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  1. J Sigmo

    Recommendations for a showy camera (maybe WIFI) or even a fake

    Generally, in the US, if this is YOUR single family dwelling, you can do both low voltage and high voltage wiring, etc. Depending on the particular jurisdiction, and for high voltage wiring, you may need to obtain a building permit, and you may need to have the proposed wiring job signed off on...
  2. J Sigmo

    Goat Cam

    The domain "goatcams.com" is not taken at this time, according to Go Daddy! ;)
  3. J Sigmo

    Goat Cam

    You need to set up a live feed to stream them on YouTube. Monatize, baby!
  4. J Sigmo

    Recommendations for a showy camera (maybe WIFI) or even a fake

    Running the wiring is almost always the most difficult part of any installation. But I'd still recommend a real camera, especially an active deterrence model if you really want to keep people away. Either that, or something like this: Someone else posted a link to some of those "motion...
  5. J Sigmo

    Pole mounting something like the Dahua IPC-HDW2231R-ZS from a commercial ceiling joist

    Regular pipe flanges can be had with the usual pipe threads to fit threaded pipe (same as rigid conduit). You could then drill normal camera mounting boxes and bolt them to the flanges...
  6. J Sigmo

    Holy 60x Zoom Batman! Dahua SD10A260WA-HNF

    Look at that detect distance (dori). Pretty much a mile! (Edit: More like three miles!) The entrance pupil diameter for a 336mm f/4.5 lens should be 75mm. So the front element of the lens must be somewhat larger than 75mm. That's a big lens!
  7. J Sigmo

    Goat Cam

    Is it just me, or does that room remind anyone else of their college dorm/apartment, and maybe the roommates as well? Those are some sweet wire spools, man!
  8. J Sigmo

    Samantha's Secret Hiding Spot

    Very stealthy! Cats are a hoot. :)
  9. J Sigmo

    Automotive IR emitter

    Some of the covers claim to block IR light while passing visible light so that the police cannot see the cover. There are sprays that claim to create a reflective surface that cannot be seen from straight-on, so that again, the police cannot see anything wrong. But they allegedly reflect...
  10. J Sigmo

    Automotive IR emitter

    Here, people buy aftermarket covers to put over their license plates to defeat their normal reflectivity. This is mainly done to prevent police laser speed measurement from working, and also to prevent automated LPR systems from reading the plates. These covers are illegal. But I still see them...
  11. J Sigmo

    IPCT IPCT Upgrade Tonight! - Oct. 11, 2019

    I thought I had cleared everything for this particular browser. But I must not have. Clearing the cookies seems to have done the trick! Thanks. :)
  12. J Sigmo

    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    Generally, zoom lenses have smaller max apertures than so-called "prime" lenses. So it seems likely that the fixed focal length "prime" lenses have larger apertures than the varifocal (zoom) lenses. Larger apertures let more light in, so they should be better for low light use. But another...
  13. J Sigmo

    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    One more vote for a varifocal version in a turret case. That would be a heckofa camera!
  14. J Sigmo

    IPCT IPCT Upgrade Tonight! - Oct. 11, 2019

    On my Samsung Note 8, using Adblock Browser, I have to log on every time, even though I have the "stay logged on" checkbox checked. This worked before the upgrade to the site. Other than that, I really like the new look and functionality of the new site. I'll have to check to see if this is...
  15. J Sigmo

    Automotive IR emitter

    Perhaps the yellow pigment is on a layer above the actual reflectors, so it may absorb some light both coming and going, so to speak, making it a bit less reflective. The interesting thing is the way they refer to their figures for the retroreflectivity. Table A refers to the retroreflection...
  16. J Sigmo

    Automotive IR emitter

    I think they use this stuff on the plates in Wyoming. : https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/112503O/pb-780e-4780t-3mtm-preclear-refl-license-plate-shtg.pdf They used to stamp the plates and paint them. New ones are completely flat, and probably use a film like what's shown in the PDF above.
  17. J Sigmo

    What do you think? Are you ready for this?

    I set up a new laptop a while ago, and it did not allow me to get started until I set up a Microsoft account. I wish I'd known then that there was a way to work around this. Now I have a Microsoft account. I don't use it for anything, but it exists. All of my other Win10 PCs were set up on...
  18. J Sigmo

    Automotive IR emitter

    All of the license plates I've seen use small glass beads embedded into the paint which act as tiny retroreflectors. So you DO want to have the camera looking as close to straight down the IR beam as possible. But the downside of having a light source near a camera is that blowing dust, bugs...
  19. J Sigmo

    Review-Dahua 2mp PTZ1C203UE-GN Starlight Positioning system

    It sounds like you get an amazing variety of excellent wildlife. I think a lot of us set up a security camera system initially for, well, security purposes. But once the system is up and running, the vast majority of what we capture are wildlife visits. And then we want to get better wildlife...
  20. J Sigmo

    How long til it all makes sense??

    Another point about the usefulness of this site and the helpful folks here: As you delve into all of this, you will likely learn a lot of very useful things about securing your network. Things like setting up a dual NIC system, and setting up your own VPN server to secure your cameras also...
  21. J Sigmo

    Review-Dahua 2mp PTZ1C203UE-GN Starlight Positioning system

    We often see cameras with motorized lenses that are useful for testing or for locations where we need to be able to adjust the zoom to a setting between available fixed lens focal lengths. It seems like this camera extends this adjustability to position as well. I can imagine that the idea is...
  22. J Sigmo

    How long til it all makes sense??

    Welcome, Larry and others. Getting into security cameras IS opening a huge can of worms, no doubt. I think most of us start out seeing the camera/NVR kits sold at stores, or the individual cameras sold everywhere, and read their advertising, and come away imagining how easy this all will be...
  23. J Sigmo

    Three bucks in back yard

    My son has a P365 and likes it a lot. He hasn't had any of the problems reported with the early ones. 10 + 1 of 9mm in such a compact package is pretty amazing. I am tempted myself.
  24. J Sigmo

    Package Theft Deterence

    Truly a classic!
  25. J Sigmo

    Package Theft Deterence

    Did you say.... yutes?
  26. J Sigmo

    When you're high

    He's working out how to make a wicked bong out of that nice long pipe. What's planned for the bulb and salt, beats me! I, too, was waiting for him to stick his finger in the light socket and then do the happy dance, then maybe fall down the stairs.
  27. J Sigmo

    Blue iris mobile app android

    Lately, UI3 hasn't responded properly to "pinch to zoom" gestures on our android devices, making it very hard to view cameras at anything but their native "image fills the screen" size. Since I often want to zoom in on smaller areas of a camera's coverage area to see better detail, I've been...
  28. J Sigmo

    Reason 4,986 to lock your doors at all times

    Nahh. Those things don't cut hair worth a darn, either! I never had much luck cutting human hair or mats out of pets until I bought a pair of scissors sold for hair cutting. I'm not sure what's different about the grind or the steel, but holy cow does it make a difference! They'd open your...
  29. J Sigmo

    How long to wait for reply from support -- do they ever reply?

    A lot folks have expertise with BI on this forum. Perhaps you could ask here and get some answers faster.
  30. J Sigmo

    Prevent IR from bouncing off wall beside camera

    You can always switch off the camera's built-in IR Illuminator and install a separate illuminator positioned to not light up the wall in question. With a separate light source, you can get the position and aim of the light right, and even baffle the light to keep it from lighting up anything...
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