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    Refurb tower with space for a 4-bay drive cage?

    This is good data. I found this i7-6700-based Dell SFF for $425, shipped. That's more than you paid, but it's got 16 GB and 512 GB SSD already, so that's about $100 worth of upgrades that I don't have to do, so I think it's a fair trade-up. I'm going to try that $99 drive cage for storage, too...
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    Refurb tower with space for a 4-bay drive cage?

    Yeah, I think I may be unnecessarily complicating things. I can get a 4-bay USB/SATA cage for $99: And then I can buy a much less expensive refurbed PC and not worry about its form factor. I've never heard of this brand, but how difficult can it be to make a SATA dock?
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    PoE Splitter/Adapter of choice to power IR illuminator?

    If you have buried conduit, water will eventually get in, no matter what you do. That's why you want to use a gel-filled cable, so that water doesn't matter.
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    Refurb tower with space for a 4-bay drive cage?

    Thank you. I've read through the Wiki several times, and it makes lots of recommendations on chips, but not so much on cases and form factors. The two models they link for refurbs are typically SFF desktops and minitowers, neither of which can take a lot of drives, and all of which require...
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    PoE Splitter/Adapter of choice to power IR illuminator?

    With some cameras you can power an external IR illuminator directly from the camera's 12 V input port, but you have to bypass an internal diode to make it work. Here's how it works on an Amcrest IP5M-B1186EW-28MM: Explanation: there are two 12 V inputs on circuit board, one from the external...
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    Bobcat nearly snatches some of my chickens...

    I had no idea erkme73 was that fast - or that erkme73 could turn so fast. :rofl: :rofl:
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    Refurb tower with space for a 4-bay drive cage?

    Does no one care about this? Think of the children!!!!
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    Refurb tower with space for a 4-bay drive cage?

    I'm finally considering building myself a dedicated BI machine. I hate hate hate opening up PCs and messing with internal cabling, so I would love love love to buy a tower with enough room in the front for a 4-drive cage similar to this $65 gizmo: This occupies three full-sized (5.25") bays...
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    BIG Owl on my Trail

    Does it sound like this?
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    problems with three new cameras

    I now have all my Amcrest cameras set to reboot nightly. The symptom has gone away. Not the ideal way to work around the problem, but it does work around the problem.
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    BIG Owl on my Trail

    I'm thinking I should take a walk out there during the night and see what's up. With a helmet, of course.
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    BIG Owl on my Trail

    Double Owl! This time the coyote makes a half-hearted attempt to respond:
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    BIG Owl on my Trail

    This coyote just picked up the gopher that I tossed onto the trail after removing it from the trap:
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    BIG Owl on my Trail

    And the owl is at it again . . .
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    BIG Owl on my Trail

    Flying nap of the earth!!!
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