I continue to have fun with my CCTV camera.
The cable I was waiting for finally arrived yesterday so it was time to start some real tests.
Until yesterday I was testing it indoors with the occasional test looking out a window. That worked up to a point but the main problem was night testing. After dark, with the camera pointing out the window all I got was an image that looked like there was a car about to hit me – just two very bright spots and nothing else. The infra-red was reflecting off the glass and was blinding the camera!
So I set up the camera at an ideal spot at the front of the house. The cable connectors are nicely tucked up under the garage eaves so are weatheproof. Even better, the camera is almost invisible as it’s in a shrub.
The first problem was that the wifi is quite weak there and the signal drops out quite frequently. That’s fixed just as soon as I bring my other wifi system back on-line, but I have to buy a yoke for that.
The second problem arose after dark. It was grand for a while until there was a puff of wind. That made a few leaves flutter and they are just to the side of the view. The camera started recording and also it switched on its foodlights. All hell broke loose. The floodlights attracted a moxy load of moths who all gathered in front of the camera. Of course the camera detected the motion and stayed recording, and I started getting incessant fucking warnings on my phone that the house was being invaded. I had to switch off the whole system as it was pissing me off, not to mention being a probable problem for aircraft navigation. It is really fucking bright.
So I have a few things to iron out. First of all I have to trim those twigs and leaves that are in view in case there is another puff of wind [it has been dead calm here for a long time. So much for using wind power?]. Also I have to buy that yoke to reactivate my front wifi system.
Then I have to find out how to deactivate those floodlights and get it to use infra-red only. Then I discover if moths are attracted to infra-red!
I have discovered that I can’t set sensitivity [bad] or field of activity [bad]. I can save selected video files but have a hell of a job downloading them [not so good].
Apart from all that it works well.