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Spec me a CCTV System

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by Sirrel Squirrel, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Shaz]sigh[

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 8, 2003

    Posts: 1,367

    Location: Outside

    Just installed two DS-2CD2385G1-I in 2.8 and 4mm options. What I hadn’t realised is that different Hikvision models have very different dimensions.

    My neighbours have a set up and just assumed it would look the same but with a junction box and wall mounted it’s huge. Must be an extra inch or so wide :o
     
  2. Coxyis

    Gangster

    Joined: Oct 4, 2008

    Posts: 497

    Location: Doncaster

    Hoping someone might be able to help me with a HIKVISION DS-7208HUHI-F2 / N we're currently using at work. I don't know the full details of it if I'm honest, but I'm looking at increasing the storage we have. It has a 1tb storage drive in there at the minute, this gives us almost 4 days worth of recordings.

    If I can get a 6tb or 8tb drive in there, it'll massively increase the length of time we can keep footage before being overwritten, presumably? I don't suppose there's going to be any compatibility issues with a larger capacity WD Purple drive?
     
  3. DXP55

    Mobster

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    Location: Shropshire

  4. ristac

    Hitman

    Joined: Aug 18, 2011

    Posts: 557

    Location: Northampton

    I’m trying to price up a 4-5 camera Hikvision system with an NVR but I’m finding those that list prices having cameras listed as HiWatch by Hikvision but those claiming to be authorised all require you to log in.

    Are Hikvision trying to deter those wishing to install systems themselves? Are you allowed to name who you use here or is that against forum rules?
     
  5. WJA96

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 13, 2005

    Posts: 13,913

    Location: Norfolk, South Scotland

    They don’t want to deal with retail customers. They act as distributors to installers.

    I only use Dahua and Security Dynamics are my distributor. But they won’t give you prices unless you’re trade.

    And even then the prices are little better than I can get on Chinese sites.
     
  6. ristac

    Hitman

    Joined: Aug 18, 2011

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    Location: Northampton

    Thanks for replying, so basically, if I want Hikvision or Dahua then I’m going to have to get someone in to install it for me and I won’t be able to myself?
     
  7. WJA96

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 13, 2005

    Posts: 13,913

    Location: Norfolk, South Scotland

    No, you can buy from the rainforest, European grey dealers, the Chinese version of eBay and even a couple of UK resellers if you speak to them on the phone. A lot of installers make £40-£100 on each camera so they don’t want you shopping around for prices.
     
  8. roccles

    Hitman

    Joined: Apr 26, 2012

    Posts: 773

    Amazon have the Blink XT cameras on offer at the moment. Single camera for 50 quid and two cameras for 90. The reviews on the site seem very mixed but a quick Google shows some glowing reviews.

    Does anyone have any experience of these?
     
  9. Chaos

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 5,399

    My parents asked me to get them a cctv camera to cover their car.
    The car is around 6 meters away, should I be looking at cameras with lenses of 6mm ?
     
  10. Mulder

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 10, 2004

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    Location: London

    Set up the Unifi G3 flex I bought and am really impressed. The picture quality is great (1080p) and the software is very intuitive with loads of features. Am definitely going to use these cameras. Shame Ubiquiti don't do an NVR with an HDMI but I think I'll just get a dedicated CCTV set up with an HDMI out.
     
  11. WJA96

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 13, 2005

    Posts: 13,913

    Location: Norfolk, South Scotland

    The lens focal length is probably more of an indication of field of view. So if you want about a 100-110 degree field of view, spec a 2.8mm lens. If you want a 90 degree field of view a 3.6mm lens is probably more suitable. 6mm would give you a field of view of about 40 degrees. Obviously the image will be bigger as you get some magnification effect but I’d probably go with a 3.6mm lens unless you’re looking to focus on just the drivers door or some other very small area of the car.

    You could also look a zoom cameras which typically offer 3-12mm focal length.

    Also bear in mind that a higher resolution camera will give you digital zoom so a 4K 3.6mm camera can ‘zoom’ roughly 4x over a 1080P camera. That might be useful in some scenarios.
     
  12. Chaos

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

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    Thanks I might go for a 4mm Hikvision setup.

    I was looking for good low light and only need 1 camera with maybe expanding to more in the future.

    Would the following be a decent setup ?

    ds 7604ni NVR
    DS-2CD2345FWD-I

    I noticed both are cheaper from China.
     
  13. UberTiger

    Mobster

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    Edit: Not sure if competitor hinting even though OcUK doesn't have much of a selection.
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2019
  14. Coxyis

    Gangster

    Joined: Oct 4, 2008

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    Location: Doncaster

    Had a quick search and can't find anything for our specific model, I assume if that one suggests 6tb drives, i shouldn't have any trouble?

    Opened it up last week and there is already an extra power cable and also a sata cable sitting there, ready for an extra drive to be plugged in. Presumably I can just plug in a couple of 6tb drives to increase the storage capacity and it'll keep the existing settings etc?
     
  15. Psycho Sonny

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jun 21, 2006

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    what is the best bang for buck cameras to be mounted high up? as in on the underside of an overlapping roof or on the first floor of a house overlooking a driveway and back garden.

    I'm thinking I need 4 cameras total (2 front and 2 back). i'd ideally like to go best value for money. so what offers the best performance on the cheap?

    i'm in scotland so they need very good waterproofing (rains every day).

    am i best ordering off aliexpress? or ebay?
     
  16. mattyg

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 17, 2007

    Posts: 7,344

    AAAARRRGGGGHHH Help

    Our Cafe was broken into sunday night. We've got the little scrote on CCTV but how the hell can I DL the footage.

    Its a Hikvision set up with ds 7208 DVR and 8 cameras.

    I have the hikconnect app and IVMS 4200 latest.

    What the and where the hell is everything.

    Ta
    Matt
     
  17. Bigpops

    Mobster

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    Location: Sheffield, UK

    Boot up IVMS, go to the "remote playback" tab.

    At the top left, there will be a start / end time. Make sure the date you want footage from is between those date/times. It defaults to the last 7 days, so it should be there.

    Next, drag appropriate camera from the panel at the left into one of the display windows.

    The easiest way to download is by time, so play it back and note approximate start / end times.

    Right click the playback window and choose download.

    Choose the download by date tab at the top, check the duration 1 box and the input the start and end times into the coresponding boxes. You can use the calendar icon or enter manually.

    Click okay.

    The footage will end up in C:\ivms4200\video and the folder name will be the date and time in a long string of numbers. There should be a few .mp4 files and some .jpg thumbnails.

    It should be playable in VLC or media player classic etc.
     
  18. mattyg

    Soldato

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    This is why I'm pulling my hair out
    No Download tab if I right click the video.

    Everything BUT a download tab.
     
  19. Bigpops

    Mobster

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    Location: Sheffield, UK

    In that case you probably don't have permission to download. This could be at the NVR level or ivms level. When you install ivms you create a super user.

    Who installed the ivms software and added the NVR?

    Assuming you have the admin account password, you should be able to re-install ivms and re-add the NVR to ivms quite easily.

    If you don't then you need either the person who installed it, or hikvision technical support to reset the admin password.
     
  20. mattyg

    Soldato

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    I'm the superuser..

    Odd aint it..
    It appears I have to record the footage then I can save it..