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  1. rossko

    Need Help!

    This sort of thing http://www.map-security.com/hikvision-hybrid-dvr-up-to-8-analogue-cameras-8-ip-cameras-ds-7608hi-st.html
  2. .... because of the data compression. The more change (cloud cover etc.) the more data
  3. rossko

    Longest range?

    Ethernet cables are limited to 100m, coax (good quality!) will go further. A halfway house is to use baluns, which convert a coax signal onto cheaper cat-5/6 cables (and back again). This isn't ethernet but uses the same type of cable. That's likely to be the best solution for that length of run. https://www.quora.com/What-should-be-the-maximum-distance-between-a-CCTV-camera-to-monitor-by-coaxial-cable If you do not have local power supplies, the solution is to run your camera power over thick cables. The longer the run, the thicker the cable to avoid voltage drop. The higher the voltage to start with, the more voltage drop you can bear (and so use thinner, cheaper cable). I'm guessing you want to avoid running mains cable along the fence etc. So using commercial grade cameras that take a 24VAC supply (rather than domestic 12V types) would be a good start. Most camera manuals include a guide to cable gauge and distance. With multiple cameras, it might prove cheaper/simpler to run individual cables than try to power them all over one fat cable. You'll probably need to think about power for IR illuminators as well.
  4. Are you able to mess with the antenna on your camera model? You might try out using directional WiFi antenna at one camera quite cheaply. If you do need to put an outdoor WiFi AP on your chimney, you'd need one with Omni (all directions) antenna I'm guessing? it would probably pay to invest in something good here, as you would get side benefits of improved coverage around your yard for smartphones, one day smart tractors(?) etc. Wireless extenders mess up because they effectively listen one way / transmit the other way in turn, adding delay. An AP (Access Point) connects via wire back to your router. If you have a DVR, you may need to configure it to look for cameras on the wired network (if it isn't already).
  5. rossko

    Help - Display Duplication

    VGA to composite video converter http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Laptop-PC-VGA-to-TV-AV-LCD-RCA-S-Video-Signal-Adapter-Converter-Box-Video-Cable-/401185547533 very cheap, VGA feeds through to local monitor, RG59 coax can be run to remote repeater monitor. Picture quality is not brilliant, what do you expect for peanuts. Cheap enough to try out and replace with higher quality unit if wanted.
  6. Look for RJ45 crimping kit, and have a few practice attempts.
  7. rossko

    PowerSupply UPS over voltage

    I suspect you worry over nothing. Check your camera and DVR specifications to see what they will accept as a nominal 12V. If you must have a voltage dropper, use a BY550 or similar diode in series, it will drop a 0.6 volt or so. Don't mess with resistors, won't work (just as you have found).
  8. rossko

    Flashing when paired with IR Illuminator

    Does the camera share the power supply with the illuminator? I'm suspicious that the illuminator load is causing voltage to droop and camera to reset.
  9. rossko

    Honeywell PTZ & DVR

    From the docs, HDSA00N1 is an "scan" unit, meaning a camera in a pan-tilt mount. This one is NTSC video format, good if you are in north america. That scan unit may be fitted into a dome supporting "conventional" wiring, or fitted into a dome supporting IP wiring - this last branded "VIP" by Honeywell HDT0W00D is just such a VIP dome, trailing D standing for Digital. This dome may well also have the "conventional" BNC video and RS-485 control wires as well, but you can use the RJ45 ethernet network connector instead. So when your scan unit is fitted into that VIP dome, you may treat it is an IP camera. I do not think it is a very "modern" IP camera though, so far as I can see the only available format is simple M-JPEG. I reckon you'd need to check any proposed DVR supports that. Perhaps others can add to that. Quite how well the Honeywell PTZ commands over IP might be supported, I don't know. If you do have the BNC/RS485 wires available, it might prove easier in the end to use an analogue DVR? You don't need to use a Honeywell power supply, any 24V AC supply of at least 5A rating (for each dome) will do
  10. Different thought ; so long as recording capacity is reasonable, who cares if it does record you working in the garden? The objective is to record things that might be of interest later (but probably won't be, and will never be looked at). Allowing a few more not-of-interest recordings shouldn't cause any problem. I'd focus on the alerting side, and yes a home automation setup might help here. e.g. alert if PIR triggered while front door is locked, with a snapshot from the cam(s). PIRs have their own false trigger issues; shadows , breezes etc. You may be able to combine PIR alert + video motion alert within a few seconds of each other to produce a reliable alert.
  11. rossko

    Looking for an IR Illuminator .... I think

    Changing the lens won't stop car theft. Take a step back to work out what you want. Is anybody actually going to look at this stuff? If they are, what would they do about it? Do they need prompting in some way to look live? Or, what do they want to gain from a recording? How can you improve the CCTV cover to facilitate all that? IR coverage of a parking lot is a big (expensive) ask, probably better value to add normal lighting. Consider also coverage of any traffic funnel area e.g. site gateway or access road, its easier than a large area.
  12. If an RS-485 port is provided on an IP camera, it is usually an OUTLET to control external gear. (This makes more sense with a box IP camera, where RS-485 'out' could control a Pan-tilt mounting). The actual control from DVR passes over the IP network. Try disconnecting the RS-485 wires to see if you can still PTZ from DVR.
  13. rossko

    QVIS Apollo messing up WIFI - help please

    I suppose there is the possibility that a neighbour has got some "home plugs" (powerline adaptors?) that are interfering with yours. Or some unrelated electrical equipment is generating noise on the power lines.
  14. rossko

    Eneo CCTV System - What Do I Do?

    Rummaging in the Eneo 'discontinued products' portion of the website, your DVR looks very like a DLR4B model https://eneo-security.com/en/dlr4b-04-1-0tbd.html manual is available at https://eneo-security.com/media/assets/manual/205228_en_man.pdf A pic of the rear might help. That model has a factory reset switch on the back, last resort if you cannot find the passcode. The passcode is usually entered using the numbered buttons on the front panel.
  15. Find out about the alarm system configuration. Many can accept an input (from the DVR contacts in this case) on a spare zone, and either sound the alarm only if set, sound the alarm 24hrs (regardless if set or not), or do something else. It's likely to be more flexible and more under the users control than hard-wiring directly to a siren.
  16. Can be done but it's specialist stuff. You'd be on a hiding to nothing (same as I would) piecing it together from scratch. Relying on video motion detect outdoors is probably a bad idea, if he is serious its worth looking into beam-break and PIR/microwave detection which can be better targeted and "tuned" for effectiveness; the CCTV just providing a means for investigating triggers remotely. Has he thought about the hours of darkness?
  17. How about STP or FTP - shielded "UTP". You ground the shielding at one end only, allows it to work as shield but prevents earth loops. Only use one pair for signal, there is no benefit in doubling up. But that does leave you spare pairs to carry camera power - you've not mentioned where that fits in. However, most national wiring codes insist on physically segregating signal cables from mains power wiring. No possibility of adding a partition in your conduit? Using weatherproof cable cable-tied to the outside of the conduit?
  18. rossko

    CCTV Problems - Garbled Video?

    Sounds like contention - on the network or the storage system. Seems things improve when office users go home and/or video bandwidth reduces to B&W? You get more specific help on a Synology forum https://forum.synology.com/enu/viewtopic.php?t=90036
  19. rossko

    Bocsh Divar 16

    It's called a Torx screw. Tools come in sizes xalled T10, T8 etc. Don't what size you have there, best to buy or borrow a small set of L-shaped Torx keys
  20. I'd be inclined to fix a plastic weatherproof junction box over the hole in the wall, and make your connections in there. Fixing the camera alongside somewhere. Allows access for future work. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CCTV-Weatherproof-Outdoor-Camera-Junction-Box-Enclosure-IP65-Terminal-Cable-Case-/191941895209?var=&hash=item2cb0a0e429:m:mM2JjV4WDqspyj1C0Sjf_eA Try to feed cables into each unit from below, discourages water running along the wires.
  21. The DNS, gateway, and mask settings have already been filled in properly for you by the DHCP setting fetching them from your router. Leave those alone, or copy the same values back in if changing to "static" blanks them.
  22. There's the IP shown by your router to the outside world. You were paying to have that a fixed IP, now you are not, so you use DDNS instead. Your DVR has a completely unrelated IP address of its own, used only on your internal network. 192.168.xx.xx probably. You have probably given it a fixed address. You set up port forwarding in your router to create a channel between that and the outside world. I'm suggesting that when at home on your wifi, your internal network, you can point the viewer app on your phone directly at the DVRs private internal IP instead of DDNS.
  23. rossko

    Which camera?

    You need to find out what feeds your monitor can work with. Guessing the monitor you want to use has a standard composite 1v video input (yellow RCA plug)? AHD won't work properly into that, it is not the same signal. You can get converters for AHD to HDMI signal, allowing you to use a modern monitor http://www.cctvcamerapros.com/AHD-to-HDMI-video-converter-p/ahd-cv7.htm If you have an old monitor, it's probably more cost effective to buy an old-fashioned standard camera off eBay.
  24. Okay, so it all works using your DDNS url setup from phone via web into your router, from the outside world side of it. I'm guessing that when your phone switches to your wifi, you are still trying to access CCTV via the DDNS url. That would require going out via your router to the web then back down through your router again. An out-and-back loop over your fibre service, if you like. In my experience, that "self referencing" works with some routers, some service providers, but not all. I could never make it work over a BT ADSL link. An alternative is to use the DVR's local IP address instead of the DDNS url, for a purely local connection that does not go outside your router (or use the port forwarding at all). I'm guessing you have a fixed DVR IP so that you could set up port forwarding. You just have to choose on the phone or tablet, between private or web urls each time you start up the viewing app.
  25. rossko

    Security Cam zero visibility at night

    Stick some matt black paper over it with tape just to try it. Your setup doesn't seem overly ambitious to me, I would expect better results than you are getting.