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Due to some recent activities in my neighborhood I'm in the market for an outdoor wireless security camera and recorder. There are a ton of them out there, but not sure of good brands, etc. My building has a few already, but there are some areas of my patio, etc that I'd like to cover. Only need one or two cameras. Anyone here have any experience or preference? Found this one on Amazon as an example:

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XT6GXO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004XT6GXO&linkCode=as2&tag=survcach-20

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I bought a lorex brand from Costco . They work good . Some of the features that were important to me was expandability, infra red camera and distance . Some brands can see up to 66 feet or has a 360 view . Most nowadays can be accessed from your smart phone too . I visit this website , www.cnet.com for reviews of all electronic equipment .. Hope this helps

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Thanks. Lorex looks like a good brand. And do want to get as big of a harddrive as possible. The power source to the camera is myron concern on most sets I've found. They are wireless cameras, but are powered by AC not battery. This limits where I can install them, but will make it work.

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While out buying look for some 'dummy' security stickers as well. Some metal, flexible conduit around romex wire will protect it, and if you add in an emergency light (starting at $30 on amazon) it'll illuminate if someone cuts the line. I wouldn't advertise the camara with signs like some businesses do, and an out of sight location, so they're on camara before they can destroy it, would be my last suggestion. JMHO.

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Gilla, my thoughts exactly about out of sight. That's why I was initially looking for battery powered cameras, since they would easier to place without having to be 'tied' to the location of an outlet. Good idea about the light. Will check that out too. Hope to buy something today.

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jumbo

you may want to look into electronic drive way alerts. I have several in use. It allows you to be alerted to incoming by drive way or even trails. Found them very useful. Most are expandable. I like to know something is coming and from what direction and it gives the element of surprize back in my control.

These are great to supplement camera with.

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I can't resist this thread as I have been in the field for a very long time, Yes DVRs are a far far superior solution to the VHS base systems they replaced .....duh! You can record a 16 channel system in a busy location for months, busy being a important point because DVRs can record on motion instead of around the clock like VHS systems. motion detection in camera systems is done by pixel change matrixs, if the pixels change the software sees this if enough pixels change to cross the pre determined threshold the system starts recording, to say starts recording is actually a little misleading because most DVRs actually are buffering video and when they see a motion based event they actually start recording 1-15 second usually before the event this is called prerecording and if a DVR doesn't have it then it is old or super cheap pacific rim crap. Most system now can actually do both around the clock and motion based recording you just set the frame rate (FPS =frames per second) lower on the around the clock o get a overall surveillance with higher detail on motion, this is best for situations where you may have activity on the distant edge of the frame but don't want to set the motion matrix to high. DVR record times are a pretty simple equation of: total time recorded, FPS of recorded video, and the resolution of the video. IP cameras are a very useful new tool in my biz as the mega-pixel coverage they offer allow the use of one camera to get better detail then 4 or more analog cameras (1 MP vs standard 520 line analog) there are even some "fisheyed" IP cameras at 5mp and better that when mounted on a ceiling give a full hemisphere of coverage and with software driven rendering they act as a virtual pan tilt zoom camera, BUT there is a few trade off....you had to see that coming.... mega pixel camera SUCK in low light BAD, and they eat hard drive space. We are building 6TB DVRs and up for some of our clients with 16 to 32 channel NVRs ( DVR=digital video recorder. NVR=network video recorder) just so they can get 3-5 weeks at full resolution and lower frame rate with motion detection fine tuned, one other good point of IP cameras is they can be set up free standing and many will accept SD cards internally for storage so that you do not need to bog down your network with streaming video constantly, and they can be set up remotely from the NVR if you do need to record constantly.

 

 

For most people just get a few good game cams and call it day if you want to get a little tighter driveway alerts are pretty good really for the money but if you really want get in to it

 

http://www.hnd.usace.army.mil/esc/images/Documents/Perimeter%20Security%20Sensor%20Technologies%20Handbook.pdf

 

Pretty dry read and a little old but pretty good on the concepts

 

These guy are more to date

 

http://www.forteza.com/en/perimeter/sensors/perimeter-security-systems/

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