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  1. Holbs

    For those that do not know...use IE browser for Dahua (and others?) camera GUI to see more options

    I've been using Chrome since I bought my first Dahua camera from Andy last year (the good 'ol 4231's). I was able to log in, see menu options, do the config, save, logout....all done. Always wondered how folks were able to see the AI detection boxes livestream and other stuff which I thought...
  2. Holbs

    Possible to upgrade Dahua lenses?

    When I purchased most of my cameras, I did not realize the importance of focal length mm sizes. Figured, 2.8mm would cover all bases. For some situations, this is true. But now I am finding myself desiring 6mm (or higher) range of lenses for a couple of my 5442 turrets. I have 3 using 2.8mm...
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    Who uses Dahua AI capable cameras? Reliable AI for triggering events? Pro's/con's?

    It has come to my attention that certain Dahua cameras come with built in AI that distinguishes between human & cars. I was unaware of this. Well, always saw the AI word used in the reviews but never really thought about it because I thought it was a Dahua NVR integration only. I am currently...
  4. Holbs

    So I acquired a used NUC for having a Linux box...which distro?

    Only linux I have dabbled with was installing Hass.io (I guess now called Home Assistant) and installing the ISO into a repurposed i3 NUC. I have acquired yet another NUC. Has Windows 10 Pro, 250GB KingFast (never heard of them) SATA drive, bluetooth, wifi, i5-4590 CPU with 8 GB RAM. I am not...
  5. Holbs

    with latest 5.3.8.17 (and .12, I believe)... unable to auto fill in sub_stream2

    Somewhere back in early Jan/late Dec...I started to use the dual-stream channels for the first time (I came late the party). I hit "find/inspect"...Blue Iris auto-filled in the main stream channel. For the sub-stream, I just selected channel 1 substream1 or channel 1 substream 2 from the drop...
  6. Holbs

    Zooz Z-wave S2 Multisiren installation for alerts

    I needed a audible alarm notification upon triggering of either Blue Iris triggered event and/or from a DSC alarm panel / PIR motion detection triggered event. Been using a hair trimmer set on bed wooden table connected to a mobile Z-wave outlet for emergency temp purposes. This Zooz has 34...
  7. Holbs

    Gas Post Driver - has anyone used a gas or air post driver? Gots 12 Postmaster metal posts to get down to 24" deep in the next week.

    I have to build a security privacy parking area on the side of my house. Will need 12-14 posts thru blacktop asphalt. I think I can use a Hilti hammer drill and convert to hammer chisel for the blacktop. Am not looking forward to using my digger bar & manual post hole digger for this project...
  8. Holbs

    Blue Iris webinars, in case no one knows they exist

    Unsure if has been mentioned, but Ken with Blue Iris does live webinars which are saved to YouTube. They are recent such as a week ago. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDkejni_hONfMPfI7l2u64g https://blueirissoftware.com/friday-webinar-series/ Pretty indepth videos, too. Not your typical 3...
  9. Holbs

    How I am leveling, focusing, image settings for my cameras

    Just wanted to share with folks of how I went ahead and leveled, focused, day/night image settings for my outdoor Dahua cameras. In the past, I just kind of eye balled it. Later, always bugged me it was slightly crooked or un-needed visual space. So took a 6' ladder, my 8' level, eye chart...
  10. Holbs

    Might be a stupid question...but I'm good at those! Connecting to camera on different subnet/vlan

    My cameras and Blue Iris server are on their own subnet of 192.168.4.x My main network & main PC is on their own subnet of 192.168.1.x I have always used Windows remote desktop into the Blue Iris server to access the camera GUI for camera configuration changes. I have a Ubiquiti UDM router and...
  11. Holbs

    Trying to understand what (and what does not) trigger a camera for motion alerts

    I have been doing testing all day on certain camera things (working with Deepstack AI & OnGuard stuff). Today's confusion is ... motion detection on one specific camera that I am using a test camera for AI. T5442TM-AS Dahua model. System Version V2.800.0000000.11.R, Build Date: 2019-12-30...
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    Seeing how low I can go for kb/s on a camera with VBR/CBR :)

    while dabbling with aspects of camera profiles, I really started to tinker with various options of the camera itself. Got down to 1.8 kp/s :)...
  13. Holbs

    Blue Iris Ip Configuration Streaming Profiles question

    Spent a good 3-4 hours reading up on main stream/sub-stream, especially since the mid-summer BI update (something I've never dabbled with since initial BI installation last year). After hitting "find/inspect", all Dahua cameras come back as Generic ONVIF which I've really never had a problem...
  14. Holbs

    Finally got around to integrating my DSC 1832 w/Envisalink & Bosch outdoor PIR to Home Assistant

    This past week has been a rush of learning. I had all the components but not the knowledge or time until this weekend. For the last 3 days, I had to find a way to be notified if someone was approaching my house at specific times. Only tools at my disposal were Blue Iris, Home Assistant with...
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    Trying to wire my Bosch OD850 PIR... not having great luck :(

    Can anyone upload a picture or drawing of how you are suppose to wire these Bosch OD850 Tri-Tech outdoor PIR's? I successfully wired 3 indoor Bosch Gen2 PIR's (with the blue LED) fine and dandy. Thought I could just simply copy what I did for the indoor models to the outdoors. Nope, always...
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    Turning on TCL Roku, change HDMI source, show Blue Iris outdoor camera grid, and power off via Home Assistant. Success!

    For many months since learning that Blue Iris has MQTT options, I've always wanted to have my bedroom TV turn on camera feeds during an outside camera motion but only during the evening because the screen is bigger than my smartphone and would be a pain to find my glasses in the middle of the...
  17. Holbs

    Blue Iris emails getting tossed into Gmail SPAM folder. Check your spam folders!

    I know Blue Iris has latest/greatest webinars on live and also via youtube ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDkejni_hONfMPfI7l2u64g ) ... I just never noticed I recieve emails from them because they fall into Gmails SPAM folder (someting about can not verify is from Blue Iris). More...
  18. Holbs

    Getting ready to really get into my DSC alarm system.... questions about all the power connections for any alarm system

    I will have 10-15 total devices that require power off my DSC 1832 alarm system. I know there is a mA rating for power supplies so will have to add things up to see if I have to go one larger. Let's see... for sure 6 minimum PIR's (4 indoor, 2 outdoor), 2 glass break detectors, 2 control...
  19. Holbs

    So I roughly have installed a 5442 6mm birdhouse camera on lamp post 50' from my front door....with tire slashing incursion discussion

    Broke the roof a little, will fix later. Gotta add some green leaves or fake ivy as well. But for now, it is working. 6' height aimed right down the street where it is the only entrance (it's slightly crooked for time being). It's primary purpose is to catch faces as folks walk towards my...
  20. Holbs

    2nd vadalism in 3 months. Tire slashing

    Well now. Having cameras are a good thing to show the day, time, person of interest, and how it all went down. But...it's a recording so you only find out after the fact. I am glad I repositioned my cameras to 6' height off the ground from where they were before from the last tire slashing...
  21. Holbs

    Just a quick question about varifocals and auto-focus....

    I now have my 4 x 5231R-ZE varifocals at 6' level instead of their old locations of 20' above ground, maxed out for zoom to help with facial ID. Of course, when relocated to their new homes, one of my final steps was to auto-focus out to 50'. What happens, if a perp comes around and comes...
  22. Holbs

    Rubber Mallet.... to the rescue!

    Back in spring, I noticed one of my 5231z's was not functioning as it should. The IR light from the camera came on but the image was pitch black (this was verified by another camera in the same area seeing the IR come on & off). However, the camera was above the 2nd floor of my house as a...
  23. Holbs

    Finally gots the Pixel 4XL / Android version 11 embedded VPN client to work with my Ubiquiti UDM router & RADIUS server. Is this a true VPN?

    I used to have a Pixel 3 which had a terrible Android bug for L2TP connections, which they never fixed. Eventually, upgraded to a Pixel 4XL. I also have a Ubiquiti UDM router that has a built in RADIUS VPN server (I know...I know...L2TP is not the best for security purposes but that is all...
  24. Holbs

    Mounting 5231 series inside the wall?

    After my latest tire slashing event a couple weeks ago, I am re-evaluating my non-tactical stupid/silly existing camera placement. I have already taken down my varifocal 5231 turrets from their initial 20' high overwatch positions. They will be repurposed as dedicated 4'-6' high off the...
  25. Holbs

    Hmmm...Amazon Ring flying camera drone.

    https://blog.ring.com/2020/09/24/introducing-ring-always-home-cam-an-innovative-new-approach-to-always-being-home/ I have a DJI drone. Always dreamed of it circling the house or even follow someone during a home alarm alert.
  26. Holbs

    Has anyone tinkered with Blue Iris's "auto-cycle - favor cameras that are triggered" ?

    My first run of UI3 on a 10" tablet all last night with all 16 camera's displayed. One issue I found out immediately is that when laying in bed, I have to have the tablet nearby to see the many camera boxes on the grid view. My tablet must be old (lollipop 4.0 I believe) as would not do UI3...
  27. Holbs

    About to pull trigger on IPC-HFW5241E-Z12E for LPR duty. Layout/placement opinions before I order?

    I tried to read all there is to read about LPR camera's here on IPCT for the last couple days. Doesn't help I feel rushed due to my recent vehicle vandalism event. But what I gather is an ideal setup would be the IPC-HFW5241E-Z12E for LPR. My LPR situation could be construed as ideal as there...
  28. Holbs

    Whelp... it finally happened to me

    Woke up Sunday with 10 tires slashed. Had cameras and motion detecting security lights out front but didn't phase the person (85% sure I know who did it but that's another story). My biggest worry about a depressed bi-polar with hint of Asperger syndrome person or some random meth head, is that...
  29. Holbs

    So much for my newly arrived 2 x Dahua VTH's from Andy...

    Sorry for the transcoding but was quick, not quality. 2nd attempt at leaving the 2 DTH monitors for the Dahua IP Villa intercom system. Wednesday, FedEx tried to deliver it but needs signature (this didn't happen when ordering IP cameras in the past when DLH was used for shipping) so the...
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