect the RJ-45 connection with the waterproof connector supplied with your camera.

  3. Connect the other end of the RJ-45 network cable to the LAN port of your router.

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    Caution

    Protect the router in your vehicle. For example, place the router in a plastic enclosure to protect against water damage.

  4. Connect the router to the vehicle ignition power using a pigtail connector.

  5. Connect the auxiliary camera to the vehicle ignition power.

  6. The auxiliary camera is automatically added to your dashcam.

    Caution

    Connect the dashcam to ignition power instead of constant power.

Tested equipment

The following equipment has been tested by Surfsight and works well with the auxiliary cameras.

USB Type-C to RJ-45 adapter:

  • TP-Link UE300C - https://www.tp-link.com/ae/home-networking/computer-accessory/ue300/

  • Lenovo USB Type-C adapter - https://support.lenovo.com/il/en/solutions/acc100324

Router:

  • Microtik RouterBOARD hEX RB750Gr3 Router – https://mikrotik.com/product/RB750Gr3

  • Microtik hAP AC-Lite - https://mikrotik.com/product/RB952Ui-5ac2nD

Pigtail connector:

  • N/X DC power pigtail cable - https://amzn.to/3k2QE5d

  • Chanzon DC power connector - https://amzn.to/37msy0b

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