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  1. This is pretty much my thinking... We chase this elusive dream of perfection, when really there is no such thing, just only what works for us. Everything else is just justifying why you bought the equipment you bought, or why a salesman thinks this is better than that.
  2. Been having a rethink on buying this NAS. I am thinking I might be better off buying an Odroid and printing my own case. My only concern is the AS5304T has HDMI 2.0a / DP 1.4 and the Odroid has HDMI 2.0 / DP 1.2 I believe the difference is HDR both do 4K. The Odroid can be extended to put a desktop video card in it, which might get around that problem, although software might be another issue. ODROID-H2 – ODROID WWW.HARDKERNEL.COM
  3. I bought this one for mine, it worked fine. Simple to fit. Optical Pick up For Oppo BDP 83 Blu ray Optical Pickup BDP83 Laser Assy Mechanism BDP 83 Laser Head-in Integrated Circuits from Electronic Components & Supplies on AliExpress WWW.ALIEXPRESS.COM Smarter Shopping, Better Living! Aliexpress.com
  4. I recently bought a Synology DS918+ for my sister / brother in law, and it is a great NAS but is it the best value NAS out there? I have recently been pointed in the direction of Asustor NAS. I have used Asus products for the last 20+ years with great success, my house is full of Asus gear. I have looked at their online demo and it seems to be well featured. Since it is capable of outputting 4K video via the HDMI 2.0 output, it got me to thinking about bypassing the PC I am currently using exclusively for HT duties. Anyone got any experience with these NAS units?
  5. This statement reminds of when I was back in college doing one of my diplomas in IT... I remember the lecturer telling us in a project management class about a customer that kept on changing the scope of the project, after spending an absolute fortune, and much time passing the project was scrapped because it have deviated so far from the original project that it was no longer viable. Now I know that is not going to happen here because Anthony has too much time and money invested to let it go now, but I can't help but remember that lesson about not having a fixed goal.
  6. This is a screenshot of what the switch is doing. I haven't had chance to fully configure the cameras yet I am still playing with the network, but one of the cameras clearly has a different setting to the others, so just imagine if all the cameras were set to this setting 17.2 Mbps x 8 is over 137Mbps just in camera traffic alone.
  7. Here we are searching for perfectly flat response curves when really it may be the last thing we want.
  8. @Mat-with-one-t I think the biggest take away I got from doing this job, is your cameras are only going to be as good as the hardware you run the software on. It all comes down to processing grunt / storage speed, ram etc etc. The "package kings" never let on that the more cameras you run the less quality you are going to get. To give you an example... You hook your garden hose up to the tap and you turn on the sprinkler flat out. Great my grass is getting watered... but that area over there is still dry and I want to do it at the same time, no problems I put a splitter in the hose and now I can do both at the same time, but now the water isn't reaching as far because the pressure dropped... By the time you have 8 sprinklers in the system the water is down to a trickle at each one. They still remain the same 6MP cameras, but you can no longer get 6MP images out of them because what you are trying to record with isn't capable of transcoding that high a quality of video that fast. You also run into things like network speeds etc. A lot of times these all in one boxes are the same hardware with just more ports, so by the time you hook up the maximum amount of cameras you are down to a "trickle". Using a separate grunty PC box is the way to go if you want your security footage to be everything the cameras are capable of delivering. Otherwise you are back to that quality compromise. Running your home theatre requirements on the same box as the camera is going to limit your viewing quality. What you could do is set up the NAS box to do deep storage (camera footage you may want to keep a while). Have the regular footage go to your camera PC, but maybe once a month push the files to the NAS for deep storage so the local camera PC box can release that HDD space. If I knew how much traffic there was going to be on the cameras in retrospect I think I might have got my sister to buy two Ubiquiti switches for the network, one strictly for the cameras and one for all the other network traffic. That way I would only need POE on a smaller switch.
  9. All wired up. Still need to get some longer wires for the NAS box so I can turn it around.
  10. @Mat-with-one-t I have finally got all the wiring finished after ripping the patch panels out of the wall and putting it in a proper rack up top (what I wanted to do in the first place but got pooed because of looks) I had issues with bad connections due to the wires pressing against the Gyprock. Finally got the PC up and running with Blue Iris software for video capture and it craps all over the original HIKVision box that came with the original four cameras, we added another four 6MP cameras to the line up for a total of eight cameras. I have yet to fully set up the network into VLANs etc but I need to get my knowledge to that point before I try and remotely change it. After climbing around up in the ceiling with dusty bats they had them ripped out and new ones put in so I took a couple of pictures just to show how many wires were up there (just some of the top floor wiring). The last picture is what the so called "IT expert" put in as a solution. Not sure how he thought all those wires were going to fit into a 10 port switch.
  11. Don't feel bad I don't understand 99% of what Dave types regardless of how hard I try to understand it. Most of it is so far over my head I would need a hot air balloon to catch on.
  12. Lots of water under the bridge since my last post. What was going to be a couple of day job has turned into a couple of weeks job, and it's still not finished. Took my sister and I three long days just to run two cables in the kitchen. This was really one of those jobs for the masochists. Anything that can go wrong did go wrong. Well not really wrong but just incredibly hard due to the lack of access. Ok so I wound up getting the Synology DS918+ and two WD 10TB Red drives, and a good SSD for cache. The 10 port switch the IT guy bought was replaced with a Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch 24P 250w POE switch. There might be one unused port by the time I have finished. I also bought a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite 3 to slide in between the Telstra modem and the switch. The security system they just had installed is going to be mostly junked. They had put in a HIK Vision system with four cameras, we are going to add another three cameras, which of course means the NVR they got supplied with the system is no longer going to be of any use. Been looking at different solutions, including using the Synology NAS and just buying licenses for it, buying Blue Iris software and building / re purposing a Laptop PC. On the plus side I quickly tried streaming a 50GB file from the NAS to the Oppo and for the first time it played smoothly. Have a few hours worth of wiring to finish off and about another three days of software configuration to be done then, I think we will be close to what I originally envisioned for the house.
  13. I was tossing up between QNAP and Synology but I think the Synology just fits the job a little better. Although now he is trying to cheap ass the job after paying for stuff up after stuff up, the 4 bay D-Link from his other house might wind up getting used.
  14. Zero, nada, zip. A telephone system can piggyback and daisy chain off other connections, whereas a modern LAN network is a point to point connection that meets back at a hub / switch / router for traffic redirection. When I first got into computers networks used coax and they used a ring topology (basically sent the message around a big circle until they found the intended PC). For a long time now they have used a star topology where all messages are sent to a central location then redirected down one or more legs (like an octopus sending a message from one leg to another leg). The "cabling expert" was supposed to have reconfigured the house to remove all the old telephone system and set the house up for a Local Area Network (LAN) during the renovation while all the old air conditioning was been taken out and new central air conditioning put it. I have had to come along to sort out the poor job the "IT expert" and the "cabling Expert" did, but now it is infinitely harder because I no longer have access to the cabling laid between the first and second floors (what I can access is via the roof). I also wasn't notified during cabling to be able to run speaker cables, so now he is stuck with two channel in his main TV area, with little way to fix it short of pulling off the roof. How the cabling guy managed to get the couple of new lengths of cable tied up to the old system is beyond me. Currently I have just about every wall plate in the house pulled off with large amounts of redundant / not connected wiring pulled out, to see what leads to where. Still trying to work out and find what coax belongs to the old camera system and what belongs to the TV system, as they also seem connected. Won't get back to this job for a few weeks until the new patch panel I ask for to be fitted arrives. The cabling guy took it upon himself to ignore what I asked my brother in law for and fitted wall sockets that now have to be plastered up.
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