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    Least-competent criminals file: Porch pirate wears same shirt to court

    Hilarious. Lock him away... https://abcnews.go.com/US/alleged-porch-pirate-arrested-wearing-exact-shirt-court/story?id=74217581
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    Dashcam: Florida guy shoots through his own windshield

    Welcome to Florida! Guy apparently saw someone brandishing, and starts shooting through his own windshield. My favorite part is the passenger's Fat Albert T-shirt https://www.foxnews.com/us/florida-man-seen-firing-gun-through-own-windshield-while-driving-report Sent from my ONEPLUS A6013...
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    Please help me tweak night settings on 5321R-Z

    Hi folks, Despite being a "camera guy" for going on three years, I still feel like a novice when it comes to really dialing in settings for optimum performance. I have a Dahua 5321 R-Z from Andy that gives me exactly what I want during the day, but at night I think I should be able to do...
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    More evidence that selfies are hazardous to your health...

    A woman fell out of a car and onto a busy highway while hanging out of the passenger window to film a Snapchat video, police in the UK have said. https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/20/uk/woman-snapchat-m25-incident-scli-gbr-intl/index.html And from the bottom of the article, almost as an...
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    Looking for automation around temperature monitoring

    Hi folks, I'm new to home automation, though I've got a suite of cameras running on Blue Iris (like most of us here ;) ) and a multimedia server (running on Emby), so I'm no stranger to setting up a server and accessing it remotely. What I'd like to do for my first foray into home automation...
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    Odd Dahua interface issue: AKA: Sometimes weird stuff happens with camera systems

    Hi folks, My system has been working fine for a couple years now. BI version 4.7something because I've been too lazy to upgrade to BI5 (eventually will, not today), or event update to the final BI4 build. Works great for what I use it for. Every now and then I add a camera or two... Sometime...
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    No social distancing here...

    I started seeing these yahoos a week ago. Not sure how long this has been going on. Don't think it's all one family.
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    What's a good car/marine battery-based UPS?

    Hi folks, Long story, but I may have an extra marine deep cycle AGM 100Ah battery laying around soon. I'm considering getting a UPS for computer/cameras that would use this monster battery instead of my APC UPS, relocating the APC to other purposes. Any thoughts on a good UPS that puts out...
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    Funny remote desktop sound issue

    So, I'm taking the day off (sort of) and doing some camera work including mounting a new PoE switch in the garage and hanging a new camera. Of course the day I picked started out as the coldest morning of the year so far. :angry: Anyway, I was upstairs in my office connected via remote desktop...
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    Way to see current camera exposure/gain (etc.) settings? Overlay mode?

    Hi folks, I almost put this in the Dahua section but the same question applies to Hiks... and is probably a general thing so I'm starting here. Maybe the info is available in BI if the camera reports it to the software? I'm tweaking settings, like exposure and gain and so forth, and it would...
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    How to adjust Dahua Day/Night switch sensitivity?

    Hi folks, I've got my new 5631RP-ZE largely dialed in to the way I want them to work with one exception: I need it to switch to Night mode sooner, and stay in light mode later. As it is, it is overly biased to stay in Day (color) mode to the point where I get blurry late-twilight images. As...
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    What causes this distortion?

    Hi everyone, I've installed the first of two new Dauhua 5631RP-ZE units sourced from Andy onto my BI system. This camera replaces a 5321R-Z that was mounted in the same location and uses the existing cable that was already in place. I'm seeing on some of my Alert motion clips a visual...
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    Crap. Bought wrong switch... will it matter?

    Hi folks, Looks like I clicked too fast and bought a "fast ethernet" 8 port POE plus 2 port uplink switch. I had thought the uplink was gigabit but nope, just 100 baseT. This switch will never be fully filled out; probably a max of about 5 cameras ranging from 2 megapixel to 6 megapixels...
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    Adding cams; UPS/Switch in the garage ok?

    Hi folks, Short story: the expedient expansion plan I'm considering means putting a UPS and a POE switch into my garage, in Indiana so temp range in there goes from about -10 (garage open on cold winter day) to probably 120 at its hottest. Will the UPS and switch be seriously compromised by...
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    BI (v4) Clip skip forward/back... what am I missing?

    Hi folks, In BI, if I'm viewing an alert I can use forward/back arrows to move back or forth 10 seconds per keypress. Lovely. But when viewing clips, nothing seems to skip forward/back. What do I need to do, to be able to skip forward or back within clips, as seen from the web interface?
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    Process for replacing BI storage drive?

    Hi folks, I'm preparing to remove the smaller of my two storage drives, and replace it with a larger drive. The computer only has three SATA connections (SSD for OS, plus the two storage drives). Presuming I don't care about loosing the prior recordings on the old drive, is there any special...
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    10 TB WD100EMAZ for surveillance storage

    Hi guys- I know we usually use WD Purple variants, but I wound up snagging a ~$170 deal on a WD EasyStore 10TB and shucked the drive out of it. Was thinking to use it in my home theater system, but then figured the large drive would be more useful in my Blue Iris PC. I could swap out the purple...
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    POE IR Illuminator for Dahua 5321 series?

    Hi folks, Looking to add some IR to my front lawn/mailbox areas, and was looking over IR illuminators on Amazon. Seems there are different wavelength versions... looking for a good model that will be compatible with my Dahua 5321R-Z cams and be powered by POE... no convenient power plugs where...
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    What causes these ghost images?

    Hi folks, I recently tweaked my Dahua 5321R-Z settings, and while generally the images improved, I've noticed ghost images such as these now show. See the images of the tires ghost in repeatedly. What do I need to adjust to eliminate or reduce this? I record 10 frames/sec on a shutter...
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    Installing BI App without Google Play sign-in?

    Hi folks, On my main Android phone I have a plethora of Google accounts, all signed in, and have purchased the BI App (over a year ago) and all is well. I now want to install the BI app on an older phone, which HAS NO ACCOUNTS OF ANY SORT SIGNED IN. And it needs to stay this way. This device's...
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    Peewee Postal Pirate: Help me get better video

    Hi folks, 18 months into my camera odyssey I've got my first video of a crime. Youtube actually didn't blur it; it looks pretty much like this in the original clip. I can't upload .AVI for some reason to this forum (that's what Blue Iris outputs for me). A youthful kid walked around our...
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    Please help diagnose network problem with my new ISP...

    Hi folks, I'm in the process of switching from Spectrum cable internet service (100Mbps down / 10 Mbps up) to Metronet's fiber internet service (1Gbps down/250 Mbps up). And even with an extra fee for a static IP it will be cheaper than Spectrum, at least for the 1 year price lock term. Sounds...
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    Hardware Q: EliteDesk/Optiplex, Optical Drives and MB Form Factors

    Hi everyone, Once again I turn to this great forum for some insight. Through the resources here I learned of the wonders of used Optiplex/EliteDesk computers on eBay, and have bought two SFF form factor ones in the last year, one for my Blue Iris computer and an older one for my kids to use...
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    An odd problem with Android Chrome browswer and BI web ui

    Hi folks, Today is a day where I'm digging into and attempting to resolve all manner of minor irritations. I've solved a few on my own, and one with fenderman's help, and I'm down to my last one for the day. I usually use the BI app when accessing my system remotely. But sometimes I'd rather...
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    Help troubleshoot slow WAN connection to BI

    Hi folks, BI is up and running beautifully; has been for me since last May. Best money I ever spent. My new issue is that when I'm out and about away from my LAN, using my cellular connection on my phone or any other device, getting the camera images to fill in or play is relatively slow...
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    Need recommendation for "Sump-Cam"

    Hi folks, After a basement flood I want to have a camera pointed into my sump pit so I can visually verify water level remotely. It would be mounted on the sump cover, pointed down at an angle I suppose. Would need to work in the dark so needs IR. To be clear, this is to manage my anxiety...
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    Looking for sump alarm with phone notifications; Blue-Iris plug-in?

    Hi folks, I just got bitten by the sump complacency bug. I've got a fine pump, replace it and the float every five years or so, always worried but the water table seemed to be low enough that even in the worst of times the sump just runs occasionally. The last few days we had a little rain, not...
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    Is there a forward/back skip feature (browser, app)?

    Hi folks, On my home theater, when watching a movie, I never use FF/RW features. I use forward skip and backward skip features to move around or to back up and rewatch something. I'd like to do the same thing while reviewing BI footage via browser (UI3) or on the mobile app (Android). I...
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    Windows update BI annoyances

    Hi folks, I saw some thread in the past few weeks on similar issues, but I figured I'd put my experience here in case it helps someone. My BI PC (Win 10 pro) has updates paused for up to 35 days using the windows update advanced setting to pause updates. Of course, this was going to expire...
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    Any preferred source for UPS for BI PC/PoE Switch?

    Hi folks, I'm shopping for an uninterruptible power supply that will live next to my BI PC and power just it and the PoE switch, to keep my system running for about an hour in the event of power outages. The PC is pretty mellow, I'm guessing 50 watts average, plus 9 IP cams (30 W total?). So...
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