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  1. Thank you. I recently got this working. It was an issue where the 485 had gotten cut under the taped up area. Once that was fixed worked very nicely. Nice how you can pan etc by clicking on an area of the screen, zoom with the mouse wheel etc.
  2. I am new to PTZ, and could use some advice. I've tried to reset it per the manual, and confirmed per the screen shot attached. I can not get my 241S or 243 to control it, just pans left to right non stop. Any advice appreciated. Hooked up with 4 feet of wire on the 485 to yellow/green (and ground), half duplex terminated.
  3. That's a great camera. Try a proper VMS, there are free versions from Axis or Milestone. I used a synology for a while useless sluggish POS playing back video...
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    Residential Peace Of Mind Design

    High cameras are fine for an overview but if someone wears a hat not uncommon you will not get a useful shot.
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    Poor night quality

    It may just be that the camera is inexpensive and does not have an IR corrected lens? Anyway looks better with more light, that is a lot of light...
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    Revo Systems

    I tried a Revo once and it sucked at night. Here is a diagram.
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    Cameras watching cameras

    http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/09/prince-george-s-county-security-cameras-to-watch-speed-cameras-79829.html
  8. Here's what I did: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=29539&p=200838#p200838 Even if you deal with the WDR issue (and the 484 is very good at this, also the sony 593 I think was the model) there is absolutely no substitute for a face level camera.
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    Example KT&C S20P4 in intercom speaker

    I didn't, still works fine. There is no way the camera can get wet. The hole is so small water does not get in, there is a gap of course between the enclosure and the house but there is no path for the water to get to the camera.
  10. I know Axis does this it's called corridor view I think. Some of the cameras and encoders also do this.
  11. What I do is use VitaminD for events. You could easily set up a rule to email pics during the time when you are out for lunch. Axis can record with a VMS, or to SD using their free software. One of the nice things about IP cams is they are a lot more flexible with the software and what you can accomplish.
  12. Axis has some nice vandal domes. You can have it send an email or alarm for loss of camera.
  13. I've always gotten a quick response, but have not asked them about cameras they do not support. In some cases I've found cameras that work that are not listed, and they have a few links to mjpeg listings on their site. Usually you can get the string from the camera manufacturer (e.g. Axis Panasonic whatever). You could try it on their demo SW which is free. Have not played around much with non mjpeg on VitaminD.
  14. Somewhat, the bars will make it a little harder perhaps if you are concerned about people outside the gate. Just set up a rule. For absolutely no misses (both night and day, the latter being easier) you may have too wide an area.
  15. Yeah, it takes some processing power but just buy a computer that can handle it. I have had up to 16 cameras (8 of them 1.3-3MP) running on an i7 does not even come close to using it all. Really an amazing computer. You also need to make sure to have a 1G NIC as the streams are all MJPEG. Don't know about an i3, i7 is not all that much more. My understanding talking to them is that the cores help. I think the i7 is also much nicer than the Athlon quad core I used to use. Above about 8 or 10 cameras will hang momentarily doing a refresh. The issue is HD writes! Took me quite a while to narrow it down to this. This can be SOLVED. It writes everything to the C:/ drive for crunching, then moves items of interest to the same or another drive if you have one. If you are trying to do it all to one drive it is just too much, recording and bringing events back. The trick is using a SSD for the main drive. I have it set up with an Intel SSD for C:/, and 1TB black. With that I can get over a month of storage. 5 yr warranty on the Intel. Same computer is also running 12 channels Axis camera station (separate bank of HD's), and 8 channels Milestone... The i7 is really amazing, and it does all that at around 100W... Someday I'm going to spend some time and do a post on VitaminD, it is much more useful than all the other VMS I've tried in terms of letting you know what is going on. A normal VMS is nice for going back on surrounding events, or pulling a 3MP shot etc. ACS is pretty cool in terms of the amount of integration you can do (and it is rock solid stable), and Axis cameras are great in terms of multiple streams etc. The other option for VitaminD with lower end processors is crunching a CIF stream, and using something else for the constant VMS. This other method takes much less processing power. One final comment, using Axis cameras above 1.3MP is also possible with VitaminD. I have a post out there somewhere on how to do this.
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