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  1. Send me a link to a converter that that would support 8 cameras for cheap. ( I'm currently starting with 4 cameras) It seems kinda silly to buy analog cameras when I'm starting fresh with no cameras right now. You keep saying paying a license fee is a thing of the past, What is my alternative?
  2. The 8 channel converters I saw online were all pretty pricey. The cheaper ones only supported 1 or 2 channels. This Digital Watchdog system comes with management software (VMS), but you pay a one time licence fee of $100 per camera installed, so it seems that my VMS would cost me $400 CAD, Are there free VMS that would compete with Digital Watchdog? What do you mean by standalone storage, is that some kind of NAS box? I have no problem paying for Digital Watchdog if it offers improved, cool, easy to use features. They call themselves the industry leader, is this not the case?
  3. We looked up those converter/encoder thingies and they cost almost $1000 so my installer is wanting to run cat5E and put in up to 5MP IP cameras. "there vms software is not 8mp or is there dvrs or nvrs so it might be best looking at 5mp " What is vms? I don't understand this sentence. We build computers and have them everywhere so I figured I could build a far more powerful PC for peanuts. The installer told me I would just need some labour, cams and licences for watchdog, tied into a network switch. Why would I want a standalone instead?
  4. The NV5000 DVR PC was built by me. Will the 8MB HD cameras on coax look as good as the 8MP IP cameras using cat5e? I contacted a local security camera guy and he said I would need to attach a some expensive encoder/converter devices on the end of the cable if I stayed the coax route. He was originally thinking of running new cat5 but said he has to come take a look and check the length of the existing coax to see which method is better. At what point is coax too long of a run? They use the PC based watchdog system. Is this good?
  5. I currently have the PC based Aver NV5000 with up to 8 BNC cameras hooked up using relatively new siamese Coaxial cable. My cameras have been stolen so I would like to upgrade my system to use HD 1080 type cameras. Can I still use this coax wiring setup that has been run within the walls to achieve 1080 HD or should I run different cable or maybe even go wireless? I assume I'll need to replace the NV5000 and obviously get new cams. I really liked the ease of interface and feature of the NV5000. Any recommendations on a HD1080 PC based system replacement would be appreciated. Maybe I should depart from PC based after 18 years?
  6. I'm not sure what you mean by that last post. I find that i get more storage although the quality seems a bit more blurry to me.
  7. osity

    Recording computer monitors

    I was thinking of just pointing a camera at a computer monitor from the ceiling. Not sure if this would work as I havent had a chance to try it.
  8. Hello everybody.... Has anyone had experience recording CRT computer monitors? It's for a retail environment. We are having the strangest glitches occur lately and I would like to videotape what is going on the screen when things occur. Is refresh an issue? Thanks again.
  9. The DVR I'm using is the NV5000 by Avermedia. I've switched to h.264 and will post the differences when i get a change to check them out.
  10. Just wondering if the switching to a lower resolution will give me more recording days. I am currently getting about 18 days with 4 channels recording at 720x480 set to 30FPS. I have about 900GB total HDD space. Video is currently set to advanced MPEG4. I also have the option to use H264, but dont know if i should switch to it.
  11. Are you sure premade is non repairable? I have a few months experience in this stuff and I dont see why you cant just snip and add a new connector etc. RG59 should be RG59 no matter where you cut it. Are you also sure that they are cheaper premade? I would doubt that very much as they usually have 2 connectors on them, increasing the price. Bulk stuff has always been cheaper from what I see, although I could be wrong.
  12. I dont really want to go around looking for fuses at any point if one should go down. How would i know if is a "ptc box" do they have to say ptc? Would this link be considered ptc, it is a Q-see model. Thanks. QP2409 http://www.q-see.com/newwebsite-design%201/accessories/power.htm Thanks!
  13. I was looking at this: http://synetlink.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=24_64&products_id=182 but it looks as though if one circuit got tripped ...all of them would shut off aswell. Is that correct? It does not have fuses like you mkention, perhaps I should get one with them.
  14. I have seen boxes with individual fuses and ones that have "Auto shutdown Fuseless cirquit" feature. Which is more desirable and why? Thanks!
  15. Havent found the use for siamese wire yet. We just install power receptacles wherever we need one. This takes us about 15-20 minutes as there are lots of electrical wires running all over, above the drop ceiling. We dont have a centralized location of power that is run to all the cams. Is there a benefit to those power boxes? I never really found the need for those things yet.