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  1. Hik-Connect is reversed proxy, and works over the cloud, so there is no need to open ports in the firewall. ivms-4200 is direct connection so you will need to specifically allow the ports under Network section to NVR through the Firewall/Router.
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    No IR

    If the covered area has some light, it may confuse the camera and prevent the IR from switching over to On. Login to camera and try to change to On instead of automatic. I'm not sure about this specific camera but on some of them you can see the light sensor in the front (will look like remote red deemed IR) cover it with your finger and see if the IRs turn on after 10-15 seconds. you can see more details on the camera manual page 44 https://webapi.vivotek.com/api/DownloadCenter/Download/global?p1=WLg3bFXjn6U0vIocG4rbHA==&p2=j199RdC0wOvZ8pPmTck8Tg==
  3. This is a communication error with the NVR. Check your network settings on the NVR, and ensure all settings are correct for your LAN (IP Address, Subnet, default gateway and DNS working) Also test your port forwarding rules on the firewall to allow the traffic.
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    Drop Ceiling Camera Mounting

    Its an old post but just in case, Arlington makes something just for this. Part# FLC430. http://www.aifittings.com/catalog/communications/cam-box-kit-for-installations-of-a-security-camera/FLC430 it runs for $15-20 each drop. I buy them in cases and they work sweet and UL listed. all those hacks mentioned will fail permits with most AHJ if the inspector pop the ceiling tile. You could also accomplish same result by using Blue round box with ears and attaching it with 18AWG wire to building member. The explanation I got from one inspector is that in case of fire, fire dept. folks will need to move away the ceiling tiles and can't have the hazards of cameras hanging in their way. if the box is attached to building it won't fall on their heads. What I liked about the Arlington kit is that it will fit any size camera unlike off the shelf round box.
  5. i wonder what more spammy. 2mcctv useless 'study' or this post. i want my 3 minutes back.
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    Hard Drive?

    its always a good idea to check first what the max GB the dvr will support and if you buying decent brand the mfg will also suggest which HDD models they tested.
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    Samsung SCD-2080P Camera any good??

    In osd set like this: Color/bw: auto - >BW burst mode On AGC - low SENSUP - on - >20 The dots you see are from AGC. If your rg59 is properly installed and terminated you won't gain switching to utp.
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    Samsung SCD-2080P Camera any good??

    I'm sure you like what you ordered. I think the main difference is the design and the SCD2080 is true day night and the B5368 is electronic day night.
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    Need basic system ideas please...

    My personal opinion is that you rather deter them than catch them. but thats just my thoughts. the hidden cameras you see inside smoke detector/ PIR / clocks are usually very low quality. it's basically small board camera with 420 TV lines so the image won't be great. what I mean by hacking a decent camera is to mount it on ceiling tile where you cut a small hole just for the lens or install it behind a picture or large object etc. If I were you I would get another professional, tell him what's your budget (nothing wrong there since you have low budget) and see what he recommends.
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    Samsung SCD-2080P Camera any good??

    not sure why you want it outside of shell, maybe give more details what you trying to do? to hide it maybe? if yes mount it with the ring so you get the flexibly of adjusting it inside pvc box. but the shell is really neat looking. I never had a client complains about it. its pretty small and sexy looking. you can also get it in Black. here in the US the black ones have "B" in the model. I know the SCC-B5368 but didn't like it because it looks like small spaceship and the removal of dome is not as easy as the scd2080. (you need to press a tiny clip to make the dome drop VS the scd2080 where you simply turn it counterclockwise. it also has a two pin connector VS scd2080 which has couple screws.) I don't like the digital zoom. it gives you 2/3 zoom in but its still digital zoom. I rather set the optic lens myself for the view I need to get. If you go through the user manual of the scd2080 you'll see all the features. it's defiantly best camera for the buck. we sold over 500 units till today and 0 issues. I have 2 of them installed in my living room too.
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    Bosch Divar sata HDD upgrade help

    check in the spec sheet what's the maximum supported HDD size. if can't figure it out call Bosch they have super good support. and don't try IDE/SATA adapters, these will work on PC but rarly on DVRs. get a native IDE drive its <$100 for 1TB
  12. don't mount cameras inside facing window. glare will hunt you. mount them outside. if you want quality forget Swann/lorex crap. get a cheap Digital watch dog/Nuvico 4 channels DVR for ~$500 and spend ~$250 per outdoor camera if you want OK results. anything less is money down the drain imo.
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    What to buy and where to research?

    when you buy a TV do you buy Vizio or Samsung/Sony? if answered Vizio than go ahead and buy Lorex. it will last few months 4 cameras basic system in a house with attic with someone who knows what they doing will run you $1500-2000 anything less they probably install lorex.
  14. Yes yes and yes. how many bonus points do I get? No problem in getting two separate 4 channels POE switch but you won't save much. the less parts you have the less failures you'll get. The nicest thing in networking is that as long as it's all networked things will work but the way you plan it should be ok.