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Author Topic: Dump SD to NAS (wishlist)  (Read 1901 times)

leviny

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Dump SD to NAS (wishlist)
« on: February 13, 2015, 02:43:32 PM »

I've tried continuous recording to NAS (Samba) and it works GREAT until it doesn't. Which is usually 24-48 hours. It either stops recording, or the camera freezes entirely requiring a manual reset (disconnecting the power). This is the case with 4 different cameras (3 2330Ls and 1 2332L). It seems the hardware just isn't good enough, although it looks like it works when tested. Takes quite a while to fail. but it does always fail.

Recording motion only works great for weeks, as does recording continuously to SD. The latter is not practical because at full quality a 16GB SD only records 24 hours before cycling.

The solution: let the camera transfer from the SD to Samba automatically, at a time set by the user. I'm not sure the camera can handle transferring 16GB from SD to NAS while at the same time also recording on the SD, so worst case it would not be recording while transferring, hence why the user should choose what time this would happen. Or if it can record to SD while transferring older recordings to NAS, then this can happen any time, for example when reaching 80% full on the SD, or any "cycling size" of the user's choosing.

The alternative is to set up a script on the NAS which would copy from the SD and then erase what was copied... but I'm not savvy enough to do that on my NAS. Any suggestions in that directions? There is an app for my NAS (asustor) for recording from the cameras, but again, the cameras can't handle it. They die after 24 hours.

Thoughts?
« Last Edit: February 13, 2015, 02:48:41 PM by leviny »
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cmontyburns

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Re: Dump SD to NAS (wishlist)
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2015, 07:01:57 AM »

I've tried continuous recording to NAS (Samba) and it works GREAT until it doesn't. Which is usually 24-48 hours. It either stops recording, or the camera freezes entirely requiring a manual reset (disconnecting the power). This is the case with 4 different cameras (3 2330Ls and 1 2332L). It seems the hardware just isn't good enough, although it looks like it works when tested. Takes quite a while to fail. but it does always fail.

The 2330 (and the 2332 with updated firmware) have a scheduled reboot option.  You pick the day(s) and time you want the camera to reboot.  What if you set them to proactively reboot every day?  This would limit the maximum amount of time they continuously record to 24 hours.
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leviny

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Re: Dump SD to NAS (wishlist)
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2015, 07:54:11 AM »

The 2330 (and the 2332 with updated firmware) have a scheduled reboot option.  You pick the day(s) and time you want the camera to reboot.  What if you set them to proactively reboot every day?  This would limit the maximum amount of time they continuously record to 24 hours.

Good idea! I forgot to mention that I'm already doing that, and still getting the freezes. Once the camera freezes, it doesn't execute the scheduled reboot, it has to be manually disconnected from power.

It seems to me that these cameras are simply not able to send video to Samba continuously, even at low bandwidth (low video quality). But they record on the SD just fine. All we need is a way to transfer the content of the SD to the network without overloading the hardware. I think if the camera stopped recording and transferred the contents of the SD to the network (over ftp, or samba) it would solve the problem (and I can live with the stoppage of recording for the time it takes to do this, if I'm allowed to choose the time of day)
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