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  1. Burton_Flooring

    Lite H.265 series?

    Agree with fenderman. You need two cameras. That's what I wound up doing after trying to cover the area with an 8mp
  2. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    Just make sure and check if you have gain controls. Hikvision stupidly disabled them on their last firmware update . Not sure about the Swann rebrands. (Swann rarely updates or fixes anything).
  3. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    Oh, on the contrary, I totally agree, that's why I'm running Dahua's now :) Those Swann/Reolink cameras are only good down to a certain lighting level, which is where Dahua picks up the torch and Hikvision, and carry on where the other companies revel in mediocrity, lol. I have Swann NHD-817's...
  4. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    Interesting. Obviously my RLC-411 has better optics with which to utilize the 5MP. Good to know! Thank you @sorka for sharing :-)
  5. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    Yes I agree.
  6. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    Yes, it's actually kind of humorous. There was news though, of a military installation being hacked (only nerds would know, lol) and several companies losing contracts to install the systems because of it. “The ban itself will not have substantial impact on the company’s business. But due to...
  7. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    Yeah, the newer Reolink that I have has firmware w/ an IR on/off toggle. It's the Zoom version 5MP. The jury is still out on whether or not the turrets improve the spider webs enough to warrant doing just turrets (all my mounted cameras are turrets except one). Per other good advice on this...
  8. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    Thank you Andy. I TRY to steer as many people as I can, your way :-) Un-fortunately, US Government passed a law recently, banning several Chinese IP Cams from government facilities and Dahua is one of them, so that has left a lot of people here leery of buying them due to previous security flaws...
  9. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    Yes I did, and do, and most of them say, "nah...this works good enough." Like I said, I deal with a lot of "those people", lol. $88 X 8 Cameras is, in my neck of the woods, a lot of money for someone's home or small business. You should see most of the security cameras in my town, they're...
  10. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    I was not mis-leading, I was mistaken. I paid @EMPIRETECANDY $117 for my 4231EM-ASE. Please forgive me. ($125 from Amazon)
  11. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    For what it's worth I always recommend Dahua to anyone that asks me about which security system to buy. I just hold "that other company" in the back drawer, so to speak for "THOSE" people, lol.
  12. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    I wouldn't leave, this is a great place! There's a lot more we all can learn here, and I'm sorry for coming across like I was telling you how to run your forum. I will not, however, stand for saying that I am MISLEADING people. When you say that a product is garbage, you have set conditions for...
  13. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    What you are doing is ridiculing and name-calling because people don't share your opinion, and I just don't see how that is going to help people. We get it, you have very good reasons not to recommend Reolink. And I respect that. I'm not trying to say I know more than you. I appreciate, very...
  14. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    I'm sorry, but when you are not the one who's money is being spent, you have to pitch to the "TEAM" that a $140 camera is needed instead of a $60 camera....when you start multiplying it adds up, and the "team" will say "we aren't spending that much", so you have to look for other options.
  15. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    I agree with you, I am a novice. I don't deny that, but I have gone through SCADS of security cameras because my company doesn't want to spend thousands of dollars on surveillance. You have to find the sweet spot between price and performance. For a lot of people, they aren't willing to spend...
  16. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    I love Dahua, wouldn't trade them for anything else because of the night vision, but I've missed lots of recordings when IVS doesn't adhere to my "4 second pre-record" that DOES work on regular Motion detection. (That's why I use BOTH). And if you're wondering why I don't just record 24/7, I...
  17. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    I have used IP cameras since 2010, so yes, I'm not an old fart by any means. I'm just explaining my experience. I went through several Swann systems, flashed them to REolink , then thought going to Lorex would be better (horrible support, no firmware updates to fix numerous glitches) to Dahua...
  18. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    P. S. - I beleive their updated product is a 5 Megapixel sensor (very similar if not the same to the HDW-2531R-ZS) when you look at their products, these are "night and day" better than the 4MP ones they replaced. They are now only selling the 5 Megapixel (just a way better camera). NOT...
  19. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    ...and I'm telling you I've used the product, they update their firmware, they are onvif compliant (using one right now on my Dahua NVR), yes their cameras suck (but so do most box systems), I don't doubt that someone lied to you, and it's definitely not cool when fake reviews are posted. 100%...
  20. Burton_Flooring

    Reolink - good & bad

    For the average user, you could do a lot worse, I setup a Lorex system for a friend and it's not any better really in the camera department. (8MP "color nightvision") My gripes w/ Reolink/Swann has and always will be the same as for Lorex (which I have yet to see a firmware update for )...
  21. Burton_Flooring

    IPC-HDW2231R-ZS latest new firmware 20180813

    @EMPIRETECANDY Will this firmware also apply to the HDW2531R-ZS?
  22. Burton_Flooring

    hopefully a quick "need advice" thread :)

    @wopi82 I'm using mine w/ a Dahua NVR and have not had any issues w/ the time resetting. Been as stable as the other Dahua cams. But I also have the camera syncing to a time server (and it's on the correct daylight savings zone) so maybe that's what the difference is. These are my settings for...
  23. Burton_Flooring

    hopefully a quick "need advice" thread :)

    If you want something small and inconspicuous, you should use the non-varifocal (fixed lens) turrets such as the 4231EM-ASE, 4631EM-ASE, etc. Those should be around $140 I would debate with you whether you actually need an 8MP cam (unless you're trying to see what's going on in the street, and...
  24. Burton_Flooring

    Dahua HFW-1831E in-depth review

    @wopi82 Awesome review as always! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! For the tip about the WDR changing modes above 44%, another thing that gives you that same detail "pop" during the day is HLC and cranking the Gamma UP during DAYTIME. (I had to do that after trying out your WDR discovery...
  25. Burton_Flooring

    Review-Dahua IPC-HDW2231RP-ZS Starlight Camera-Varifocal

    Yes, on camera mounts, sometimes Andy doesn't have the ability to make any money on them shipping from Hong Kong. I also got mine through B&H. These are great mounts, but beware of the rubber gasket getting pulled off the front plate screws, once they're gone, they're gone, lol. Also, the rubber...
  26. Burton_Flooring

    Review-Dahua IPC-HDW2231RP-ZS Starlight Camera-Varifocal

    Don't need to drill out back, there is a plug in the back for just that purpose.
  27. Burton_Flooring

    Review-Dahua IPC-HDW2231RP-ZS Starlight Camera-Varifocal

    @J Sigmo You might check out PFA122 waterproof junction box for the HDW2231R-ZS. It is a slightly larger, square junction box that has all the waterproofing of PFA130-E.
  28. Burton_Flooring

    Review-Dahua IPC-HDW2231RP-ZS Starlight Camera-Varifocal

    Here you go :-) (I have since adjusted the shutter speed range to 0-8.33ms, aka 1/120th, to help with blur. It's amazing how different the shutter setting needs to be for different cameras/target distance) I also need to adjust the camera slightly up and to rotate to the right to...
  29. Burton_Flooring

    Review-Dahua IPC-HDW2231RP-ZS Starlight Camera-Varifocal

    There is a rubber grommet that the cable passes thru. Kind of annoying because you have to remove the camera mount plate and then remove the front of the PFA130-E to access the cable.
  30. Burton_Flooring

    Review-Dahua IPC-HDW2231RP-ZS Starlight Camera-Varifocal

    I did the same thing! But with the 4231EM-ASE. Complete w/ Camo. It was a pain to paint the thing, (requires like 8 coats to prevent chipping). But it turned out pretty good in the end. I advise putting an expansion coupling between the top of the pipe and the camera (as shown, it's the 8...
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