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    Front house / door camera location help

    If you mount your door camera just above your doorbell on the side of the door it works well. When folks reach to ring the doorbell, tehy naturally are looking at what they are reaching for and you will end up with a nice clear face shot. Roughly eye level is a good height. Above the door...
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    Which cable?

    I have Monoprice cable in my install. So I really don't have a problem with it. :) And I recommend it to people all the time as it is usually a decent value. (Especially if they have a free shipping deal going on.) What I'm saying though is that if you do research the certifications and...
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    Which cable?

    I'm getting that from the UL number. Looks to me like a white label cable. Generally when you white label something like that, you do not get your own UL number since the cabling has already been tested and certified. Which is why the UL Number comes back to Prime as the actual cable...
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    Which cable?

    That's ironic. "Prime is a wholly owned subsidiary of YFC-BonEagle" The Zactron Cable is apparently made by the same company that owns Monoprice. About Prime - Prime Wire and Cable
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    Which cable?

    For reference: The boxes of Monoprice Cat6 cable I have left from my 2500' Ethernet wiring project are marked as Made in China. Both my Monoprice and the pictured Zactron cable have the proper Holographic UL label as required for UL tested and certified cable. The Zactron wire listed above...
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    Why does buying Dahua seem so sketchy?

    Pretty much all of the IP cams from all the manufacturers phone home to some degree. You just have to firewall your cameras properly. And the Cams that Andy is selling are stock international models. They don't have hacked firmware or sketchy language issues in the menus. They are factory...
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    You *can* add the second drive later. Its just easier to take the NVR apart once and have it all taken care of from the beginning. Then you don't have to pull it out of wherever it ends up living to tear it apart to add a second drive later. (Which also takes your system down for however long...
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    You might want to plan for 2 of the WD Purple drives right from the start. The NVR5216 has space for 2 drives, and it easier to just put everything together once. I'd go with Cat6 cable as the difference in price is minimal and you get a little future proofing in the deal as well. I didn't...
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    Part number should be: NVR5216-4KS2 I believe that the POE version is a NVR5216-16P-4KS3 Thread is here: Dahua NVR5216-4KS2 / NVR5216-16P-4KS2
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    I missed that switch in my quick amazon search this afternoon. :) Good to know. Thanks! The switches and AP's that I'm using have a centralized management controller that can either be run on a local machine on the network, or on a stand alone controller device. The standalone controller is...
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    Again, it depends on what you want to do and what your budget is. A Managed POE switch will let you create a VLAN (Virtual LAN) that you can use to isolate your cameras from the rest of your network. (And also keep them from talking to the internet as well.) Managed switched are quite a bit...
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    I used TP-LInk for a while before I upgraded to a managed system and they worked just fine. You just have to make sure you know what you are looking at. Some of the 8port switches are 4 POE and 4 regular ports. (Which is fine if you only have 4 cams. Less useful if you are trying to power...
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    If you get basic POE switches then it's mainly more cabling and more things you have to plug in to power. :) Each switch needs an Ethernet cable back to your hub/router/another switch, and a plug so you can feed it power. For my network closet, I needed to add an electrical box and a new...
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    Depending on where you need to install your equipment, you may not need a separate POE switch. If you can terminate all of your cam cables in the same place as all of your internet/networking gear. Or if you can put all your cam cables into the same place and then easily get another cable back...
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