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  1. David

    David Guest

    Hi all,

    I am looking at getting a four or eight channel digital video recorder
    for home security, and am looking at what is around. I would like an
    ethernet interface, to enable web viewing. Has anyone used one of these
    Digital Video Recorders from Jaycar / Electus? If so what do you think
    of them?

    I have also seen some from WES.

    Any comments from someone who has one would be very welcome.

  2. David

    David Guest

    Opps. Here is the link:

  3. R1rob

    R1rob Guest

    Have a look at the four channel PC ones on ebay. Cheap and will work over
  4. Thought about getting a 4 channel PCI card instead?, like this one:
    $36 posted
    Use a 2nd hand PC for <$100 and you have a very cheap solution that you
    can easily network.

    Dave :)
  5. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest


    ** Why ??????

    Expecting your next door neighbours, relatives or friends to burgle your
    house ???

    Surrounding your home with video cameras and lights is dumb paranoia and a
    waste of money.

    Pure geek think.

    ......... Phil
  6. R1rob

    R1rob Guest

    He might live next to a paedophile. Automatic weapons are illegal and you
    cant stay home or awake forever.
    That is a stupid comment Phil, as you have no idea of his circumstances.

  7. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    "R1rob" = Top Posting, Fucking Tenth Wit

    ** Wot - one just like you ???

    ** ROTFLMAO !!!

    This paranoid, fucking lunatic has been smoking something seriously illegal

    ** What a HOOT !!

    This paranoid, fucking lunatic's crapology makes the recent, asinine
    pronouncements the Lakemba Mufti look like pearls of infinite wisdom !!!

    ** See the first line of my reply - fuckhead ??

    Says : " Why ?????? "

    Up to the OP to explain his thinking.

    Not some jumped up, brain dead, ASD fucked MORON like YOU !

    PISS OFF !!!!!!!!!!

    ...... Phil
  8. R1rob

    R1rob Guest

    Constructive reply Phil, as I would expect from an intelligent person.
    And I do love top posts...................

  9. Err, and who was paranoid about a neighbour installing a camera? Geez you
    have a short selective memory don't you Phil?
  10. ab

    ab Guest

    Phil has no memory; he drinks too much.

  11. According to Phil, he's a tea totaller. Doesn't touch the "demon" drink
    AFAIK, but I could be wrong. :p
  12. rowan194

    rowan194 Guest

    Maybe I'm a bit behind in market values, but would a PC of that price
    have sufficient power to be able to capture and dump 4 channels? My
    Duron 1.2GHz used to have problems keeping up with 640x480 capture at
    25fps. At one end of the scale the HD couldn't write the raw data fast
    enough, at the other end compression reduced the amount written to the
    HD but it was too CPU hungry. Too close to either extreme resulted in
    dropped frames, so it took a fair bit of experimenting to find a
    reliable balance.
  13. I have not used these video capture cards, but I used an old $50 700MHz
    PIII to do Firewire video capture and editing and it worked just fine.
    Editing was a bit slow because of the slow video card, but I didn't get
    one dropped frame on the capture. Firewire of course doesn't do any
    compression on the fly, so maybe compression might be a bottle neck?

    For a dedicated machine like this you would remove every driver not
    necessary, that means firewalls, virus scanners and other resident
    programs that hog system bandwidth.

    Even if it worked for only one channel, it would still be cheaper to
    buy 4 second hand machines and 4 cards! Not exactly low power
    consumption when running them 24/7 though.

    Worth spending the 100 bucks and trying it anyway I recon.

    You can get a P4 >1GHz for $100 depending on configuration.

    Dave :)
  14. swanny

    swanny Guest

    Unless you really need constant real-time video, use motion detection to capture
    frames that have motion above a certain threshold. I use gspy on a linux box
    which works well. That way you don't end up with hours of footage in which
    nothing happens.
  15. ab

    ab Guest

    Must be a Mormon.

  16. No he's a good Catholic boy AFAIK. Attended at least one Marist Brothers'
    school (Catholic).
    So he's unlikely to be a Mormon.
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