About Us:


Since 1997, EDI has been a value-added provider of high quality computer components, systems, servers, and computing solutions. Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, EDI maintains a presence throughout the eastern United States and many European markets.

At EDI, we recognize that business policies and practices that serve the technology community provide an important business advantage, both for us and our customers. As a prominent distributor of computer components and white-box systems, we affect the communities where we do business. As such, we build quality relationships with clients and develop strong vendor alliances. For us, there are multiple benefits – better financial returns, increased opportunities, more efficient operations, higher employee motivation, and improved goodwill between us, our vendors, and our customers. For our customers, there is a triple bottom line – more efficient service, increased selection, and smart savings.

Leveraging our strengths (accelerated delivery time, affordable pricing, assorted purchase options, and exceptional customer service), we plan to improve product accessibility and affordability, provide innovative solutions, and continuously improve our service and products. To achieve this goal, EDI pursues an individual relationship with each customer and tailors services to meet each customer’s specific needs. By contributing to the success of our customers, we hope to stimulate the use of technology throughout a variety of industry sectors, including schools, government institutions, and corporations.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Windows XP on Sandy Bridge? Prevent BSOD's during installation...

In order to install Windows XP on a "Sandy Bridge" Socket 1155 Motherboard you will need to make one minor change in the BIOS. The SATA Controller, by default, is set to AHCI. This will cause BSOD's while attempting to install Windows XP. Once you change the SATA Controller to IDE you will then be able to install Windows XP with no issues.

More on AHCI:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Host_Controller_Interface

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Intel's SSD 320: The All-Around SSD Solution

Here's a little-known fact: as NAND flash manufacturing shrinks to ever-smaller lithography nodes, getting the same write endurance out of SSDs becomes increasingly difficult. It's a true testament to Intel's engineering prowess, then, that the company's third-generation mainstream SSDs are the fastest and most reliable yet. Yes, they center on memory etched at 25 nm (compared to last generation's 34 nm flash). However, Intel is confident in their dependability. So confident, in fact, that it recently increased the SSD 320 family's warranty from three years up to five.

http://www.techinsight.tv/intels-ssd-320-the-all-around-ssd-solution.html

The Dawn of the "Micro Server"

Tyan’s FM65-B5511 micro server, based on Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processor architecture, is one product in the category, featuring 18 single-processor compute nodes in a 4U enclosure. Tyan also offers a micro server based on AMD processors.

http://www.channelprosmb.com/article/24862/Micro-Servers-Set-for-Increased-Sales/

Monday, June 20, 2011

Selling to College Students? Offer Them a Bonus

For a limited time college students purchasing Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 will receive a complimentary download of Outlook, Publisher, and Access. Use the provided marketing materials to capture this opportunity and help grow your sales. Conditions apply.


*End customer must be a qualified higher education student currently enrolled in an accredited university program and provide proof of enrollment upon request. End customer must buy and activate Office Home and Student 2010 during the promotion period (7/1/11 – 9/25/11), and provide date of Office 2010 purchase. Redemption deadline is 10/21/11.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Microsoft warning on support scams

It appears that crooks are cold calling individuals offering "Security Scans" and causing major issues -

The crooks cold-call people at home and claim to be calling from Microsoft or a well-known security firm and offering "free security checks".

Microsoft said if someone claiming to be from Windows or Microsoft Tech Support calls you: "Do not purchase any software or services. Ask if there is a fee or subscription associated with the 'service'. If there is, hang up."

More info here:

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2011/06/16/tech_support_scam_calls/

Notes from the "Meet and Greet for the 2011 Intel and Microsoft Building Solutions Together Tour"

Greg Mann attended the "Evening Networking Reception and Showcase" last night and brought back the following notes:


  • Intel is making one million CPU's a day, and are forecasting that about 500 million PCs will be built in the next year.
  • Intel is refurbishing/building 6 new fabs, all in the USA. Important for them to keep jobs here in the USA.
  • Intel is getting more serious about netbooks next year. 
  • Sales of Intel SSD drives are 3 times what was the forecast for this year.
  • Microsoft is promoting Server 2011 Essentials pretty hard, along with the cloud integration, Office 365, etc.
  • Microsoft is stressing price point and no CAL's on Server 2011 Essentials as major selling points.
Be prepared to hear more and more about "The Cloud" and Cloud Storage in the future as it appears to be the next big thing in Data Storage.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

USB 3.0 Ports on Intel Sandy Bridge Boards and OS Installs


Quick note:

On the Intel Sandy Bridge motherboards in stock that have USB 3.0 (DH61BE/DH67BL/DH67BL/DP67BA/DQ67SW), the ports will work if you have a USB keyboard/mouse hooked to them and you are setting up the motherboard BIOS. 
If you have a USB keyboard/mouse plugged into the USB 3.0 ports on these boards during operating system installation, the keyboard/mouse will not function. This is due to the USB 3.0 functionality being provided by a separate chip on the motherboard vs. being natively supported by the chipset. The Windows 7 kernel does not have native support for this chip. 

Once the OS is loaded and the USB 3.0 driver is loaded the ports will function normally.

It is recommended that during OS installation that you use the USB 2.0 ports for keyboard/mouse.

The USB 3.0 Ports are Blue



Tip Courtesy of Greg Mann.

Understanding Downgrade Rights

The following link will help you understand the process of downgrading Microsoft Software to previous versions. Remember, if your customer is insistent on going back to Windows XP you can offer them the option to buy a Windows 7 License and exercise their "Downgrade Rights" to go to Windows XP.



http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/pages/downgrade_rights.aspx

As always if you have any questions, be sure to ask your Account Exec for more information.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Integrated + Discrete Graphcis on Intel Sandy Bridge Boards

All of the H61/H67/Q67 chipset Intel boards can run the Integrated and a discrete graphics card at the same time.
There is an adjustment that will have to be made in the bios as circled below.
The IGD will need to be set to “Always Enable”
The default is “Enable if Primary”




If this setting is not changed it will not work. After making the setting change you can run 4 displays in any combination between DVI, VGA and HDMI.



Note: DVI-D (White) can not be converted to VGA using a DVI-VGA Adaptor.  DVI-I (blue) can be converted to VGA using and DVI-VGA Adaptor. 

** NOTE ** - Only install the drivers for the discrete card, not the control center applications that come with the cards. This will cut down on the control centers causing any issues with the secondary displays on the discrete card.

Tip Courtesy of Greg Mann

Intel SSD Videos, FYI

A couple of great videos from Intel dealing with their Solid State Drives -

The first one explains the three different packaging options:

 

The Second one talks about data migration using tools included in the reseller and retail box SSD's:

Geovision Recording Server VS NVR FAQ

Please click to enlarge, ask your Account Exec for more information.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Windows Vista SP1 End of Support

Now that Windows 7 is available, system builders have been requesting additional information regarding End of Sales and End of Support for Windows Vista products. In response, Microsoft is providing updates to the existing Windows Life-Cycle Policy, as well as details regarding End of Sales and End of Support plans for Windows Vista products.
Windows Vista Authorized Replication Ends October 11, 2011
This date is two years after the General Availability (GA) of Windows 7. Going forward all Windows products will follow a standardized End of Sales schedule which sets the End of Sales date for the previous Windows version at the start of the General Availability (GA) of the new Windows version. Once the new Windows Operating System (OS) reaches the set GA date, the previous version will remain available for two years after this date.
End of Support for Windows Vista Service Pack 1
Microsoft support for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) will end on July 12, 2011. From that date onward, Microsoft will no longer provide support or free security updates for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).
To help you understand the technical impact of support ending for Windows Vista SP1 and get guidance about how to communicate with your customers about options, watch the on-demand webcast Your Customer Is on Windows Vista SP1: What Are Their Options and Its Technical Implications?
What’s Next?
Advise your customers not to run an unsupported operating system. Small and midsize businesses should migrate to Windows 7 Professional. Use these End-of-Support resources to help you talk with customers about upgrading to the Windows 7 operating system.

Source:  http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/products/windows/Pages/windows_vista_overview.aspx

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

ENXDVR-4C - Digital Surveillance In A Box – 4 Channel Digital Video Recorder and 4 CCD Security Cameras with Night Vision

ENXDVR-4C - Digital Surveillance In A Box – 4 Channel Digital Video Recorder and 4 CCD Security Cameras with Night Vision – Brief Overview and Main Menu

June 7, 2011

By: Al Kersey



Package Contents :

• 1 x 4-Channel Surveillance DVR (No Hard Drive in this model)

• 4 x Encore CCD All Weather and lightning proof cameras

• 4 x BALUN adapter

• 1 x Power adapter

• 1 x AC power cord

• 1 x USB Mouse

• 1 x IR Remote Control

• 1 x IR Receiver Extension Cable (for Remote Control)

• 2 x AAA Batteries for Remote Control (Optional)

• 1 x Quick Installation Guide

• 1 x Utility CD (includes user manual and software)


 DVR Technical Specifications:

Video Compression: MJPEG / MPEG4

Video Input: Four RJ45 connectors

Video Output: VGA / Out

Display Resolution (for NTSC): 640x448

Display Resolution (for PAL): 640x544

Display Frame Rate (for NTSC): 120fps

Display Frame Rate (for PAL): 100fps

Display Division: Single / Sequence / Split (1/4)

Audio Input: 1

Audio Output: 1

Recording Resolution (for NTSC): 640x224

Recording Resolution (for PAL): 640x272

Recording Frame Rate (with Auto Balance Mode, for NTSC): 60fps

Recording Frame Rate (with Auto Balance Mode, for PAL): 50fps

Recording Mode: Continuous / Schedule / Motion Detection

Recording Quality: High / Normal / Low

Search Mode: Time / Event

Storage Support: One Internal 2.5” SATA HDD (Max. Capacity Support: 1TB)

Backup Device: USB Flash Drive

Network Connection: RJ-45

Network Protocol: TCP/IP, Static IP, DHCP, PPPOE , DDNS

Network Remote: Remote Monitoring, Recording and Playback by Client Program and IE browser

USB: USB 2.0 Port x 1

Mouse: USB 2.0 Port x 1

Balun: Four Provided Baluns for Video/Audio/Power

Mouse: Included (PS/2 Compatible USB Mouse)

IR Remote Controller: Included (Batteries Optional)

IR Extender Cable: Included

Power Adapter (External): Input:100~240VAC, 50/60Hz Output 12VDC, 5A

Certifications: FCC, CE, RoHS

Dimensions (W x L x D): 18.09 x 4.19 x 12.85 cm

  
Encore Camera Technical Specifications



Model: Encore’s ENCA-CCDP (PAL Video System), Encore’s ENCA-CCDN (NTSC Video System)

Pick-up device: 1/4 " SONY Super HAD CCD

Effective pixels: PAL - 500x582, NTSC - 510x492

Resolution: 420TVL

Sensor size: 2.7mm x 3.6mm

Sync system: Internal

Min. illumination: 0lux(IR on)

S/N ratio: More than 48dB

Electronic shutter: PAL - 1/50 ~ 1/100,000sec, NTSC - 1/60 ~ 1/100,000sec

Lens: 3.6mm M12 lens

View Angle: 90°

Gamma: 0.45

White balance: Auto

AGC: Auto

Video output: 1.0V p-p Composite Video Output, 75 Ohm

IR distance: 10~15m

IR LED’s: 24 x Φ5

Power supply: 12VDC

Power consumption (Max): 80mA/240mA(IR on)

Operating temp: -10°C ~ 50°C



Selling Points:

Everything is included in the box but cabling and 2.5" SATA Hard Drive

No power needed for Cameras, they are powered by the DVR box over Cat 5 using POE.

Kit includes instructions for remote viewing via web and smartphone (excluding iPhone for the moment)

Camera 1 allows for a microphone (not included) to be used (also requires RCA to Mic Adaptor, not included)

Allows for backup to External USB Drive

Hardware Setup:

The unit itself is small, about the size of a typical cable modem. After taking the screws out of the bottom and 
 rear of the unit you are presented with a metal mounting bracket. Unscrew the metal bracket from the unit and, using the provided screws, mount the bracket to the bottom of the hard drive. While the bracket is out of the unit notice Jumper JS2 on the mainboard of the unit, you will need to make sure it is set to NTSC video standard by putting the jumper on pins 2 & 3. Once you verify that the correct video standard is picked, screw the bracket with the hard drive back into the unit and connect the SATA Data and Power Cables, already in the unit.

Note: Take extra care while plugging in the SATA Data and Power cables in the unit as it was a tight fit and if not done with care could possibly break the connectors off of the hard drive.

Once finished it should look like this:



Now put the cover back onto the unit and secure with the screws. You'll now see the mounted hard drive through the units ventilation holes on the top of the box:



Connect a monitor to the VGA adapter, connect the provided mouse to the USB port labeled "Mouse".  

Before plugging the unit into a power source make sure you have your cameras situated, plugged into the Cat 5 cables and those same cables are plugged into the DVR.

Camera Setup:

The cameras are pretty straight forward, they have a BNC (Coax) Connector, 12V Power Connector and a line for connecting a microphone (remember that Cam 1 is the only one that supports audio) and when coupled with the provided baluns all that is necessary is to plug in the Cat 5 Cable as the unit powers the cameras using provided Power Over Ethernet.

One item of note that is listed on each balun is to NOT disconnect the 12v power cable from the camera while the unit is in use. It can damage the camera and DVR Unit itself.



The brackets that come with the cameras allow you to mount the cameras in a variety of ways. Once you have the cameras mounted/situated where you want them to be you can arrange the wiring to your liking and connect the balun to the camera and to the Cat 5 cable.


You are now ready to plug in the DVR to a power source and start it up.

On first boot it will prompt you to format the hard drive. Use the provided mouse to format the drive and then you'll see a screen similar to this:



This is the main screen that you will see when the DVR unit is powered on.

State Information 



This will show up top letting you know status of the cameras, that they are recording, network info, how much of the hard drives space has been used and time and date. Nothing here is selectable.

Moving the attached mouse near the bottom of the screen will bring up icons that let you configure the DVR - here are some of the things you can select and what they do:




4 Split View allows you to see all cameras at once, and is the default you will see. If you don’t have 4 cameras connected you will see filled boxes for however many you have attached:




Auto Rotation will set the cameras on a rotating “slideshow” that will show you each camera in full screen mode for a set amount of time, which can be configured.



Stop Record will stop the unit from recording. If you need to change your hard drive settings (i.e. format the drive) or make system changes you’ll need to hit this button to stop recording. The unit will prompt you if you need to stop recording anything. Stopping recording is password protected – 



The default password is 123456 and should be changed when you are setting the unit up.



Enter Main Menu will take you to the Main Menu


We will now Go through the different options in the Main Menu:



Channel Setup allows you to configure settings for each camera attached, letting you do things like enable and disable channels, set them to record or view only, hide a channel (will record but not shown on the screen) Name Each Channel (Bedroom, Window, Door, Conference Room, etc) Set Rotation time (Between 2 and 30 seconds) and adjust the cameras color (Brightness, Contrast, Hue and Saturation)
Record Setup lets you change different recording options. Auto Record is the amount of time you want to pass between powering up and when the DVR will start to record automatically. It is in 10 second increments between 10 and 60. Setting this to zero disables automatic recording. Video Quality lets you adjust between Low, Medium and High Quality – keep in mind the higher the quality the more hard drive space will be used. Record Frame Rate lets you adjust the frame rates of all cameras attached. The DVR is capable of 60 Frames per second and defaults all 4 cameras to 15 FPS each. This can be adjusted to your liking. Record Schedule enables you to schedule how you would like the unit to record during the week, off, by timer or by motion. It is fairly advanced and the included manual will show you how you can choose your options for each hour of the day and each day of the week.



Detector Setup allows you to set the how the system will warn you when there is Video Loss and lets you adjust Motion Sensitivity. After picking your sensitivity levels, alarm types and times, recording types and times and triggers you can adjust what area of the screen will trigger the DVR not only to record, but to warn you as well.



If the DVR had noticed any movement in the blue area I highlighted it will record based on how the detector was setup. Again the provided user manual will walk you through every individual setup and option available.



System Setup lets you setup the DVR’s Password, Time/Date, warning beeps and other information. Query Error Message lets you view and clear errors. View Setup allows you to turn off “Icon Help” (the words above the different selectable icons on the bottom of the screen) “Error Message Information” (on or off and will clear on reboot)and allows you to configure the “State Information” (Device Status Bar at the top of your screen) to your liking. You can also setup what is shown on the screen for each separate channel. Date/Time Setup lets you adjust the Date, Time, Time Zone and Daylight Savings Information. Button Beep Setup allows you set 3 distinct beeps for when the included mouse or Remote are used. Input Device Setup allows you to change the settings of the included mouse and IR Remote. Auto Exit Menu lets you adjust how long the menu will stay up unaltered before exiting.



Hardware Setup allows you to Setup Users permissions, View and Change Hard Drive Setup (Including setting the DVR to overwrite once full and formatting the drive), Make Video Changes (including the border and Screen resolution) Setup the Audio for Camera 1, Update the Firmware and Load System defaults.



Language Selection gives you the option to set the DVR’s language between English, Traditional Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.

Exit Main Menu lets you exit the main menu, giving you the option to save or discard any changes you have made.

The Encore ENXDVR-4C DVR all in one unit will allow you to add the unit to your network and gives you the option to setup remote viewing on your network and over the internet as well. The Driver Disc includes the K-Lite Codec pack for Network Viewing and the User’s Manual will walk you through network settings and how to view over the internet using Microsoft Internet Explorer. The User’s Manual will also help you setup a dynamic DNS Service (if you are not assigned a static IP for your internet connection) The User’s Manual also guides you through Smartphone Application Setup.

As you have seen just by scratching the surface, there are many things that you can do with the Encore ENXDVR-4C Digital Surveillance In a Box Kit – while not as feature rich as more expensive DVR solutions, the ENXDVR-4C Kit provides a quick and easy way to have a 4 channel security system on a budget – making the ENXDVR-4C kit excellent for monitoring your home, small business, or office.

Pros:

  • Everything included in the kit, minus 2.5 inch hard drive and Cat 5 Cable.
  • Thorough Users Manual walks you through every step of setup and configuration.
  • Almost all settings can be tailored to your liking.
  • Cameras provide excellent picture quality during the day and provide decent quality in the dark.
Cons:
  • “All Weather” Cameras are not supposed to be used in direct sunlight or “High Humidity” areas.
  • Unit can only support up to 1TB HDD.
  • LED’s that activate for “Night Vision” will cause glare/reflection if close to a reflective surface, degrading picture quality.
  • Cannot be expanded past 4 Cameras.

Overall if you are looking for a “Budget Oriented” DVR Unit the Encore ENXDVR-4C Kit is the way to go! You can use it as a way to monitor your Children (baby monitor, after school activities etc), Employees or as a way to monitor your business “after hours” and not break the bank to do so.

Ask your Eastern Data Account Exec for pricing on the Encore ENXDVR-4C Kit, Mobile Hard Drive and Cat 5 Cables and you’ll have a security system setup faster than you expected!


*** UPDATE!*** - To see the remote access in action please click here.