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    Broken HDW5231R-Z pigtail cable

    I cut the pigtail head off and does look like I did sever the colored cables from inside the jacket as they came right out with no force. I sliced open and pulled the pigtail head apart where the soldered connections were. Can't really tell which wire gets soldered to what. Not sure how good my...
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    Broken HDW5231R-Z pigtail cable

    Hi there, I removed some cameras from a place I lived previously. When I remove one of the pigtails from the hole it was pushed into, I think I yanked it too hard and I realized it immediately since it felt like it kinda stretched out where the white cable connects to the pigtail connector...
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    Camera placement and installation questions on new residence (with pics)

    I agree on the views seeing the tops of heads. Sometimes I can get decent facial recognition of delivery people if they are not looking at their feet as they approach. My options are limited on this all brick house. This is one reason why I want to build the next house -- running the wires at...
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    Camera placement and installation questions on new residence (with pics)

    Hi there, I've been in a new house for months and during this time, I have been contemplating an installation of my IP cameras to get my Blue Iris server up and at it again. I have five Dahua Starlight IPC-HDW5231R-Z cameras that I took down from the house we sold last year and they've been...
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    Dahua Starlight Varifocal Turret (IPC-HDW5231R-Z)

    Would've been cool to see someone do a flying jump kick through the glass on the back door, but I will keep it out of the picture because of that light. The backdoor is a glass french door; not very secure. I thought about hardening the front door however since it's a fiberglass flimsy piece of...
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    Dahua Starlight Varifocal Turret (IPC-HDW5231R-Z)

    I already installed sensors on every door and window and have motion detection inside and have an alarm service. I was thinking more along the lines of catching them in the act of breaking in not using the cameras as my primary alarm system. You do send alerts for motion detection events I...
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    Dahua Starlight Varifocal Turret (IPC-HDW5231R-Z)

    Glad I did not drill any holes yet. I guessI was trying to get the door to see it get smashed in but the light is not helping.
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    Dahua Starlight Varifocal Turret (IPC-HDW5231R-Z)

    awesome thanks. I am locating a point for a backyard cam. a wall mounted patio light in the picture causes the rest of the scene to kind of darken in the background at night. if the patio light is not in view this does not occur. is there a way to avoid this while that light is on?
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    Dahua Starlight Varifocal Turret (IPC-HDW5231R-Z)

    The pfb203w housing worked out great. Only thing is the driveway cam faces west and gets some sun showering down on it in the afternoon. blanches the video slightly but still clear. Does the IP67 rating mean it can handle this especially in the hot texas summer?
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    Dahua Starlight Varifocal Turret (IPC-HDW5231R-Z)

    Thanks j4co. I am going to order the PFB203W. Appreciate confirmation of compatibility and informative post.
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    Dahua Starlight Varifocal Turret (IPC-HDW5231R-Z)

    So is the PFB203W just the older PFB204W and the PFA137 the older PFA139? Your link shows the earlier mounts so I guess they are compatible. I was looking at accessory sheet http://www1.dahuasecurity.com/download/Accessory_Selection_2017012314.pdf and the HDW5231R-Z is not even on there. I...
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    Dahua Starlight Varifocal Turret (IPC-HDW5231R-Z)

    You may be right and I am going to ask a structural engineer about it. Would prefer to drill a minimal hole to be on the safe side. I did not know the PFB204W is compatible and it looks kind of nice. Are these both good quality brackets? I see source for the PFB204W on amazon for less than $30.
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    Dahua Starlight Varifocal Turret (IPC-HDW5231R-Z)

    Any idea where to get that junction box? I could not find a source. I take it 1/4 inch hole is fine?
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    Dahua Starlight Varifocal Turret (IPC-HDW5231R-Z)

    My friend is a carpenter and says there is a load bearing beam right above the garage door and usually consists of 2x12s stacked together. My two door garage also has a center post between the doors which is also load bearing. Do you guys drill 3/4 inch holes through these beams (or post if you...
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    Dahua Starlight Varifocal Turret (IPC-HDW5231R-Z)

    Great idea on the camera mount test. I need to make a long patch cable too. Is taking it apart and putting it back together relatively simple? Would like to know if there are bunch of loose parts that will fall out if I attempt this. O-ring getting dislodged could be bad for example. I suppose...
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