05-14-2012 02:42 PM
I just installed the 750i system with 1 camera at my house. Everything seems to work fine, but when I did the Powerline Strength test, I got 4 bars. If I am running a dish washer or washing machine, it will drop down to like 2 bars. That was when I first installed it a few days ago. Yesterday when I tried to run the test, it kept giving me error even though I don't have any appliance running. Camera was still working fine. When I run the camera bandwidth test, I got about 4 bars. When I did the full diagnostic, it said the bandwidth is around 4500 kps.
How bad are these numbers? I don't know why the powerline test doesn't work now, maybe the strength is so low that it is less than 1 bar? Since the camera is working fine, I don't really want to mess with reseting them. I was thinking about adding another camera, but with these low numbers, would I make it worst by adding a 2nd camera?
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05-14-2012 06:38 PM - edited 05-14-2012 09:40 PM
Your numbers shouldn't get any worse by adding another camera. The number isn't a reflection of shared bandwidth it's a reflection of signal strength to the outlet the camera is connected to. I have six ranging from 198 to 8. Even with a low number the worst camera records just fine; but archiving video is slower than the rest of my cameras and live monitoring can sometimes stutter.
Ideally, you want to experiment with other outlets via an extension cord to see if you get better performance; but if not you should be OK and it's not a problem to add another camera. If you find a better outlet and you want to keep the current placement of the camera extend the network cable that came with the camera with standard cat5/6 cable and a female-to-female connector to reach the better outlet.