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  1. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    FYI, VLAN is just one way to do it. There are better, less intrusive ways to do this than adding a VLAN tag. I am blocking a lot of my devices through firewall rules and DNS blocks which then do not require me to isolate these devices within my own network. I agree the app configuration doesn't...
  2. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    This is as expected. The encryption is proprietary and meant to only allow their cloud server to decrypt. The login/password only gives you access to the unencrypted stream.
  3. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    This is pretty interesting. I wonder how ezviz can push code changes to a doorbell which is not running their firmware. It kind of defeats the whole purpose I had set to have a device that is cloud independent and is the type of things I completely abhor. I am having my firewall block almost...
  4. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    The golden rule which I so often fail to follow applies... "If it ain't broke, don't mess with it." I am glad I didn't fool around with newer firmwares.
  5. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    Can't speak for synology but it works fine on both of QNAP's NVR softwares, QVR and Surveillance station. There is something odd about the RTSP stream of these doorbells as discussed earlier in this thread, as it relates to the audio encoding. Most softwares are overcoming it: VLC, FFMPEG which...
  6. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    The CAT rating is just a test. The cables I have at home are CAT5, very old (~20y) and have been able to support 10Gbps over 50m easily. I suspect that back when they were installed CAT6 or maybe even CAT5e didn't exist. A very good quality (shielding, pure copper for POE, low gauge (thicker)...
  7. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    @alexdelprete, no you are not missing anything and are completely correct. It's overkill :) Just a pipe dream of what potentially could be in the future and yeah we would lose POE if we do that which I failed to mention above but I meant to. I am trying as much as I can to reduce wifi as well...
  8. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    To me it would be future proofing.... optical fibers will not have the limitation of copper as it relates to shielding interferences limiting frequency. I myself have already converted my infrastructure to 10/5gig but using very good quality 20 year old CAT5 wires (not even CAT5E). I got POE to...
  9. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    That would be interesting to survey. Are all the people having a chime problem using the ezviz version? From that one datapoint, it seems to be a hardware issue. The ezviz came out later than the other OEMs so it isn't impossible that they cut cost on something (new rev is not always better when...
  10. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    Got me all paranoid so I went to check and my chime is working just fine: I am running an RCA model with an old laview firmware: V5.2.4 buiild 190716
  11. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    If you can, return it and get another one... I suppose you can't do this anymore? Indeed you should see a series of voltage pulses.
  12. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    And you verified that the voltage at the chime changes when you push the doorbell? I have had the same experience as you described with your dad's installation so indeed something should move or at least buzz if the power is not sufficient. It is possible that you also have a failed unit...
  13. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    Nope, I actually downgraded my chime from an electronic chime to a mechanical one (the absolutely cheapest one I could find) when I changed my doorbell just to simplify things. Can you describe your problem and what chime you are using? I suppose you also already setup the the doorbell to...
  14. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    mamma mia! What was in there that could attract them?
  15. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    This is incorrect. The electronics inside the DB run in DC. The AC input is only because doorbell circuitry usually use AC to reduce voltage drop through the circuit. All semiconductor chips require power conversion from AC to DC. The doorbell, just like your PC, laptop or your microwave or...
  16. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    This doesn't make sense. You are confusing higher voltage with higher power. The doorbell has a power input regulator which pulls more current if the voltage is low and less current if the voltage is high enough. Effectively it will have to draw a lot more current and dissipate more heat while...
  17. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    AC will not drop as much, that is true but still will drop to the square of the current which is linearly higher as you drop voltage. Since you are not comparing AC to DC but AC to AC, the relative scale still applies. Non intuitively, the higher the voltage, the lower the temperature of the...
  18. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    Wahh I never knew there was such a thing as a 8v circuit for this type of wiring. The Joules power loss would be enormous since you need to pass a lot more current for the same power. Go 16-24V and obviously the chime along with it. This should go in the 101.
  19. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    I stand corrected. I have not looked for quite some time. the C-7 is 700 series based but apparently a bug galore. A move in the right direction but again... not something I will touch because it is a closed platform. Been bitten before. (vera for example which was already a lot more open than...
  20. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    Yes I know, the downside is that it isn't really open source. It's actually very closed with no root access to the device. I tinker a lot... to the point where I even ran the vera OS in a VM through emulation, I updated firmware of the zwave chip etc... I just don't feel I can do any of this...
  21. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    Yes I am pretty familiar with hubitat. I had one at one point when it was a startup project and one of my buddies is still running on it. I came from the vera system and have evolved/migrated into a community driven/open source environment on lua, with a little assistance from Home Assistant. I...
  22. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    It's a brilliant idea. It technically doesn't need to be inside home assistant actually. It really made it a bit more complicated than writing it as standalone python program. I am already having my house great people by their name according to who they recognized as they enter the house... :p...
  23. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    Absolutely no problem! Anybody can ask question too. I was a noob at these AI stuff 4 months ago. I learned from others and am happy to share what I've learned.
  24. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    Sure. My code is here: https://github.com/rafale77/core https://github.com/rafale77/core/tree/live/homeassistant/components/dlib_face_identify It is a fork of home assistant you have to look at the commits to see what I changed. Python is the language to go for this type of things unless you...
  25. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    I only come here occasionally and am always amazed by how much alive this thread is. I just swung by to report that the early self reset problems have been gone for over 8 months now. I am very pleased with this RCA doorbell. Certainly by far the best I have tried. I have implemented a custom...
  26. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    This is true in theory but in practice, devices get kicked out occasionally because of bad packets, interferences and collisions (if your 5GHz is in the radar band, the AP will kick the device) . So the devices will move to 2.4GHz and then steered back to 5GHz. The kick and restart of the...
  27. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    Maybe I did not made myself clear as this was to resolve this specific problem. Sharing the same SSID will give the choice to the client as to which frequency band to use and therefore by default, it will most likely either pick 2.4 or constantly jump between the two. This is what I meant by the...
  28. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    I have a dedicated SSID for 5GHz so as not to share bandwidth.
  29. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    @andycots Your wifi is likely the problem. When it comes to wireless, the general rule is less and simpler is better. Having a range extender, though it may improve signal strength, may also increase interferences. You are also adding a relay which needs to take on packets process them and...
  30. rafale

    New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

    It actually makes a lot of sense for wireless cameras as the amount of wireless data decreases too. Proxy is the way to go! Oddly enough, I also just discovered that the QNAP QVR program is able to get the motion detection signal from the doorbell. I should be able to tap off of it to trigger...
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