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  1. I own 7 of the Acti B45 cameras, and have just installed the first one. I am now moving to these to replace the KCM-5611 cameras, the night shot is as good and it seems to be more waterproof and robust in general. I have about 40 of the KCM-5611 cameras and they have been okay, but the new B45 is working just as well if not better for me anyway. My first day after coming in and reviewing night footage I actually called someone else in to look at it because I was that impressed with the improvement from the camera that was in the same location before. I replaced because of a lightning strike, now I'm glad I had to. The camera that was there was the ACTi KCM-5211, and that camera was not good at night at all in comparison.
  2. The cameras will be scheduled off until you set a motion or two window for the camera, then it will automatically move to motion.
  3. Totally depends on the software really, but what you have should be more than enough. I just built 8 more servers for my systems and they are all i3s with 4gb, Samsung 128gb SSD for OS and 2tb WD enterprise drive for storage. No issues at all with up to 14 cameras on there, say 20-30mp total in cameras. The vast majority of my servers are i3s with only 2gb of ram and they still run fine, where I live I have a system like that with 3tb of storage total. I have nine 3mp cameras and one 2 mp, along with 5 analog, all on an i3 with 2gb of ram. It's very busy with a lot of motion recording and I'm still at 120 days of footage. With cameras on screen I use around 35% CPU, with client closed down it uses about 2%. Software makes or breaks whatever system you have, but if you have hardware motion detection on your software then you should be more than fine.
  4. Not sure what was up with your setup, I just opened up 4 3mp cameras on my two year old i5 laptop. Along with 5 other programs open on my dual monitor setup and my CPU only sat at bout 10%, random drops to 1%, spikes to 17%. That is super lightweight, when I'm looking at 18 3mp cameras at once on an i3, while its recording many of those streams, and I'm only at 30% on a i3 I'm super pleased. Same cameras on other software will max out an i7! I do not use laptops as a default, just saying I've used a couple of them successfully with no problems so far, two years non stop and counting!
  5. Razer_SE

    Empire ESC-IPC-1 Halo?

    There should be some type of rubber gasket that touches the front glass to separate the IR lights from the lens. It appears that yours it not touching the glass, thus letting in the light. Check that it is touching fully on the glass and that should fix your issue I would expect. This is true of any camera, domes are even worse!
  6. I use Exacq, for a basic 4 camera system it would cost $200. In my eyes it's worth it as I can use such an inexpensive computer to as my NVR. The cameras vary, all are at a minimum of 8fps, none higher than 15 at this location. All cameras record at max resolution, day to day they usually rotate 4 cameras at a time on a monitor running 1920x1080, but you can display them all at once no problem. In this thread not long ago I shared a couple of screenshots of different configurations in hardware and cameras. Towards the end of the first page, and on the next page specifically. I normally do not display all cameras as with as many as I have the views are very small. Some sites do not run the client at all, so they sit and basically idle all the time. I have a couple NVRs that are i3 laptops recoding to an external drive though. No issues so far and am well over a year, and they are in a unheated and uncooled area! Surprised even me lol. I did it to test if it was a viable solution, and it sure is. Makes for a nice compact setup, screen and all. $349 laptop connected to a $150 2tb drive. $500. That's hard to beat, and I have screen, keyboard, mouse, everything needed other than a POE switch, Exacq software license, and cameras! I might swap out the normal internal HD for an SSD if I do this in the future, seeing as that would only add $100 or so. viewtopic.php?f=19&t=39346&hilit=razer_se&start=15
  7. If the NVR software is working correctly you should have almost no CPU usage. I can connect 14 of them to an i3 and not even use 2%. I have other cams like that running on old dual core Pentiums with no issues at all, it all depends on what software you have. With the right client you can run on Atom based machines easily, if power was really a huge concern. I'll soon have 11 3mp Hik, one 2mp ACTi, one 1mp ACTi, a 5mp Vivotek, 4 analogs made IP through a Axis encoder, and 12 other analogs all running to an i3 with 2gb of ram. It will run fine with no issues at all, even with the client displaying all at once I'll only use about 30-40% of the CPU. With client closed down it will use 1-3%.
  8. Each person has a unique code to access the properties, and the code will only work at their specific property. Anywhere from 50-500 people may have unique codes for a single location. If these people are paid up and such they can access fine, if delinquent then access for their code is suspended. This is all handled automatically by our customer system, codes are sent to a text file that the current gate system picks up and then sends to the correct locations gate controller. If suspended, they have not paid, then that too is written to the file and code is removed. All automatically. 24/7 365 access, so it's all or nothing and very simple from that standpoint.
  9. If it was my guess, I'd guess it's a 2006ish Infiniti g35 sedan. Look at the headlights at about the 46 second mark where you can see them even though the car is facing away, with a tall profile like that g series does. Just watching full speed even small the body style seems right for the g series, but I think its the 4 door, but it's hard to tell. It could be the newer body style g also, but it's just a guess.
  10. This is for vehicles to enter an outdoor gate into a stand alone property. Cards are a non starter, as with anything else physical, as there would be an average of 25,000+ cards or whatever a year need to be given out and retrieved. That will never happen lol; so a keypad is our only option. People will have multiple vehicles enter almost always, say 4-5 per person at times so LPR would be rough if not impossible. Then there are rentals and other concerns in our use that would greatly complicate it.
  11. Old post I'm aware, but I also wanted to say thanks for doing these photos and taking the time. I'm looking at moving to these cameras over the ACTi e31 and e32 cameras as I'm having too many issues with them right now. Now I'm off to find a good place to purchase a bunch of these...
  12. I have not used that one yet anyway, the longest range version I've personally used is the SIP-100 which works out very well. I need that long narrow beam to cover fence lines usually and other than the occasional animal setting these off they work great. I have used about 4 different types of PIR from Optex so far, and I'm ordering a couple more new versions (to me anyway) later today. Not had any failures yet, and with this super harsh winter I'm very pleased so far as all of my installs of these are outdoors. I did get an answer back from Inovonics and they stated open field type range is 1500 feet, and they have a new transmitter that is supposed to be 5x that. I may end up trying this out at some point yet, still deciding.
  13. If you are a computer guy, then I'd look at moving to IP. Get some Hikvision cameras and some $60 Zyxel switches. http://www.amazon.com/ZyXEL-ES1100-8P-8-Port-Ethernet-Unmanaged/dp/B005GRETPO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392212324&sr=8-1&keywords=zyxel+poe Then pick a software package, easy as can be really. You only have to do CAT5 for wiring, so no separate power supplies, no coax to mess with. Plus a much, much better picture than analog cameras. You have no capture card to mess with, and you can try our several different software packages. It gives you many more options and you're not locked to one package that only works with a specific card. Head over to the IP camera subforum here and read up on the software options and ask away, it's definitely worth it. You can have your switch hidden away wherever so all your camera feeds go there and you only have to have the computer on the same network, so one cable vs. having 8 coax cables and power supplies and such mess behind the computer. it is amazing how much neater, as in actual neatness, not cool factor, an IP system is. Most IP packages are much more flexible in the ability to link more than one system, sitting directly to my left is a desktop right now doing a rotation displaying 6 cameras at a time, from 74 separate locations. Very, very nice. Open one client and see all the cameras, or just one, nice feature for sure and easier for the end user.
  14. I have used several 10-12 Optex security sensors now with good results, and I'm installing four more here soon. At this new location though I could use two more, and really the only option would be wireless. I know that Optex has sensors with Inovonics transmitters built in, has anyone used these or have any idea of the transmission range to be expected? I know buildings and such will greatly affect this, but in general are we talking 50' range or 300' range? Inovonics also has a newer long range transmitter called the EN1252 that promises "five times the range" but no actual examples of range estimates. I have contacted them to ask but am still waiting on a reply, and I've read every datasheet on these now and I still have no clue on range. Any ideas or thoughts are appreciated!