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How easy is it to install?
Don’t want to drill holes in the house for my nest box. Is there a solution?
How do I protect the cables in the garden?
Where should I install the nest box?
When shall I install my nest box?
I can't get a signal to my Tv. What do I do?
Can I record my footage on my DVD, or video?
What are the coloured phono or RCA plugs on the cable for?
I am not sure whether to use a scart or phono to connect to the TV?

How easy is it to install?

The nest box kit is very easy to install. It has everything you will need to get up and running in no time. It is virtually plug in and play. It is always good to set up the box in your house and test it prior to installing. The next thing is to site your box in a perfect location. The instructions should give many handy tips on this.

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Don’t want to drill holes in the house for my nest box. Is there a solution?

Wired nest box cameras are a great way to view wildlife. The cable allows the optimum quality of audio/visual straight to your camera. The only inconvenience is that you will need to bore a hole in a wall to connect your TV or PC to your camera. To limit the damage you could bore a hole in a window frame or vent. Failing this, you could run the cable out an open window or door and roll up cable when not in use. Another option is to mount your camera on an external garage and use a video/satellite sender/receiver to your TV. This works in a similar way to a wireless camera.

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How do I protect the cables in the garden?

You can protect the cable in many different ways. Whether you place the cable in the air or on/under the ground, it’s a good idea to protect the cables. A good material to use is plastic piping used in plumbing. It is sold in many diameters and lengths from most hardware suppliers. All you do is run the cable through it and join them up with joints or tape. This will help protect the cable from ware and tear, weather and other animals.

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Where should I install the nest box?

The bird box should be installed in a quiet place near some cover like trees or bushes. The location depends on what birds you are after, but it is good to install it 1.5m to 5m above the ground. If there are any cats in the area, please place 2m above the ground. Try to point the opening of the box away from direct midday sun and the worst of the weather. Depending on your local birds, they will have a preference to a certain location.

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When shall I install my nest box?

You can install your nest box any time of the year. Autumn and winter are good times as they can be used as snug places to roost. Many birds start looking for nesting sites after Christmas and throughout Spring.

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I can't get a signal to my Tv. What do I do?

Make sure that you camera kit is fully connected as outlined in instructions. You can check if the power supply is working as it will be slightly warm when on. Check all connections throughout cable to camera and TV. If using phono plugs into TV, please make sure correct colours are connected and they are pushed in firmly. If you are using scarts, please make sure these are firmly connected to the TV. A good technique is to uninstal all other devices to TV while testing. Flick your TV on AV channels and make sure lens cap is off. Normally, if it is blue, there is no signal. If it is black with audio, there may be a problem with the visual side of the connector.

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Can I record my footage on my DVD, or video?

Yes, any device that can connect to your TV can usually record your footage.

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What are the coloured phono or RCA plugs on the cable for?

There are different standards for different countries around the world. In western Europe and the US, yellow is for video, White is for audio, red or black is for power.

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I am not sure whether to use a scart or phono to connect to the TV?

This is upto you. If you have the option to use either, you should opt to connect the phono plugs straight into the TV as this can give a better connection for some TV sets.

 

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