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  1. I have several DS-2CD2332-I cameras mounted and set for VBR, 4096kbit/s bandwidth. They are recorded continuously with a VMS and each minute of video is a little less than 30 megabytes, regardless time of day. I also have one DS-2CD2335-I mounted in a similar environment and with the same settings as much as I can, as there are slight differences between the two. This one generates a little less than 25 megabytes/minute of video during the daytime, but then DROPS to about half that during night and returns to 25 MB/min during daytime. At first this sort of makes sense because night images are not in color, but the information I could find about this behavior (not Hikvision specific) says bandwidth typically INCREASES at night with higher levels of noise. But, then the 2332 cameras do not do this. Is this simply a difference in the h264 codec between each model? The night image looks ok, and it actually would be nice if all cameras did this to save on storage space.
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    Anyone have experience with cellular cameras?

    I do not have experience with cellular cameras per se, but can answer some of your questions I think. 1. This depends. Consider coverage and how much data you'll be using. There's no universally right answer. 2. 2G is essentially obsolete. Some cell towers won't even support it. Anything expected to carry a good amount of data should be 4G. 3, 4, 5. Let me recommend another solution, if this works for you: I'd recommend having a camera or cameras connected to one DVR at a worksite, with the DVR connected to a cellular internet connection. This way you're not constantly streaming video (using bandwidth and costing money) that probably is 90% of no interest, and should the connection go down, you don't miss anything. The DVR can store as much video as you want, and someone can connect to it via cellular to take a look at what is going on. This to me makes far more sense since then you can use nearly any camera and DVR. You'll also save a ton in cellular data costs and not miss anything.
  3. I have a few DS-2CD2332-I cameras that I have had set to maximum 2048x1536 resolution, because, well why not? It's the highest resolution and I want all the detail I can get. Well, just today I discovered if it reduce it to 1920x1080, I get a wider field of view, but less in the vertical direction. Makes sense in hindsight. I tried it and decided I like 2048 better. So I tried this on my installed DS-2CD2335-I and was shocked to find the field of view doesn't change at all. With the DS-2CD2332-I, reducing the resolution made an obvious difference in FOV. But the latter, none. I can see just as far to the left, right, up and down. Yet in 1920x1080, the image fills the screen nicely on a modern LCD, unlike how it looks in 2048x1536. How can this be? Obviously Hikvision is doing some trickery like stretching the image (which isn't obvious nor desirable) or using "black bars", although the black bar theory doesn't really add up either. Has anyone ran across this? I'm surprised the behavior is so different between two otherwise nearly identical camera models.
  4. I question hardware damage, especially mechanical hard drives. They detect when power is lost, then use the spinning disks to generate enough power to park the heads.
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    Hikvision IP camera random lockup

    Good to know I'm not the only one. But yours lock up every few weeks? Mine do this about every quarter unless I reboot them before that. I actually narrowed it down to 83 - 84 days for all 5 cameras. I have exact times, I just have to do some calculations... This sounds more like mine.
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    Hikvision IP camera random lockup

    Good to know I'm not the only one. But yours lock up every few weeks? Mine do this about every quarter unless I reboot them before that.
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    Sending stream to server

    I believe Xeoma will send a stream to another server running Xeoma, but I've never tried it. This means you'd need two licenses (they aren't expensive), and as for port forwarding, if it's sending it out, it may not need it. You could always get a trial and test it out.
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    DVR slows my internet!

    perhaps the dvr system should be on it's own lan. the camera traffic is slowing down your routers? Camera traffic normally shouldn't be going through the router, except for maybe the built in switch in a router.
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    Xeoma VMS surveillance software

    I use this too and love it, except for their seemingly chronic issues around not being able to keep track of the correct time. So did you get your free license yet for posting this?
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    DVR slows my internet!

    Does that DVR support any type of cloud storage? Otherwise, as another person said, maybe it's on a botnet.
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    Need a product recomendation

    It's still not apparent to me that these are fake hardware. I'm not being argumentative, I'm just trying to learn. I realize that Hikvision doesn't sell on eBay, but what stops someone from buying them in China from Hikvision and selling them on eBay? For the firmware, this doesn't seem all that odd to me. I don't know the specifics of how the F/W works on these, but let's say someone in China buys a large lot of them (with Chinese lang. F/W) and reflashes with english firmware, but perhaps older versions of english F/W are easier to flash over the Chinese F/W. In addition, if these were indeed fake hardware, why not claim it's a newer version of F/W? My original understanding is the hardware is authentic Hikvision, but firmware has been fiddled with (which voids warranties, etc), but it sounds like you're saying the hardware is also fake.....but I can't find any discussion of this anywhere else online.
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    Need a product recomendation

    No, I did not know this. This is counter to what I have read up to this point. I was of the understanding that gray market are Chinese market Hikvision reflashed with English language firmware. I find it hard to believe that otherwise reputable US resellers are selling essentially counterfeit products. Do you have any links or info on this? I'm genuinely curious. Hik from Shenzhen. Are not made by hikvision they are a copy / gray market. We have a avigilon 5mp from Shenzhen .... Does that make it copy ?? Yes. A genuine hikvision can have firmware for any region problem is it has to be a true hikvision. Look at all the hacks on this forum for the Shenzhen china copies.... Hik have now stopped telnet and also factory passwords ...... You now generate a user name and password on first plugin. Look at the ops link ........ 2 years warranty is with hikvision ......hik will not deal with end user.........that is the first give away it's a copy. Second is like all copy and gray it tells you it is on v5.3.3. Which is not supported by hik. I'm a bit confused. When you say from Shenzhen, are you referring to a seller called this, a manufacturer, or the city? Because everything I could find about the gray market Hikvisions indicate they are real Hikvisions with hacked firmware. For example, the ones I got match exactly with what many websites describe as Chinese version Hikvisions with hacked english firmware, down to the box they came in. I couldn't find anything about faked Hikvisions (that actually try to appear as a Hik), but I'd like to see some pics or information if they exist.
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    Need a product recomendation

    No, I did not know this. This is counter to what I have read up to this point. I was of the understanding that gray market are Chinese market Hikvision reflashed with English language firmware. I find it hard to believe that otherwise reputable US resellers are selling essentially counterfeit products. Do you have any links or info on this? I'm genuinely curious.
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    Need a product recomendation

    Maybe, maybe not. Depends on how much risk one is comfortable with vs. how much less they pay. Nothing to do with risk. Hik have changed there ipc setup and are about to update there software ..... Then see how the gray market works out for you. And regarding price ....... Newegg costs more .... For the brand listed. Newegg 12 months warranty ...... Hik gives 3 years as standard It is based on risk. I bought 3 gray market cams more than a year ago and they work great. Now if one or more fails before 3 years, I'm probably out of luck. If not, I'm good and paid less for them. Barring any hardware failure, they will continue to stream video just as they are right now regardless of F/W version. I don't know how much more legit ones are because it's difficult to figure out who is authorized....but my guess is, based on numbers I've seen in various places, they cost quite a bit more. So, if legit ones are say 25% more, I'd prefer that. I'm not sure what IPC setup is (SADP tool?), but based on all the gray market cameras being sold, I guess I'll be in good company if they somehow become bricked intentionally by the OEM. EDIT: I decided to look again at Hikvision's list of US distributors. Most appear to not be setup to sell to small end users. MCM does, but their IP cam selection is somewhat lacking. Then I found Norfolk Wire seems to be setup to allow direct purchases. I happened to find my camera, DS-2CD2332, and they want $313 for one. LOL. I paid less than that for three (3) from a US retailer, new in box, shipped. No wonder there's so many gray market customers.
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    Need a product recomendation

    Maybe, maybe not. Depends on how much risk one is comfortable with vs. how much less they pay.
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