Signal loss of IR security cameras at night
We have an 8 channel dvr with 5 outdoor ir cameras fitted.
We are experiencing loss of signal and recovery of signal after 1/2/3 hours. This happens in evening. We have moved camera connections on dvr to no avail. Wiring is cat 5, Camera 1 and 2 are on a separate line, and cameras 3, 4 , 5 are on another line.
Cameras are rated at 300/500 milliamp and are 420 TVL Sony CCD.
Dvr has Watchdog feature, and automatically reboots after signal loss of Plus 1/2 hours.
From your description I am not exactly sure how the cameras are being powered. You mention "Wiring is cat 5, Camera 1 and 2 are on a separate line, and cameras 3, 4 , 5 are on another line." Which sounds like the video image for the cameras.
Regardless of that it definitely sounds like a power issue. When the Infrared LEDs on the camera are turned on the power draw increases dramatically. Because of this your power is dropping out to the cameras because it can't handle it.
I would look at doing a better job on the power distribution and possible add additional power to accommodate the increase in power when the LEDs are active.
You can learn more about Infrared and how it works by visiting this link.Infrared Use in Security Camera Systems
And visit this link about power options. CCTV Power Supply Options
Hope that helps. If you have follow up questions you can add them to the comments below.
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