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    IR Bugs ?

    This might seem to be a strange observation, but hopefully others have seen this... Everytime I watch IR cameras at night, I see strange bugs flying around or crawling around. Stuff I can't normally see with my eyes or camera in daylight. They are definitely some sort of bug that seems to only show itself under IR illumination. Flying in and out of the cameras' view. Also in another project, I noticed a strange kind of bug crawl out onto a fence every night, about the same time, same path. They came out late at night, so I wasn't able to actually be present to see if the bugs were visible by flashlight. Please someone confirm my observations ! I feel like a UFO enthusiast! I'm not on any medication, nor should be (as far as I know).
  2. hi, AVTECH 760 DVR won't remember the time/date. time/date is lost when there is a power loss. I am pretty sure this is due to a dead MS621FE battery, as found via web search (thanks Scorpion!). Anyone know where I can get another battery ? Seems like nobody stocks it. Basically makes this DVR pretty useless without the battery. Too bad, since this DVR is only about 1-1/2 years old.
  3. what recording s/w handles H.264 for Arecont (other than Arecont's s/w)... ?
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    vandalized !

    well it happened... disgruntled tenant that was evicted came back on a bicycle yesterday and within 1 minute reached up and sliced ALL the cctv camera cables. Video and power. Good thing is the camera got him pretty good coming into the parking lot. Hopefully is clear enough for the police. Now I have the fun job of splicing together everything. A few lessons learned... - think about what a vandal would do to your installation. - assess vulnerabilities - camera(s) to watch key areas of the cctv system ( he cut the cables going into the room where the DVR is )
  5. just thank bill gates and steve jobs for the incompatibilities. they've made SURE there is frustration between the two platforms.
  6. have you tried exporting the video on the IP cams? that's where my problem was. I have an Axis 221 and some 207s setup with Visec, and while it worked generally ok, the problem was with exporting the video. frames from the video were dropped in the "export to AVI" process. there was no way to get the video correctly exported from Visec to AVI. never was able to get Visec to fix this.
  7. I got this camera just to see what it would do, since it was only $60. ip kamera 9060sl it's really quite a nice little camera for the money. clear image and seems to work ok. just VGA res, but hey for a simple IP camera, it's not bad !! compared to Axis 207, it's within the ballpark, and Axis is $300. I'm not saying that it's better or even a substitute. but for people who want a low cost IP system, I noticed that a variety of NVR vendors claim support for this camera. I like to try out the other aviosys cameras but seems like they are not available in USA for some reason
  8. they supposedly have a PoE model in the 9070 series. the 9060 is not.
  9. seems available from a number of suppliers. here's the specs: http://www.aviosys.com/ip9060aslplus.htm
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    hi, the manual should be a pdf on the disk that came with the dvr. basically you need to do: 1. setup LAN IP on DVR 2. assign port, usually port 80 3. setup a port fwd on your router 4. connect LAN to DVR, cycle power on the DVR if you have a dynamic address for your WAN, then you either could setup a DDNS (Dynamic DNS) service in your router or switch to a static IP. I think the EB1304 can do DDNS as well.
  11. didn't I read where it's stored in EEPROM, and not CMOS, so it can't be reset to defaults without the factory doing it. maybe I'm wrong...but that's what I remember. a crappy fact about those DVRs...
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    Remote viewing with mac computers

    here's a couple of ideas. Run Internet Explorer 5/6/7 Natively in OS X http://macapper.com/2007/11/29/ies4osx-run-internet-explorer-567-natively-in-os-x/ http://www.kronenberg.org/ies4osx/ or use something like Crossover http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/ hope this helps.
  13. you should check out the IQEye Pro series, Sentinel or 750 cameras. Really good cameras IMHO. not cheap but high quality. lots of capabilities in the firmware. also analog BNC output. I tried Arecont 2100DN camera and it had very poor night mode compared to the IQEye 752.
  14. Check out the IQEye cameras, especially the Sentinel series. These have great night vision. All ready to go with integrated housing. They have a 3 and 5 MP version. Not cheap but an excellent camera.
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    IP PTZ Cameras

    if this is for business, and the result is supposed to meet specific criteria, I would recommend getting a pro to help out, atleast with consulting. some of your questions are difficult to answer because there are design parameters involved. it really depends on how important the system performance is to you. from a simple viewpoint, it seems you can toss together a high end PC, s/w, cameras, and put it on the internet and turn on the switch and you will have a "camera system", but how it will perform is another thing. while you can throw a system together, there will always be problems and limitations that you will have to live with, or possibly have to redo the entire system to get it "right". It's better to know upfront what those potential pitfalls and limitations might be, since redoing the system is costly. as to your questions, generally the solution would be an IP system (most likely not CCTV), but you have bandwidth considerations over the LAN and WAN. Off site NAS recording is good in concept but has limitations due to available bandwidth. Since you wanted to "identify what's being recorded", this will require either narrow FOV or a good megapixel camera & lens. Note that with a narrow FOV you can do this with good quality CCTV & DVR system as well. Probably you would have local dedicated recording s/w on the PC, maybe even a dedicated LAN. PTZ is a whole different ballgame when you plan on recording it. Also depending on what quality you want, these are big bucks for good ones. for remote monitoring, they're great, but if usually unattended, I'd suggest a megapixel camera instead. there's lots to think about in these systems...especially when you put a budget on it.
  16. I have used Visec s/w, but not the LPR. I would be wary of their support. I had a major bug in playback from their software, and it was never resolved, I gave up trying to get them to fix it. Till this day, my customer cannot rely on the playback of the recorded video in the Visec s/w.
  17. cool, I will try that and see if it works. thanks!
  18. hi, I have an NC-1600 IP camera that the video imager failed, but the rest of the camera is probably ok. of course I could just junk it and buy another one..just curious if I could fix it. Wondering if anyone has tried to connect another video board to this camera ? and has schematics or a wiring diagram available?? nc-1600 is also known under a bunch of rebrands.. VCenter, AVIP, etc. it's been a pretty good cheap IP camera worked for atleast 4 years.
  19. hi, there are 2 connectors. one goes to the IP server board, the other goes to a small daughter board for AGC/BLC/AI control. 1. 4 pin - black, yellow, black, red 2. 3 pin - 1 green, 1 red, 1 blue perhaps the 4 pin connector is video, power and the black wires are GND ? looking around for a similar video board.
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    clock battery needed for AVTECH 760

    I got a battery for an IBM Thinkpad that I think works in this DVR. I could not find the exact replacement battery, but it has to be a rechargable 3v. Installed it and so far it seems to work, remembers the date / time after being unplugged. the part number is CMOS-VL2020-TP300/700 (IBM ThinkPad) if you google it you will find the vendor (microbattery)
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    clock battery needed for AVTECH 760

    the problem is this is a special rechargable lithium battery, not a common button cell. I might try a laptop CMOS backup battery, I found one that is rechargable 3.0v. if it works, I'll post the part.
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    clock battery needed for AVTECH 760

    thanks, I did see Mouser has it on the website, but it was a 100 piece minimum order. I need one... I do have a battery backup on the DVR, but the people onsite keep unplugging it and it eventually dies out. I know that sounds stupid, but the cameras are at construction site, and the DVR is in a small case on the ground. it's a temporary setup for now.
  23. you should be able to get the addon to install by going to : Tools > Internet Options Security Tab Custom Level set "prompt" for Download Unsigned ActiveX Controls set "prompt" for Initialize and Script ActiveX Controls not marked safe... that should allow you to install that plugin. as for the DVR acting like an IP camera, probably not designed for that. IP cameras save images for the software to grab via http or ftp, and probably isn't implemented, maybe, but probably not.
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    [b]Problem with remote viewing[/b]

    I just noticed that the DIR-655 D-Link router that I had originally suggested does support 3G adapter in it's USB slot. Just FYI in case you got it...
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    My frozen Swann!!

    is this a new DVR ? did you try turning off the motion detection and see if the problem still happens ? do you have OVERWRITE enabled ?