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  1. There is no such thing as a WIFI service provider. You get WIFI from a cable or DSL provider in your home or a hotspot. A phone data plan is not WIFI. Details on your service provider would be a big help.
  2. Hard drives don't last forever. Try a new one. They aren't that expensive.
  3. Who makes the best BNC male to RCA female adapters? I've bought from different vendors to no avail. I end up throwing half of them in the garbage. They seem to be too sloppy on the BNC ring. They fit tight on both ends, but the lock rings are sloppy. As if the ground side isn't connecting well. I've had some luck crimping the ring but they get loose eventually. I'm about ready to solder them.
  4. Not when these devices have 3 terminals and are labeled on the board as q1, q2, q3, and q4.
  5. You obviously need to export the video files from your DVR to begin with. Read your DVR manual.
  6. The obvious conclusion is don't upgrade firmware unless you have a problem to begin with. Don't try to fix something that ain't broke.
  7. Bought this PCI card many years ago. Worked great. Added another card and made it even better. Unfortunately, I plugged a cam in a few years back and burned out an input on one card. Luckily, I managed to get another card but they are no longer available. Scarce as hens teeth. I have 3 different systems, but the best with the most options is my eyeonet software. My stand alone dvr is a joke and my Geovision card software doesn't come close to performing as well as the eyeonet software. The eyeonet software still works great 9 years later, but I have the burned out card and am trying to figure out what these surface mount transistors are. I see a K and what appears to be the number 12 or 17 on them which doesn't tell me much. The BNC input connects directly to the transistor. I'm assuming the transistor is a video signal transistor. That said, I'd rather get a pro's opinion. Thanx for any reply!
  8. trytibbs

    IR LEDs blow quickly

    how about elaborating on these claims Firstly, because I ran into that problem. Secondly, I've been an Industrial electronics technician for the last 38 years. An extremely long voltage run has a higher resistance. It requires more current. If the IR cut shuts off on that cam, it causes a surge and will take out led's, cut filter coils, etc on the other cameras. Matter of fact, I put a power supply big enough to power 4 cams 2 weeks ago. It wasn't long before it burned out 2 ir cut coils and 2 led boards on the cams that were closest to the power supply. Then it dawned on me what was happening. I put a separate power supply on each cam and the problem is now gone.
  9. trytibbs

    IR LEDs blow quickly

    If you're using a power supply for multiple cams, get rid of it and get a power supply for each. They're cheap enough. A cam with a long power supply wire run will wreak havoc on other cams and burn out led boards and even cameras.
  10. trytibbs

    Funky Contrast

    One problem I can't solve. Got a great security cam system. That said, one agonizing problem is the nite vision contrast on 2 cams toward my driveway. I've changed cameras, changed IR boards, even stuck tape over some of the LED's to no avail. I've come to the conclusion it's the concrete causing this effect. These cams also work great if I put them somewhere else. Any suggestions?
  11. trytibbs

    Night vision without IR

    I use an older XP computer with security capture cards and freeware. Security cam systems ARE a rocket science and I've learned much in the last 9 years. I also have an NVR security cam system I repaired and will be the first to tell you, it doesn't come close to my home brew. You can buy wired cams with IR cut for chump change (which I suggest you do unless you're out in the boonies where there is little radio interference). I've yet to see a wireless cam system that isn't fraught with interference in town. Use quality coax and you'll be happy if you want to save big bucks. POE isn't worth the hassle either. If you're going to use coax, get some pvc conduit and boxes and run the power and coax through them. DON'T buy these junk pre packaged systems. You can also connect your PC security system to your home network, see it on any other network PC and best of all, anywhere you can get internet access, you can view your cams from a smart phone. I've got approximately 1000 sq ft of ranch home and 8 cams running and you can build one (excluding the PC which you could get from a second hand store) just like it for 40 bucks for the cards, chump change for the conduit and boxes, coax (depending on the run) and 8 cams (15 bucks a piece) for less than 250 bucks. As far as cobb webs, you'll have problems with them no matter what you do. Planning is every thing also. Send me your facebook IM in a private message and I'll tell you what you're in for.
  12. Contacam is some great freeware.
  13. Are these cams wired or wireless? I scratched wireless cams long ago because of radio interference and wired my system. If wired, you might consider buying some better video cables. The cheap stuff doesn't cut it.
  14. trytibbs

    IR LED boards

    I've got everything mastered with my home brew security cam setup after 6 years except where to buy led boards with ir cut terminals. Mfgs aren't very good at printing part numbers on them let alone posting features. The images they post don't tell you much either. Anyone know where to get these cheap?