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  1. I don't intend on hijacking, but I have a question since you've already hooked up the PIR to your 8332. I plan on hooking up a PIR as well and I'm curious if you had a diagram or something. I want to use the camera's power to power the PIR. i noticed that 2 ports on the connecting block are 24VAC. I have the camera powered by PoE. Will these provide 24VAC? Most of the PIRs I find operate on <18V DC. My guess is that DI and GND is a normally open loop and it triggers the sensor input when closed? Any information would be useful. Anything you can offer.
  2. This is true, but I'm the kind of person who likes to be prepared for the worst case scenario. If it glitches while the next door neighbor is throwing broken glass in the driveway again, I'm screwed
  3. If anybody cares, this is the switch I'll be using. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833181164 It's specs are very good for what you pay for...a little over $100 for 10/100 and 8 PoE ports @ 16.25w per port. It was actually cheaper than buying a standard switch and 8 PoE injectors. I've used ZyXEL before for a VPN firewall as well as some ethernet-ADSL bridges. They are very reliable and their customer service was pretty good.
  4. This sounds like the issue is a function of a slow or bad switch (either CPU, Bus, cache speed,or processing algorithm), not the buffer size. Sure a larger buffer would help, but only until the buffer becomes full again and it starts dropping packets. If you were to theoretically enlarge the buffer of that D-Link, I bet the same issue would occur. (It was probably a low-end D-link...which is almost all of them) Well that's easy: 3.2Gbps = 3200Mbps/16 ports = 200Mbps bidirectional = 100 Mbps in a single direction per port (I originally did this calculation using the pps, a 64 byte frame size with a 20 byte interframe spacing, and a 8 byte preamble originally...but I won't subject you to a page of math) I'll only be using up to 8 ports though because only 8 are PoE....with a 130W budget across the 8 ports.
  5. lol...you should tell the hardware manufacturers the opposite! Back in the day, 100Mb was huge...who gives a **** about them these days? The switches should be rated in MBps! 12.5Mbps and 125MBps for 100mbps and gigabit respectively. That's good to know that each 1MP cam will prob be on the order of 1 Mbps. If that is the case, I could probably hook up about 85 or so 1MP cameras to a 100Mb/s switch (assuming a **** ton of overhead)
  6. Not me. Your 5MP cam would use nearly 1.5 MBps then. Say your 1MP cam was 1Mbps @ 5fps, I'd guess that it would probably use about 6 Mbps [megaBITS] at 30fps (using a constant bitrate)...or 0.75MBps [MegaBYTES] I think he stated that the 1MP Vivotek with h.264 would be a little less than 1 Mbps at 1200*800, 30fps (or whatever max resolution is) Mb to MB...divide by 8. 8 bits in a byte....unless you're a HDD manufacturer who uses a decimal multiple system in order to legally mislead consumers Am I missing something here? Did I do something wrong?
  7. So on a 100Mbps switch, i can achieve 12.5MBps on the link to the NVR. 5 cameras using MPEG4 will give me <5MBps...enough room for up to 7 (theoretically) more cams before I saturate that link (probably 5 cams additional with overhead)?
  8. Just to be clear, your numbers are in Megabytes per second, not Megabits per second?
  9. It should work, right? I'll be using 1 Vivotek IP7631 (2MP) and 3-4 IP8332 (1MP) on a 10/100 switch? I'll be using the at max resolution if it helps. My guess is that it should work fine, but I feel I should ask the experts here. I doubt it matters, but I plan on using 2 NICs inside my PC, one for internet access, the other for the IP cams. Switching Capacity (Gbps): 3.2 Gbps Switching Forwarding Rate (Mpps): 2.4 Thanks
  10. rkolb86

    Why does my video suck?

    Yeah. I decided to scrap that project and ordered some cheap 2MP/1MP cams (Vivotek IP7631, IP8332). On that note, I'm pretty sure you use the horizontal pixels for that calculation, which would be 640/60 which is approximately equal to 10ppf
  11. rkolb86

    video problems

    Did you determine that electrical interference was the issue? If the electrical interference is the issue, I doubt PVC will do anything to fix that. The metal (steel?) electrical conduit might do it, but that is a shot in the dark as well. Also, using shielded twisted pair (instead of UTP) may also help resolve the issue.
  12. So you're saying that IP cameras encode/compress at the camera instead of using some sort of streaming protocol and let the NVR do the encoding/compression?
  13. Isn't it only limited because you are getting what you pay for? Maybe all you need is a few cameras, so they build a piece of hardware that can do what you need for a good price? I'm sure every NVR or NVR Software has it's limits as well, or even the hardware it is built on. I highly doubt you can go and hook up 50k 16MP cameras to some "real" hybrid nvr or software. It just isn't physically possibly unless your using some sort of clustered infrastructure (computer scientist by profession). If this is true, it you prove your claim of a "true" or "not true" NVR invalid. I'm not a CCTV expert (i'm actually on the complete opposite end of the spectrum), but this makes a ton of sense to me. If you can show me one NVR or NVR software that doesn't have a limit, either written in black and white, or and actual physical limit to the amount or cameras/resolution you can use, I will stick my foot in my mouth. I think all they are saying is that 8-ch 4CIF/4-ch 720P Real Time is just the physical limit of that machine, and maybe they enforce the limit (or the limit is just so you know its abilities) in order to keep complaints saying that "my $1500 NVR can't record my 800 5MP cameras at 30FPS" ...or maybe I don't have a clear understanding of the definition: "true" NVR
  14. I am curious as to what a true hybrid is. What is the difference between a "true" hybrid and something that is not a true hybrid.
  15. I'm thinking about getting a Hikvision DS-4208HFVI, and I want the ability to add some cheap vivotek (or other) megapixel cams in the future. I'd like to know how comparable their hybrid solution is with other manufacturers IP cameras as well.