Single Hardwired Camera without Remote Control

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The following instructions cover the installation of a single hardwired XCam (Anaconda or NightWatch) without remote control ability. Common questions are covered at the end of this document.


Configuring The Camera

  1. Connect the Addressable Power Supply's power cord to the camera's cable. Note: The Power Supply may also be labeled as a Remote Controlled Power Supply.
  2. Plug the Addressable Power Supply into a nearby outlet.
  3. Connect the RCA plug at the end of the camera's cable to the audio and video RCA jacks on your TV.

If you already have other X10 modules (Lamp Modules, Appliance Modules, Wall Switches, etc.) installed, set the House (letter dial) and Unit (number dial) codes on the Addressable Power Supply to an available code in the House group of your existing system. Example: In your home, you are using House code A and Unit codes 1 through 3 are used by a Transceiver and two Lamp Modules. Set the camera to House code A and to a higher Unit number (see Behind The Scenes below for possible conflict). It is also acceptable to set your camera to a different House code. This is highly recommended in multiple camera systems as it keeps your devices organized (i.e. House code A is for automated lights and appliances and House code C is for cameras--assuming you own multiple Transceivers).

Testing The System

Video Test

  1. Turn on your television and set it to the appropriate mode as described in your TV's instruction manual (usually involves pressing a button on your TV's remote, such as TV/Video or AUX).
  2. The Addressable Power Supply is designed to default to the ON position whenever it is initially connected to power, so at this point, you should see the camera's image on your television.

Adjusting The Focus

  1. Remove the clear plastic lens cap. Its function is to protect the camera when mounted outdoors.
  2. Rotate the inner portion of the lens to adjust the focus. It might be a bit tight. Try turning it counterclockwise first. If you turn it clockwise do not force or over tighten it.

Behind The Scenes

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Unit code groups for addressable XCams

XCam2 cameras are designed to be used in groups of 4. The groups of 4 are 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, or 13-16. The Addressable Power Supplies are designed such that if their code is received they turn on, but if any other code (in their group of 4) is received, they turn off. This ensures that only one camera is ever on at the same time. Any code outside their group of 4 is ignored. So if you turn on camera 1, cameras 2, 3, and 4 turn off. If you turn on camera 2, cameras 1, 3 and 4 turn off, etc. Note: The Transceiver's Unit code is 1, so if you turn it on, it's just like turning camera 1 on; therefore, cameras 2, 3, and 4 will turn off. If you turned on camera 1, 2, 3, or 4 and also had a camera set to 5 it would not turn off, as it's not part of the group of 4. You would need to turn it off separately so that you didn't have two cameras on at the same time (which would scramble the signal sent to the Video Receiver).

Frequently Asked Questions

For frequently asked questions, please click here.