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Are these home video surveillance components any good?

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Is any of this good enough to make it worth while putting in? My buddy just put most of this in his house and now my wife thinks we need security cameras too. I really don't want to spend any more than necessary, but don't want to waste the time if it is only going to be as useful as a decoy camera.

I listed the wireless one at the bottom since that will be the only way to put a camera in certain locations since the entire envelope (walls, rafters) of the house has spray foam insulation.

If lighting is a big issue, we have floods on the back of the house and 46 recessed soffit cans around the perimeter than are all on our lutron system, so I'm sure we can come up with a creative way to make them come on if they need to.

And I have a media server that runs sage with 14TB of HDD so that is an option for storing the video it that would be a better route.

I'm really not worried about someone breaking in as we have a security system and a Doberman that we actively participate in Schutzhund and IPO with that would likely make someone want to break into the next house instead, but it looks like we are set on getting some type of surveillance system. As long as its decent enough to get some type of additional benefit from, that would certainly help make it worth while, such as seeing someone at the front door etc.

Thanks for the help!



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post #2 of 7
You might want to look into getting ethernet baluns instead of the bnc cable. They carry power/video/audio over a single cat6 making wire pulls easier. If possible, I'd try to avoid wireless.
post #3 of 7
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Thanks, I'll definitely plan to do that. I think there will be at least 1-2 places that might need a wireless just because of the foam. The attic area over the front porch is netted off and has a foam wall in the attic so you can't even get to the porch to run a wire... I think I can get to all of the corners with wire, but I have a similar situation with the back porch where it has a wood v-joint vaulted ceiling and is close to the middle of the back of the house and projects outward, thus blocking the view from either corner camera... If the wireless doesn't do its job at all for the porch, I guess I'd go ahead and cut out a hole to be able to crawl over and get into the porch attic and just have our insulation guys come fix it afterward...

So other than the wire type, the cameras look ok for what I'm wanting to achieve?

Thanks!
post #4 of 7
Specs wise they seem ok. I'm always wary of off brand products especially ones with ads like on ebay. Have you looked at any other sources for your equipment?
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Originally Posted by themoderntheatre View Post

Specs wise they seem ok. I'm always wary of off brand products especially ones with ads like on ebay. Have you looked at any other sources for your equipment?

Just some other online places that I found using google. My friend told me which ones he has had better results with through his limited trial and error, which is why I posted some of that on here to see how it compared to other available products in that type of price range that AVS users have used.

Here are some sites I looked at:
http://www.logitech.com/en-us/webcam-communications/video-security-systems/master-systems/7252
http://www.homesecuritystore.com/p-1664-h580d8b-atrix-complete-8ch-camera-surveillance-kit-w-500gb-hdd.aspx
http://www.supercircuits.com/
www.vigilanceandsecurity.com

I would love some suggestions if you know of any particular brands or models that are either more reliable, perform better, overall better value etc. And I don't mind spending a little more money if it gives me a system that would actually be beneficial should something ever happen that would require looking at the surveillance footage.

So far from my research I plan to go with a wired system and would like to use my server if possible for the DVR. Not sure what software or equipment I need yet to make that all work though. I would like to be able to check on it remotely on a cell phone or computer. I haven't decided yet about just using the motion activation or recording constantly and keeping however many days a 2TB hd would hold? Haven't weighed all the pros and cons for that yet. For the moment, I have decided against the motorized dome cameras as they don't seem to be as good of a camera as most of the bullet style cameras in a similar price range.

After I get the DVR thing figured out, I will probably just get a camera and do some tests with it to see what it can do and what its limitations are and go from there.

Thanks for the help!
post #6 of 7
Rule #4 of DIY home automation - don't be a guinea pig. Find a proven solution before spending a cent.

It's been done before, look harder.

Axis Camera website is a terrific resource for educational material.

You could also pay a local expert to design the system for you. Make sure he/they are reliable.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks, I just opened their site and it looks very informative.
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