Door bell camera / security cameras

THE FEZ MAN

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Ok, I got a ****** knock at 1am last night and there have been a few break ins lately, I don't want a crazy scar face scanners set up, but something pointed at the front door / driveway might be a good idea.

Any suggestions?
 
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Since most people just want to know the cheapest they can go it would be Hikvision and Dahua. These two brands give you comparable performance to cameras that cost significantly more like Axis. You can find IP cameras with "edge storage" where you put a microSD card in them for basic but cheap recording. Don't bother with IP cameras found cheaper than these brands.

One tip about buying Chinese cameras at the absolute cheapest places (particularly Amazon, ebay etc) be weary that you may not be able to upgrade the products as they are not US versions or authorized for sale.

Analog cameras hooked to a DVR can work just as fine or even better on a low budget or other circumstances.
 
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Also regarding doorbell setup, this is pretty badass:

 

blazin

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Just get a Nest outdoor cam. They are relatively new on the market and easy to setup. there is a recording subscription fee, i think its like $10/month
 

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Trap door with copper pipes instead of bamboo shoots. Cut the pipes at an angle, too. :action-sm
 

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actual skull as a door knocker.
 

steve500

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Get an old Android cell phone or buy a nigg special prepaid for a few bucks. Download the alfred app, and assuming you have power and wifi, you're in business.
 

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picture of david blaine.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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I wish this had better reviews
https://www.getkuna.com/

The biggest issue is it needs to be wireless this is a 100 year old stone house
 
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I'd go for POE... powered over Ethernet... as I did here due to my ex be a fucking loony...

 

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If you can stick with the same brand so you just have to install one client to view them.
The doorbell cams all seem to be from startups using proprietary apps.


For any other cameras, Blue Iris is an excellent piece of software to manage things.
 
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The doorbell cams all seem to be from startups using proprietary apps.


For any other cameras, Blue Iris is an excellent piece of software to manage things.
Even though it is made by Foscam Blue Iris doesn't work with this Foscam NVR... but the web page interface seems to work pretty good.

Eventually when I get a punchdown tool and crimp I'll move the NVR to beside the TV so I can use that as a big monitor. As right now it is sitting in the attic.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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Bought the kuna, 100$ a year is 5 minutes at the track for me, haven't hooked it up yet I do wish it was able to write to a dvr but I will live, I'm not pulling wires and I don't want to feed batteries to a camera.
I bought it at Home Depot so if I don't like it I will just take it back
 
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Bought the kuna, 100$ a year is 5 minutes at the track for me, haven't hooked it up yet I do wish it was able to write to a dvr but I will live, I'm not pulling wires and I don't want to feed batteries to a camera.
I bought it at Home Depot so if I don't like it I will just take it back
Mine was like $299 for 4 cameras, 1 terabyte NVR (expandable to whatever), cables, HDMI cable and oddly a USB mouse.

I should have bought the 8 camera one for $599 as they don't sell the cameras separate (I wanted like 6 in total) so I bought another set and have a spare DVR and two spare cams. One I think I will set up in the basement aimed at my tools.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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getting senile?
 
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The doorbell cams all seem to be from startups using proprietary apps.


For any other cameras, Blue Iris is an excellent piece of software to manage things.
I get that proper software costs money either up front or even as subscription but some of these doorbell cams need to almost be looked at as toys. Unfortunately proprietary is the name of the game with IP if you're going to try to get out cheap. Take a look at the Mobotix I posted earlier in the thread that fucker will set you back $800-2000 depending on the options and can even run off of shitty bell wire that is currently running to your doorbell.

The Blue Iris software does a good job of supporting most of the IP cameras that are available out there. The big plus to that is you can get a handful of cams from various brands and get them to all work off the same software. Otherwise what you usually do is buy all the same brand and use their NVR or use their app (if they make one). Acti for example has a pretty robust server/client software that is free up to like 16 cams.

Also don't get carried away on megapixels on these cams, especially if the main use of the camera is to view it remotely a lot of them will only stream in like 1MP or 720p. Plus if you're recording 20fps of 4 megapixel is going to consume a lot of bandwidth and storage space.

I get the point of the sub fees but it reminds me of some of the home automation systems you can pick up at Lowes or HD, sure they are easy to setup and run but will require monthly fees to run it and the features and flexibility can be slim. Of course you can get all these same doorlocks, switches, dimmers of all brands and get your own server and run it all yourself for no monthly fee. But it will require some effort in getting everything to play nice.