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Birdman Adam

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  • Birthday 11/30/1994


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    Camera grounding question

    Sounds fine to me. I have always simply connected power and video to my cameras and left them be - no grounding or anything. Although, none of my cameras have a mechanical connection to any metal, (all screwed into wood). Some may say you should ground the cameras to prevent surges from destroying the equipment. I tend to not believe in that, because if lightning hits nearby a camera, each and every conductor will have a current through it if it leads to a reasonable ground. That means your DVR, etc...
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    Got a Cisco router? You may want to replace it.

    Looks like Cisco is down the toilet. Every once in a while I see companies go on pointless rampages like this. Oh well. They are useless, old, slow people. Many companies are providing a better service at a much better price!
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    Got a Cisco router? You may want to replace it.

    This is disgusting. I will never buy cisco again. Now, is my Linksys WRT54GS affected? I will probably switch to DD-WRT soon either way.
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    CCTV Privacy

    Where in the world are you? Laws differ depending... But generally, if they are viewing YOUR property, they should NOT be - and you can certainly tell them not to, and get the law involved if needed. There is probably some wiggle room for what is considered an invasion, but if its really just stopping and staring directly into your property that is not right.
  5. Wow, that sounds like a hard aspect of the job. Could potentially come back to bite if you make a wrong decision! At first thought I would check whether they own the property and then whether privacy is expected in that area. If the answer is yes and then no, it is OK to put a camera there. But still - hard decisions... I suppose the property owners should err on the side of caution and advertise the cameras, either by making them stand out or placing signage? All it would take is one mad employee who thinks they shouldn't be watched in the back to get you in trouble! I wonder if there is law that more clearly draws a line. I would love to know all about it.
  6. Huh. I always see lines like that in low-light on the IP cameras I've been able to peek at. I always thought it was just normal, like maybe a section of the sensor's wiring is not being amplified or changed as much as the rest, causing the change. I would bet its some sort of slight manufacturing thing, and all cameras have a couple lines, just some are more/less noticeable. If you want to get technical, take the camera apart and observe the lens, filters, iris, sensor, etc for anything that could potentially correspond to the lines! (Magnifying glass may help.)
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    D1 vs. CIF?

    HDSecurityStore's comment is kind of scary to me. Sure, D1 (or close: 704x480 4CIF) is far superior to CIF quality. Recording at 30fps is basically a useless over-working of your DVR's HD unless you -really- need it (think moving cars, casino hands). I set my home channels for 7FPS D1 (really 4CIF), and set the driveway to 10FPS. If you don't know what to do, set it for 10-15, just not 30 - thats crazy.
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    Heat Affecting My Camera?

    Easiest way, just take the power wires from the fan (red and black most likely) and connect them directly to the incoming power for the cooling system or for the camera. As long as the voltage and power type match (12VDC fan will fry on 24VAC, 24VAC fan won't work on 12VDC), you should be good-to-go!
  9. Not to mention some lead in his head! Its funny, when I went through the story with the deputy, as soon as I mentioned that I had the gun out he reminded me that I could shoot as soon as the bad guy enters the house. I am glad that right still exists here.
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    Heat Affecting My Camera?

    Well, for starters why not permanently wire the existing fan to run 24/7. I really doubt heat could affect the camera like that. But hey, I've never used IP before, maybe their electronics are more sensitive. Could be some loose connections that is made worse by the heat as well?
  11. Here's a guy likely casing my house, happened yesterday. I was home at the time, he pulled in really fast and started looking in all over the place. As I walked downstairs with the .38 in hand he left. Sheriff caught up to him and the guy said he was 'selling children's books' door to door! What a joke - if you are going to sell stuff door to door, why not actually RING the bell up front instead of sneaking around back! Stupid camera gets that message whenever we have a lightning storm. I need to ground the lines and tie them together...
  12. HAHA, that stop sign gave me a good laugh! Glad to see your into scanning too!
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    Best DVR with best Cameras ?

    Wow, that 29MP only does 2ips! Talk about useless, unless your crooks are 80 years old... Why is there always some huge downfall to stuff like that? I thought that it was better! I guess if I'm paying so much, it oughta do more than 2ips.
  14. DynDNS and No-IP have free hostnames. I've used them for years for free and it has been great. If I needed that option commercially I would certainly pay them. Also, I have an 8-ch Qvis Zeus and it has been wonderful. Does everything I could want: Latest thing I just finished setting up is the 2-way audio! Now my voice thunders throughout the home if I click 'start dialog' in the browser. " title="Applause" />
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    Door Peephole camera install

    Aww man, I've wanted to do one of these for a while now! Never got into it because routing the wires at the back of the door would look like a mess (the way I am envisioning it at least). You have to run the wire down to the corner of the door on its inside surface, then to DVR?