January 13, 2014
Location: Halifax, NS
So, i finally got all the cameras up and working after about 3 months. Unless you only use the factory made cables that come with the system, you are going to have a heck of a problem. THe problem is that they are only 60' and most of my cameras are placed well beyond 60' so I had to purchase RG59 siamese that has an 18-2 cable with it for the power...if you buy this stuff, ensure you do not cheap out, get single strand 18-2, not braided, too hard to attach ends when you get them and need to solder on. also, make sure you don't run it in cold weather, i did it in -12 degress and the cable snapped multiple times, wasted a lot of it. The last problem that I have and still have not figured out, is how to set up remote monitoring, the directions are very vague. Called customer support and they are only available 8-5 weekdays...so trying to hook this up at my cottage where I only go on the weekends is almost impossible. will have to take a day off work to be able to talk to them. it is also not clear about what you can push the signal out to...i bought a BNC connector for RG6 to push to my home cable distribution, wanted it to show on all the tvs in the house, however, you need an rf modulator added in order to get the right type of signal, this works fine now. The hardware for the cameras is junk, cheap plastic threads attached to cheap steel mounts which are already rusted all to hell, not sure how long before they're hanging off the side of the cottage. other than that, the picture quality is good and i'm hoping the alerts, etc will work okay, we'll see when i get the remote viewing working.