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  1. Cortian

    3G/4G routers

    I'm using a NetGear LB1120 on T-Mobile for an Internet connection fail-over. It works great. Warning: These data connections are almost always NAT'ed. Which means, adding your border router, you will be double-NAT'ed. This means you almost certainly won't be able to port-forward for making connections inward. It works with my Synology NAS' Surveillance Station NVR functionality, because, when the Internet connection is failed-over to my T-Mobile connection, the connection back to my surveillance system goes through Synology's servers. If you're using cloud storage it shouldn't be a problem.
  2. Cortian

    His vision dvr

    "There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey." - John Ruskin (1819-1900)
  3. Cortian

    Foggy Dome CCTV Camera Night Vision

    They'll probably lose their water/moisture resistance when you do that. You're finding out why some (many?) feel dome cameras are not optimal for outdoor use. Personally, I would have thought domes best for outdoor use--until I read up on it a bit and learned of their downsides.
  4. That's completely out in left field, entirely unjustified and egregiously offensive. You owe @tomcctv an apology.
  5. Cortian


    You really haven't provided much detail. What area do you wish to cover? Do you require images good enough to identify perps in the dark? How dark is the "dark" in the area you want to cover? Where do you hope to mount/install this camera? How much do you wish to spend?
  6. Cortian

    New to the Forum

    Good to have you here, Danie!
  7. You're probably not getting an answer because, without knowing the exact construction of your home, there is no way to answer it. Even then, there'd have to be someone around who actually knows the answer. I'm afraid this task, running cables from outside-to-inside, is probably a job better-left to professionals. If you do: Make certain they're established, insured, bonded and have a good reputation. You don't want anybody who's going to screw up and force you to rip walls out to repair it on your dime. There are few tasks I won't tackle. I've even done my own natural gas work. But routing cables through existing exterior walls might well be one of them. I have done it on a limited basis, three times, but in each case is was a short, simple run and I was 99-44/100% certain I knew exactly what I was drilling into. I might give it a go a 4th time. I may want to put a 5GHz point-to-point wireless radio on the back of the house. But I'll have direct access to the sill plate from the basement, it'll also be a very short run, and I won't have to do any blind drilling. (I'm currently debating just how badly I want to do this little project.)
  8. Unless you have other uses for the NAS: Definitely. In my case: I already had the NAS for a whole-house OTA TV DVR solution and I'll probably use it for additional network file storage. So the surveillance camera support was essentially a freebie.
  9. Motion-activated lights are as much to startle and dissuade thieves as to reveal them. Not really. PoE IP cameras are pretty standard (the ones I noted range from $70USD to $177USD). Another member here suggested in another thread adequate 2MP Starlight PoE cameras can be had in the U.K. for as little as £50. With a dedicated, purpose-designed NVR the PoE supply comes with the NVR. Otherwise, single PoE injectors can be had for less than $25, and 5-port PoE network switches for less than $50. Sorry, I do not. I'm not using an NVR. I already had a NAS for other purposes, and it has NVR capability built-in. So I didn't even research them. That depends. My outdoor cameras will be mounted high enough to make disabling them somewhat difficult, short of taking a swing at them with a long-ish blunt object. The NVR is indoors, isn't obviously an NVR, and may soon be moved to a somewhat "secured" room, anyway. Besides which: Getting to that will require breaking into the house, which will summon the local constabulary. (Who just successfully got a millage increase, with which they'll be increasing staffing levels.) I'm considering dumping video to one of my off-site virtual servers, on either a scheduled or event-tripped basis. Maybe both. DIY'ing it right is not difficult. It just takes a modicum of smarts, adequate study, money, and a bit of sweat equity. It helps if the whole subject amuses you. I'm a tech geek, so it does me
  10. I don't know how Hikvision or Sony specifies their respective cameras' light performance, but I imagine it'd be similar to the way Dahua does. If so, you'd be looking for specs that look something like: Minimum Illumination 0.006Lux/F1.4 ( Color,1/3s,30IRE) 0.05Lux/F1.4 ( Color,1/30s,30IRE) 0Lux/F1.4 (IR on) That's for the low-light IP cameras I'll be using for outdoors. (It has a Sony Starvis sensor in it, btw.) The lower those lux numbers for the aperture and shutter speeds, the more light-sensitive they are. I cannot answer your NVR compatibility question.
  11. The current "camera to beat" for outdoor use is probably the Dahua IPC-HDW5231R-ZE 2MP Starlight IP camera. It can be powered with Power over Ethernet (PoE), so it meets your "one hole" criterion. But these are designed to talk to an NVR of some type, rather than cloud storage. You can save a few shekels by going with the Dahua IPC-HDW2231R-ZS - 2MP Starlight "lite". I was also considering the Amcrest IP2M-844E ProHD IP camera, but wanted the low-light performance of the Dahua Starlight cameras. Going with cameras like these, you're looking at camera(s) + Ethernet cabling + either an NVR that supplies PoE or some other combination of methods to supply PoE and provide for recording. Then there's the question of access to your camera(s) and/or recordings when you're away from home. It might help if you were to take a photo of the area you wish to cover, from as close as possible to the vantage point from which it'd be covered, and post it. If you're looking for night time coverage, a night time shot, as well. If the problem occurs at night, btw, a simple motion-sensing floodlight might do the trick. (And might be a good companion for the camera, in any event?) In fact: Ring makes a motion-activated outdoor light + camera combination that gets pretty good reviews. If all you're ever going to want to cover is that one spot, and you'd rather cloud storage than your own, that might be the best way to go, if you can get them there. And, yes: It is not uncommon for thieves to simply walk about "twisting knobs" to see what readily opens for them. It's quick, it's easy, and it's noiseless.
  12. Trail cam. They even have versions that can have cellular connections. But you're not going to record continuously on battery unless you want to be out there swapping batteries every few hours. And you're not going to be writing to a memory card continuously, either, unless you want to be replacing memory cards regularly.
  13. I'm guessing you're in the UK, so I cannot answer with any certainty, but, here in the U.S. we usually have what's called "split phase" service in residences. Center-tapped 240VAC enters the dwelling, which is then distributed on separate 120VAC buses. In such installations, powerline Ethernet adaptors tend to fare poorly from one side of the split phase service to the other. It sounds like what you're talking about, though, is between separate branch circuits on the same phase. If so: The answer is "yes." Probably. Note, though, that distance, as the wire runs, and the amount of electrical noise generators on the branches can influence performance. Also note that intermittent noise generators on the power lines can cause intermittent, apparently inexplicable performance issues. Add a PoE injector to place between the powerline adaptor and camera. If you're going to have more than one camera it may make sense to use a small PoE network switch. E.g.: Powerline adaptor <-> switch <-> cameras. Again, however: Whether that would work well or not will depend upon the powerline adaptors' performance. TPLink makes powerline Ethernet adaptors with PoE, but they get poor reviews. Comtrend has them, as well, and they get pretty good reviews. (I'm surprised not everybody who makes powerline Ethernet adaptors has PoE versions. Seems like a natural pairing, to me.) We have a shed about 70 feet from the house. I'm going to network that thing, some day. Just for grins. I plan to do it with a pair of 5GHz Ubiquiti radios, though. I'll put a small PoE switch out there, a PoE-powered AP up in the peak inside, and a couple PoE cameras on the outside--one looking back at the house and one looking out across the yard, towards the woods
  14. Cortian

    How do I choose ?

    It is wandering a bit far afield. So I'll just bow out, rather than pursue the points raised any further.
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    How do I choose ?

    I blew the math somewhere along the line. I'm paying the equivalent of about £470 for the four cameras. And you did write "ip is plug and play," not "NVR is plug and play."