I have just started researching cameras and NVR software for a DIY "IP security system". I prefer wired over wireless, as I have ethernet throughout my house.
For the exterior cameras, I was thinking to use wired Power over Ethernet (PoE) cameras for the exterior locations, as they would be mounted under the roof eaves. I can run Cat 5 through my attic into the master bedroom closet fairly easily, and connect the cameras to a PoE router. Alternatively, I could use the regular switch I have in that room and separate PoE adapters; some of the Panasonic cameras come with these units. Perhaps all this is more trouble than it is worth and wireless would be easier?
For the interior cameras, I do not need PoE, as I have power near the ethernet drops, but PoE would make for a cleaner installation.
Below is some preliminary information on my research thus far. Sorry about the formatting, but I have attached the MS Word doc I am using to consolidate information, if anyone finds it useful.
IP PoE Cameras (for exterior)
Panasonic BL-C140A (proprietary PoE)\tOutdoor MPEG-4 Network Camera\t (Silver)\t\t$186\tFeatures: Z, NV (3.00 Lux), MD, IP v4/v6,
Panasonic BB-HCM531A (PoE 802.3af)\tOutdoor Pan/Tilt PoE Security Network Camera\t$560\tFeatures: PT, NV (0.09 Lux), MD, IP v4/v6
IP Cameras (for interior)
Foscam cam0011 \t\t\tWireless IP Camera\t\t\t\t$90\tFeatures: PT, NV (0.5 Lux), 2-way audio, 640x480
Panasonic BL-C101A (proprietary PoE)\tFixed MPEG-4 Network Camera (White)\t\t$112\tFeatures: NV (3.00 Lux), IP v4/v6
Panasonic BL-C210A (proprietary PoE)\tInternet Security Camera (Silver)\t\t\t$169\tFeatures: PTZ(3x), NV (3.00 Lux), MD, HD, SD, 640x480
Panasonic BB-HCM511A (PoE 802.3af) \tNetwork camera with two-way audio (Silver)\t$360\tFeatures: PTZ, NV (0.09 Lux), MD, IP v4/v6, 2-way audio
I hope this helps someone, and jump in with comments / questions!
IP Security System Info.doc 42.5k . file