When it comes to our household surveillance system I’ve always felt conflicted when discussing any of the “specifics”. This is probably just a side effect of having spent 16 years dealing with security stuff, but I try to listen to my little voice and I’ve tried to strike a balance between sharing information and compromising my own security measures.
Shortly I’ll be posting my “declassified” online journal of my Home Surveillance System (Mark.I) with appropriate screen caps and technical specifications. I feel I can do this as the system now in place (Mark.II – creative names, no?) bears only a passing resemblance to the original.
Some editing is required to make the material coherent, and while it will be remedial to anyone with experience in CCTV it may help others with their own projects and hopefully save them some misteps I made early on.
Stay tuned, I’m working on the editing as we speak.
Yesterday I spent a fair amount of my time up a 20′ ladder, then some more time up that ladder in the rain, and then a little more time up that ladder in the drizzle.
Yes, the ongoing household CCTV project continues, yesterday saw:
- The removal of old RG6 (for CATV and satellite) from the outside walls of the house (and the holes that had been drilled into the walls sealed).
- The reconnection of the perimeter cameras on the new permanent wiring and removal of the temporary wiring.
- Relocation and reconnection of the surveillance system hardware and DVR to it’s new permanent home.
One camera location is giving me trouble, naturally it’s the most difficult to access camera and I was getting frustrated trying to trouble shoot the problem in the rain. I suspect that theres a problem with the wiring as a replacement camera I tried also failed when connected at that location.
I’ll take another shot at it today as I’d like to put this project to bed for a while (although the imminent arrival of a new multiplexer – replacing my multiplexer/switcher cludge – will require me to rewire a bit more in the new future).
Running errands after work, picked up Doomsday for the friday night post-apocalyptic movie screening, and grabbed a bag of Herrs Horseradish and Chedder chips (made specifically for me I swear!).
Ignored was Wargames: The Deadcode (Wargames II? Are you serious?) and Starship Troopers 3: Marauders (Casper Van Diem is back…good career move.).
Time to vegetate… no new developments to report.
While citing US law the advice applies North of the border as well.
[Hat Tip: My 2 second shelf life]