Thanks for sharing. Both pics are of Christopher, right?
** Correct - A few weeks ago Christopher crept up on a yearling buck hiding in the tall grass. Christopher has always known how to deactivate the predator body language. He had the deer so calm they were doing the nose to nose greeting. Christopher knows not to fight, he has learned that is my job.
So I contacted Steve from Dahau. He suggested having a network decoder next to each monitor.
The network decoder costs $957, I don't want to add more hardware if I don't have to.
When I asked about using the NVR model with the dual HDMI, he said "most likely yes".
** I have no first hand experience with any of those. I purchased my 4k 55" Vizio TV-Display at costco for $500. It has neither speakers nor tuner. It works great for me as a PC display.
Ok, so you're saying that I can watch a live feed on the 1080p TV.
**no - you will get a "format not supported" error message if the live feed is 3840 x 2160 **
But once it's been recorded, if I was watching a recording from an earlier time, I wouldn't be able to watch it on the 1080p TV? Because it can't downscale from 4 MP to 1080p?
** That is the way I would understand your situation. I think you are use 4 MP (4 mega pixel?, for my word 4k display 3840 x 2160 resolution) When I try that on my 1080 TV I simply get a message "format not supported." One could use a PC which is what I do, or use a i phone or a tablet or a notebook or a laptop over wifi if you have wifi in your house. For $957 I'd get a new i phone. I could watch cameras from anywhere in the house.
I do have a desktop which is also connected to the TV via HDMI. But my desktop's monitor is 1680 x 1050. So even if I were viewing my desktop browser through my PC, it would be viewing it at the desktop monitor's resolution, and not the 1080p TV resolution, right?
** Correct - In my experience a browser will re scale, but a TV will only up scale, never down scale, I watch 4 x 4 (16 cameras) 1080 cameras in IE on my 4k display attached to my PC.
My TV doesn't have a built in browser anyways. So that's why I use the HDMI from the desktop to the TV when I'm streaming sports or movies from the PC and I want to watch it on the TV.
** but you could get a laptop or notebook wifi into the network and HDMI from the notebook to the TV and not spend $1,000 for an adapter, and check your email at the same time and shop on Amazon in between threats to your safety. All my TV's are flat screen Samsung 1080p and feature built in browsers. I can type in a URL address but not the following port address (on my TVs) so I have given up using the TVs to watch my cameras. If I needed to do that I would buy a notebook or laptop, use the browser on the notebook and connect to the TV via HDMI. Look at ASUS laptops/notebooks on amazon. You can buy a older ROG model for ~ $1,000? A ROG model will have the graphics card helpful for rescaling camera resolution to display resolution with little effort. Fair notice using a wifi connection will have more time delay than a direct wire live feed. Perhaps even a second or two.
** RE Home invasions - With in hours of buying my home I had an expert locksmith replacing all my external locks on every door with commercial lock sets fitted with limited distribution key sets and adding commercial quality dead bolts. That means the HD locks and striker plates are very HD and the only way to kick in a door is to destroy the whole door and door frame. One can not get a key made for my home unless they go to a locksmith and their name is on the list of names I have approved. Only locksmiths can get the blank keys . You can do all that and make a home invasion much more difficult. That's not home automation but it is "home security 101".
** When a good locksmith installs good door locks they use 10" or 12" wood screws not 1.5" or 2" wood screws. That makes the lock part of the door and the striker plate part of the door frame. Ain't nobody gonna shoulder or kick in my door. Any door can be forced. To force my door one will need to destroy the whole door and door frame. I'd get a good locksmith first (let him install your locks, do not do it your self, tell him what you want) and spend $200 on locks before I'd spent $12,000 on a CCTV camera system. It will not stop a SWAT team but it it will stop most tourists cold in their tracks.
As I said earlier, this is one of those things I'm asking multiple people so I can get as much confirmation, or as much discussion, as possible. I'm trying not to rely on one person as the single source of truth. Because I want my setup to work as best as possible.