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  1. Thanks larry, I am considering using as many as 3 or 4 [of the 6 - QCA7201B cameras that I have] around the perimeter of the house. The other 2 to 3 could be used around in the back of the property. I do not consider these areas to be very high risk. The property is surrounded by thick almost impenetrable jungle covering a rough uneven 'a'a lava flow, too much work and danger of injury for too little reward for the average thief. The driveway is the only easy access to the property. Where I am very unhappy with these cameras is in the front driveway entry area at night, headlights interfere, faces are not very recognizable, and license plates do not show info in the video feed. I would like to see at least a couple of better quality cameras in the front area. I would want all video recorded and stored on the PC for my access, and stored on my own hosted web site as backup security. Am I still in the realm of the possible?
  2. After a number of local burglaries, home invasions, and other personal security issues became obvious risks. I bought a Q-See setup through Home Depot a few years back, an analog QC908 DVR with QCA7201B cameras. From the start, I was not happy with the software's performance, too klunky with poor usability and performance. I am far from being expert in CCTV, but I see no excuse for the Software to be as low quality as it is, unless it's designed to drive you to upgrade. I'm not very impressed with the night vision performance either, not much usable info gained from it. I have built a number of desktop PCs for my personal use, and have an extra LGA 1151 8th Gen motherboard and other components to build my own CCTV setup from. I'm thinking of picking up a relatively inexpensive i3 cpu to add to this mo-bo, then build my own setup. I'm also so tight I squeak. I'm hoping that I could build a setup that will give very good performance at a very reasonable cost, open source software, better night vision cameras, maybe even 1080, or better. It's all for outdoor use around the property with 4 to 6; maybe 8, cameras placed as far as 250 to 300' from the dedicated computer it will run from. Is this doable without making an Enterprise sized investment?
  3. About 2 to 3 years ago I purchased a Q-See 8 channel DVR system with 4 720p analog cameras. I've since acquired 2 more of the same cameras. Only 3 of the cameras have been installed yet. I have not completed the installation because I am not very happy with the way the system functions. The software is slow, clunky and not very intuitive or efficient to use. I have a fairly good functional PC that I replaced because I wanted to upgrade to a UEFI BIOS, SATA III HDDs, SSDs and other performance enhancing options that it didn't have. It is still a good quad core system with a smaller SSD and SATA II HDDs. I would like to see if there is a better surveillance software [preferably freeware] than Q-See's that could be installed on the DVR that came with the Q-See system, or onto my extra PC that could make this analog system function much better. Any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on the viability of accomplishing this?
  4. voyager


    Sorry, I have deleted this post. It was placed in the wrong forum. I will repost in a more proper forum, like the analog forum.
  5. I'm not looking for simplicity. I'm looking for functionality. All the surveillance cameras are operational and recording 24 hrs. The motion sensing function on them is not being used. I do not want the lights burning all night, but only when something is sensed for a number of reasons. The main reason being that we have the highest electrical rates in the country. Even though we have a 4kw PV setup on the roof, and are still grid connected, we still need to conserve our electrical usage.
  6. I apparently did not explain my question very clearly. Plus, this question should probably have been in the "General CCTV Discussion" forum, not this one: "Security Cameras - Residential", adding to the confusion. I apologize for my errors. My question was not about getting the camera to work properly with the light. It was about getting the light and it's motion sensor to work properly with the camera. I am familiar with the cameras and the software. I understand how they work. I've been playing with them for almost 3 years now. They are not perfect, but they could be OK for what I want to do, if the light can be made to work properly with the camera. If I need to start this over in the correct forum, let me know. Thanks
  7. I bought and began the installation of a home video security system over a year ago. I think it is about time to finish the installation. EDIT: After seeing my join date, maybe it was 3 years ago I began this installation. I want to place a camera out along our driveway to monitor anything coming into it. I will also be mounting a motion sensing light with the camera. The infrared night vision is not very detailed and is unlikely to give good ID of any intruder. A bright motion sensing light would take care of that failing, as soon as the camera adjusted to the change in light level. It would also be another very good deterrent to trespassers. The big problem with using a motion sensor is the width of the motion sensing area. Basically we live on a clearing in the jungle. The driveway is only about 12' to 15' wide, and lined with thick, heavy vegetation. There is little doubt that winds on the vegetation will set off the motion detector unless the sensitivity is set very low, maybe even off. Is the a way to limit the width of the motion sensor's detection area? EDIT #2: The light I am considering using has a PIR motion detector. Will that be compatible with the camera's infrared night vision?
  8. I am new to this. I purchased a Q-See 8 channel, 4 camera with night vision, 720p, analog system a few of months ago when H.D. had them on sale. I have put off installing it. So, it has been just sitting here by my desk. After a few recent local home invasions, robberies and burglaries, it is time to get it up and running. After looking at the paperwork that came with the system, I see that I cannot place the cameras as I wanted to without major additions to what has been supplied in the kit. So, for now, I'll settle for one camera near each corner of the house watching the areas immediately around the house. What I would like to do is add 2 more cameras to the installation. Each of them about 150' to 250' from the house. One set in the front to watch the driveway entrance and mailbox. The other to be set in the back to watch the storage and generator sheds. I'm thinking of mounting each of them on an 8' post set in a concrete base. And add solar powered motion detector lighting, at least in the back. The posts would be either a galvanized chain-link fence type post, or a PVC/ABS type pipe filled with concrete. Then, mount a birdhouse on the top of each post with the cameras inside. I want to run the cable down through the inside of the post, then buried until it reached the house. Both of them would cross under an unpaved drive way. I am in Hawai'i. Freeze-thaw is not a consideration. I'll need to get 2 more compatible 720p day/night analog HD cameras. RG59 cables, BNC fittings and tools to assemble them. I assume I'll also need power supplies for each of them. I don't need top of the line equipment just something adequate to do the job. Critiques? Suggestions? Recommendations?