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    POE Camera/DVR Security System Recommendations

    Lot's of smart cookies here on GTT so I thought I'd throw this question out to the masses...

    I am looking for a GOOD POE (Power Over Ethernet) camera system with these requirements at a minimum:
    -Must support at least 8 cams, maybe more so they could be added later if wanted.
    -Must have DVR functionality, local though not so much interest in cloud storage-I just want to have the ability to look back a few days if needed.
    -Cams must have excellent coverage, clear images, and night visibility as it gets very dark here.
    -Having the ability to look at cam images real time on a mobile device would be helpful.
    -I think I'd rather a "all in one box" solution rather than buying a POE switch, server, software, ect and having to build a system, our time here is very limited so this might be the fastest way to get up and running. Wiring/cabling/fishing is a non-issue, I have the tools and know-how for that.


    That list may grow as I get recommendations...Thanks for your time!
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    Check out the systems over at Security Camera Warehouse. The have complete POE systems that will integrate into your home IP networking. The POE system comes with a NVR (capable of supporting from 4, 8, 16, 32 or 64 cameras), POE cameras to fit your installation location. Connect the NVR into your home switch, home run CAT5E or CAT6 Ethernet from the NVR to each camera and your up and running, additional installation instructions can be found here.

    The NVR supplies the POE to the camera and has a web server embedded so you can monitor activity remotely from any device capable of hitting a web page. IIRC you can have it send you an alert if a camera starts recording inside a predefined time period.

    I purchased a 8 camera system for work from them, and they have been fantastic to work with. Free for life US based support, no monthly subscription fees and a 3 Yr system warranty out of the box. They are not cheep, but the systems are fantastic and the support team has been equally helpful.

    Check out the beginners guide to CCTV, and here you can compare camera resolutions.
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    Make sure you use a system that starts recording on motion. You'll be able to use your DVR space for more time before it recycles. Set your cameras so you can see faces and license plates. You can't identify people by the tops of their heads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDrew View Post
    Make sure you use a system that starts recording on motion. You'll be able to use your DVR space for more time before it recycles. Set your cameras so you can see faces and license plates. You can't identify people by the tops of their heads.
    Motion sensitivity can be a double-edged sword. Too sensitive and it records all the time anyhow. Not sensitive enough and you can miss things that are just a bit further away - it will take some time to get the sensitivity to where it needs to be.

    Cameras mounted in soffits or similar protect them from tampering and such, but can make it hard to see faces and such (as MDrew is saying). Again, finding a balance to how high up you mount them is the key.

    I would definitely not recommend anything below 720p resolution for the cameras, and 1080 is likely going to be the right choice. But, each camera could be a bit different, so look for recorded examples.

    Understand how much data each camera generates while recording. Use this to estimate an appropriate disk size for the DVR. A 1TB drive will data for only half as long when you double the number of cameras (you mentioned the possibility of adding cameras - so, keep this sort of thing in mind).

    PTZ cameras likely will add to the cost, but give you flexibility. Being able to change the camera's angle or zoom, especially remotely, is sometimes a nice feature to have.

    You're likely going to be looking for cameras that are weather-resistant / proof. IP66 rating should get you the weather resistance that you need. Look for temp capabilities, too. One of the things I struggle with for outdoor items is in this area because temps here in winter are 5-25 degrees on average and sometimes well below zero.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56Nine View Post
    Check out the systems over at Security Camera Warehouse. The have complete POE systems that will integrate into your home IP networking. The POE system comes with a NVR (capable of supporting from 4, 8, 16, 32 or 64 cameras), POE cameras to fit your installation location. Connect the NVR into your home switch, home run CAT5E or CAT6 Ethernet from the NVR to each camera and your up and running, additional installation instructions can be found here.

    The NVR supplies the POE to the camera and has a web server embedded so you can monitor activity remotely from any device capable of hitting a web page. IIRC you can have it send you an alert if a camera starts recording inside a predefined time period.

    I purchased a 8 camera system for work from them, and they have been fantastic to work with. Free for life US based support, no monthly subscription fees and a 3 Yr system warranty out of the box. They are not cheep, but the systems are fantastic and the support team has been equally helpful.

    Check out the beginners guide to CCTV, and here you can compare camera resolutions.
    I should add that when looking for our system, the other company that was "runner up" for us was CCTV Security Camera Pros. Their camera warranty was a year less, for our application we needed one with a 72* field of view, CCTV Security Camera Pros did not have. For a group environment, the camera viewing software was not as robust as the Warehouse's, but for an individual that shouldn't make a difference. Their prices were very similar.

    Poke around on each site, and you will find big corporate names associated to each one. That should indicate the systems have capacity and durability.
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    Thank all for the replies everyone, I'm following along and learnin' too
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    I bought a Lorex system a while back that I am very happy with. Although mine is a wired system them have a system that uses POE.

    I have a 16 camera system
    Constantly recording- Stores a little more than a month then it is first in first our over recording on the internal hard drive.
    Access through at home monitor and on my Androud
    Color during the day is fantastic.
    Night vision is not so great in the extremely dark areas. I installed them near motion activated lights.
    Motion activation can be by individual camera and it cam send email alerts as well.

    They also have wireless. They might have a system that can use wired/wireless as well as POE, not really sure. Lot's of options and you do not have to buy their monthly service. Monitor yourself.

    Many other features. My system (wired 16 cameras) was less than $800 at Costco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray_PA View Post
    Ray, I don't see where they offer a DVR solution? Looks all cloud based and they say the cams are "indoor only". I'd rather record the action OUTSIDE before they get in.
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