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    New Home build - Camera locations & models feedback

    Assuming you're intention is to use PoE to power all of your cameras, make sure your builder uses pure copper cable (not copper-clad aluminum, or CCA for short). It's more expensive, but can handle higher currents, it's less brittle, and you'll find you can make longer runs with less concern...
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    Flickering overlay when playing back D2D with "overlay during playback" turned on

    Well, I can see this is probably not a very wide-spread issue. I reached out to Ken, and he just got back with me. One of the last updates incorporated the change, and to his credit, the problem was 90% resolved. Changing all 35 camera overlays from semi-transparent to fully opaque (100%)...
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    Lazy Neighbor Pushes My Trash Can With His Truck / Caught On Video

    The problem with what he did is now anyone coming home will have to move them to get into the drive. Frustrating, but I suppose that's the price of living on 0.0001 acres of land. FWIW, I had my mail carrier do this to my can - but she had other options. Don't mean to thread-jack, but...
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    Flickering overlay when playing back D2D with "overlay during playback" turned on

    I've had this issue from the moment Ken added the option in V4. At some point, he added the ability to retroactively add the overlay data back onto the replay stream so that direct-2-disk recordings could still show that info. With this option turned on, when viewing either on the BI...
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    Text overlay transparency all messed up after upgrading to BI5

    Never mind... Problem resolved after rebooting the PC. I performed the upgrade but hadn't rebooted the machine. Self-inflicted, I suppose.
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    Text overlay transparency all messed up after upgrading to BI5

    Well, I searched as best I could, and can't seem to find this issue anywhere else. Sorry if this is addressed elsewhere. After failing with the upgrade early on (within the first week or so of BI5 release), I finally attempted it again today. Wow, how much smoother! Everything that I had...
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    Does effective lightning protection for cat5 exist?

    Yes, and thanks for the nudge to update my thoughts on the ubiquity suppressors here too... I've had another close strike after installing them, and the individual ports on both switches on either end went dark. The suppressor is still working - so it didn't sacrifice itself and likely didn't...
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    Delivery guy hits car and drives off (U.K.)

    It's called subrogation. Your carrier makes you whole, and then they hash it out with the at-fault party. If they get full restitution, you should receive your deductible back. ETA: Sorry - after reading the rest of the thread, I see others have correctly chimed in. One thing to note is...
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    Able to view all live cameras/groups on Roku!

    I know there are options for the screen saver to stretch or keep aspect ratio - but beyond that, you'll probably have to reach out to the developer of the app. He's pretty responsive to suggestions.
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    Showdown At The Feeding Station

    Disparity of force. Lethal force justified.
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    I hate it when that happens

    That only happens to me if I have my cell phone in my pocket. Otherwise, I'm safe.
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    My Mouse Died

    Awesome. Guy didn't even try a go at the bait... just blindly ran into death. Rung his bell good and hard. I hate mice. The do sooo much damage to wiring up here. Tractors, cars, RV, etc... nothing is safe.
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    Lightning strike issue

    After losing a number of switches, cameras and gate opener to a strike, I installed the Ubiquity surge protectors at each end of my long runs (main trunks between gate, barn, and home). I've had several storms, with very close strikes since installing them. Already twice I've lost the ports on...
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    Close call on lightning !

    You got lucky! I had a strike hit the utility pole where my camera was mounted. It blew the RJ45 off, but camera survived!
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    Video removed - FedEx drives over neighbor's dog, no brakes, doesn't stop

    Ok fellas. You've all made your point. The idea was a bad one, borne of the desire to help expedite things and help the neighbor. Clearly it wasn't thought through enough before asking for opinons. I agree that it runs afoul of the law and conveys a level of ill-intent that, quite frankly...
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    Video removed - FedEx drives over neighbor's dog, no brakes, doesn't stop

    Yeah, this is just thinking out loud. Really, the idea stems from what to say/do if they make compensation contingent on non-disclosure of the video. Maybe that wouldn't happen. But if it did, then what is the next thing said?
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    Video removed - FedEx drives over neighbor's dog, no brakes, doesn't stop

    Thanks for the bump. Just a little update. FedEx ground, is an entirely separate company from FedEx priority. Initially, their insurer was stand-off-ish with the dog owner. When owner told him what happened, the insurance guy seemed annoyed, put-off, and said he didn't have time to...
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    Video removed - FedEx drives over neighbor's dog, no brakes, doesn't stop

    Ground. It's a difficult route, with houses very far apart. There a lot of local roads washed out in the area so what normally takes a 100 miles is now 200. They're having a hard time keeping regular drivers, and I think that's part of the problem. The girl that hit the dog today is a sub...
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    Video removed - FedEx drives over neighbor's dog, no brakes, doesn't stop

    I agree with all comments so far. It really is hard to side with anyone in this. The neighbor clearly should have better control of his dogs. But, in his defense, that is why we live where we do - so the dogs can roam free. Still, a dog with a Darwin complex of chasing car tires is not...
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    Video removed - FedEx drives over neighbor's dog, no brakes, doesn't stop

    @wtimothyholman - you make very good points. I completely agree that most of the blame is with the dog's behavior. That said, just prior to this happening, the sub-driver told the neighbor that she hates dogs. She has an irrational fear and won't get out of her van if any dogs are outside...
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    Video removed - FedEx drives over neighbor's dog, no brakes, doesn't stop

    Just received word from the vet that the dog has died. Owner is inconsolable. What is unforgivable is that the driver didn't render aid, or at least report it. The dog sat on the side of the road for nearly an hour before anyone knew what happened. That golden hour might have made the...
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    Video removed - FedEx drives over neighbor's dog, no brakes, doesn't stop

    This just happened a few hours ago. I am an animal lover, and it breaks my heart to post this. But, we need some opinions on how to proceed. We live on in a VERY rural area where the only vehicles on our road are UPS/FedEx/USPS or the two families that live on our mile long street. My...
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    [Pictures] SD59225 struck by lightning... Warranty? DIY fix?

    Andy says he has no access to parts for the smaller camera. Bummer. I've sent it back to him with USPS... $33 to get it to HK...
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    [Pictures] SD59225 struck by lightning... Warranty? DIY fix?

    Incidentally, the IPC-HDW4231EM-AS that was also hit appeared to be dead. As soon as I connected it to my PoE switch, it would overload the port. It did not power up, and would actually draw a small arc (on the passive PoE switch). I just attempted to power the camera using an external 12V...
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    Does effective lightning protection for cat5 exist?

    Well, unless there's a more cost-effective solution, I suppose I'll just have to live with the risk. I did buy some surge suppressors from Ubiquity. They're sacrificial, and only run about $12/each. I'll put those at both ends of the long runs between the road/barn/house. At least that way...
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    [Pictures] SD59225 struck by lightning... Warranty? DIY fix?

    In middle-TN we do get some occasionally strong t-storms. Nothing like it was when I lived in Tampa, though. But, I also didn't have 1000+' of cables strung over acres of property either. For the last few weeks, we've had nearly daily t-storms. Nothing severe until this particular strike...
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    Does effective lightning protection for cat5 exist?

    Intriguing. But, part of my dilemma is that each of the camera locations - particularly along the street perimeter - have no AC. They all get fed by the PoE+ switch at the gate. From there, it's several 500' lengths. To divorce the camera locations from a physical connection to the switch...
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    Does effective lightning protection for cat5 exist?

    After suffering my first significant lighting strike damage last week, I've been doing some research trying to find a way to minimize my exposure to a repeat of what happened. I have cameras and switches spread out over large areas, with many 500'+ runs between locations. From my home, I have...
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    [Pictures] SD59225 struck by lightning... Warranty? DIY fix?

    No kidding. I feel like I should buy my first-ever lottery ticket tonight.
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