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Security Cameras at a residence? - May 3, 2012, 01:44 PM

Hmm..

Looks like I have need to have a security camera at my residence..I know NOTHING about security cameras...So heres the questions...
  • Any recommendations for wireless cameras that work well at night?
  • Should/Can I connect it to my wireless router and use my desktop?
  • Any good programs out there for one/two cameras at the most?
  • For a basic system, is Internet monitoring out of the question?
I dont want to spend a lot of money on this and I dont need a huge record time. I have a old laptop with a pretty decent hard drive I could use if I needed..My plan is just to put a camera on the window sill or hide it somewhere aiming out front. I am mostly concerned at night...Or should I just look into security camera packages?

I am also thinking about putting a motion light towards the front mounted to the top of the house. I know some persons just run a PVC pipe down the side of the house but I am thinking of using the power that is in the attic already...


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May 3, 2012, 01:48 PM

just get some dropcams

or logitech alert cams

both are pricey but work


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Set Up a Simple Home Surveillance System with Google+ Hangouts

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How to Create a Remotely Viewable, Motion-Sensing Home Security System with Your iDevice and Spare Webcams

Set Up a Simple, Web Streaming Home Surveillance System


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May 3, 2012, 02:05 PM

Thanks..ill look when I get home (Access blocked here). I was thinking webcams but I wasnt sure if they would work due to the distance (want to cover the driveway). I need to talk to an electrician about installing a couple of flood lamps..


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May 3, 2012, 02:16 PM

I have a wireless webcam package (2 webcams) with a mountable LCD that displays what they see. The cams can be configurable to send data to a server or you can 3rd party software to pull the data from the cams. I do not have the cams that support night-mode since I have motion activated security lights outside and most night-mode cams have almost no throw of light.

I was contemplating selling my system and going with a cloud based solution (dropcam), if that's something you're interested in let me know, it would certainly be one of the cheapest routes.


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I have this camera at home without night vision:
D-Link Products - DCS-932L - mydlink-enabled Wireless N Day/Night Home Network Camera

The packages are good if you need a lot of cameras, but if you only need one or two, you don't have to get one of those. Especially since you said you have an old laptop with a decent hard drive that is all you need.

The camera I linked to comes with a website for remote viewing, software to set up recording onto a computer (like your old latptop), and an iphone app you can use with it.

I ended up not using any of their software and going with Vitamin D instead:
vitamin d : home

It is free for one camera. You can set up rules like look for People entering and leaving a door between x times on x days. It does person detection. I basically set up an old laptop with this software and I have it recording what I need on there. I also set up the alerts so that it emails me screen shots when someone is entering and exiting my condo between certain times. I use it to make sure the dog walker shows up on time, but you get the idea. When I get a house, I'm going to expand the system and maybe set up a front door cam etc.

You can use that Vitamin D software with most any webcam so you don't have to necessarily use the D-link one. If you have any other questions, let me know.
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interesting. I've never heard of that. I will have to check that out to see how it compares to my current solution.
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iSpy is a good free software solution.


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didnt you ask this already? if you search .net, you will see this topic already.

I use logitech alert 700 series.


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didnt you ask this already? if you search .net, you will see this topic already.

I use logitech alert 700 series.
I searched but couldnt find it..Kept on using "cameras" under the search engine..It was under home surveillance...DOH!!


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May 3, 2012, 02:58 PM

I was thining about something like this myself. (I live in DC, and park on the street in front of the house. )

But it makes me wonder... most of these cameras have really horrible image quality. You can make out what happened, but you can't really make out faces in real life situations. I'm not sure it would be useful unless you spend big bucks on high resolution stuff?
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Amazon.com: Logitech Alert 750e Outdoor Master Security System with Night Vision: Camera & Photo Amazon.com: Logitech Alert 750e Outdoor Master Security System with Night Vision: Camera & Photo
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First you need the 750e mast sec sys..which is a cam plus software plus receiving plug

then i ordered 2 additional cams. (700e)

I use 2 inside and 1 outside.

They have an indoor camera, but it doesnt have night vision so i said forget that.

Total was roughly $825

Ill post a pic from my phone here in a second.


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I can see the cams in the web. iPhone or iPad.

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