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Author Topic: Need help getting a proper day-night surveillance setup  (Read 1929 times)


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Need help getting a proper day-night surveillance setup
« on: August 14, 2013, 03:07:02 AM »
I originally bought the EasyN camera because it seemed like a cheap,

viable solution at the time...especially seeing that it had night vision.

However the stupid thing's been giving me nothing but trouble. For one

(and this was due to my own ignorance and lack of fact checking I'll

admit), its night vision is useless to me because I have it behind glass

and all it records at night is a massive bright ring reflection of itself

unless I put tape over the LED lights and have it angled in a way that

ends up not suiting my purposes for it anyway.

That's not the worst part, though. Whether or not the camera actually

gets detected after I boot my computer up has been a roll of the dice

since I got it. I constantly have to unplug the camera and plug it back

in just to get it to work, and even that's not a sure thing. Lately I've

just given up if the camera doesn't get picked up on my network on

startup. I only got it working tonight by sheer luck, I was watching a

movie and I got an IP address conflict popup, so I figured I'd check and

see if it picked up...and it did. Who knows how. I went into the camera's

Search IP Address software and changed its IP to instead of

its default Hopefully that'll solve the conflict problem and

let it get picked up on the network without fail. Time will tell.

A few months after frustration with that camera, I decided to give it

another go and shelled out more cash  on a webcam of higher quality for

the same purpose. I went the webcam route to bypass any issues like the

network fiasco I experienced with my first one. Fantastic camera. Problem

is... no night vision. I did find a tutorial for modding it by getting in

there and breaking the IR filter but I'm having good luck with this thing

so far and I don't want to turn it into a $90 paperweight.

Basically, I'm looking for a way to get video recording of outside

my apartment, at night as well as during the day, from behind my window

or a screen, at a quality good enough to at least distinguish faces. Is

there any possible way I can achieve this with what I currently have? If

I really do need to, I'll shell out yet some more cash for the proper

camera and/or equipment, but I'd rather it be under the $100 range.

Suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.


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Re: Need help getting a proper day-night surveillance setup
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2013, 12:10:31 PM »
It will be hard because you need to get power outside... I have the same issue with my IR leds in the window... You can buy a IR spotlight and mount it outside and then block off the IR leds on your camera.. The spotlight will illuminate the outside and the camera will already be in night mode so it will expect IR light.


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Re: Need help getting a proper day-night surveillance setup
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2013, 12:24:51 PM »
1. use paragraphs

2. no unattended fixed-zoom camera will do what you want.  You gonna manually zoom it all night long?

3. You're gonna have to mount it outside for best performance.

4. Foscam FI8921 is interesting to me, higher res than the FI8918 that has been a huge success.  FI8921 is more like US$150 and is seems to generate a bunch of disappointed reviews anyway.
« Last Edit: August 14, 2013, 12:29:00 PM by twisted »


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