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  1. Sawbones

    Best Software- PC IP based...

    You didn’t answer his question. Like, at all.
  2. Long wavelength infrared vs short wavelength infrared. Heat = Thermal = long wavelength. Light = IR camera = short wavelength. Thermal is also about 20x the price.
  3. Some cameras have a digital "masking" capability for this sort of thing. Ask him to do that.
  4. If the area isn't well-lit, you're going to need IR to light up the plate, and a camera with a long-pass filter. The filter is to block visible light, and transmit the longer-wavelength IR. This will prevent headlights and tail-lights from totally blooming out the image, but ensure transmission of the IR light bouncing off the plate. Since the vehicles are moving, you're going to need something with a fast shutter speed to minimize motion blur... which means you're going to need quite a bit of IR light to ensure adequate return from the moving plate (because remember... fast shutter speed means the imager only gathers light for a VERY short time, requiring more light to produce a usable image). Consider an IP camera with shutter-speed adjustable in software. I'd recommend a large panel illuminator, with a narrow beam angle for better range. You don't want wide-angle here. Raytec, Samsung, or something similar. Avoid going cheap on this... you need quality illumination, and lots of it. Get something that advertises at least a 150-foot range. And consider that you need not only the plate, but the overall scene, requiring two cameras at each entrance (unless you use something with two imagers, like Mobotix). A license-plate camera with a Long-Pass Filter won't see much else besides the plate, so you need ANOTHER camera to show the overall scene (and vehicle type/color/etc). Also, without visible light, you won't be able to determine vehicle color (because IR only produces a black-and-white image)... so consider some normal flood-lights or overhead lights. Also, something that slows the vehicle down will be a HUGE help. Even a low-height "speed hump," located right in the area-of-interest will prolong the time the vehicle stays in the camera frame, and increase your odds of getting a usable image. If you have power, but no internet connectivity at the entrance, you could always record any images/video on an internal SD card (provided the camera supports such). Then attach your IP camera to a wireless access point installed at each entrance, and access the camera memory via wifi (with a laptop) if you ever have an incident. Remote access is nice, but you could make do with local wifi capability.
  5. Sawbones

    PC dvr setup

    Just go IP. It's almost not worth it to use analog anymore with how far prices have come down on IP. Just MHO
  6. Sawbones

    secluded cabin needs some security

    If you have power and cell signal, you're golden. Just get a USB cellular dongle, and a compatible "travel router" that you can plug the USB dongle into (Cradlepoint makes a bunch of these, as do other manufacturers). This gives you a mobile internet setup that connects to the cell network, and allows connectivity to a network camera at the property. Set an IP camera up inside the cabin to detect motion (only do this indoors... outdoor motion detection is false-alarm city), and have it email you whenever it's tripped. Done.
  7. Sawbones

    secluded cabin needs some security

    Can you get a cell signal at your cabin?
  8. Holy cow... Talk about a thread coming back from the grave...
  9. Sawbones

    More for the Installation Hall of Shame

    Wow... That's just... Yikes.
  10. Sawbones

    More for the Installation Hall of Shame

    The Appearance of security, rather than actual security.
  11. He doesn't need gigabit NOW... But he might in the future. Just sayin'...
  12. So u will use third-party-redirect stuff ? *I* won't... that's only for other peoples' installations. I'll use a dynamic DNS service in somebody else's system if absolutely forced to do so... but I'm more confident in the performance of of somebody like DYN. Nothing against Hikvision's own DNS service, but I think you could do better. Just sayin'
  13. Ok u open ports and then what ? your ip is dynamic what do u do ? just curios (actually, if I'm forced to use a dynamic address, I use DYNDNS)
  14. If you get enough cameras, you will need gigabit (it's good to plan ahead, because many CCTV systems grow like weeds once the owners discover all the stuff you can do with them). If you're going to do it once, go gigabit right from the start.
  15. Yeah... I'm with numb-nuts (that sounded bad... ). You really should port-forward. That relying-on-a-third-party-redirect stuff is for the birds. It's yet another point of failure in an already-complex system.