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  1. groovyman

    What has happened to this forum

    I believe rory got banned and soundy got fed up.
  2. groovyman

    What has happened to this forum

    There may not be many posts with the title 'I just bought utter crap', but here's a sampling of recent posts that basically say just that Let's keep it real Also, I've posted in the past that I've used some QSee systems at a few locations. Within 3-4 years they have all been replaced due to failure of one sort or another. IP Cameras Keeps loosing connection. viewtopic.php?f=19&t=35326 how to reset admin password on Dahua DVR0804LE-AS (This is scary) viewtopic.php?f=3&t=34614 Q-See QT 528 cannot port forward cannot remote view viewtopic.php?f=12&t=29871 Dahua DVr active x configuration viewtopic.php?f=3&t=35321 Dahua HFW2100 IR LEDs failing viewtopic.php?f=19&t=35299 Dahua firmware viewtopic.php?f=19&t=33328 Dahua 16ch POE NVR & HDBW3202 motion detect issues viewtopic.php?f=54&t=35301 Dahua HDB3200c Artifacts / Bright Colour Problem viewtopic.php?f=53&t=35296 dahua dvr (concerns blur) viewtopic.php?f=1&t=35281 Poor picture quality - new installation (QSee) viewtopic.php?f=6&t=34947 Problems with cameras connected to POE switch (Dahua) viewtopic.php?f=12&t=35266 Dahua PSS Software poor video quality viewtopic.php?f=6&t=30653 Need Help with q-see 600TVL cam acting up viewtopic.php?f=5&t=35214 Adding more than 4 cameras to QC808 viewtopic.php?f=3&t=34888 Dahua DVR login box fails to load viewtopic.php?f=3&t=35107 Dahua HFW2100 x TP-Link WDR4300 viewtopic.php?f=19&t=35035 connection problem Dahua IPC-HDBW3300 viewtopic.php?f=19&t=35132 Q-See. Are these people shameless or what? viewtopic.php?f=3&t=34538 Dahua FW2100 Night Vision viewtopic.php?f=19&t=35006
  3. groovyman

    What has happened to this forum

    I believe different states have different requirements. Where I live (Florida) any type of electrical work needs to be performed by a licensed individual or business. But, surprise surprise, people don't always follow the rules. Florida services that require a license (electrical): http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/division/Servicesthatrequirealicense_Electrical.html
  4. groovyman

    What has happened to this forum

    But after returning to this forum after many years away....all I see is cheap nasty product being bandied around by almost everybody but almost everyone is pushing these cheap junk systems. Yupp. Seems that many current active members discuss & recommend the cheap stuff rather than the better quality equipment. The end users are relying on us to inform them of quality products... so what gives... I believe this is due to quite a few professional members no longer being active (for various reasons). I heard a disturbing accustation that product PDF links are changed to other cheap brands and that other products are not allowed to be shown to end users - please tell me this is false Larry????? It's true. Sometime last year there was a perceived issue with an active member (or members). Afterward links to the member's company name, website and product line were removed. Today if you try to mention that member's company name in a post it will not show. I don't know how many company names this happens with. Again - this forum was set up when Larry wanted to learn more - there was no decent forum at the time - so he created one to assist others....how has it been hijacked by cheap imported crud? I don't think it was hijacked, just more people discussing inexpensive systems for residential & small business use. Quite a few of the more seasoned members with life experieince in the world of CCTV are no longer here. There are still some active, professional and very knowledgeable members here, but it seems the product they represent and know are out of the scope, reach and budgets of the DIY'er who is looking for advice on an inexpensive system for their home or small business. I don't post here very often anymore because it seems the most popular discussions surround dahua, qsee & costco, none of which I'm interested in. Also seems like when someone starts a discussion on more professional systems it's compared to the qsee & dahua, like they're some sort of benchmark. Rubbish I say. But, talk bad about these cheap systems and you're shot down.
  5. groovyman

    Netviewer issues need help

    Use Netviewer for one and Internet Explorer for the other, or Internet Explorer for both in separate IE windows.
  6. groovyman

    Cannot find suitable internal hdd power cable

    Molex to SATA power adapter cable
  7. groovyman

    I am at wits end! Who can help me please?

    Does the issue happen at regular intervals, like every 5, 10, 15min? I'm not familiar with your dvr, but some will record in chunks (usually configurable by the end user), such as 5min, 10min.....60min, etc. I'm just wondering if could be during the time when one chunk ends and another begins that the image blinks. Additional questions: When video is played back do you see any dropped frames? Does the replacement dvr have the same firmware version as the old one? Do you know what type of hard drive is installed? Not talking capacity - referring to make & model. Not all hard drives are created equal.
  8. groovyman

    Residential CCTV and youtube

    I can see it now: "But, but, your honor, someone on the Internet said it was legal." In my opinion, the best place to find out is by asking a lawyer.
  9. groovyman

    Big problem with my DVR Hikvison

    DVR connected to Internet with default username & password = potential for someone to stumble upon, logon & change settings. If all 5 changed in one day I'd say malicious access happened.
  10. groovyman

    Highest quality DVR 8 channel system?

    I doubt all QSee product is Dahua. Also, not everyone on the forum recommends Dahua product. The ones who do are pretty vocal about it though.
  11. groovyman

    CCTV detective puzzle

    this, by the way, is entirely possible - i've seen both analog (vcr) and high-end dvr/nvr systems that have had the time drift off, or even never had it set properly at installation. i had muxes, back in the day, that i'd set the time, and they'd be off by an hour within a month. vcr/mux systems would be much more rare in 2009, but certainly not unheard-of. Agree w/ GrouchoBoucho. I experience time fluctuations w/DVR's frequently. Other electronics as well. Very common. Couple of months ago I forgot to set the correct year on a DVR & it drove me nuts for about 10 minutes trying to figure out why there was no recording of the current date & time. Doh
  12. groovyman

    CCTV detective puzzle

    It can happen. There are several ways to accomplish this, here's some examples: As mentioned before, a screen capture/recording program can capture the 4 channel+ view and output as avi, mpg or other video formats. Then there's dvr playback software that can output a 4 channel+ view to avi &/or mpeg - the Aver Remote Console software can do this (I happen to really like that feature). I suspect other systems & software have the ability as well. Another way is to just point a camera directly at the playback monitor and record. There are other ways, but I think you get the jist of it - it can happen and it's not difficult.
  13. groovyman

    Night Photo Problems

    Wasn't appreciated - edited out.
  14. groovyman

    Any advice will be welcomed.

    Wow, that's some system you have there. I know you said it was more for construction sites, but initially I'm thinking something like this can be rented to events that have large gatherings. For instance, I see you're in Palm Beach, FL. I'm in South Florida also and know there are different outdoor events going on all the time. Maybe the organizers or law enforcement would be interested in monitoring activity at these events. Maybe even large venues like the BB&T Center would want something like this to cover the parking lots on event days, or shopping mall parking lots around this type of year. Basically, anywhere that large amounts of people converge & there's potential for crime. I'm sure anyone involved with a car break in, purse snatching, shopping bag snatching, etc. would have loved to have had a system like this covering the area where they got robbed. I think it would serve as a deterrent also. A few times I've had police ask my clients if they had any recording of the parking lot where their business is located. Maybe a system like yours could also be used by law enforcement or local communities to try and deter crime in areas like parks where drug dealing & prostitution is a problem. Just some thoughts. I think if marketed properly a system like yours can be sold or rented.
  15. groovyman

    Identify DVR

    Call them and ask.