Geez, I am one of those guys that never asks directions. Engineers are always like this, I guess. Only as a last resort, I have my pride.
So, update. I went to site today. As you recall, to recap, I have two multihop links to 9 Hikvision cameras and 2 Hikvision 8185 cameras. These go into customer Foundry Networks switch on a "camera" routed vlan, which end up, across campus, on two VMWare Exacqvision servers. The Hikvision go fine, the Arecont connections stall, freeze, etc.
R1_R2_R2_R3 (2 x 8185 + 8223 PTZ)
R1_R2 (2 x 4312) R2_R3 (2 x 4312) R3_R4 (2 x 4312) R3_R5 (2 x 6026)
Frequencies (all 40 MHz) 5780/5840 for R1-R2. All others 5550, 5320, 5660, 5270. Bandwidth used on the all Hikvision links to R1 are about (40 Mbps) no problems. Bandwidth used to Arecont and PTZ (daytime, VBR) about 6-10 Mbps. I will check tonight. I bet this goes to 20+ Mbps.
R1 radios are powered and connected to a Toughswitch, which uplinks to customer network. The question I have is whether the problem with the connection the the 8185 cameras is the radios or the customer network to get back to the video servers (Exacq virtual).
As an integrator, I am concerned about the solution before connecting to the customer switch. Today I put in a server at the closet location where the AP radios end up. I disabled all of the cameras from the customers network, and put on this server. I started without connecting to the customer network. Everything works. There is occasional 2 second drops on the Arecont cameras, but still, everything works. I did a Wirelshark (just areconts, and then all cameras). If I connect the customer network, the Hikvision still work, but the Areconts freeze up.
This has to be some broadcasting event or ?? on the customer network. I did a scan, and there are no duplicate IP addresses corresponding to the Arecont cameras. This is a VLAN setup for camera devices routed to the server network (I hate this, would rather have server on camera subnet, with routing done by client). I did Wireshark on local server setup on and off the customer network.
So, the system works. Handoff of the patch cable to the customer and connection to their network is irrelavant if it causes problems?? Do I charge for all of my time. I hate this for using customer administrated transport systems.