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  1. CountZero

    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...
  2. CountZero

    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...
  3. CountZero

    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...
  4. CountZero

    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...
  6. CountZero

    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...
  7. CountZero

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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...
  15. CountZero

    Dahua 2MP Starlight Lineup

    So far I'm liking it alot. Its small, fits nicely next to the door, and it seems to be working well. I have photos of the install and the view in this thread: Backyard camera orientation suggestion I'll have to dig around and see if I have any screen shots of people coming up to the door. I...
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    The R-ZE has the extended POE capability. (Out to 800M vs the typical 300m) Thread about it here: Dahua Starlight IPC-HDW5231R-ZE 800 meter capable ePOE
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    Remember those are International part numbers. So they don't always show up on the US site. :) They are still there and available if you want the spec sheets. R-Z: IPC-HDW5231R-Z | Dahua Technology - Dahua Technology Z5: IPC-HFW5231E-Z5 | Dahua Technology - Dahua Technology Z12...
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    I'm using 9 of the IPC-HDW5231R-Z turrets. I have one IPC-HDW5231R-Z12 as a gate camera. And I have one IPC-HDBW4231F-AS on the front door. All of them are 2MP starlight units. The 4231F-AS does have a dome, which you usually want to avoid outside, but my porch shades it all day long, so it...
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    Again, it depends on what you are trying to do with your cameras. I have mine set so I can make a decent facial ID 24/7 in the areas that I'm protecting with cameras. I'm not trying to secure the street, adjacent properties, or anything off of my property, so I don't do much zooming. I can...
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    I'm not impressed with that Vid at all. Resolution is nice and resolution is useful. But basing decisions off of MP numbers is kinda pointless and not very effective. There is no MP standard that I'm aware of for security cams, which means that the various vendors can measure their MP counts...
  21. CountZero

    Dahua NVR question

    I have an NVR that was purchased from a US dealer via eBay before I found this site and started buying direct from Andy. The model number on the label is nvr402h-16 which comes back to WinicTech, however all of the branding on all the screens is standard Dahua. It was advertised and sold as...
  22. CountZero

    Suggested vent for closet - if your closet gets too hot

    I like those airplates. I have one of their rack mount plate units in my rack, and I had been using 2 single fan units on the closet door. I just couldn't fit the dual fan units without cutting into the center spine of the door and the single fans were not moving enough air to keep the...
  23. CountZero

    Backyard camera orientation suggestion

    My plan is to actually leave it as it is. I want folks that make it to the door to know they are on camera. To get to my front door, you have to do a bit of walking from the street. (I have vehicle gates.) No one accidentally wanders up to my door. :) I figure if someone is there for a...
  24. CountZero

    Backyard camera orientation suggestion

    I had an existing hole through the mortar from a previous piece of equipment. It goes all the way through the block and into the wall space behind. I have a gap between my drywall and the block. So I just used a really big masonry bit and opened up the hole that was already there. Once I got...
  25. CountZero

    Backyard camera orientation suggestion

    I got my wedge cam in on the front porch, and its working really well. I ended up rotating the housing 90 degrees so the dome is to the left when you face the camera, but the camera will rotate in the mount, so its working perfectly with no software adjustments required. The 2.8 lens covers...
  26. CountZero

    Dahua 2MP Starlight Lineup

    Yeah. Its the 2.8 lens. Typo there. :)
  27. CountZero

    Dahua 2MP Starlight Lineup

    I did almost the same thing you are looking at doing. I mounted the camera roughly 6 feet off the ground, next to the front door. I discovered a few things. Based on where I had an existing hole already drilled, I was not able to mount the camera the way it was shown in the manual. I...
  28. CountZero

    Backyard camera orientation suggestion

    I'm going to start by saying that I'm NOT a professional installer or reseller. :) I'm just a homeowner that has researched and built my own system with the help of information that I found here. I'm not an expert, nor do I play one on TV. At the same time, I figured it wouldn't hurt to...
  29. CountZero

    Backyard camera orientation suggestion

    That cam is less sensitive at night, so your performance after dark will be worse than the 4231F wedge camera. Sensor size and sensitivity is more important then megapixel count. The Starlight cameras are a much better overall value.
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