AT&T ATT 1465 - 1465 2.4 GHz Analog Cordless Phone User manual

Wireless Mini DVR Kit
User Manual
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Table of Contents
1. Package Contents………………………………………… 3
2. Overview…………………………………………………… 4
3. Layout of the DVR…..…………………………………….. 5
4. About the Camera.………………………………………… 6 - 7
5. Connecting Power and Cameras……………….…………8
6. Attaching the DVR to a Television…………….….……… 8
7. Motion Detection…………………………………………… 9
8. Viewing Live Images………………………………………. 9
9. Capture Format and Quality Settings……………………. 10
10. Wireless Cameras and Interference……………..………11
11. Motion Detection Settings…………………..…………….12 - 13
12. Playback Images and Videos………………………..…...14
13. Accessing Images/Videos via a Computer…………..….15
14. Troubleshooting…………………………………………... 16 - 17
15. Tips and Tricks……………………………………………..18
16. Technical Specifications………………………………,,…19
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1. Package Contents
INCLUDED:
→ Wireless DVR Receiver/Recorder
→ Instruction Manual
→ DVR Power Supply (5V)
→ Video In Cable
→ Video Out Cable
→ Wireless Camera
→ Camera Power Supply (12V)
→ SD Card (2GB)
2. Overview
Congratulations on your purchase of the wireless DVR! This single
channel video recorder is a terrific value for money security solution,
as well as being easy to install, use and transport from location to
location. Practically fitting into the palm of your hand is a neat feature
as well!
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of learning how to install, configure
and use the wireless DVR, let’s just take a moment to discuss its
features, strengths and limitations, so you can get the most out of your
Wireless DVR.
) How it Works
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The wireless DVR will record video or still images directly to an SD
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card, and it can be configured to do this whenever it detects motion in
the view of its camera.
It is an ideal monitoring solution for guarding specific security
vulnerabilities around the home or small office. Some suggested
applications include monitoring the front or back door, a main hallway,
or a courtyard or balcony. If there is a single, specific location that you
wish to safeguard, the wireless DVR is the perfect solution.
By correctly configuring the motion detection settings, and using a
large SD card you can get the wireless DVR to function autonomously
for up to months at a time!
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A few key points to remember:
→ The wireless DVR requires high-quality, high-speed SD cards to
function correctly. Cheaper SD cards have slower write speeds, and
can’t keep up with the wireless DVR. Digital video requires a massive
amount of data -so make sure you use the highest quality, highest
speed cards available. The Wireless DVR is compatible with the SD
and SDHC standards.
→ The wireless DVR can monitor a maximum of two cameras at
once (one of which must be wired, the other one wireless) but can
record only one at a time. Savvy users might have already noticed
that the wireless DVR has four wireless channels – the wireless DVR
is not recommended for multiple wireless cameras! See page 11 for
more information about why we’ve included multiple camera channels.
→ Though it is remarkably efficient hardware for its size and cost, the
wireless DVR is a miniature, self contained, entry-level video recording
unit. It will (unfortunately) not operate like the mythical technology
shown on television shows like CSI or 24 (we really wanted it to, but it
turns out that sort of technology costs millions of dollars and doesn’t
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really work that well in real life, anyway). Bear this is mind when
placing your camera(s): the closer the camera is to the action you
want to capture, the more detail you’re going to get. For example,
if you want to capture a vehicle registration tag, you’ll have to have the
camera within about a dozen feet (about 4 meters) from the vehicle to
capture the required detail.
→ The Wireless DVR is a single channel recorder. It will only record
one video/ image at a time. When using motion detection and
picture-in-picture mode, the wireless DVR will automatically switch
between the wired and wireless cameras to record whichever of the
two cameras detects motion.
→ If you’re using your wireless DVR with a wireless camera, be sure to
read the section on page 11 on interference and how you can avoid it
when you configure your system.
3. Layout of the DVR
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CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4: Displays which wireless channel the wireless
DVR is configured to receive. This is in no way automated, and the
wireless DVR will only receive images from one wireless camera at a
time. To change the channel that the wireless DVR is monitoring,
press the SW button.
SW: Changes the wireless channel that the Wireless DVR 2 will
monitor. This is the only way to change the wireless channel – there is
no function to cycle automatically, as the wireless DVR was, simply,
not designed for use with multiple wireless cameras.
MODE: Switches between RECORDING MODE and PLAYBACK
MODE.
REC: Commands the wireless DVR to capture a still image or video
immediately, using the current recording mode and quality settings. In
PLAYBACK MODE, it acts as the play / pause button.
DISP: Changes the viewing mode between wired and wireless
cameras, and engages PIP MODE.
ZOOM: Increases the digital magnification of the image coming from
the wireless DVR. Press multiple times to scroll through magnification
options. Use the arrow buttons whilst zoomed in to move the view
around the image. In PLAYBACK MODE, this acts as the stop button.
ARROWS: Used to navigate when in the MENU, and as SHORTCUT
buttons at other times.
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(Enter): Used to enter the MENU, and to select items whilst in the
MENU.
SD CARD SLOT: Where you put the SD cards you want to
record to. The wireless DVR can record to cards conforming
to the SD and SDHC standards. Be sure that the write
protection tab on the SD card inserted is set to off.
4. About the Camera
The camera supplied with your DVR is a miniature yet versatile
camera. It is a weather resistant, analog wireless camera which can be
used indoors or outdoors. It captures color images by day and black &
white at in the dark using its built-in infrared LEDs to achieve night
vision with a 26ft/8m range.
The three most important things to consider when placing your camera
are:
1. Where you want to survey, and how much detail you want to
see.
The camera has a fixed lens, meaning that it’s field of view can’t be
altered. This means that what the camera will be able to see will be
completely determined by where it is placed. The closer the camera is
to the action you want to see, the more detail there will be in your
images.
2. Protection from the Heat and Moisture
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The wireless camera is weather resistent,
not weatherproof. Long term exposure to
moisture (rain or condensation) or direct
sunlight will have a negative impact on the
cameras performance, and may stop it
working altogether.
The power adaptor and power cables,
however, are not weather resistant at all.
Do not expose these to moisture of any
kind.
We recommend installing the camera in
sheltered locations only, where it will be
protected from the majority of moisture and
sunlight, such as under an awning.
3. Interference
In much the same way that your mobile phone or the radio in your car
loses its signal in some locations, the wireless transmitter in your
camera can have a hard time communicating with the DVR from some
locations. We suggest testing this -before permanently fixing the
camera in place, check the signal that the DVR can detect from it.
Remember: The Wireless Camera is not cordless, and needs to
be connected to power via the supplied power adaptor.
Powering the camera via batteries is not a suitable long term solution,
as most batteries will be drained within a few hours of being connected.
This is due to the large power requirements of digital image sensors.
The term ‘wireless’ refers to there being no cable between the camera
and the DVR.
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To Install the camera:
1. Select the position for your camera
If the DVR has already been attached to a TV, you can attach the
camera to power and check both the cameras view and the level of
interference at the same time (see page 11 for more information on
wireless interference).
2. Mount the camera
Use an appropriate screw type for the surface you’re mounting the
camera to. Make sure the lens is upright relative to your subject -you
can tell easily as the antenna should be relatively upright.
3. Connect the camera to power via the supplied power adaptor.
Remember that the power adaptor and power cables are not weather
resistant, and need to be sheltered from moisture, rain and sunlight.
4. Set the camera’s channel
The camera can transmit its images on one of four channels. To set
the channel:
1) Lift the small tab on
the side of the power cable.
2) Locate the two dip switches
locate underneath.
3) Using a toothpick or similar,
flip the dip switches to the
desired configuration, as listed.
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5. Connecting a Wired Camera
In addition to the supplied wireless camera (or instead of it, if you’d
prefer) the wireless DVR can also monitor and record from a wired
camera (though not record both simultaneously). To install a wired
camera:
1)
First, ensure that you have enough cable to install the camera
in the location that you desire. You can use additional longer extension
cables if necessary.
2)
Connect the camera to the power.
3)
Attach the Video Out cable from the camera to the A/V In
cable.
4)
Attach the AV In cable to the port marked A/V In on the rear of
the wireless DVR.
5)
Press DISP to change between viewing the wired and the
wireless channels.
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6. Attaching the wireless DVR to a Television
To connect the wireless DVR to a television:
1)
Be sure you’ve already connected the wireless DVR to power
using the supplied power adaptor (9V).
2)
Using the supplied RCA A/V out cable, attach the AV OUT on
the back of the wireless DVR to the Yellow (Video) and White (Audio)
plugs on the back of your television. Make sure the the plugs and the
inputs are the same color.
Tips and Tricks: Be sure to plug the RCA connectors into INPUTs on
the back of your TV (or front, if your TV has them there). Watch out for
VIDEO OUTPUTS, which many TVs come with.
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7. Motion Detection
If the wireless DVR recorded everything it saw all the time, you’d wind
up with hundreds of images (or hours of video) where nothing is
happening! That’s not very useful for anyone, as it would fill up the SD
card too fast, and leave you searching through hundreds (or more)
files to try and find the incident you are after!
Thus, to save storage space – not to mention your time and sanity –
the wireless DVR is designed to record short videos (5 or 10 seconds
in length) or take a series of still images whenever something happens
in view of the camera. We call this MOTION DETECTION.
To turn MOTION DETECTION ON or OFF:
1) Press
to enter the menu.
2) Use LEFT and RIGHT to navigate to the MOTION DETECTION
3)
4)
submenu.
Press to toggle MOTION DETECTION to ON or OFF,
depending on your preference.
The MOTION DETECTION icon will be displayed in the top left of
the screen whilst enabled.
5) We’ll cover the other settings later.
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8. Viewing Live Images
By default, the wireless DVR will boot up straight into LIVE VIEWING
MODE. The DISP button will cycle between displaying a WIRED and a
WIRELESS camera connected to the wireless DVR.
The wireless DVR is capable of displaying images from two cameras
at a time. To achieve this, one of the cameras must be wired, the other
wireless. As the picture from one camera is displayed in miniature
within the other camera’s picture, this is referred to as Picture In
Picture mode (PIP MODE) .
1)
Press DISP once to switch between the WIRED and
WIRELESS camera.
2)
Press DISP again to activate PIP MODE.
3)
Press DISP a third time if you wish to swap the positions of the
main and miniature images.
4)
Note that whilst the wireless DVR can display two images at
once, it can only record one at a time. When the wireless DVR is
recording, the channel being shown full-screen is the one being
recorded.
You may experience a drop in frameframe-rate when using PIP mode. This
is due to the extra processing power that displaying two images at
once requires. This frameframe-rate reduction can affect both live
monitoring and video recording.
recording.
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9. Capture Format and Quality Settings
The wireless DVR can record in one of two formats: it can either
record still images (in JPEG format) or 5 or 10 second video
recordings (as AVI files).
To change the CAPTURE FORMAT:
1) Press
to enter the menu, and press LEFT or RIGHT to navigate
to the Motion Detection menu.
2) Use UP or DOWN to select Capture Mode, and press .
3) Choose the format you would like, and press
to confirm.
4) Select EXIT to leave the menu.
About these file types:
JPEG (often just JPG) is a very standard compression format,
retaining most perceivable detail in an image, whilst vastly reducing file
size. It is the most common type of compression used for images
distributed via the Internet. The high compression ratio allows many
hundreds of images to be stored on the supplied SD card. Any recent
computer of any type will be able to read .JPG files. (The name JPEG
comes from the Joint Photographic Experts Group who developed the
standard.)
AVI is a popular video format, which is highly compatible with most
computers and computer-like devices (such as recent mobile phones
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and even video game consoles). AVI is an acronym for Audio Video
Interleave, and has been a popular video ‘container’ for many years.
The term ‘container’ means that it is a type of file which holds video
data, rather than specifying exactly what kind of video data it should
hold.
Quality Settings
The wireless DVR has selectable quality settings. You can record still
images in HIGH, STANDARD or LOW QUALITY. You can record
movies in D1 or QVGA QUALITY. D1 quality will record a full-frame
analog TV signal at 720 x 480 pixels (NTSC) or 720 x 576 pixels (PAL),
whilst QVGA will record an image with half the vertical and horizontal
resolution.
LOW QUALITY conserves space on
your SD card at the expense of image
quality. The upside of LOW QUALITY
is that you can store many more
images/videos on your SD card –
though these recordings will not look
as clear as those recorded in HIGH
QUALITY. STANDARD QUALITY
offers a balance between these two
concerns.
To change your QUALITY settings:
1) Press , and using the LEFT/RIGHT
buttons, navigate to ADVANCED SETTINGS.
2) From the ADVANCED SETTINGS menu, select PHOTO or MOVIE
QUALITY.
3) Choose the quality setting you would like, and press .
4) Select EXIT to leave the menu and save your changes.
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10. Wireless Cameras and Interference
If the image coming from your wireless camera is distorted, you’ve
probably discovered the bane of analog wireless technologies:
interference. To help you get as much out of your wireless DVR
system as it’s capable of delivering, here’s a brief rundown of what
interference is, and how you can try to minimise it.
The Wireless Camera transmits its images on a radio frequency of
2.4GHz. This is way over the range of the average radio, but there are
some (in fact, many) devices out there that transmit data on this
frequency.
Things such as wireless computer networks, cordless phones, baby
monitors, car alarms and Bluetooth enabled devices communicate at
and around a frequency of 2.4GHz. Other devices, such as
microwaves, create radio “noise” at this frequency as well.
Placing your cameras or wireless DVR near these devices, or having
any of these devices in between your cameras and receiver, can
cause interference and affect picture quality. This happens because
the signals are so similar, that they get mixed up with one another, and
your receiver will have trouble figuring out which is which.
If you want to visualize how interference occurs, imagine playing two
games of football simultaneously on only one field. The players will
continually collide with one another, and occasionally forget which ball
is which! Naturally, when two games are played at the same time on
the same field, both games suffer, take longer to play and neither team
will score as often as they should.
This is exactly what happens when two wireless devices are used too
close together!
To discover what might be causing your interference, we suggest
disconnecting all other wireless devices one at a time to find out which
one is causing the problem, and adjusting your setup accordingly.
Bear in mind that a wireless device from nearby homes or businesses
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could be the culprit, and other than asking neighbors politely to turn it
off, there’s little that can be done about this problem.
If you are experiencing interference or poor image quality try the
following steps:
1)
Try moving the camera to a different location, or, if it really is
exactly where you want it, changing the orientation of the antenna on
the camera and the wireless DVR.
2)
Adjust or aim the receiver antenna - a single inch can make all
the difference.
3)
Limit the number of walls, floors between the camera and
receiver as this can dramatically alter picture quality.
4)
Dense materials such as concrete or metal will impede the
wireless signal; try moving the camera and/or receiver away from
dense materials.
5)
If possible, keep the camera and receiver away from or move
conflicting devices such as wireless routers, microwaves, cordless
phones.
Some environments are simply not suitable for analog wireless
systems.
If this is the case in your environment, consider changing to a wired
camera or to a digital wireless system, as these are not subject to
interference in the same way
as analog wireless systems.
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11. Motion Detection Settings
Say you’re monitoring your yard, and right next to the gate you want to
watch there’s a tree blowing in the wind, which constantly triggers the
motion detection. Perhaps you’re watching a hallway, and your pet cat
continually sets off the motion detection, and you only want to record
humans. What can you do?
You can fine tune your MOTION DETECTION settings to only trigger
the wireless DVR to record when it should! There are several settings
you can configure, and we’ll go through them one at a time. But first,
we’ll examine how motion detection works.
If you’re using motion detection and PIP mode at the same time, the
wireless DVR will automatically change the primary camera being
displayed/recorded if it detects motion on the camera not currently
selected.
How Motion Detection Works
Motion detection is a process undertaken by the wireless DVR based
solely on the image it receives from the camera. There are no external
sensors to connect, nor does the camera send a signal to the wireless
DVR telling it to record -the wireless DVR ‘watches’ the image from the
camera, and detects differences between frames. A frame is one still
image -if you play them quickly enough, one after another, it gives the
illusion of full motion. A single frame is displayed for between 1/25th
and 1/30th of a second.
This means that when the wireless DVR is looking for ‘Motion’ what it’s
really looking for is a change in the picture, specifically, counting how
many pixels (the individual dots that make up an image) change from
one frame to the next. This includes pixels changing colour, brightness
or any combination of the two.
Thus, something does not necessarily have to ‘move’ in frame for the
wireless DVR to detect ‘motion’. For example, sudden changes in
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lighting conditions (such as turning a light on or off, a moving object
throwing a shadow into the field of view or the sun being swiftly
covered by clouds) can trigger the wireless DVR to record.
However, if you follow the subsequent instructions on customising your
Motion Detection settings, you should be able to avoid a good many
false alarms.
Enabling / Disabling Motion Detection:
As covered earlier, the first setting in the MOTION DETECTION menu
is whether or not it is enabled. When motion detection is not enabled,
the wireless DVR will only record when the REC button is pressed.
We suggest that motion detection is typically the best solution for long
term monitoring.
Sensitivity:
The amount of motion that the wireless DVR requires to trigger a
recording can be customised. There are sixteen (16) levels of
sensitivity, with 1 being the most sensitive and 16 the least.
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Typically, a value somewhere in the middle of the range is a good
choice (somewhere between 5 and 10 is suggested). This is usually
sensitive enough to pick up the majority of significant events but not
so sensitive that your SD card will fill up with numerous false alarms!
The best way to tweak the sensitivity is by trial and error. Set the
value to somewhere near 8, and then walk in front of your camera,
impersonating the path of a potential security risk. If the wireless DVR
does not record you doing so, lower the sensitivity value. If the
wireless DVR starts recording when you’re not in the picture, then
raise the value.
Detection Range:
If you have some continual motion in view of the camera, such as a
busy road or a tree blowing in the wind, then you’ll need to define
which part of the screen you want to be sensitive to motion. You can
choose the whole screen, a quarter of the screen or 1/16th of the
screen.
Once you’ve selected the size of the sensitive area, you’ll be taken to
the Detection Range Placement screen. The area that is sensitive to
motion will be represented by a green square. Use the arrow buttons
to move the green square to a position which suits your situation.
Press
when you’re done.
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12. Playing Back Images and Videos
There are two ways to view images and videos captured by the
wireless DVR. One way is to view them through the wireless DVR (and
the TV that the wireless DVR is connected to) and the other is to
simply take the SD card out of the wireless DVR, and insert it into an
SD card reader attached to your computer.
To Playback images/videos using the wireless DVR:
To access PLAYBACK MODE, press the MODE button. You will be
taken to the most recently recorded video/picture. The bottom
left-hand corner of the screen will show the date and time that the file
was recorded. The lower right-hand corner will show the folder name
(determined by the date) and the file name (determined by the time) of
the recording you’re viewing.
The controls in PLAYBACK MODE are:
REC: Play / Pause the current recording.
ZOOM: Stops the current recording during playback. When stopped,
ZOOM will open the thumbnail view, where you can navigate through
recordings using the arrow buttons. Press
to select a recording
for playback.
Note: When stopped but not in thumbnail view, you can navigate using
the arrow buttons. You’ll move between recordings as though you
were in thumbnail view (ie. LEFT / RIGHT move back and forth one
item, and UP / DOWN move between rows). This can be a little tricky
to get the hang of initially, so we strongly recommend using the
thumbnail view accessible using the ZOOM button.
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To change folder:
Press ZOOM whilst in the thumbnail view. You will see a series of
folders listed by date. Simply use the arrow buttons to navigate to the
date that you want, and select it by pressing
.
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To DELETE unwanted images/videos:
1) Whilst in PLAYBACK mode, navigate to the video/photo you want
to delete. have open when you pressed
2) While it is selected but not playing, press
.
3) You will be taken to the PLAYBACK menu.
4) Select FILE DELETE.
5) You can choose to delete a SINGLE FILE, which will only delete
the file you press
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6) Alternately, you can delete ALL files, which will remove all files on
your SD card which were recorded by the RedAlert2. To do this,
choose ALL and press , When asked to confirm, choose YES
and press .
13. Accessing Images/Videos via a Computer
One of the most convenient aspects of recording to an SD card is that,
if you have an SD card reader for your computer, you can simply pop
the SD card into it and open the RedAlert2’s images/videos directly.
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To Format the SD Card:
1)
Formatting the SD Card will erase all data, and re-write the file
allocation table (FAT). This is especially useful if your SD card is not
detecting the correct amount of free space.
2)
Select FORMAT from the playback menu and press . When
asked to confirm, choose “Yes” and press .The wireless DVR will
take a few moments to process this. Afterwards, your SD card will be
completely free of data, ready to continue recording in the wireless
DVR.
To playback, copy and delete images using a computer:
1)
Place the SD card into your computer via an internal or
external card reader.
2)
Open the SD card in your computer’s file browser. You’ll see a
folder dedicated to each day that the wireless DVR was operating.
3)
All recorded images and videos are stored as separate files
numbered in chronological order of when they were captured.
4)
You can cut and paste the wireless DVR’s images/videos in
the same manner as any other file.
5)
To delete files, drag them to the Trash/Recycle Bin (depending
on your operating system) or highlight them and press your computers
Delete key. A popup box will ask you to confirm.
6)
Most current systems will have no problem opening the file
types that the wireless DVR creates. If you encounter problems,
update your video player or image viewing software.
If you’re having trouble playing back the videos created by the wireless
DVR, consider downloading VLC Media Player. There are versions of
VLC available for Windows, Mac OS and just about every other
operating system you can imagine. It is available free online, at
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
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Note: It is not possible to directly connect the wireless DVR to a
computer. However, with the ease of transfer of data via the SD card,
there really isn’t a reason to.
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14. Troubleshooting
Problem: I can’t record images from two cameras simultaneously!
Solution: This is not a malfunction -the wireless DVR can only record
one camera at a time. While it is possible to monitor two cameras at
once (one wired, one wireless) it is not possible to record both at once.
If using PIP (Picture in Picture) MODE, the wireless DVR will
automatically switch between cameras to record whichever one
detects motion.
Problem: The wireless DVR will only pick up one of my wireless
cameras.
Solution: Whilst the wireless DVR can be tuned to four wireless
channels, it can only monitor one of them at a time. There is no
automatic switching function: if you want to change the wireless
channel that the wireless DVR is monitoring, you need to do this
manually by pressing the SW button. For this reason, we do not
recommend using multiple wireless cameras with the wireless DVR.
roblem: The picture quality is poor when I use a wireless camera, or
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so distorted as to not qualify as a picture.
Solution: Your camera’s signal is probably suffering from signal
blockage or interference. Try realigning the antennas (sometimes an
inch can make all the difference) or moving the wireless DVR itself.
You may need to try moving the camera, as well. If this does not help,
you may need to shut down other wireless equipment operating
nearby to the wireless DVR.
Problem: There seems to be a red haze in picture.
Solution: This is most likely caused by a strong light source (such as
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the sun) shining directly into the lens of the camera. This is simple to
remedy: face your camera away from light sources, or use a lens hood
for the camera to stop light entering the lens directly.
Problem: The foreground is too dark, whilst the background is too
bright.
Solution: The wireless DVR uses automatic exposure adjustment to
keep the majority of the image correctly lit up, without you having to
adjust anything. However, this means that if what you want to see is in
shadow when there’s something else in full sun in frame, the shadowy
areas might black-out altogether. The best solution is to make sure
that the majority of the cameras view (particularly the centre) is taken
up with the lighting conditions you want to see detail in. The automatic
exposure will do the rest!
Problem: All I see at night is black!
Solution: Whilst the wireless Camera which comes with the wireless
DVR has limited night vision, it is just that: limited. The camera uses
infrared LEDs to “see” in the dark (infrared is a type of light that human
eyes cannot see) the range is limited to approximately 26ft/8m. If there
is nothing within that range, the camera will see nothing! Also, darkly
coloured objects (such as a black car) may not reflect enough infrared
light for the camera to see them clearly. The best solution is to simply
move the camera closer to what you want to see.
Problem: The camera is looking out a window, and at night all I can
see is white!
Solution: The camera uses infrared LEDs to see at night. However,
infrared light will reflect off a glass surface, and bounce-back into the
lens of the camera, washing out the image. It is not possible to use an
infrared night vision camera to look out of a window. If you want to see
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outside, the camera has to be outside as well.
Problem: The wireless DVR is not capturing pictures/videos when it
should, or it captures pictures/videos too often!
Solution: Your MOTION DETECTION SETTINGS need adjusting.
Basically, you can define how the wireless DVR will look for motion,
and how much motion it must detect before it initiates recording. If
you’re using a wireless camera and the wireless DVR is capturing
pictures/video too often, it might be the case that there is enough
interference in the video signal to count as motion.
Problem: All I see is a blank screen.
Solution: Check the connections between the wireless DVR and your
TV -in particular, check which RCA connection on the TV has the
VIDEO OUT cable attached to it. Many TVs have A/V INPUT channels
and A/V OUTPUT channels. Plugging the VIDEO OUT cable into an
A/V OUTPUT will produce undesired results.
Problem: The wireless DVR isn’t showing images from my camera.
Solution: The wireless DVR might be monitoring the wrong input.
Press the DISP button. If this does not work, and the camera is
wireless, change the wireless channel of the wireless DVR by pressing
the SW button. If this does not locate the camera, check that the
camera is supplied with power. If a wired camera, check the
connections to the wireless DVR. Finally, be sure that the camera can
see an image: if the camera sees only black (see other
Troubleshooting tips) it might appear that the wireless DVR is not
getting a signal at all.
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Problem: I can’t find right channel for the wireless DVR on my
television.
Solution: This can be a little tricky. First, make sure you’ve got the
wireless DVR plugged into an INPUT on the television. The plug
should be colour-coded yellow, the same as the connector from the
wireless DVR. If this is the case, look for a button on the TV or remote
called AV, TV/AV, AUX, Auxilary, Channel 0, Video, DVD or something
similar. Some TVs have multiple AV channels. If in doubt, speak with
the manufacturer of your TV - they’ll know what plugs connect to which
channel. If all else fails, try using a different TV. (Please, don’t call and
ask us about this one - we don’t know what your TV looks like, nor how
to make it do anything useful!)
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15. Tips and Tricks
Cable Placement (Optional: applies to wired cameras only)
If you are installing any cables directly into your walls or ceiling,
beware of placing them too close to electrical cabling. AC power
operates at a certain frequency (50 or 60 hertz, depending on your
locale) and this frequency generates a rather intense electromagnetic
field. Running cables too close to a AC cable will cause noticeable
distortion of your images.
Extending Cable Length (Optional: applies to wired cameras only)
It may be the case that you want to connect a camera farther
away from the monitor than the supplied cables allow. Whilst it is
possible to do this, please consider the following:
1)
The longer the cable running from the camera to the wireless
DVR is, the more signal loss will occur during image transit. Signal
loss will show up first as fuzziness in the image, followed by image
noise and finally static (like that on an un-tuned television screen).
2)
Signal loss becomes a real problem when dealing with longer
cables than those supplied. If you want to use a cable longer than
50m/150ft, be sure that it is a shielded cable.
3)
Joining cables together is, generally, not recommended. Whilst
it is possible to do this, it usually causes more signal loss than using a
longer cable. Of course, if you are a few feet short with the supplied
cable, and just happen to have your own cables lying around, there’s
no harm in trying cables joined together and seeing what results you
get. We do, however, recommend purchasing a longer cable.
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16. Technical Specifications
1) Wireless DVR
Video
Video Format
Video Input
Video Output
Display Resolution
Display Frame Rate
Audio
Audio Input
Audio Output
Recording
Compression Format
Recording Resolution
Recording Frame Rate
NTSC or PAL
1 Composite Input
1 Composite Output
NTSC: 720 x 480,
PAL: 720 x 576
NTSC: Up to 30fps*
PAL: Up to 25fps*
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1
Video: MJPEG (Motion JPEG)
Photo: JPEG
Video: NTSC D1(720 x 480) CIF(360 x 240)
PAL: D1(720 x 576) CIF(360 x 288)
NTSC: Up to 30fps*
PAL: Up to 25fps*
*Note: While monitoring two cameras (PIP
MODE) the monitoring and recording frame
rates are reduced.
Recording Modes
Multiplex Operation
HDD Interface/Memory
Hard Drive Support
Manual / Motion / Continuous
Simplex
SD Card
SD / SDHC Cards
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General
Operating Power
Dimensions
Weight
Backup Method
DC 9V
5.25” x 3.33” x 0.75”
133mm x 85mm x 20mm
5.25oz / 148g
SD Card
2) Wireless Camera
Video
Image Sensor
1/3” CMOS
Video Quality
400 TV Lines
Number of Effective Pixels NTSC: 510 x 492 / PAL: 628 x 582
Minimum Illumination
0 Lux (IR on)
Day/Night Mode
Colour during day /
switches to B&W night White
Balance
Automatic
Signal / Noise Ratio
> 48dB
Electronic Shutter
1/60 - 1/15,000 NTSC /
1/50 - 1/15,000 PAL
Gain Control Automatic Backlight
Compensation
Yes
Lens
6mm
Viewing Angle
53 degrees
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Audio
Microphone
Audio Range
Night Vision
Number of Infra-Red LEDs
Infra-Red Wavelength
Night Vision Distance
Infra-Red LED Life
General
Operating Power
Operating Temperature
Body Construction
Dimensions – Camera
Dimensions – Stand
Weight – Camera & Stand
Wireless
Digital or Analog
Max. Transmission Range
Typical Range
Frequency
Transmission Channels
Yes
9ft /3m (typical)
11
850nm
Up to 26ft / 8m
10,000 hours
DC 12V
-10°C ~ 50°C / 14°F ~ 122°F
Aluminium
5.5” x 2.8” x 2.8” /
140mm x 70mm x 70mm
4.5” x 2.3” x 2.3”/
120mm x 60mm x 60mm
0.5lbs / 235g
Analog
Up to 165ft / 50m
65ft / 20m
2.4GHz
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