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  1. Avigilon told me they are not interested in new dealers as they are full and if I wanted to buy/sell Avigilon, I would have to work through an existing dealer. That was so annoying, took a month only for the dealer they recommended to have lost our order. then a few more weeks until we got the camera. The camera was relatively unique being a telephoto vandal dome so we put up with it, but I would never put up with it otherwise.
  2. I think you mean their Hikvision Darkfighter - DS-2CD6026FHWD-(A) and I would bet it's over a grand with lens and outdoor housing and only 2MP.
  3. You can use a Veracity Pinpoint which splits the PoE so you can use your laptop on the same connection as the camera. The problem is most cameras, even bullets these days don't have exposed Ethernet connectors. We use 2 guys and a pair of cell phones with a little to the right, a little to the left, blah, blah. If it's in your home and you have WiFi, that would help in theory, but a little harder if using NVR's with PoE built in, you have to log into the NVR to see the cameras.
  4. buellwinkle

    DS-2cd2032F-I IP camera

    Is there are reset button? Don't see it in the pictures.
  5. buellwinkle

    DS-2cd2032F-I IP camera

    I just hope they keep making the ds-2cd2032-i as I truly hate that pigtail. Certainly not as huge an improvement between as the ds-2c2132 to the ds-2cd2132f. As for putting a sleeve over the camera, not sure that's wise as these cameras run very hot and putting something on that may impede cooling may shorten it's life.
  6. I do it with shell scripts like on an Arduino or Raspberri PI using the curl command with the XML. I had it working to take the temperature using a temp sensor and update the OSD with the temperature.
  7. Check out Brickcom cameras. The modes that start with a W for wireless. They have cellular radios and you stick in a sim card for remote access. Of course you will still need power as these don't take the magical 9v batteries AK357 has.
  8. buellwinkle

    Mobotox vs h.264

    There's always hope that they will gain their technological dominance once again, but from what I've seen, they remind me of Mercedes Benz. A while back, when you bought an MB, say back in 2004, the car came with a cassette radio. At the time, cassettes were not even being made and the world has switched to CDs, so they were maybe 10 years behind the times. Then they finally came out with CD players in their cars as the need for CD players diminished. My guess is that Mobotix will have h.264 in their cameras when h.264 is no longer relevant. My theory is there's companies out there that work so hard on their product and believe in it so much that they do not feel the need to try competing technologies or follow industry trends, why would they, they had one of the best products many years ago, what could have possibly changed in the world of technology?
  9. It's not an activex plugin, but a plugin nonetheless, works with most browsers but only works on Windows or Mac. So you have three choices; 1. see if there's some sort of app for IP cameras, similar to a smartphone app to view the cameras 2. get cameras that run anywhere like Axis. 3. replace the chromebook with one of the new low cost Windows laptops in the same price range.
  10. What I would do is have 4 cameras minimum which is what we have at each our gates. You can not count on a LPC camera to do double duty for any other purpose, so it is what it is, for LPC, one dedicated camera, the trick will be where to mount it. The other camera that's critical is to capture the action, what went on, did someone try and crash the gate, some trying to climb the gate and that's an overview camera, mounted higher up and seeing the entire picture. The last two are close-up cameras, one on each side of the gate on opposing sides. This is capture details of the car, person, driver. Specially if you have some sort of card-key/fob access where the person has to open their window to see, perfect time to get their face. Do you have an entry dialer kiosk, like for a guest to dial someone's home to request access to the community? If so, you can put a pinhole camera in there. To me that's the best because you get a perfect image of someone's face when they are dialing. As to brand, quality and such, don't know what's available in your area in terms of support and service and what you pay for these cameras, for example, an Axis Q1614-E in the U.S. may be $1,200 but could cost something totally different in South Africa. Also, that price for a 720P camera is so contradictory to the low end network components I wouldn't never use in a commercial install. Before you settle on camera brand, first pick the requirements for resolution, supplemental lighting, lens choices and such. The worry about brand last. Q1614-E may be a nice low light camera, but considering the shape and size. When you have such heavy duty gates topped with barbed wire, do you really want a camera that's not vandal-proof? As for recording. I started off with only 2 cameras 7 years ago with recording to NAS and that was fine, but as that system grows, managing several cameras will be a pain. I understand Axis Camera Companion, but it's a client built on top of edge recording, so if you only have one access point, it can work. If you have a few people needing access, it becomes difficult to manage. It's not a good web browser interface you just assign someone a user/pw. You have to do some magic to copy the configuration from one ACC install to another and if it changes, then what. ACTi has similar setup, but I would use ACTi's NVR software any day. Also, have been starting to use more Dahua and Hikvision in installs, the products from China are built better than a few years ago.
  11. Just get NVR software to do that. Some manufacturers provide that for free as long as you stick with one brand, like Dahua PSS. If expect multiple brands, BlueIris is a low cost way to go, about $40 or if you want something higher end, Milestone XProtect (they have a Go version that's free, but has limits).
  12. I checked two cameras, one unhacked, one hacked to English, both same model, same batch of cameras. The kernel MTD9/10 files were identical, the MTD11/12 are different, so for now, I feel the keep to making the day of week English is in the MTD11/12 files referred to in the MTD mapping as rmd_pri and rmd_sec but they are identical to each other. So need a closer look at the hroot.img file.
  13. What's interesting is that while most files end up in the /dav directory on the camera, there's 2 additional files not in that directory on the camera and that's himage and hroot.img. What I can see is that; himage correlates to MTD9 (krn_pri) & MTD10 (krn_sec), not exactly the same but comparing two different cameras because already had MTD dumps of this camera. hroot.img correlates to MTD11 (rmd_pri) & MTD12 (rmd_sec) krn_pri I assume means kernel, not sure what rmd is.
  14. Was able to modify files in the firmware, create a new digicap.dav file and install it and kept the changes. You were right iTuneDVR, it is easy to do this with just Windows, no Linux needed.
  15. Awesome stuff. It works great to show the firmware version, change language and split the firmware into files. The only thing I'm having a problem with is the "create" option. If I give a new filename, as in hiktools.exe create digicap2.dav 525firmware it tells me "unable to open dav file". If I give it an existing firmware file, it does nothing, does not update it. Am I using it wrong? For those first trying it, it's not a Windows program so you have to run it in a Windows command window. CORRECTION: Didn't see that it did create a new firmware file with the same name as the directory, so 525firmware.dav and included a test file I put in there.