Review-Dahua IPC-HDBW4231F-E2-M Dual Starlight Cam

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  1. looney2ns

    looney2ns IPCT Contributor

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    Waldo Getting the hang of it

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    Yep, being from Dahua that of course doesn't answer the questions
     
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    ck42 Getting the hang of it

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    This is 100% exactly how I have mine setup. Same left side wall position, height and everything. Works beautifully.
     
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    Blackhawk n3wb

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    Got one today, surprised how tiny this thing is!
     
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    fresnoboy n3wb

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    The wiki says dome cameras like this one should be avoided for outdoor use, and turrets should be used instead. Are folks finding this unit works well outdoors? Any specific things I should be doing if I try and mount them outside? I am also thinking about using one in a covered doorway or under a deck so the camera is not exposed. Should I avoid mounting them on the side, but always dome down, etc...?

    thx
    mike
     
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    Hey guys, a coupla quick questions.

    1. Can this be used outside in direct sun? I live in Australia and the summer sun is absolutely roasting.
    2. Does this count as two cameras if I use a NVR? For example would it occupy two slots of my 8 port NVR for example?

    Thanks!!
     
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    If possible, I would avoid direct sun exposure. I've had one outdoors under an eve for 6 months, and so far so good.
    Some use these at there front doors mounted at 5', with one cam looking down at package area, the other looking straight out for face ID's.

    1-Because of the domes, I wouldn't.
    2-Be sure you have a current Dahua NVR, or you may have trouble getting the the 2nd cam to appear, but it only use's one POE port, but it will use two "channels". So, you would in essence only have 7 ch's available in your 8 ch. NVR. Read the first few pages of this thread, this is discussed.
     
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    Waldo Getting the hang of it

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    Just got one of these puppies from Andy.
    I'm going to replace an existing camera with this.
    The existing camera's installation site makes Installing the camera "up side down" due to the cable outlet on the back of the camera not being centered best.

    Has anyone installed this camera "upside down" then flipped the video 180 degrees to get the picture "right side up"?

    BTW: (off thread topic) I have 2 SD49225's, one in back which gets direct sun all day and one in front which gets the morning sun but is in the shade the rest of the day.
    I haven't monitored their temperatures consistently but as I recall the highest temperature I've gotten from the one in back is about 135 degrees while the on in front's highest is about 5 dgrees less.
    At night they both run both around 100 degrees. All temps are (F).
    If anyone is interested I can log a couple of day with the ambient temp included.
     
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    Waldo Getting the hang of it

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    Delete query on installing it upside down, I had to install right side up.

    Tips for trying to adjust these cameras:
    Mine came with both cameras canted 45 degrees in opposite directions.
    1. Level them first by placing the little access hex wrench socket at the 12 O'clock position.
    2. Rotation is counterintuitive.
    i.e.To rotate the view clockwise, rotate the camera counter-clockwise.
    3. Panning left and right and pitch are intuitive.

    Trying to get a panoramic view is a PITA with the poor design to finely adjust the orientaion (no way to reduce or increase the friction and using the hex wrench as a lever to adjust the 3 axis is very limiting)
     
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    Waldo Getting the hang of it

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    How do you convince BI (4) that the one IP has 2 cameras?
     
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    flynreelow Pulling my weight

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    Channel 1 and channel 2
     
  12. Waldo

    Waldo Getting the hang of it

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    ...and where might that be found in BI?
     
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    eeeeesh Getting the hang of it

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    Video Tab > Network IP > Configure > Video Path

    /cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=0&unicast=true&proto=Onvif
    /cam/realmonitor?channel=2&subtype=0&unicast=true&proto=Onvif
     
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    Waldo Getting the hang of it

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    Ok, got that. Thanks
    Next dumb question: How to get both cameras to display at the same time?
    ...or do you have to go into config and change the 1 to a 2 or vice-versa to see them singly?
     
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    eeeeesh Getting the hang of it

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    In Blue Iris, set up 2 cameras. They both will use the same settings except for that channel=* parameter
     
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    Waldo Getting the hang of it

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    Thanks eeeeesh! I'm good to go - I would probably have stumbeled accross those answers after a year or so of trying to find them.
     
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    Has anyone managed to changed this out to a 6mm lens on both the camera? I am interested in buying one for a side yard view that is incredibly narrow and would much prefer to have a 6mm.
     
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    eeeeesh Getting the hang of it

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    This exact info was detailed on the first page of this thread.
     
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    eeeeesh Getting the hang of it

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    Sometimes when you are frustrated because you can't get something to work right, it is easy to miss things. I had the same problem when I first got this cam, and even though you indicate "This exact info was detailed on the first page of this thread", it isn't or if it is I am blind. You talk about 'channels', but in reality, to get this camera to work in Blue Iris:

    1. Create two cams with the same settings
    2. Under 'Video Tab > Network IP > Configure > Video Path'
    3. These are the actual parameters that need to be used: first cam - channel 1, 2nd cam channel 2
    /cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=0&unicast=true&proto=Onvif
    /cam/realmonitor?channel=2&subtype=0&unicast=true&proto=Onvif
     
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