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What are the XCams connections?
Do they run off batteries?
Anaconda: A version of the XCam Anywhere camera with a 60ft. cord, and no video sender. This is essentially a hardwired camera.
XCam2: The camera and Video Sender transmitter have been combined into a single unit. The only connection is the low voltage power cord that connects to a small plug-in power supply. A Battery Pack is also available for use in place of the plug-in power supply. It gives about 4 hours of use with 4 AA alkaline batteries (not included). The XCam2 transmits the picture and sound to a Video Receiver connected to your TV.
Scan Cam: This kit is the same as the XCam2, but the power supply for the camera has the X10 Appliance Module circuitry added. This lets you turn the camera on and off by remote control. You set multiple cameras to the SAME transmitter channel (A, B, C, or D) as you set the Video Receiver to. The power supplies are designed such that only one camera is ever on at the same time to prevent interference between cameras. If you turn one camera one, the others in the group turn off. Whichever camera is on then transmits the picture and sound to a Video Receiver connected to your TV. You set your camera power supplies to X10 codes within the groups 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, OR 13-16.
NightWatch: A black & white camera, similar to the Anaconda, rated at .5 lux. So it can "see in the dark." It also has a 60ft. cable and no video sender.
When triggering an X10 module or wall switch from a remote control, the signal is sent from the remote via RF on a specific house code. This signal is received by the transceiver (either TM751 or RR501) on a matching house code. The transceiver then forwards the signal onto the house wiring. This is now a PLC signal. Any modules that match the house and unit code transmitted will either turn on or off, depending on the signal sent.
The camera power supplies are addressable, and act just like a lamp or appliance module. Because the camera power supply does not have an antenna on it, it is unable to pick up the RF transmission directly from the wireless remote (or a motion detector). It needs the transceiver to act as a sort of "middle man."
A transceiver is not included with one-camera purchases because there is no need to switch between camera views, so there is no need to turn the camera on and off (it powers up in the on state when you plug the power supply in). When you see how easily the system can be expanded, you might want to purchase additional cameras. At that time you will need to purchase a Transceiver (TM751) and a PalmPad remote to control your additional cameras as described above.
For Scan Cams, however, each camera has an addressable power supply that responds to X10 powerline commands. You set all the power supplies to the same House Code and each one to a different unit code (1, 2, 3, or 4). You can then turn the cameras on and off remotely using an X10 remote and transceiver. The remote sends an RF command to the transceiver, and the transceiver sends the command over you house wiring to the camera's power supply, to turn it on or off. The camera's addressable power supplies are designed so that if you turn on any one of the group of 4, the other three turn off. You therefore set all 4 cameras to the same channel as the receiver (A, B, C, or D) and only one of the four cameras will be on (and displayed on your TV) and any time.
X10 cameras and Video Senders use the following frequencies:
Channel B: 2.434 GHz
Channel C: 2.453 GHz
Channel D: 2.473 GHz
We recommend using a frequency on the other device that is farthest from channel A or D, depending on which side of the band the other device is transmitting. Otherwise you will need to discontinue use of the device while using our video equipment.
To change the frequency channel for the camera: Remove the rubber stopper on the base of the camera. Channel D is at the top and channel A is at the bottom. Replace the rubber plug if you want to use the camera outdoors. You also need to match the A-D switch on the Video Receiver to the camera's setting.
Imager CMOS Sensor
Array Size NTSC: 510 X 492
Resolution: 310 TV Lines
Scanning: 2:1 Interlace
Auto Shutter: 1/60 to 1/15,000 sec.
Minimum Illumination: 3 LUX (f1.9)
Operating Temp.: -10C to 40C
Humidity Limits 0 - 95%
Field of View: 60 degrees
Power Required: 12VDC
Water Resistant - do not submerge or place in standing water
Night Owl camera (B&W)
Addressable Power Supplies are not waterproof.
Two options are available to extend the transmission range.
RJ45 Plug (end view)
Why does this happen?
Your wireless camera's antenna needs to be pointed in the general direction of the receiver for good reception. As the camera turns on the pan & tilt base, the antenna turns and the video signal may not be directed right at the receiver. This affects the quality of the picture on your TV or PC.
How do I fix it?
The best way to solve this problem is to orient the camera's antenna and the pan & tilt base in such a way as to minimize the antenna's movement away from the receiver. You can also adjust the position of the antenna on the receiver. One easy way to make the antenna position less affected by the movement of the base is to turn it so the transmitting side (the one with the 4 squares on it) is angled up and towards the receiver, rather than straight at the receiver. Position the antenna on the receiver in the same way.
Here are some other things you can do to improve the reception of your camera:
Are the cameras waterproof?
cameras sold by X10.com are water resistant, but they are not water proof. They
should never be submerged in water, or exposed directly to the elements. If you
are going to place a camera outdoors, it is best to place it under some
protection - such as the eave of a roof.
Can the cameras withstand extreme temperatures?
camera’s operating temperature is from 14 degrees f to 104degrees f. If used
outside of this temperature range, the cameras will have a shorter transmission
range, longer warm-up time, and a somewhat grainy image. If the temperature is
too far outside of this range, the camera may stop functioning and/or become
camera requires 12VDC, but your battery pack only uses a total of 6VDC. How can
Battery Pack contains a voltage doubling circuit.
the purpose of the plastic lens cap?
plastic lens cap should be used when the camera is mounted outdoors. It helps to
protect the camera from moisture. If the camera is used indoors, the lens cap
may be removed.
cameras detect infrared (IR)?
Yes, to a
degree. Although our cameras are not specifically designed to respond to
infrared signals, the sensor inside the camera does respond somewhat to IR. If
you point your TV's remote at the camera and hold down a button, you may see
flashing in the image on the remotes IR emitter. This is an illustration of the
camera’s sensitivity to IR light.
I display multiple cameras on my screen at the same time?
If you are
using a computer to handle the output from our cameras, you can use MultiView to
display four camera images on the screen. The software switches the cameras
successively based upon a user-defined delay setting.
I auto rotate the cameras without using a computer?
X10 does not sell hardware that will automatically rotate cameras without PC
does the Instant On Camera and its’ power supply use three wires?
original power supply used two wires (power and ground). The Instant On power
supply has three wires (two power, one ground). One of the power leads is X10
controlled. This means the camera circuitry receives constant power and the
transmitter circuitry is controlled by X10 command.
hardwired cameras (XCam Anywhere, Anaconda, and Night Watch) be used with the
this time, we do not have a mounting adapter available.
does the image from my XCam have a green tint?
usually an indication of insufficient lighting.
receiving video, but the audio has an intermittent popping or snapping sound.
What could be causing this?
source of this problem is a wireless LAN. When you are trying to determine the
source, though, do not restrict your search to wireless LAN technology. Look for
any equipment that operates in the 2.4GHz range. The source may also be outside
your home. Neighbors or other individuals nearby may own 2.4GHz equipment whose
signals are reaching and interfering with your Video Receiver.
is the microphone on the XCams?
microphone is located inside the camera casing. On the side of the camera you
will see a small hole, beneath the hole lies the microphone.
camera turns off by itself every once in a while. What should I do?
a number of potential causes. The first is that the addressable power supply for
the camera has detected a legitimate X10 command and is responding properly. The
command could have come from a remote that was unintentionally activated, or
from a neighbor who also owns X10 equipment and is within range. The second
possibility is the presence of line noise on the power line, which may be
randomly matching a valid X10 command. When this occurs, the addressable power
supply will respond normally, for more information on recognizing and combating
“line noise”, please see http://www.x10.com/support/x10trou.htm
. Additionally, if you have any Motion Detectors in use, the dawn/dusk feature
may be the cause. If the Motion Detector controls your camera, photo cell will
transmit the unit code one higher than its current setting. This means the
addressable power supply will see an ON command for a different House/Unit
address; therefore, the power supply will turn off. For more information
regarding this feature of the MS14, please see http://www.x10.com/support/support_manuals.htm
you do not own a Remote and a Transceiver to turn the camera back on,
momentarily unplug the addressable power supply. When reconnected to power, it
will automatically turn on.
unable to switch between my cameras. I am receiving images from the cameras, but
it is either a single camera's image all the time or multiple camera images
interfering with each other. What should I do?
problem is most likely caused by poor communication via your power line. There
are a number of possible causes. A couple of simple tests can help you determine
the source of the problem.
first test involves turning on an electric oven or clothes dryer in your home.
When these 240V appliances are turned on, they can assist with coupling the
phases in your home, which will allow X10 signals from one phase to cross over
to the other phase. While the oven or dryer is on, try controlling your cameras.
If you find you can control the cameras when the oven or dryer is on, but can't
when they are turned off, you are dealing with a phase problem.
second test requires a surge protector. Connect the surge protector to power and
remove any other devices that may be connected to it. Plug one of your
Addressable Power Supplies and your Transceiver into the surge protector.
Activate the relay inside the Transceiver using your remote. This confirms that
your Transceiver and addressable power supply are receiving power and that the
Transceiver is receiving commands from your Remote. Now try to turn the camera
on/off with your Remote. The surge protector will create a shorter signal path,
and possibly block out any noise that might be interfering with the X10 signals
transmitted over the house wiring (from the Transceiver to the camera's power
supply). This will also help rule out malfunctioning equipment.
correct a phase problem, you can install a phase coupler (AKA Phase Bridge).
They are available through an X10 dealer/installer listed on www.x10pro.com
the surge protector test works, but the cameras do not respond when plugged back
into their original locations, you may be dealing with line noise that is
interfering. Try relocating the Transceiver to various outlets in your home and
test each time. You may find the cameras respond better when the Transceiver is
in specific locations. It is also recommended that you unplug other devices in
your home to determine if they are the cause (TVs are common culprits). Note:
You must unplug the device to truly know if it is causing interference. Turning
the device off is not sufficient. If you are able to determine that a specific
device is a source of line noise, plug-in noise filters are available through an
X10 dealer/installer listed on www.x10pro.com
or through Radio
the sensitivity of the microphone?
Sensitivity: -60dB 2dB (0dB=1V/ubar at 1kHz)
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