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How to seal a mini-pc from condensation?

asked 2014-07-12 06:06:06 -0500

empedokles gravatar image

updated 2014-07-12 06:12:30 -0500


I'm thinking about putting a mini-pc on the balcony. To be precise something like this or this. How will a shield it against condensation? I have up to -5° celsius in the winter and +33° celsius in summer.

Is there something easy I could use, if I want to have some mechanical interactions (the first one has serial connectors)?

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answered 2014-07-13 08:00:09 -0500

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I almost deleted this as I thought it maybe spam but then recognized your user name and realized you weren't a spambot.

A standard PC probably won't cut the mustard. Not sure on your budget or what you are trying to accomplish but I highly recommend looking into industrial PC's (IPC) instead. Adlink has some pretty nice ones:

They can be purchased from

Typically anything with that range and in that environment needs to be either IP67 or IP65 rated. That IPC would also typically go into a junction box (aka enclosure) as well. You can get these from

If you are looking to do the DIY route you could also maybe get an enclosure and stuff that shuttle PC in there, but any shuttle PC's I have come across require fans, which mean they need airflow through the system, they also don't handle temperature extremes very well.

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Hi Xamox, I want to film (and maybe interact with crows). Can you correct your first link or write what the suggested model is? It probably will be too expensive though. This shuttle in my links are fanless, but I guess they still would need some kind of airflow.

empedokles gravatar imageempedokles ( 2014-07-13 15:38:38 -0500 )edit

Well it also depends how far you are from say your house. You could get an industrial camera as well, put that in an enclosure and run a cable back inside your house to the PC. You should be able to do up about 100ft with PoE on the camera. Allied Vision cameras work with SimpleCV and can be found

xamox gravatar imagexamox ( 2014-07-14 12:11:56 -0500 )edit

at The mako 125c is color and about $600, but would probably be cheaper this way than what I mentioned above. You will also get a WAY better image than you'll ever get with say a webcam.

xamox gravatar imagexamox ( 2014-07-14 12:13:33 -0500 )edit

Not very far actually, around 30m cable. Why should I prefer that over an ip-cam (like Hikvision or Dahua which are up to 3mpx and around 300$)? Unfortunately I have zero experience with those industrial cameras (is there no lens included with the mako?) Is there a way to get UV-vision from any cam?

empedokles gravatar imageempedokles ( 2014-07-14 12:47:42 -0500 )edit

They don't include a lens, they are about $200. They can do UV but typically you would use a filter to only filter that range out.

xamox gravatar imagexamox ( 2014-07-18 08:42:23 -0500 )edit

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