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  1. Owain

    Do these exsit: IR House Numbers?

    you could adapt this PCB http://www.bigclive.com/flud.htm just put in the LEDs you need to make the outline of the digits. Maybe poke them through a layer of black plastic to provide a background to improve the contrast
  2. unless it's optical fibre feeding the image to a remote sensor.
  3. Owain

    Embeding a Logo in the Video

    That camera should do a time stamp and text caption overlay - accessed through its setup menus. A logo will be more difficult; you'd have to decode the digital image stream, overlay, then re-encode the image stream. If you are only uploading periodic static images (jpgs) then a scriptable image editor eg GIMP should be able to handle it, running on the webserver.
  4. Owain

    Siamese Cable...audio?

    Use multipair telephone or data cable intended for direct burial and use a balun on the video (and if you need to, audio) pair(s). Double or triple up remaining pairs for power to each camera.
  5. Rather than a siren, install voice speakers and use audio challenge to shout at intruders. This lets them know the system *is* working, they *are* being watched, and the cops *are* on their way.
  6. In the UK there is the Secured By Design initiative, including advice for architects and developers: http://www.securedbydesign.com/professionals/index.aspx which links to the Design Against Crime Research Centre http://www.designagainstcrime.com/
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    Can I run a 12v camera on 15v?

    that's what happens when you buy electronic stuff from ebay. the 15 V from the solar charge controller is probably intended for charging batteries
  8. Even simpler is to forget the computer and smartphone stuff - which WILL require your CCTV system to be connected to the internet - and provide hardwired access to a composite video output from the DVR, either by modulating the video and injecting it into the communal TV distribution system, or for only 6 apartments use a 6-output video distribution amplifier and just run cables. However after the novelty wears off I doubt tenants will spend much time watching the screens. I'd concentrate on capturing evidential-quality video that can be retrieved after an event is reported.
  9. I wonder what sort of camera they were using? http://tbi69.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/how-not-to-plant-a-roadside-bomb/
  10. Owain

    Custom size enclosure

    Any sheet metal fabricator (see Yellow Pages or equivalent) should be able to cut, fold and weld a box up, fit a hinged door and a cam lock, drill or punch ventilation and cable entry holes, etc.
  11. Owain

    Cameras Out In Parking Lot

    You can use cameras with on-board storage so you only do live viewing at low resolution, and download high res clips of historic events as needed.
  12. Owain

    CCTV System Required

    The problem may not be with the DVR, but with the router or internet connection (at either end) which makes it difficult for someone to set it up in advance.
  13. You could try downloading the latest version of the software from the DM website rather than using the older version on the DVR hard drive. However these are quite old units now and the internet viewing isn't comparable to modern systems IMHO.
  14. That may be responsible for some of the noise.
  15. Owain

    Control a CCTV DVR from 8 different TV's?

    Many consumer DVRs have USB mouse control, so you could use a USB hub with the required number of outputs and extend USB to the desired locations using active USB cables or USB-over-Cat n extenders. Depends on whether your DVR will cope with multiple mice, and of course this will not allow separate locations to see/do different actions simultaneously. To avoid running HDMI through the house, if the DVR has a composite/analogue video output you could modulate that and run it through the aerial wiring. However that may not cope with high enough resolution to allow mouse control. Other option is RS 485 with multiple PTZ keyboard controllers and a DVR that supports that.
  16. Owain

    System Design Questions for K-12 School Campus

    Some Axis cameras have a special 'corridor format' which may be useful for some of your locations. http://www.axis.com/products/video/about_networkvideo/corridor_format.htm A big issue is security; if possible keep the cameras completely off the same physical network used by pupils. You don't want your supposedly secure CCTV footage ending up on websites.
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    The TV monitor is unlikely to have a proper through video output. Use a 2-output video splitter to split the output from the camera to (a) the TV and (b) the two security monitors in loop through with the last monitor set to terminal.
  18. That power supply's rough. The incoming mains cable should be loomed or otherwise restrained so if the wire breaks at the terminal strip the live wire can't float about and contact anything. The terminal strip should be one with touch-safe terminals. If fuse FS1 is on the mains side of the transformer it should also be one with touch-safe terminals. There should be a flying lead from the earth terminal to the removable cover. so the cover earth doesn't rely on fixing screws. The low voltage wiring some of the wires have been wrapped round the screws in the wrong direction so tightening the screw loosens the wire. The wires should be loomed neatly and clamped on entry to the box. The hole in the box should be grommeted. I think you have an undiscovered joint somewhere between two types of wire. The two hook terminals are probably power and I wonder if they're 24Vdc for a heater in the bracket. Possibly the camera has onboard step-down to 12Vdc. The thin black and white should be video and video ground, but which way round I don't know.
  19. do you have the camera that was there before? and how was it connected? what's at the other end of the cables?
  20. If you are using proper CCTV monitors they will have a loop-through connection, the last monitor must have a terminating resistor or may have a through/end switch. If you are not using proper CCTV monitors then you'll need a video distribution amp.
  21. probably not. The camera input/output are probably both at line level which will not match any type of microphone directly, or most speakers. Also the door intercom appears to be intended to connect to a phone system or intercom controller, so probably won't have standard line level connections.
  22. Multiple cameras concealed in bird-boxes (unable to be used by birds) Have one bird-box with the camera inside the box showing genuine nesting birds. That's the one you show anyone from the HOA who visits.
  23. all you can do is record in good quality, but drop the quality - significantly - for live viewing over the network. Or get multiple connections and bond them to get a faster total speed.
  24. Owain

    cctv audio device

    For unbalanced microphones / inputs which are usual, cable should be screened audio cable. For balanced line then twisted pair can be used. Alarm cable isn't suitable for anything other than alarms.