Aloha from Reno Nevada

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  1. DRZmaui

    DRZmaui Getting the hang of it

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    Got a few minutes, thought I take the time and introduce myself.

    Living in Reno Nevada, transplanted from Hawaii a few years ago. Love the Mountains!

    My history,

    Had a few weird things happen in the neighborhood. Couple of strangers driving thru, a few car break-ins and door checkers. Working the PM/NOC’s, my wife is home alone. Was thinking about putting up a few cameras to make the wife feel a bit better. Bought a Lorex system from Costco. System quirky, and had difficulty to get work as advertised. Was very disappointed (as many I read on the internet).

    Looking for answers to solve some problems with the Lorex system, I came across this site.

    Can’t even begin to tell you how much it’s helps.

    Just wanted to thank everybody for the great advice.

    Lesson learned

    1) Read Cliff notes and wiki at least several times. When done, do it again. I’m still pickup things I missed before

    2) Buy all of your equipment form Andy and Empire Tech. Don’t make the mistake I did, buying from AliExpress and thinking it was from Andy. Best Service I ever had with an internet vender. [no, I’m not a shrill]

    3) Never ever use the cheap cat 5 line that come with the cameras. Learn to crimp your own ‘solid copper’ wire. Still pulling out the old crap line and replacing it with new.

    4) Blue Iris is a fantastic program, but don’t expect to be proficient overnight. Been working with it daily for over 2 months. Still only consider myself a beginner. I consider similar to Photoshop ins skill.

    5) Mount the cameras lower than you expected. Makes a huge difference.

    6) Prepare you pocket book. This stuff is like crack cocaine. Very addictive. You will never be satisfied with what you have. Right now, up to 15 cameras. Working on 2 dedicated license plate readers.

    7) Computer. Started to thinking a new H&P I5 would be sufficient, wrong! With 8 cameras (4K), even at 15 frames/sec, to direct disk, the system was maxed out. Ended up splurging with a Gamer I8 Dell from Costco. Have updated to X2 5 purple 6 Terabyte drives, 32Gigs memory, and SSD hard drive. CaChing!

    8) Get a helper to pull your Cat5 wire. Make the job way easier

    Hope this might help another Newby.
     
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    RWDY1 n3wb

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    +1^^^^
    I was about to post a similar thread. In the last few days I have made patch cables. Bench tested some HDW5231R-ZE's and some HWD2231R-ZS's, blocked internet access, changed passwords and done some basic configuration on the camera's ect. Not being very computer literate and knowing even less about security camera's I had to learn how to do this. Read, Study, & Search, The information is here!
     
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  3. TonyR

    TonyR IPCT Contributor

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    @DRZmaui ,

    Welcome to IPCamTalk!
    You're the first newb in a while that seems to be headed down the right path...and carrying a flashlight and a map!
     
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    gwminor48 Getting comfortable

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    Hello, welcome to the forum.
     
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    looney2ns IPCT Contributor

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    For future reference. Ebay is your friend for refurbed computers. Save's a boat load of money.
    Dell Optiplex's, Dell Precision, HP Elitedesk, HP Prodesk are the preferred options.
    No need to purchase new....save $$$$$
    Choosing Hardware for Blue Iris | IP Cam Talk
     
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    davej Getting the hang of it

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    I was curious about those Costco Lorex systems. The price seems too good to be true unless the 4k cameras are junk.
     
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    looney2ns IPCT Contributor

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    Numerous threads here about them, search is your friend.
     
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    mat200 IPCT Contributor

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    Hi @davej

    Definitely do search as looney2ns recommends for "costco lorex" and perhaps the model number of the nvr / camera in the kits you maybe looking at

    note - some of the lorex kits sold at Costco are Dahua OEM though w/o the Dahua IVS features - some are not and are from another OEM which I have not yet read which OEM they are.
     
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