Home Security Camera System

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  1. Wayne

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    Looking to buy an off the shelf security camera system, wireless preferred. Too many break-ins around these days and a kid on the way

    At least 4 cameras, 8 preferred.

    Thinking I am just gonna grab something off Amazon but there is like 10 million of these things on there and my knowledge of them is limited.

    Certainly need something weatherproof, two way audio + remote activated siren would be great, full HD or 4K. Looking for suggestions.
     
  2. Grifter

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    I've heard really good things about one of the systems from Costco.

    That being said I'd emphasize as clear of a picture as you can get. Have seen quite a few posts on Facebook about car break ins, package theft etc with images of the asshole, but no identifying the fuck. Not sure if it's because of the bit of blurriness, or lack of resources. :shrug2:
     
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    Costco has some nice kits. You're not going to get two way audio or any kind of siren though.
     
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    I don't have a Costco membership, but I can check it out and get sister in-law to look at grabbing me one.
     
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    costco and go wired
    I did an 8 camera a while back and it was the best thing I ever did
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    So you got the Lorex system, I can get that from other places other than Costco. How do these things wire together, hate to drill holes all through my place to set these things up.
     
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    Ok, these are eth cameras, so running network cables.
     
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    Don't need one to order from their site :)
     
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    Go wired 100% ... wireless sucks for cameras. Wired PoE (power over ethernet) so you run one wire to each camera. Do you have easy access to your soffits?
     
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    Easy, not really. Full two story house...but there is attic access, was hoping not to crawl through all that blown in insulation.
     
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    Yeah you don't want the cameras out of reach or you'll want to kill yourself when spiders web them over :o
     
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    Would putting one in the lower soffit be too in reach?

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    Dude! There's still snow in NB in August???? The east coast really has frozen over!!!
     
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    Old picture to show a close up of house haha

    It's been +30 and no rain for like 2 months straight
     
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    Has to capitalize on the opportunity kimosabe.
     
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    Would probably be perfect. You can probably get cable into that soffit through the exterior wall of the upper level as well.
     
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    I have lorex, blink and wyze cams in my house.
    Lorex: work well. Hardwired, 24/7 recording. So even if there's no motion trigger you can review the entire day. You can also add ptz cameras. The only thing worse than the quality of their software and mobile app is their customer service. The software on the recorder is unstable. For no reason I will lose settings, including the motion trigger zone. Calling them is useless. You're also limited by the number of channels. I've also found their HDR to be less that quality built. I can jiggle one cable at the back and all pictures will go bad. Seems like lack luster board construction.

    Wyzecam- cheap, very stable and they have cloud service. Or you can use a micro SD card. They have just come out with an outdoor camera too. Their customer service is great. Exterior cameras are battery operated with a life of about 6 months. Downside is unless you have a us address, they won't ship to you.

    Blink: Work great. Battery lasts about 2 years. All wireless and decent app. Only downside is their is not full time recording. You can only review motion triggers, so if something doesn't activate it. You'll never see it.

    The best ones other than a commercial grade system in my opinion is nest. They have taken all the thinking out of it. Higher upfront cost but does everything with paid cloud storage. It also has learning and if it recognizes a face it will announce it to you. It can also integrate with the google hub so you can view the cameras on it.

    The power of the IR lights can be quite week on all so an IR flood light isn't a bad idea. It will help with night vision distances.
     
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    I'm on year 4 of a dual camera Foscam setup, wifi, using my media server as a NVR. It works really good. Constant recording with flags for motion, overwrites after 20 days.

    That being said, I'm liking the blink setup but havent dove deep enough into it and I wont change over until i sell this house next year
     
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    I'm just guessing I live in a higher crime neighborhood than rural New Brunswick. I know tons of my neighbors have video camera setups. It is *rare* that video they've captured helps when crime does occur (porch pirates, etc). The cost and hassle to set up and manage has never seemed worth it to me.
     
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    I was gonna say something similar but didn't want to discourage him.
     
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    I've gotten a couple people arrested and charged with footage from my cameras :lol:
     
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    Wayne does what Wayne wants.
     
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    I have absolute paranoia when I go to bed or leave on the morning that I left a garage door open. This let's me check instead of turning around 30 mins from the house or getting out of bed at 2am. At the same time I travel enough that I wanted the wife to be able to check the TV if she hears a noise outside. I've also been able to watch my neighbours car get stolen.
     
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    You can get adapters so you can run cat5 through the walls and connect to bnc ends for just a few bucks. Let's you build a basic system and keep it upgradeable for the future.
     
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    I do have a sensor on my garage door - no camera, though.
     
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    So do I. Don't trust it.
     
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    A lot of break ins in Fredericton area the last couple years, and the wife wants some extra piece of mind.
     
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    If I can just get my wife to remember to park in view of the camera, they might come in handy sometime

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    If the car gets stolen, I might be able to identify the guys shoes
     
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    I just run 4 wyze cams, 2 inside and 2 outside, the wireless ahs been fine for me for 2 years so far.

    I just bought outdoor housings for the indoor cams and they have been good for 2+ years outside so far
     
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    Actually, saying I wouldn’t be doing this isn’t entirely true. I have considered things like the Nest doorbell for porch pirates. But like I said, around here anyway, you can have a clear HD photo of someone and the police don’t do anything. The other thing I would put a camera on is the car but it’s kind of random where it gets parked as our driveway is too small. I mostly rely on our neighbor being a light sleeper and being out front of her house for a smoke every hour through the night. Lol
     
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    I am gonna buy the lorex 8 channel smart 4k system with active deterrence and full color night vision.

    Priced it out to build my own and $1000 for lorex is a good enough option. Once the ethernet is all run I can always change it down the road.
     
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    Full color night vision isn't full color just so you know. I have it on my system and I've yet to see anything but black and white when it's dark out. They only difference I have seen vs a regular IR system is during dusk and Dawn.
     
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    Oh you don't rely on police. You post on social media and let that ruin their life :rofl:
     
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