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Blackvue 650 dash cam settings (Security LED)

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by mjcostajr, May 6, 2016.

  1. mjcostajr

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    #1 mjcostajr, May 6, 2016
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    I was curious as to whether people leave the "Security LED" on during parking/normal mode. I've read that a lot of people disable the blinking lights to make it more obscure. However, since having a dash cam is about increased security, wouldn't a blinking light deter people even further from messing with your car? I suppose on the flip side it might encourage others to steal it?

    What settings do you keep active on your Blackvue?
     
  2. ABCCBA

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    I leave mine on for that reason - a deterrent. I see the LED no different than a security system alarm sign you put in your front yard. The thug can decide if they want to take their chances that the LED is fake or move on.
     
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  3. JPP

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    FWIW, mine are off in our 2 S. I actually don't want to attract attention and given how brazen the smash-and-grab perps are, am not sure the lights on the Blackvue (or on any other car) are a deterrent. Also note that the soft white indicator light on the rear camera cannot be turned off.
     
  4. gaswalla

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    I turned my off - friend talked about folks stealing dash cams, not sure if true, but got me worried.
     
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    "Turned off" the soft white indicator light on the rear camera with a piece of gaffer tape.
     
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    ...that'll do....
     
  7. K-MTG

    K-MTG Sunshade Captain of TMC

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    I keep mine off as I don't want it to be visible but I can't disable that wifi light from blinking on blackvue over the cloud mode
     
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    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    I keep mine off for the theft and general nuisance issues from the losers prowling the streets. I am going to cover the rear cam light.
     
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    just got my Blackvue and I've turned all the LEDs off - don't want to attract attention, the cams are very stealth as-is. Since I'm not using the cloud feature I don't have wi-fi auto-on, and only manually turn wifi on so nomally no wi-fi light. the rear cam LED is taped over for now, but I have some black touchup paint that I think I might try on that
     
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    I would just use the black tape, don't want to possibly void the warranty with paint
     
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  11. Barry

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    Just installed my camera. Besides the obvious settings like time zone, miles vs km, etc., wonder what everyone has changed from default.

    For example, are you using the Cloud? Pros/cons?
    Have you changed sensitivity? Seems like I've generated a ton of files in a short time. What is a good setting for this?

    Anything else I should know?

    Thanks.
     
  12. mjcostajr

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    I've been using the cloud when my car is parked in my garage and can pick up home wifi. During that time I can easily go through videos to look for an "events" and save them to internal memory or cloud if necessary. I've been toying with the idea of leaving a 4G iPad mini in my car at all times so it's constantly connected to cloud. The only downside of cloud is that is slower, in my experience, then direct wifi connection. The benefit is that I can be inside on the couch with cloud versus inside my car with direct wifi. Other thing I've noticed is that it doesn't always connect back to Cloud when I pull into my garage. I unplugged and replugged the power and that seems to have fixed it.

    Parking motion sensitivity is down to about 8. It's still super sensitive and picks up major (and sometimes minor motion). Below 10 it doesn't really pick up bugs or particles of dust floating in the air. According to recommendations, I've left all the other sensitivity settings at factory.

    I've also turned all the lights off except for the small white wifi lights that can't be turned off (people put black tape over them). The audio alerts have been turned off as well.

    For anyone having a problem with syncing the correct time, when I purchased a 64gb San Disk microSD, I formatted it to FAT32 on my Mac then placed it in the camera and it corrected automatically. The memory card that came preinstalled would never sync time zone properly. Problem solved.
     
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    I also turned off and blocked all lights. I don't want a perpetrator taking the camera as well in case I have a break in.

    Has anyone been able to get GPS data working on the camera?
     
  14. faughtz

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    I'm using this repeater from Amazon:

    Amazon.com: SBG-190: iTrek GPS Re-radiating antenna / GPS Signal Booster for Garmin Nuvi TomTom Magellan and other portable navigation GPS: Electronics

    and it works well for both the blackview and VBOX Sport. Number of sats and strength on the Sport are about the same as the dedicated racelogic antenna. Haven't noted any interference with the car.
     
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    The GPS seems to be working perfectly for me. No issues at all.
     
  16. Barry

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    No GPS yet for me (a few hours experience, only).

    I noticed I was getting a number of Events recorded, so I turned down the G sensitivity. Also set the Motion sens to 5, to cut down on the number of parking recordings.
     
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    One more question...
    I've noticed my (Android) cellphone battery is draining a lot quicker the last few days. Only recent app added is Blackvue C. I don't run it often. Is it sucking up a lot of juice in the background or is it just coincidence?
     
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    Where did you place the antenna?

    BTW, is there a way to Direct message a member with this new forum software? I can't seem to find it.
     
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    Easiest way I found was to click on their name along the left side of the screen in the thread you're reading "Barry" link for you, "swaltner" link for me. After that, click on the "Start a Conversation" link.
     
  20. faughtz

    faughtz Model S P85DL

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    The GPS antenna is on the lower driver side windshield, outside, simply taped to the windshield. Keep thinking I'll do something more permanent, but haven't yet. The inside repeater antenna is inside the driver's side yacht floor side panel.
     

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