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  1. Hi everyone. What POE switches, NVRs, NDRs are noted for their low power consumption with no devices attached? I've just measured the idle power on a friend's NDR to be 30 watts with no devices attached--crikey! JMc
  2. Hi all, I'm having a think about how to neatly route 12vDC inside two rooms to two outdoor cameras. Camera one is mounted up high, approximately level with the ground of the first floor so it's just a case of drilling a hole straight through from the outside to the inside. I have two ideas for this: a) connect a small DC socket/plug 1m extension lead to the camera with the other end free on the inside. I then just connect the 12v transformer socket end to this. It should work, but looks flimsy and unprofessional. b) as a) but connect the inside end of the extension lead to a wall mounted DC plug; I then just connect the socket of the DC transformer to this, looking far more professional. But so far, I haven't been able to find any panels which have a mounted DC socket. I thought there would be at least a panel with both a mains socket and a DC socket for a DC transformer to connect to. Camera two is mounted on the ground floor outside wall such that it's roughly midway on the inside ground floor wall. I'm thinking about drilling one hole straight through the first wall, then drilling another second hole into the second wall near the floor level near the power sockets. I then use a DC 3m extension lead to connect the camera on the outside to the inside like a)/b) above for the first camera. Thanks for any feedback and advice on my ideas and any suggestions in advance. Regards, jmc2000
  3. http://mcdsecurity.co.uk/bronze-1-cctv-package-399-fitted http://stockportaerials.com/cctv-alarms/cctv-installations/ Perhaps things are cheaper in the UK Jmc2000
  4. Installation looks easy, but the wiring looks... daunting: jmc2000
  5. My parents got burgled recently, so I'm looking to install a new CCTV system via a number of options: 1. Get a professional to do it costing £500 including DVR + 3 cameras. Pros: know what they're doing, and will have a far better idea when it comes to routing the cables, and giving me an appropriate system. cons: there's no guarantee they're using an appropriate system, and the wiring may turn out awful to save their time. For example, rather than routing the cables between walls, they might have it running along surfaces. 2. DIY with help from electrician to route cables. pros: I get to have more control over the system I choose cons: could work out as expensive as 1, with me choosing the wrong sytem. 3. Completely DIY Pros: I have complete control over the installation cons: Too much investment of my time and money in a one off installation which may be wrong. What's the current trend for home CCTV installations today? From what I've seen, it seems to be still using cabling to connect them directly to an NVR, but via power over ethernet; making old BNC installations obsolete. This worries me because I could be throwing my money at something which may go down the same route in the next few years. So right now I'm looking at the idea of using wireless CCTV cameras to store images using local memory, and then transmitting them via wireless FTP etc when I need to have a look at them. This has the main advantage of removing data cabling entirely, leaving just power routing which is going to be far easier in comparison. Any comments would be appreciated. Jmc2000