Fig. A: Metal rod "hanger" attaches to can light with
metal brackets. Fig. B: D-Link DCS-6620G webcam
with cover plate.
Fig. C: Internal view of webcam enclosure.
Fig. D: Webcam assembly hangs from friendly
neighbor's second floor balcony.
D-link DCS-6620G with threaded base and transformer
6" ABS plastic sewer pipe, 1' long cut down from 2'
section sold at Home Depot
6" ABS end cap
5" round cover plate
5" metal L-brackets ( 2)
Sheet metal screws ( 4)
1' threaded metal rods ( 3) with matching wing
nuts ( 6)
¼- 20 bolt with washers and nuts
Light socket to 2-prong plug adapter
Clear plastic CD case cover from free AOL install disc
Outdoor recessed can light fixture already installed
in good location for observation
pipe and drilled 2 holes at one end to hang it
from. A threaded rod runs through the pipe and
the hanging brackets inside, and 2 wing nuts hold
the rod in place.
Before installing the webcam enclosure at my
neighbors’ house, I tested the basic concept on
a recessed ceiling light in our upstairs hallway.
The pipe hung securely, but this indoor can light
was 6½" in diameter, which meant that the two
brackets stayed visible on either side of the pipe.
The light fixture at the neighbors’ is just 6" wide,
so the pipe fits around the brackets and conceals
them, which looks nicer.
Inside the enclosure, the webcam itself hangs
from 2 more rods that run through holes drilled
side by side farther down the pipe. To suspend
the webcam upside down, I ran a ¼- 20 bolt
through the center of a 5" cover plate and
screwed it into the webcam’s tripod mount. I
added extra nuts onto the bolt to reduce the
chance of stripping the webcam threads. Inside
the pipe, the cover plate rests on the 2 lower
rods, and the webcam hangs underneath.
For the enclosure’s view port, I cut a hole in
the pipe and made a window by taping on the
clear plastic from a free AOL install CD case.