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  1. TipoFloe

    BNC or HDMI

    Amazing Stuff! Thanks for the info!
  2. TipoFloe

    BNC or HDMI

    I don't know what an HDMI IR is or how it works... The remote control extenders work wonders for the remote controllers, but I don't know about IR extender for HDMI?? How far are the rooms?
  3. TipoFloe

    Neighbor protests cameras

    While protecting your property, I think you're all set as long as you're not actively watching other people's property. I'm sure the original poster's neighbor will realize the benefit of the surveillance rather than being annoyed by it. Anyways, I agree with you that there is no clear law for it.
  4. TipoFloe

    Neighbor protests cameras

    Just wondering what laws specifically guarantee your rights to monitor your property. Probably along the same lines as our second constitution lol.
  5. TipoFloe

    DVR / Wifi / Wifi bridge nightmare

    Most DVRs use their MAC address as their DDNS address, plus a domain and a ".com" at the end or a variant. The whole thing should take less than 15 mins to set up if you know what you are doing, but since this is your first time, this is how you learn I guess. I can't help you with the error messages as they seem proprietary to the DVR... Have you tried contacting the manufacturer?
  6. TipoFloe

    Dome and sunny day

    Hello, this is a classic case where regular Backlight Compensation (BLC) and its variants just do not suffice. If you must see in the areas where you have circled, you may need a camera with Wide Dynamic Range function. Be careful when you shop for it because there are many "fake" varieties of it. Stay away from any DWDR (Digital WDR) because it's jut as effective as BLC. Look for any WDR cameras that come with either a regular WDR or LWDR (low frame wide dynamic range) designation. To name a few image sensor and DSP solutions, PIXIM (Seawolf sensor and DSP) is the front runner in all WDR performance. Though you WILL find other cheaper products at a comparable feature. Look for keywords like Aurora 2 DSP or Spectra DSP. Sony also has a WDR variant in the Effio series, but you want to be careful when you select an Effio camera as they have 3 levels of performances, and the most common do not have WDR feature built in.
  7. TipoFloe

    Neighbor protests cameras

    It's perfectly within your rights to monitor your property, even if some cameras may be pointing to your neighbor's house. Check to see if the problem camera has privacy masking function so that you can block out your neighbor's residence. If he sues you for invasion of privacy, all you need to do is take a snapshot of that camera and show the court that you are not invading his privacy rights.
  8. TipoFloe

    Connecting CCTV to house.

    Yeah, that connector is typically for cable TV and stuff. Often run on RG-6 cable. As Soundy suggest, if it really does go to a camera, you will need the converters, and a DVR to connect it to. But just 1 camera?
  9. TipoFloe

    cannot format hard dirve, need help

    Is there just one slot for the HDD connection? You should contact the manufacturer or the seller to obtain that information. Typically when a DVR has a format function, it shouldn't have a problem formatting any drives. But then again, a few manufacturers are adamant about using a specific HDD from a list that they provide. The compatibility and reliability have gotten better over the years, but this should give you a place to start.
  10. TipoFloe

    Dome and sunny day

    I don't see why it should Are you talking about Chromatic Aberration? Why don't you post a pic? You may want to upgrade your camera to something with WDR in it to reduce the glares and "normalize" the picture...
  11. TipoFloe

    TVL relation to PAL/NTSC resolution

    596 is probably the vertical lines. Most camera specs list the horizontal lines before the vertical lines. Interesting image sensor you have there, 1020 x 596? Who makes it? Here's a more detailed key difference between NTSC vs. PAL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAL#PAL_vs._NTSC And also, typically, PAL standard always had higher TV lines in exchange for the useless 5 FPS that NTSC uses. Here's a comparison chart: http://www.diffen.com/difference/NTSC_vs_PAL
  12. TipoFloe

    BNC or HDMI

    I guess seeing is believing. These two pictures were taken from the same DVR, one showing through BNC and the other showing through HDMI. Up until around 2006, most DVRs used a multiplexer chip and a video output that only could put out 420TVL maximum. However, the introduction of VGA, DVR and consequently HDMI increased the DVR output to 2 megapixel. You're right about the fact that what difference does it make with analog cameras, but consider the following: You are looking at an image that's at most 500TVL vs. You are looking at an image that's 1080 TVL with upscaled imaged, meaning, your LIVE display will be sharp as heck!
  13. TipoFloe

    DVR / Wifi / Wifi bridge nightmare

    You're almost there. Your bridge is working fine. Connect the DVR to the bridge using the same network cable. Ports - leave the media port and web port alone. You can actually change them in case your VIRGIN router uses port 80 (and probably does). You may want to change the web port to 8000 or 8080. IP Address (unique number like your house number)- Enter a unique IP address like the one in the computer, but the last three numbers will have to be different. Subnet Mask (groups of IP addresses, or classes)- Enter the same subnet mask as your computer Gateway (how your DVR will transmit or access the internet) - enter the same gateway as your computer DNS (it's like the post office) you can enter (or the one provided by your ISP - can be found on your laptop as well by typing ipconfig/all)- it keeps track of all the domain names associated with actual IP addresses. uPnP (universal plug and play) - IF THIS FUNCTION WORKS, THEN YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PORT FORWARDING There is one last piece of information that's missing - DDNS host name. Your DVR should have come with a unique DDNS host name, or a way to register so that it's also unique... Note that if you're using a web browser for connection to your dvr, you will have to use port 8080 if you've changed the web port above to 8080. For internal IP address (let's say that the DVR IP address is, you can simply type in and it will open up your web browser interface. From the outside of your network (outside of your home) you will either have to type in the public IP (whatismyip.com) plus :8080 at the end. Don't forget the http:// in front. However, since MOST internet services offer dynamic IP, this will probably not work for you after a few days (even hours). This is where the DDNS comes in. So let's say that your DVR has the DDNS name of yourdvr.dvr.com then you'd type in http://yourdvr.dvr.com:8080 to connect to your DVR. Good luck!
  14. TipoFloe

    DVR / Wifi / Wifi bridge nightmare

    Hi, The wifi bridge is the same as this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vonets-VAP11G-WIFI-Bridge/dp/B0050AI804 Unfortunately the 'instructions' it came with was next to useless... I just followed the installer / set-up CD until it said 'congratulations... it's ready to use'. I plugged it into my dvr (the wifi bridge flashes blue... supposedly this means it is picking up my wifi signal) and went into the menu area of the dvr (to set up the network for the ip cameras) but haven't a clue what to put. I'm guessing the bridge device is working correctly but I have no idea about the IP side of things? Thanks, Sam Turn off your wifi on your laptop, connect the laptop via CAT5e network cable to the bridge and see what IP address it assigns you. If you followed step 1 properly, you should have 3 sets of numbers - IP address, subnet and gateway. After you connect the laptop to the bridge, see if you can obtain the same information from the command prompt first and write it down here.