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Old 07-14-2018, 06:55 PM   #1
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I want to buy an outdoor security camera to video tape everything that happens.

I am not sure which brands I should be considering and what kinds.

My house has vinyl siding and "brick" front.
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We use Q-See 1080P cameras outside. See the link below:

https://www.costco.com/Q-See-8X8-DVR...100380172.html

This is our 3rd Q-See system since 2002. The only reason we upgrade was for the improved resolution and features. The installation is a bit of work running the cables to the cameras the first time. After that we re-used the cables. We can monitor our home with our smart phones, tablets, or PC. We also use multiple Foscam pan/tilt HD cameras inside all our homes. Those are wireless so all they need is power.
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Did you install it yourself?
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I use Nest cameras. They use your home WiFi, but have to plug them in for power. They were easy to install. Iím happy with the resolution and ability to monitor from my iPhone. They have options to save video for 10 or 30 days. I forget the cost. Itís easy to save video if you want to.
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It can get complicated...

First you need to determine what areas you want to see - no single camera can capture the entire outer perimeter of a house. I bought one WiFi camera to experiment with to understand its limitations and what it would see, given its resolution and field of view.

You'll need to work out a way to run power to the camera(s) (unless you go with battery/solar powered units - fairly expensive. Cameras take enough power that batteries may not cut it.) If you find you have to run a power cable from inside it may be worth buying a PoE (Power over Ethernet) camera rather than WiFi - but you'll also need a PoE adapter or a router whose Ethernet sockets are explicitly labeled as supporting PoE.

My second camera was PoE because the WiFi signal at the location I wanted to put the camera was very weak (I walked the first WiFi camera to the desired location and checked the signal and video stream on my iPad.) The two cameras after that were WiFi of the same model as the first because power delivery wouldn't be a problem and WiFi was passable (and it was a known quantity,) but an Ethernet cable would be a tough run, even though I thought the adjustable mount on that model kind of sucked (i.e. alan screws used to secure a desired angle and the WiFi antennas got in each others way in certain directions that I just happened to want to use.)

You can find reviews of cameras on Amazon and several other retail sites, some of which specialize in such things.

You'll also need either a commercial NVR (Network Video Recorder) or a sufficiently powerful PC with appropriate software, such as "ZoneMinder", "iSpy", "Blue Iris", etc. There are a lot of choices (https://www.unifore.net/ip-video-sur...p-cameras.html)

Oh yeah - motion detection is a feature that is really nice, since it can limit the recording of only interesting things happening, which makes reviewing long time periods go quickly. But the wind blowing through trees (whether the leaves flutter or their shadows on the ground do,) bugs flying through the IR field at night, and the ever-present spiders that insist on threading a web through the camera's night IR field of view (curse those tiny arachnid devils!) all make for more motion detection than I expected.
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I have an outdoor outlet.
I suppose I can get power to camera that way.

I suppose the easiest location to mount the camera is to the front door's wood frame.
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Look on Amazon for dozens of well priced camera/DVR combos. For very little, you can get a recorder and 8 cameras with 100 foot cords.for the cameras.

We have a local Facebook account for Stolen Items, and cameras throughout our region are identifying criminals of all kinds often within a few minutes of being posted. Few criminals escape being identified via closed circuit tv.

I recently sat in on a sex trafficing trial, and cameras in businesses traced the guy to the scene of the crime. Cameras showed him before the crime buying cable ties and duck tape at the hardware store--used to tie up ladies of the night. His company truck was GPS equiped and he was traced to the scene on Mapquest.

Technology is filling our local jails.up to 130% of.capacity.
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I am not sure a wired system is something I can wire myself.

I don't know how to run cables from inside the home to outside.

Hence leaning towards wireless.
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Did you install it yourself?
Yes. The first time it was difficult to run the cables through crawl spaces (my wife did not want any wires showing). It took a few hours. After that, when we upgraded we just re-used the same cables and plugged in the new DVR and setup the system on our network.
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It can get complicated...

Oh yeah - motion detection is a feature that is really nice, since it can limit the recording of only interesting things happening, which makes reviewing long time periods go quickly. But the wind blowing through trees (whether the leaves flutter or their shadows on the ground do,) bugs flying through the IR field at night, and the ever-present spiders that insist on threading a web through the camera's night IR field of view (curse those tiny arachnid devils!) all make for more motion detection than I expected.
The newer systems like the one we bought, have PIR and a single night vision LED to help eliminate those problems. The moths, bugs and spiders use to irritate me. Now it's just cats, squirrels, birds, or anything else with a heat signature.
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I have an outdoor outlet.
I suppose I can get power to camera that way.

I suppose the easiest location to mount the camera is to the front door's wood frame.
Then get something like this:

https://www.costco.com/Q-See-4CH-NVR...100405450.html

You have to decide how many cameras you want to cover your perimeter then run power to those cameras.
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Just picked up a Ring camera for outside. It's rechargeable battery operated. We will have the Ring doorbell to cover the front porch and the camera to cover the patio.

Have not installed either yet
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We have Blink cameras. The are wireless as long as the camera is within range of the sync module which plugs into 110 ac and links to your home wifi. You can set it up so if it senses motion that it takes a 5-60 second video clip and stores it in the cloud and sends an notification to your smartphone. You can program it so if it continues to sense motion that it starts recording a new video clip 10 seconds after the previous one.

Amazon will have them on sale on Prime Day next week.

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Smart home devices
Here's a few of the deals in this category that won't go live until Prime Day:

$55 off Blink XT 1 Camera System (usually $129.99)
$110 off Blink XT 2 Camera System (usually $229.99)
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Just picked up a Ring camera for outside. It's rechargeable battery operated. We will have the Ring doorbell to cover the front porch and the camera to cover the patio.

Have not installed either yet
i recently installed a ring battery operated doorbell/camera. My Wi-Fi connection there is marginal but it works. The motion detection is quite sensitive. Even on the lowest setting it records spurious events. The doorbell camera is all I really wanted and is easier on the battery so I will probably stick with that and forget recording all the motion alerts.
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I have Nest cameras both inside and outside. Great quality video and haven't had a single problem in the years I've used them.
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I installed a ReoLink system with 8 cameras, you do not need so many but my controller supported 8 so 8 I installed. Could not be easier. I prefer PowerOverEthernet (POE) Cameras, although they are hardwired they are like plugging in a computer and are a more reliable connection that cannot be jammed like Wifi.

The real reason I installed it was not so much for security but so I could see how high the water comes in a Hurricane... And the most important one, when I drive off and think I have left the Garage door open, I can now check on my phone... LOL.
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i recently installed a ring battery operated doorbell/camera. My Wi-Fi connection there is marginal but it works. The motion detection is quite sensitive. Even on the lowest setting it records spurious events. The doorbell camera is all I really wanted and is easier on the battery so I will probably stick with that and forget recording all the motion alerts.



We replaced our old-fashioned doorbell with the Ring video doorbell. While the Ring is battery powered, it uses the existing low-voltage wire (if available ) to charge the battery. The Ring install was much easier than what we did at our vacation home, running wires through the attic for four cameras to cover the front and back of the house. IMG_2269.JPG

We can see a lot of our front access with that little doorbelll. I have fine-tuned the motion zones so that I only get notified if someone approaches the porch.
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I have Dahua exterior cameras on POE running on security spy software. Cameras are soffit mounted with Ethernet running to a poe hub
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And the most important one, when I drive off and think I have left the Garage door open, I can now check on my phone... LOL.
On a side note: I just replaced our 25 yo garage door opener. Many of the new openers are wifi equipped. We can check the door remotely, and close it if needed! Not something I would go out my way to get, but it was standard on the belt drive model we had installed.
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I have Nest cameras both inside and outside. Great quality video and haven't had a single problem in the years I've used them.
+1 on the Nest cameras (we also have Nest smoke/CO detectors).

We will be installing a Nest doorbell tomorrow.
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