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  1. SteveSurf

    Boxed vs Dome outdoors under eave

    Extremely. Just use the optional WV-CW3H heater.
  2. SteveSurf

    Secvurity System upgrade

    A few things, regarding the Panasonic Model WV-CP484 SDIII Cam: It actually does not have smear reduction. The resolution is actually 540 TVL in color (compare with 480 on other) Has a very large # of features (four B/W modes, two maskable BLC/SDIII, Electronic Sens Boost, Digital Motion Detect, I/O, Cable Compensation, One-touch Autobackfocus, Quick Reset. I actually agree with one Con, though - no ability to save settings.
  3. SteveSurf

    Secvurity System upgrade

    Hey Marrkk 1. My recommendation of WV-CP484 still stands - well worth it. 2. Like you had stated, the very capable Fujinon Varifocal YV2.7x29LR4A-SA2 CBC Varifocal TG3Z3510FCS-IR f/1.0 3.5-10.5mm Prime lenses: TG2010FCS-HSP f/1.0 HG0608FCS-HSP 6mm 1/2" format (it's ok) f/0.8 Panasonic Prime Lens: WV-LA908C3A 9mm f/0.75 3. Oh boy, a favorite topic of mine. There are many that state they use CCTV cable, but fail to meet the specs: Belden 9259 or equivalent: Must have pure copper center conductor, not copper clad steel. 15 ohms per 1000' max. DC resistance. 95% or greater pure copper overall braided shield. Use solid pin BNC Connection (two or three-piece crimp style BNC only; not stamped pins. Use of UTP cable can degrade a signal as the cable distance increases; in your case, IMHO you are making the right choice with coax. You'll be at the limit at 750' with RG59U coax; any larger gage cable will be insurance, but must conform to the same specs as above, espec. the pure Copper center conductor one. Again, good luck!
  4. SteveSurf

    Secvurity System upgrade

    Let's take the three items in order: 1. Ironically, you're considering using a Pixum-based camera that uses pre-set patterns for high contrast lighting situations. A great camera here is the Panasonic Model WV-CP484 (you should run a test side by side before you buy), with 128x brightness range resolving capability (SDIII) that is specifically made for this type of situation. 2. The key decision points here are the resolving of colors in the 2200 degree K range (I estimate) of your Sodium Vapor lights. Some cameras have the capability to cover a secondary lower Color Temp range. Here the Model WV-CP484 also has (and a few other mfrs also) an ATW2 range (automatic white balance secondary range). FYI this is also a very sensitive Day/Night camera, with Auto Backfocus, eliminating focus shift issues. 3. Here I am shocked that Fujinon or CBC was not #1. Perhaps this may say something about the test! In any case, start with Fujinon, then CBC, then Panasonic, then Tamron, but consider only the Aspherical, fast, large maximum aperture lenses. Choose a prime (fixed focal length) if possible, like a 9mm f/0.75. You'll be shocked how great your results will be by adding a more sensitive lens. Good luck with the purchase.
  5. I know they are not actual outdoor pics, but here's a couple of comparison shots: Brand A (left) VS WV-CW474AS (right) @ Below 1Lux, Color Mode Brand A (left) VS WV-CW474AS (right) @ Below 1Lux, B/W Mode w/IR I'll try to get some actual outdoor B/W no IR images for you.
  6. The differences actually lie in the support of a camera that was introduced at that time, the Model WV-CS85A. This was the first camera in the Panasonic line to offer extended "Q" mode functions, which are too numerous to mention here, but include fine pan-tilt-zoom control with proportional control. All Pana PTZ cams to date (WV-CS865B, WV-CS954, WV-CW864A) all offer these extended features and then some. Keep in mind that you can still access 8-step mode control with the non-"C" controller (backward compatibility). However, as a rule, you should avoid incompatibilities if possible. Good luck with the products.
  7. SteveSurf

    remote recording

    Actually I was not referring to unicast/multicast, since there are a few multi-stream-format products today that get it done without multicast. One example is a camera that produces both MJPEG and MPEG4 streams, each for a different purpose (and different bandw. usage). IP multicast requires L3 switches (routers) with a specific capability of producing, controlling and directing the multicast. The Milestone Enterprise product actually supports a maximum view of 64 cameras per screen (!) and 64 cameras per server (multiple servers supported) and 16 remotely viewed cameras. The design limits on the system are determined by Frame Rate (indiv. cam), a max of 600,000 images recorded per camera and a number of other items accurately calculated here and here. Good luck with your purchase!
  8. SteveSurf

    camera power

    Keep in mind that you'll need to run some voltage drop calculations based on an allowable -10% voltage drop and the 12VDC source. -10% of 12VDC is a good deal less than -10% of 24VAC ! Here is a link to the Altronix Voltage Drop Chart; here is the VD calc by Panasonic
  9. Hello there. I am sorry, but I am not here to offer data for your study, but a recommendation. CPU usage is not the only measure in a comprehensive performance test! Some other points of measurement can include: 1. # clients logged on, and at what viewing/playback resolution 2. Recording resolution/settings/compression/image rate 3. Are all channels being recorded continuously or by motion, and then, 4. what is the avg % motion on those event-driven channels 4. What happens when a motion-based search is performed? 5. What happens to the CPU usage when higher resolution cameras are used, or cameras without an adequate sync signal There are a number of manufacturers that perform these detailed tests, for their own use in guiding where the product should be used. They will typically not release all this data publicly, since it could be the subject of misinterpretaion without some information on the test criteria itself. I hope this helps you in your future testing!
  10. SteveSurf

    remote recording

    There are many atandalone DVRs that engage FTP sessions with a remote host, sending individual images. These systems send sets of individual pictures to be stored anywhere you specify on a local or remote server. I believe you are requesting direct recording at multiple locations of the same streaming video, or selected timeframes of that video. This is typically done with a streaming device like an encoder or IP camera that can maintain multiple IP streams (and the performance required) to two different locations. As stated earlier in the thread, it assumes you've got the bandwidth! I know of two systems that can perform this; Milestone (server level), Verint (encoder), along with a number of IP camera manufacturers such as Panasonic. I hope this helps, and I apologize if I bumped this inadvertantly into the IP world!
  11. SteveSurf

    Or why wireless can be bad.

    These are difficult choices, Tom. Many people deploy non-enterprise unprotected wireless solutions for the obvious reasons that they save installation $. They only find out that the performance decreases and/or complications arise when adequate security is deployed over these networks. I really believe it will get better soon, but resellers need to stop looking at all-in-one compromised WiFi solutions in lieu of more robust and not-that-more-expensive external WiFi bridges and servers. I regularly read a publication that periodically lists all the default SSIDs for new routers; I find it equally amazing that most people have their defaults enabled and allow free access to their network and protect the PCs themselves. If anyone wants to learn how to cost effectively secure a network, speak to the IT admins at large universities. They must permit access, but still protect their network from all sorts of attacks and snoopers. The newer security software actually permits more instrusions, but monitors their behaviour. Interesting article.
  12. One thing to consider is low light response of an all-in-one IP camera, let alone one that is solar powered! Let me recommend you consider going with a Megapixel IP Camera whose view can be "zoomable" and whose low light response will yield better detail in the long run. There are a number of these cameras, like the Panasonic Model WV-NP1004 and iQNVision products. Some of these also have the very desireable 12VDC Power Capability as well!
  13. SteveSurf

    Quadplex DVR

    AirVisual makes a great app for direct use with Windows Mobile and a few high/mid range DVRs, like Panasonic's Model WJ-HD316A. It not only provides for continuous video feeds, but GIS coordinates as well, so they can interface easily with multi-site applications. www.airvisual.com; contact Tom Hansen
  14. SteveSurf

    YANLFH (Yet another newbie looking for help)

    FYI with Auto Backfocus (ABF; model WV-CP484), you need not worry about D/N lenses or focus shift, the camera does the adjustment of the imager itself automatically.
  15. Del, the Panasonic Model WV-CP180 combines audio, video and power over a single coax and combines the SDIII (Super Dynamic) technology. A typical System would be as follows: Eight ( WV-CP180 One (1) WV-PS158