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  1. Yeah. We did that. as a second cam was added, black rolling bars appeared. (the benefits of walkie talkies lol). We tried different combinations of these 4 cameras and the PSU's and still the same. All cameras were 12vdc antivandal fixed domes. 2 old, 1 not so old, and 1 brand new. All 4 cams were of different type. Place has been open for a good 5 years and the sub said those 4 had always been bad pictures. The odd thing is that these types of cameras are also in use elsewhere on site and operate fine on their respective 4amp 12vdc PSU.
  2. I visited a recent install where 5 cameras from a 4amp 12vdc PSU, 4 had atrocious interference. The 5th camera was cabled in 'shotgun' and seemed immune to the interference. I brought in further PSU's to swap the initial one out, and fitted humbugs and found that very little helped. In the end, I found by percerverence that when I fitted 5 x Computar 12vdc 1amp PSU's, one dedicted to each camera, then the interference vanished.
  3. As Rik has said twice, no address settings mean it's an early 'VCL Orbiter' that only works with a Maxcom and it's keyboard. The address is simply set to 0 (zero). The plug-in chips on the orbiter are 'plug-in' because the circuit board is a unified standard one that was used on all orbiters at the time of manufacture. Some models, with the address switch fitted, allowed for the protocol chip being swapped. Hence the chips being in sockets. Later, VCL added the ability to select protocols via the 4 switch DIL. The camera itself requires just power, and coax as the telemetry runs up the coax. The swan neck junction box will have more terminals but like the camera circuit board, the swan neck junction box has all terminals available so as to be compatible with all orbiters. I'm not entirely sure wither these old orbiters are NVT capable for CAT5 video cable connection. It is possible however, to control a Maxcom via RS232 from some DVRs. Providing the DVR has 'Maxcom' telemetry control. But this seems a little pointless as if you have a Maxcom already, you will probably have the Maxcom keyboard also. I've done this in the past with Honeywell 'Transpac' units and have been able to control 'up the coax only' VCL domes remotely. But either way, you need a Maxcom to give this camera telemetry.
  4. Composite cable is pretty good for domestics. I think it was mentioned earlier in the thread. About the same size as an 8 core alarm cable, but with a mini screened coax and 2 pair in the outer. Only thing with this cable is the price. Alternatively, there is a mini-coax cable (RG179) available that is as thin as an 6 core alarm cable, comes in white, and mini-crimps that fit it correctly. One of these and a 6 core alarm cable for power should help keep things neat. RG179:- http://cableexport.en.ecplaza.net/12.asp Although the minimum order is 32KM lol, you can find it by the 100mtr reel if you look around.
  5. LAN connection is by far the easiest as you are on the right side of the firewall. When I've had to set up laptops to work for office connection and home connection, I set up 2 accounts on the lappy and label them accordingly. I tend to 'reserve' the network IP address in the router programming, of any DVR I install by programming the router to give a dedicated network IP address to the MAC address of the DVR. This ensures the DVR will always retain the same network IP address if it is disconnected for any reason. This is under ADVANCED/LAN IP Setup on the Netgear programming page. For outside connection through the firewall, simply add a 'custom service' to the 'SERVICES' page on the router. Add a name (DVR lol), sselect TCP/UDP, and enter the port number used by the DVR to both boxes (Start/End). If theres other port numbers the DVR requires, add seperate services for those. When done, click Apply, and go to 'Content Filtering' on the router programming page and select 'Firewall Rules'. There, you can add your new services you just created, changing 'Action' to 'Allow All', and where it says LAN USERS, select 'Single Address', and stick the network IP address the DVR is using/connected to in the box below it. You will need to do this for each service you add. Provided you have hit the 'Apply' button when each page is complete, this will allow data travelling on the stated ports to be channelled through the firewall, and to the IP address you entered (the one the DVR is using) when you connect to site via the 'EXTERNAL (Public) IP ADDRESS'. I've seen people trying to connect to site whilst still trying to use the Network IP address and not the Public IP address. Hence why I set up 2 seperate accounts on laptops. One for 'Office' and one for 'Home' as examples. Works a treat if you have a fixed public IP address so should work if DDNS is enabled and working correctly. I'm sure someone will blast me and say this is not required or a waste of time. But I don't get any callbacks from customers unless they are changing providers or having major IT works done.
  6. Anyone remember the Menvier TS400 panel? When the battery dropped below a certain voltage, I think it was 11.0V, the panel would go into tamper. Quite an odd symptom for a simple problem. Caught me out a few times in my early days too.
  7. You could always get a PC based DVR and pimp it up with a liquid cooling system like the PC chavs do. Very extreme likes but you can also add green neons and spinny things too. OK. Maybe a bit too far with those last 2 suggestions lol.
  8. VCL Orbitor Gold/Platinum have a couple of RS485 bourne protocols available to them via the swicthes mentioned by Pedders. The older standard Orbitors (without the 2 alarm sockets on the dome itself) require a physical chip change to change protocol. My old company had several VCL Orbitors running Pelco in a towns CCTV system.
  9. I can understand companies putting alarms in for cost price when the time of year arrives that the jobs dry up, and they just want to keep their engineers working and things ticking over. Maybe not making money but breaking even for a month or so. But even
  10. No worries. No need to apologise.
  11. I'm wondering if it works the opposite way too with 15 different variants of Sony models without the Sony branding. Like Sony TVs as an example. Sony make about 60% of their TV models themselves, and have third parties make other models quite simply due to costs, factory space and staff. Some models are made elswhere at sort of agency factories in the far east. Manufacture of some models is sort of 'subbied out'. BEKO secure a deal to make 20,000 TV sets for SONY. But are allowed to make an additional 2,000 (10%) which BEKO badge up themselves and sell for far less than the SONY branded units. If you do some digging, you can buy SONY TV's with the BEKO badge on them. I believe that SONY now own BEKO, but they used to be an independent manufacturer making popular models under licence for bigger companies. The same applied with AIWA with SONY's audio manufacturing.
  12. I'm affraid that somehow, you have misinterpreted my post. I didn't advise people not to use anti-virus software. So no idea why you came to the conclusion that I had done so. If you read it again, I did mention that if you are vigilant with your browsing and attatchment opening, you could ALMOST get away without one. Unless you were stating of course that it's bad advice to run Norton whilst your PC is in safe mode. But I did point out that I wasn't sure about that but id did sound as though it made sense. So I'm irresponsible yes?
  13. AVG Free for me. At the end of the day, if you are vigilant enough with your browsing and your attachment opening, you could almost get away with nothing. A decent hardware firewall, like built into most ADSL router/modem units, and the odd scan from Spybot, AVG v8 and Lavasofts Adaware, and a bit of common sense, and you should be OK. I used to have Norton but it's bloated to the point that it would slow down my system at times so I binned it. Another tip I've been told about, not sure if it works but makes sense, is to run your scans with your PC in Safe Mode. I've seen Norton find stuff but then not being able to remove it due to the program with the problem in, up and already running. Safe Mode starts only the essentail basic programs so it's supposedly better for Norton to remove nasty stuff. I guess the same applies with any program you use to remove undesirable stuff from your PC.
  14. My old company who I worked for 'Sentry Alarms', committed themselves to Genie's range of products. Their external anti-vandal domes are very good. I had one or two that let in moisture over the years we fitted the kit and that would have been maybe a 2% failure rate. But that could have been down to installation and not the cameras themselves. Their DVR's are good too. I was very impressed with their ease of use. Genie is very underrated in the trade. I'd use them again if it was my choice. Not only that, their tech support is decent and their sales director Alison, well, she knew her stuff and to be honest, she always popped in to see how we were all doing. You don't get that service from many suppliers these days. Very friendly indeed was Genie. 10 out of 10. Been some years since I've seen a supplier look after their customer with a top notch service. Oh, and did I mention that they will come down and show you their latest kit for free! I say free as my old boss at Sentry wouldn't do anything if it cost him.
  15. Hi Jon. I hope this reply doesn't sound unfavourable. But you need to learn a few CCTV do's and dont's. I'm affraid that if you want to 'catch the little buggers', as you say, then you'll almost certainly be spending a lot more than
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