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Infrared is magic

I’m a little late getting the surveillance cam going this year. Probably not too late to catch a hedgehog, if we have any (but, sadly, I haven’t seen any signs).

I have a little problem when I have the cameras going: I can’t look away. There’s almost never anything on them, and when there is, it’s going to be a cat, a rat, a fox or a hedgehog. But I got to stare at the pictures like Bigfoot is coming to dinner.

Would you guys mind if I use you as a note pad? It took me forever to get the camera going tonight. It’s super easy when you know, but I didn’t make notes last year. So FYI (or, really, FMI):

    Connect the camera control to the wifi router with the ethernet cable
    Point Chrome to
    When the dialogue pops up, fire up the IE extension
    Click ‘connect all video’

I don’t always use Chrome, but it has the IE extension that lets the browser emulation Internet Explorer, which the camera software wants for some reason.

Excuse me, I have to go keep an eye out for the Squatch.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 4, 2018, 11:48 pm

Don’t mind at all, Mme. Belette!

I’m trying to make sense of that infrared photo with zero experience with ’em. Is my semi-educated guess correct that it was taken during daylight hours on a warm day with a light overcast? Or am I totally off base?

Comment from Armybrat
Time: June 4, 2018, 11:57 pm

I have 2 cameras in my apartment. I used them to keep an eye on my kitty and her kitty keepers when she was alive. She’s been dead now 4 years. I tried several and finally settled on what was Dropcam, now Nest. They are a snap to set up, can view remotely thru their app (once got an alert when we were in Tokyo when the kitty keeper came to visit my girl) and can be set up to record to the cloud. They have outdoor cameras now with stunning clarity and resolution. So good the local cops used a friend’s recording to convict a couple of package thieves.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 5, 2018, 7:51 am

The IR only kicks in when the light is low, Uncle Al. It’s full color in daylight. So that’s just at dusk, with a little light left in the sky, on an overcast day.

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: June 5, 2018, 11:03 am

Ms. Stoatie, if that’s an older model camera (older than say, 2017) you may be opening a door into your home network for hackers so beware.

Take some time to Google the brand and model # to see if any warnings come up.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: June 5, 2018, 7:12 pm

Oh, that reminds me to ask you:
Is your WiFi provider a privately owned service or is The Government the provider of record for wireless communications? I was told by someone who travels to Europe frequently that The Government provides WiFi service with complete geographical coverage and much higher transmission rates than we get here stateside of the pond.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 5, 2018, 7:19 pm

It was a birthday present, PeaceLove. So May 2017. Google doesn’t seem bothered.

No, all private here, ExpressoBold. And highly variable for speed. The next village over turned up in the papers as having on of the worst in Britain (it’s a very posh town, so we all sniggered). I have no complaints about our current provider, though.

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