I am about to give up on this camera, after a month of trying to capture plates at night. The previously-purchased HFW5231EZ5 camera has stellar views at night, and its IR beams a bright red glow. This new camera's IR seems pretty weak. So I bought a long-range CMVision 940nm lamp, hoping to add light to the night-time street, but am not getting good results with that either, perhaps because the camera cannot see this spectrum of IR. I keep reading the forums, and trying different night settings which people share, but the results are disappointing. Most of the problem comes from the sparse traffic on the street; I might have to just park my own car out there for an hour and tinker with the settings.