god I wish this technology had been this cheap when I was in college and had hot neighbors
Every other camera thread is 2+ years old, or is just unanswered questions so I felt like making a new one.
So I was at Harbor Freight the other day for unrelated stuff, and came across a $35 security camera. I figured it was cheap and would be fun to do something with, and bought it. Then once I had it, I just HAD to make a complete system.
Plugged the crappy $35 camera into my TV to see how it worked (it has a microphone too btw). Cam is in the bottom left corner of the screen
Hello, home improvement forum
This is when I thought "I want this at my front door!"
So for now all I have is this one ****ty camera. Then I went and bought this $235 stand alone DVR, which supports up to 4 cameras, can record only during motion or on schedule, is internet ready, etc etc
You can also set an alarm to go off when it detects motion, so I'm going to put this in my bedroom connected to my old plasma tv. Also had to buy a $100 500gb hard drive which can hold about 3 weeks of highest quality 24/7 recording.
So that's all I have for now, I didn't purchase any "good" cameras yet. If this one sucks, I'll just put it in the garage for an extra camera. But for a total of $370 plus whatever dece cameras I want to put at my front/back doors, I think more people ought to look into buying these kits if they are having any sort of trespassing problems or what not. Not too shabby to have a motion recording camera by my front door and garages I can watch in my bedroom at night and potentially my Droid when I am away
And on a side note, I guess most cameras suck at night and the color infrared ones suck more than the black/white night cameras. I realize this, and am going with all color IR cameras since I have motion activated flood lights at my front/back doors that should provide enough light if someone does try to mess with a car or anything.
Yup, on sale for $30 now I guess lol. They are wired. http://www.harborfreight.com/weather...ion-95914.html
Granted this is a bottom end camera, it still does a great job for the price.
I'm thinking of just throwing this crappy $30 camera in my garage and putting some nice $150ish cameras outside instead, but what I'm trying to do here is put together a great cheap it to prove that a decent setup doesn't cost much at all. I'm just worried that I could do 4 of these junk cameras and have a full stand alone 500gb system for under $450, but I don't want to want to swap out the cameras right away for better ones.
Still waiting on my DVR to come in the mail so I can set it up and get more pictures on here...
Anyone else have a DIY system?
That aside, I'm very happy with the setup.
I like this dome cam for $130, then there is a similar, cheaper one for $60 that just doesn't have as good of night vision. I think I'll have to call these people to see how they install and what else I'd need to buy... Thanks for the links!
www.newegg.com for both hard drives and cameras. Do a search for "dome camera" and it'll come up with 4 pages of them. Sort them by lowest price and go from there.
Its kind of addicting to have cameras up eh? Hehehe
I ran my own wiring through my raised ranch and had the whole thing installed/running in a weekend.
OP, youre spending too much buying things separately, costco/samclusb/etc have complete systems for much cheaper
like this one - 4 CCD wired cameras, 320GB DVR with interwebs access for $300
I have a 16 channel 1.5 TB DVR at my house. I have some of the cameras in trees along the street facing the house. I love the night vision ability. I have used these two places with good success.
Active-vision is pro grade stuff. If you want to get the best DVR out there, look at the pro series. expensive, but they last much longer than most of the chinese crap DVRS out there. The longest I got out of a chinese one was 5 months.
IMO / the short month I worked at ADT and the traning I had .
Stay far far far far away from any color camera the night vision sucks on them .
Go with black and white and have a clearer and tighter picture at night and during the day then you will with a Color camera.
If my cameras ever catch something incriminating and do their job, it will probably be at night. So to make sure I get as good of video as possible, I also have motion flood lights aiming where my cameras will be pointing. I mean... why not? dual 45w floods in the driveway to be nice to neighbors, then dual 100w floods in my back yard since I'm surrounded by cornfield and a grass alley under power lines. I'd like for just the lights to scare thieves away but most thieves don't care too much.
FYI, for your own good don't record audio, you might not be able to use the video as evidence.
I've had good luck with Everfocus new ECOR DVR's. All settings can be done on the network and they even have a Android and iPhone app.
If you look around their website they have some demos.
If your going to add anymore camera I would suggest a real power supply,
Cameras you get what you pay for, I would stay away from I/R cameras if you can they attract bugs and screw up your motion settings.
One last thing check out craigslist for your area for used professional CCTV equipment, sometimes there are some deals out there.
If you have any questions let me know.
Life is really busy right now, so I never got to do my install yet.
But I finished wiring lights throughout my attic so I can see what I'm doing up there, and hung my security flood lights in my back yard. All is ready to hang my cameras and route the wires whenever I have the time.
^ Thank you
There is a chapter in my DVR's manual about connecting it to my router or modem to get it online, but I'm not sure if my Droid will be compatible with it. Haven't tried it yet.
I have to aim my front yard motion lights better, with no lights on there is almost no visibility, as I expected. I can see my front porch, then the rest just looks like fog. I'm going to add landscaping lights soon too, which should help, but night recording is the reason I put up the cam. Maybe 100w floods instead of 45w floods will do it, even thought I initially went with 45w to not piss the neighbors off
Figured I can ask here without starting a new thread.
Can I take a camera like this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A1YX7EB80E4EIU and mount it inside to look through a window over my driveway?
Would the glass window mess with the IR at night time?
When I tested some IR cameras inside looking thru the glass before I mounted them outside you could see reflections of the IR's. They're kinda ghosted but the IR still passes thru the glass.
The optimal mounting location would be outside of course.