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Dahua IPC-HDW4431C-A Review

Dahua IPC-HDW4431C-A Test Mount

In this Dahua IPC-HDW4431C-A review I’ll try out one of the cheapest full-featured 4 MP IP surveillance cameras you can get with the Dahua name on it.  Keep reading to see the good and bad of this inexpensive security camera that I bought on a whim, and why it may or may not be a […]

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Tendelux AI4 IR Illuminator Review

Tendelux AI4 Contents

In this Tendelux AI4 IR illuminator review I’ll show you how I tested this new compact wide-angle infrared light source in two separate locations using several different security cameras.  Keep reading to see exactly how it performs under different conditions, and why it just might be my new favorite IR illuminator for short to medium […]

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CMVision IR130 IR Illuminator LED Failures!

CMVision IR130 with all boards removed

I can no longer recommend the CMVision IR130 infrared illuminator because the IR LEDs are failing at an unacceptable rate!  I noticed several people reporting similar issues in the Amazon reviews and now it is happening to me. Keep reading to see my forensic analysis and exactly what I found is going on here, and why […]

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CMVision CM-IR130 IR Illuminator Review

CMVision CM-IR130 IR Illuminator Review

The CMVision CM-IR130 is a rugged infrared illuminator that can help your security cameras see better in the dark. It has an array of 198 LEDs that create a 60° wide beam of 850 nm IR light that’s usable over 200′ away from the illuminator. This is the most powerful IR light source that I’ve tested so […]

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CMVision CM-IRP12-850 IR Illuminator Review

CMVision CM-IRP12-850 IR Illuminator Review Front

The CMVision CM-IRP12-850 is a sleek looking infrared illuminator that can be used to provide additional IR light to help security cameras see better in the dark.It has twelve high power LEDs that create a very even 90° wide floodlight pattern of 850nm infrared light that’s usable to over 100′ away from the illuminator.Keep reading […]

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Why My Vivotek FD8134V Camera Was NOT a Good Choice

The Vivotek FD8134V should have been a great camera for me, but unfortunately it suffers from two main problems that make me regret purchasing it.  This model is now discontinued but it’s worth talking about because the problems that it has are actually fairly common and can happen to many cameras on the market today. I […]

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Dahua IPC-HDW5231R-Z Review

Dahua IPC-HDW5231R-Z Review test location

The Dahua IPC-HDW5231R-Z is a 2MP turret / eyeball camera with a varifocal lens for 4x optical zoom and a Sony Starvis Exmor-R image sensor that can really see well in low light conditions.  These cameras are made for the international market and are available worldwide.  Keep reading my review to see what I like […]

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Dahua IPC-HFW4431R-Z Review

Dahua IPC-HFW4431R-Z on vinyl siding mounting block

The Dahua IPC-HFW4431R-Z is a 4MP bullet camera with a varifocal lens, and it’s become one of my favorites to use here around the house.  These cameras are only made for the Chinese market, but are available worldwide from sellers who load them with a modified firmware supporting English, Spanish, and French languages.  The modified […]

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Reolink Argus Review

Reolink Argus Review Front

The Reolink Argus is their latest completely 100% wire-free security camera.  It’s powered by batteries and connects to your WiFi so you can place it anywhere you want indoors or outdoors, and not have to worry about running any wires at all.  Use your smart phone to access the camera and its live or recorded 1080p […]

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Hikvision DS-2CD2342WD-I Outdoor Turret Camera Review

Hikvision DS-2CD2342WD-I on test platform

The Hikvision DS-2CD2342WD-I outdoor turret camera features their EXIR infrared illumination for improved vision in total darkness.  It’s a 4 megapixel fixed focal length waterproof outdoor turret network camera with great image quality in all lighting conditions.  Most people picture a dome or bullet housing when thinking about a security camera, and I covered those […]

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