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11 Jul 2011   #1

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Odd Request

Hello community of my peers :) I have a question that hopefully somebody can answer. Yesterday after visiting my dad's house and installing a printer made in 1993 on his computer, he showed me several interesting and unusual electronic items and told me I could have something from the pile. Out of all the stuff there, the most useful thing I found was a video intercom thing, so that is what I took. It appears to have been made also in the early 90's.

My goal is to put it in my office area in the basement of my house, so that when I am down here, the other people living here can call me from upstairs instead of having to climb up and down them just to tell me something, or scream at the top of their lungs just to even alert me they need/want something.

The problem I'm encountering is that I can not find any documentation for the video phone anywhere on the internet, not even the company who made it or a picture or video or anything at all. I need schematics and detailed requirements to figure out how to wire it correctly so the call button works when it is pressed. I have the RJ-11 phone wire hooked up correctly between the call button and microphone/camera and the base phone with the monitor. The device shows video and transmits sound, but only when I initiate the call from the base station/monitor. If the call button is pressed, nothing happens at all and no call is started. The product was made in Malaysia and it appears that it was to be sold and used there as well. The box is only in Malaysian language, as well as the small 20 page manual that came with it, and even after using multiple online translators, I still have not gained any headway.

My question I guess I am asking can I find information and specs on such an uncommon device? I figured computer people would know best, which is why I asked here. If it helps at all or if anybody wants to try to help me find technical information, it is made by a company called MEC (I'm assuming it means Malaysia(n) Electronic(s) Company) and the model is SDV-8000 series. The title of the device is a "Door Video Phone". I currently don't have a way to upload any pictures of the device, but the Base Station/Monitor looks identical to an office desk phone, but with only 2 buttons instead of numbers and it has a 3.5 inch CRT screen in the top right corner. It is an off-white color. The camera/call button part is black and has a small solid state black and white camera with IR sensors to see at night. It is about 5 inches wide and about 6 inches tall and maybe 3 inches deep.

I hope somebody can help me with my issue, as getting it to work fully functionally would be a really nice addition to my office to assist me in being even lazier lol. Please let me know if anybody is interested in helping. Thanks for reading this entirely too long post.


PS I hope that this isn't upsetting to anybody because it doesn't concern Windows, or even computers really....I just trust this site when I can't find answers on the internet myself. People are smart and knowledgeable and friendly here. Thanks
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11 Jul 2011   #2

Win7 Home Premium 64x

hmmm... I am guessing there is no software for it?

if you have it set up and it doesnt work with that one function I would open it up and see if there is a fuse in the casing that needs to be replaced.

Also you said " I need schematics and detailed requirements to figure out how to wire it correctly"

Does it have exposed wires?

I might just be fueling a fire, but pictures maybe?
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11 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I do not have a camera handy at the moment, but I will do my best to explain....

There are no fuses. I think the problem has something to do with a ground wire on the talk/camera part. There is a screw that is in the bottom of it for something, and I think it needs a ground wire attached to it and a ground, and I don't know where to ground something out inside a house.

As far as the interface and wires, it uses simple phone line (RJ-11) and connectors very similar to the ones on the backs of really old analog CRT TV's to hook up the antenna. Its a screw that you back out a few turns, put a wire underneath the head of the screw, then tighten the screw on top of it. There are 4 wires and terminals on the back of the base station/monitor part, and upstairs on the camera/talk part, there are also 4 terminals to connect your RJ-11 to, in the same order as on the back of the base station. I have those connected and verified correct. I need to find out for sure if the little screw that I haven't figured out what it's for yet, is actually for a ground, and where to ground something out in a house.
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12 Jul 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

For grounding purposes you can use any 3-prong standard 120V plug. Pick one up at a home warehouse, Lowes, Home depot, Menards, etc. Connect a wire to ONLY the screw for the round ground prong, cover or insulate the other two screws if exposed. Plug in to any 120V receptacle and you have a ground.

Another way is to use and old 3-wire power cable with a round cable. The cable should have 3 separate wires inside, white, balck, and green, The green one is the ground conductor. Use an insulating cap for the two other wires, one for each one, and you can use that for a ground too. Take care that the white and black wires do not touch and are fully insulated from each other. A spare PC power cable works great.

I just did a Google search for MEC SDV-8000 series and came up with a steam cleaner and some kind of pump...along with this thread.
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13 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Well, the problem I'm running into is this....the house I live in was built in 1919 and it has never been this house doesn't have 3 wire plugs, or wires with 3 wires in them....just a black (gound) and white (hot) wires through out the whole house. I'll figure something out though eventually I guess. If it doesn't work, then oh well, no big deal I suppose.
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13 Jul 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

White should be the neutral (ground), but in an old house not guaranteed. Black or any color other than green will be the "hot" lead.
You can do the same procedure with a two prong plug by cutting off the one which goes in the "hot" side of the receptacle.
You should use a voltage detector to figure out which is which and may vary from each receptacle. something like:
Greenlee GT-11 Non-Contact Voltage Detector UPC #9022#
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13 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I took the speaker/camera device apart to see if there was a ground inside of it, as it turns out, the screw is an adjustment for the angle of the camera lens. There are only 4 wire connections to be made on the back of that part. They are all hooked up correctly. It has to do something with the other 4 wires that come out of the base station itself, and also the DIP switch on the back of the base station. It's got 5 tiny on/off switches, and I dont know where they are supposed to be set, and I dont know what the other 4 wires do. I need to get a diagram, which brings us back to the original problem, there's no place to find it. I guess I'll toss it in the dumpster, its nothing more than a paper weight without proper functions.
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13 Jul 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I will try to borrow my buddy's camera here in a little bit and take pictures of everything I can. Hopefully pics can help somehow, but for some reason, I doubt it....anyways, will post them.
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13 Jul 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Sounds like a plan, get plenty of light on it and focus. We'll have a look-see.:)
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13 Jul 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Well, I will probably wind up editing this post before it's all said and done, but here are the best pics I could come up with. Apparently my friend meant I could use is cell phone camera and I could have done that myself, so I just used it. The quality isn't very clear or crisp, but hopefully it conveys the point(s). I don't know which pics are which, so I'm going to submit this reply, then come back to it and add details about the pictures.

Pic 1: This is the camera and microphone part....

Pic 2: This is the back of the camera/mic part, where the 4 connections are made from the base part. They are numbered 1-4 from left to right. Close ups are Pics 7 and 8

Pic 3: Overview of the back of the base station/monitor part

Pic 4: Where the 8 wires exit the back of the base/monitor, they are numbered 1-8 from left to right, just can't see the numbers etched in the plastic because the pic is fuzzy.

Pic 5: Close up of the 4 connections that go to the cam/mic part. They also are numbered 1-4, except in this pic from left to right it goes 4, 3, 2, 1. The green RJ-11 phone line is attached correctly to these connectors as well as on the back of the cam/mic piece. The wire order is as follows: 1-black, 2-red, 3-green, 4-yellow. All the numbers align with each other properly, in all three places.

Pic 6: Shows the connections on the back of the monitor, and also the DIP switch and two other terminals that I don't know what are for. I think the device has the capability to open a locked door/gate to allow people to enter at the press of a button instead of having to manually unlock the door/gate. The indentations on the plastic by the two unused terminals say "S" and "L".

Pic 7: Shows connections 1 and 2 on the back of the cam/mic

Pic 8: Shows connections 3 and 4 on the back of the cam/mic

Pic 9: Shows the top side of the monitor, where the cam was on. The cam works when you turn it on from the monitor, and so does the mic and sound. I'm trying to figure out how to get it to also work when the call button is pressed on the cam/mic part. That is the whole problem.

Pic 10: didn't load for some reason, but it was a close up of the DIP switch on the back. The settings are left as it came out of the box. Switches 1 and 2 are off, switch 3 is on, and 4 and 5 are also off.

I hope this helps somebody understand a little more what's going on....maybe the call button on the cam/mic is just broken, which sucks

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