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    Why I let the police handle the homeless.

    Behind my commercial building is a very large lake with heavy palm tree and foliage blocking most of the lake view. Think of a jungle because that is how thick it is down there. Occasionally, I'll get homeless back there with tents and whatnot that I have to run off. Yesterday, I had a...
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    Axton PoE Illuminator review

    I've been running a LPR cam for a few months now and have been extremely happy with it. Daytime plate recognition is damn near 100%. However, night time recognition was much lower. I was getting < 75% plate recognition at night. I shoot out to about ~115 feet using a 5241-Z12. What I've...
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    Dahua and the word "Reference" as it refers to bit rate seems mislabeled

    I noticed that in the video settings of my Dahua cameras there is what is called "Reference" bit rate that includes a range with a lower and upper end. It my mind, "Reference" means ultimate or as good as it gets so if you set it to the upper end, that should be the max bit rate setting to give...
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    Too tight of a zoom and image darkening when car passes through

    Playing with my new 5241-Z12 I've noticed that if my zoom is too tight (>90% of maximum), a car moving into the scene will cause the image to quickly darken somewhat. White cars with sunlight hitting them really makes it happen on a cloudless day. As soon as the car moves out of the scene...
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    For Sale 5442E-Z4E

    Purchased new from Andy about 6 months ago. Works great but I needed a bit more zoom for my application so had to move to a 5241-Z12 model instead. Still have original box and packaging materials. Camera has been defaulted EXCEPT for network settings. I decided to leave the network set to...
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    Night settings on the 5231E-Z12E

    I downgraded from a 5442-Z4E to a Z12E because I needed a bit more zoom. But I'm having trouble getting it to perform as well at night as my Z4E did. I'm missing more plates that I think I should at night. Here are the settings I've dialed in so far that work "ok" as well as some night plate...
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    Show Sentry only Alerts in UI3?

    I've noticed in UI3 both confirmed Sentry alerts and non-confirmed (false alarms) alerts show in the alert list for specific cameras that Sentry is enabled for. I also see you can enable the "Auto Check Confirmed Alerts" in the console. Is this the only way to filter out the false alerts in...
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    IVS and Motion Alert Question

    What I've noticed is that if motion detection is turned in BI for a zone on AND IVS is enabled on the camera with a tripline that also happens to overlap the BI motion zone, BI never uses the IVS to trigger an alert. I'm assuming that is because the BI motion detection picks up the motion first...
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    IPC-B5442E-Z4E as an LPR

    Picked this up from Andy last week and just got it up on the house. Its the longest adjustable varifocal (8mm - 32mm) bullet cam that Dahua makes right now in the 5224 series chip. Here is the link to the camera on Andy's Amazon store. My camera mounting point to the road is approximately...
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    Program for flipping cameras to day/night on Linux

    I got tired of fooling with my Dahua cameras scheduling profiles for Day/Night. I know that @bp2008 has a handy Windows program that accomplishes a similar purpose but I needed something for Linux. Thanks for writing that for the community by the way, @bp2008! I dug into your source to find...
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    Are exported clips from the Web UI full resolution (i.e. as the camera recorded them)?

    I know when you view cameras from the Web UI you have a multitude of streaming options to control bandwidth, fps, quality, etc... You can set those to whatever you desire. But what about exporting a clip? How is that handled? When go to export in the Web UI, I see you can choose several...
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    Are 2MP turrets still the standard for backyards?

    I'm wanting to replace an Axis dome in my backyard. Needing IR since it isn't well lit at night back there. What are the popular Dahua 2MP turrets for this application? I'm assuming 2MP is still the recommendation and not 4MP?
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    Script that moves snapshots from a Dahua camera to an easier to view network folder.

    At home, I run a simple one camera Dahua DH-SD22204UE-GN setup. It records 24x7x365 to a Linux (via NFS) machine/NAS. I then use the terrible Dahua DSS client/server combo on my desktop/laptop if I ever need to view footage. I run a full fledged Blue Iris server in my business with over a...
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    Blue Iris in a VM? Yup no problem!

    I have 13 cameras (12 Axis and 1 Dahua) in my business. The Axis cameras were purchased years ago before I found this site (and Andy). The one Dahua I just bought from Andy a couple weeks ago. I have been running the standard and free Axis Camera Companion software for years and just letting...
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    What is the bare wire for on the mini PTZ (12203TNI)?

    Is it audio in or out? Is there a way to bypass the internal mic and run a separate mic into the cam? The datasheet (https://us.dahuasecurity.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Datasheet_2MP_Network_Mini_PTZ_12203TNI_v001_003.pdf) shows there is an audio in channel PLUS the built in mic. Does that...
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    Blue Iris Question

    I understand that BI has remote capability via the Android and iOS apps. It also appears to offer a built-in webserver so it can be accessed remotely that way as well. Does the webserver offer PTZ control of the PTZ (Axis) cameras? What about PTZ with the apps? Or do you have to be on the...
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    How is it possible that all the Linux DVR software packages are terrible?

    What is everyone recommending for a headless Debian 9 server? I played with Zoneminder a bit today, but man it's antiquated. High CPU usage and I couldn't get my Axis PTZ cameras to move at all. I also played a bit with Bluecherry, but had some install issues I need to figure out. As soon as...
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    Chime/Bell on Motion?

    My in-laws are wanting a camera on the side of the house where their driveway is located. There are no windows that face that direction and even the front door isn’t on that side of the house. So they are always surprised when someone comes up their driveway and walks around their house to their...
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