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*VANITY* Looking for a home surveillance system
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Posted on 03/25/2013 12:58:58 PM PDT by Michael Barnes

I wanted to see if any of you out there have experience or could recommend a home surveillance system. I am looking for a few things (and yes, there is a ton out there I have read up on, I am looking for any of you with first hand experience): Local Storage and how many hours can it store? Motion detection/activation (save on stoarge) Four cameras (wired or wireless, makes no difference to me) Ease of setup Relatively easy to hide cameras, I don't need james bond, but nothing overly noticable. Audio? USB port for backups. Going out on a limb, ability to backup segments to "the cloud". Anything else I am overlooking? Warranty? Support? I would like to keep the cost down (don't we all). I have been seeing in the 300-500 range so far.

thoughts?


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: surveillance
As stated above, I am looking to put a system in this weekend. I have looked around before but always seem to get lost in link after link and never really find what I am looking for. Your input is appreciated. I'll be hopping on this thread after supper and hopefully get some replies for some homework or offer feedback of my home setup...thanks!
1 posted on 03/25/2013 12:58:58 PM PDT by Michael Barnes
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To: Michael Barnes

Later


2 posted on 03/25/2013 1:01:16 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: Michael Barnes

Consumer Reports might have some good information. They usually have quick and easy to read information. Put up a phony camera housing to take attention away form the real stuff.


3 posted on 03/25/2013 1:02:14 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Michael Barnes

Are you willing to prosecute?
Will you have a face you can see?


4 posted on 03/25/2013 1:03:44 PM PDT by Domangart
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To: Michael Barnes

ismartalarm.com


5 posted on 03/25/2013 1:04:32 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Marchione.)
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To: Domangart

Just getting ready to step away, under what I believe will be the circumstances, yes, I would prosecute.
Yes, I Would like to have decent definition from the cameras.


6 posted on 03/25/2013 1:09:32 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: mountainlion

Nice one...didn’t think about them. I’ll look them up when I get home


7 posted on 03/25/2013 1:09:54 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: bunkerhill7

Thanks, I’ll read up on that this evening.


8 posted on 03/25/2013 1:12:31 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: bunkerhill7

What if you don’t have an iphone, or even a cell phone?


9 posted on 03/25/2013 1:12:49 PM PDT by ansel12 (" I would not be in the United States Senate if it wasnt for Sarah Palin " Cruz said.)
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To: Michael Barnes
Give this place a gawk,

http://www.supercircuits.com/emails/13-MAR-SC-SystemSale/index.html?utm_source=weekly%2Bemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=SystemSale&utm_campaign=SC032013

10 posted on 03/25/2013 1:14:44 PM PDT by Not now, Not ever! (Girlfriend suggested I use pelosi in place of swear words, A good idea, I think)
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To: Michael Barnes

Get a big dog.


11 posted on 03/25/2013 1:14:57 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I'm done with the GOP. Let them wither and die. We need to start over.)
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To: Fledermaus

Have one already. It’ll do the job against strangers.


12 posted on 03/25/2013 1:19:35 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Michael Barnes

I agree.

And I think video cameras are effective. \

My home was broken into in December 2012 and I am looking for a super system with motion lights all around the house, video monitoring, the works.


13 posted on 03/25/2013 1:22:46 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Michael Barnes

Costco sells them. They were on sale a month ago.


14 posted on 03/25/2013 1:29:20 PM PDT by Mark (For the first time in my life, I'm no longer proud of my country.)
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To: Fledermaus
Yep.



15 posted on 03/25/2013 1:29:25 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: Michael Barnes

Zoneminder is free, open source and runs on Linux. You only need a computer and cameras.

http://www.zoneminder.com/


16 posted on 03/25/2013 1:34:53 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: Michael Barnes
(1) Obvious surveillance cameras have a deterrent value, as do motion triggered outdoor security flood lights.

(2) On your budget, Sam's Club has a 4 camera "Night Owl" model with an 8" LCD monitor that looks like a good system.

17 posted on 03/25/2013 1:35:23 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: ansel12

2 cans would help.


18 posted on 03/25/2013 1:48:41 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Marchione.)
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To: Michael Barnes

open source http://www.zoneminder.com/

I have not used it but that’s what I would look at.

Needs someone who can install linux/unix software, etc.

Then, software costs you nothing, package seems pretty good, you just need to pick hardware ($400-type pc, wiring, cameras, cards on the pc that cameras connect to) and buy it.


19 posted on 03/25/2013 1:49:52 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Rockingham

“Obvious surveillance cameras have a deterrent value...”

I’ve seen fake security cameras for sale that look like the real deal. You can put up a few fakes to be noticeable and hide the real ones.


20 posted on 03/25/2013 1:51:56 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: bunkerhill7
2 cans would help.

I thought that the system that you linked to required an IPhone.

21 posted on 03/25/2013 2:00:57 PM PDT by ansel12 (" I would not be in the United States Senate if it wasnt for Sarah Palin " Cruz said.)
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To: PastorBooks

My bother put up security cameras and several times noticed dodgy door to door solicitor types get a hitch in their step or turn back when they saw a camera on them; and in another instance, he recorded the burglary of the house next door.


22 posted on 03/25/2013 2:08:19 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Michael Barnes

http://www.boschsecurity.us/en-us/

Everything you need, highest quality in the world, lower prices than you’d expect.

The National Security Administration, the CIA, and FBI headquarters in Quantico are among the satisfied clients.


23 posted on 03/25/2013 2:17:36 PM PDT by Bryan
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To: PastorBooks
You can put up a few fakes to be noticeable and hide the real ones.

Yes. It's exceptionally amusing when you can get a video with the real one, showing a burglar destroying or disabling the fake one, and then trying to break in ...

24 posted on 03/25/2013 2:19:06 PM PDT by Bryan
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To: Michael Barnes

The gubmint is already watching your house.


25 posted on 03/25/2013 2:30:43 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Michael Barnes

I am as well; however, us siblings installed one on our inherited farm last year. No one lives there, but we have web access and email alerts for any detected activity outside and inside. The farm system was a Ganz system with up to 16 channels. I would never buy that for my home—cost about 10k$. Cycles one month records.

Comparable systems can be purchased for a lot less, I believe. Something else I will also buy are the wireless game camera systems (camo and longterm power—battery and solar) to mount in the woods on trees for our property. About $250 a pop to catch all “non-conventional approaches” and transmit to house/web monitoring system. Use circular buffering to record the time you want. At this time, I would estimate 2-3000 bucks for a suitable system. No specific components picked out yet.


26 posted on 03/25/2013 3:07:03 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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Thank you all, knew I could count on freepers to lend a hand...Great links and info...Not to do some reading!


27 posted on 03/25/2013 3:12:27 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Michael Barnes

Okay, then just buy the signs that say you have a security system! lol


28 posted on 03/25/2013 5:28:13 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I'm done with the GOP. Let them wither and die. We need to start over.)
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To: Michael Barnes

simplysafealarm.com


29 posted on 03/26/2013 8:36:02 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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