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  • #16
    I'm doing motion detection with zones and everything... even had fun calibrating the motion detection with an RC car so it would not trigger on the cat... Even though it's a tiny, it has a decent processor and SSD - I think I doubled the RAM also. I was originally only going to use it to view 4-6 cameras, but kept adding more without straining it much. It's humming along with pretty much every BI bell and whistle with 12 cameras. I'm sure it will be fine with all 16 if I ever get them all connected. One thing I always do is a clean install of windows on new computers - gets all the junk out. The only things running are Windows 10, BI, and a VNC program since I run it headless. I used this PC for HomeSeer: https://computers.woot.com/offers/hp...core-desktop-2 which I got a great deal on. I originally was going to get another for BI, but the deal was over. The Lenovo was the closest I could get with the capabilities and low power consumption I wanted. I personally think adequate RAM and, especially, a clean OS on an SSD make a big difference.
    John
    Hardware: i5-6400T w/16GB RAM & SSD w/HS3Pro, Z-Net, Harmony Hub x2, Echo Dot x2, Ocelot
    Plugins: Z-wave, HSTouch, BLBackup, Harmony, GTS CPUXA, UltraMon3, Nest
    HSTouch: Multiple Android Devices; 5 x ToteVision MD-1001 10.1" Win 7 Tablets
    Devices: Cooper RF9501 x4, RF9517 x6, RF9534 x1, RF9540-N x7, RF9542 x1, RF9542-Z x2, RFHDSCG x1, RFWC5 x5; Intermatic HA02 x6; FortrezZ MIMOLite x3; Leviton VRPD3-1LW x4, VRR15-1LZ x6; Nest Tstat & 9x Protects; Dragon PD-100 x3, PA-100 x3

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    • #17
      Originally posted by jrfuda View Post
      I'm doing motion detection with zones and everything... even had fun calibrating the motion detection with an RC car so it would not trigger on the cat... Even though it's a tiny, it has a decent processor and SSD - I think I doubled the RAM also. I was originally only going to use it to view 4-6 cameras, but kept adding more without straining it much. It's humming along with pretty much every BI bell and whistle with 12 cameras. I'm sure it will be fine with all 16 if I ever get them all connected. One thing I always do is a clean install of windows on new computers - gets all the junk out. The only things running are Windows 10, BI, and a VNC program since I run it headless. I used this PC for HomeSeer: https://computers.woot.com/offers/hp...core-desktop-2 which I got a great deal on. I originally was going to get another for BI, but the deal was over. The Lenovo was the closest I could get with the capabilities and low power consumption I wanted. I personally think adequate RAM and, especially, a clean OS on an SSD make a big difference.
      Does the Lenovo Tiny work because you are using it in conjunction with the NVR, or could it handle Blue Iris on its own? If you don't mind me asking, what did the NVR setup cost?

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      • #18
        I really can't remember how much the NVR cost. I think it was rather cheap (less than $200 I think), but the HDDs probably cost me 4x as much as the NVR box. The PC would be fine by itself the way I use it,. I'm not sure how it would handle 24/7 recording, which the NVR does for me.
        John
        Hardware: i5-6400T w/16GB RAM & SSD w/HS3Pro, Z-Net, Harmony Hub x2, Echo Dot x2, Ocelot
        Plugins: Z-wave, HSTouch, BLBackup, Harmony, GTS CPUXA, UltraMon3, Nest
        HSTouch: Multiple Android Devices; 5 x ToteVision MD-1001 10.1" Win 7 Tablets
        Devices: Cooper RF9501 x4, RF9517 x6, RF9534 x1, RF9540-N x7, RF9542 x1, RF9542-Z x2, RFHDSCG x1, RFWC5 x5; Intermatic HA02 x6; FortrezZ MIMOLite x3; Leviton VRPD3-1LW x4, VRR15-1LZ x6; Nest Tstat & 9x Protects; Dragon PD-100 x3, PA-100 x3

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