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Well it happened again...... 2nd time in 5 years. I cam home yesterday and the house was broke into. Only thing missing is the laptop, and my sense of security for my wife and kids. Nobody was home at the time of the break in.

So I'm looking for suggestions for home surveillance cameras.

I would like them to be wireless and hook up to the desk top, or maybe viewable from my phone.

Anybody know of any good systems??????
 

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I have a pile of old X10 stuff laying around that I haven't fired up in a while. Maybe I'll have to pick up one of those cameras and fire some of the stuff back up.

A friend of mine was really into it. He replaced half the outlets and light switches in his house and used to write all kinds of macros so for example if his kids woke up at night they could hit a button on the remote and it would turn on a nightlight in the hallway and the bathroom light.
 

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When I built my own Linux based DVR a few years ago I purchased the bulk of equipment from bluecherry.net. The DVR consisted of an older PC, capture card, 2 out door IR cameras with Sony CCD chips and their Linux OS based software which is free to anyone.

The system was good enough to catch the neighbor's hit and run on my wife's car and an icicle falling off of my back porch.


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From what I've been told there are certain wireless cameras that are not ideal. Some can be intercepted by the wrong people.

I've experienced some criminal mischief by some thieves trying to get back at me. It didn't do them any good. They just landed back behind bars where they belong. :thumbup1gif:

To cut costs at remote locations, I turned to game cameras. Have to hide them well.
 

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What is the cam software? I'm trying ZoneMinder with limited success.
Yep it was ZineMinder. Are you building it yourself or are you running the live version? I prefer to run Fedora Linux so I built it myself from source. From what I remember the ZoneMinder forum was an awesome place to get answers.

I was able to get the video to feed through a personal web page run off my other Linux server so I could check my cameras from any where all with a consumer Internet connection from comcast.


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Yep it was ZineMinder. Are you building it yourself or are you running the live version? I prefer to run Fedora Linux so I built it myself from source. From what I remember the ZoneMinder forum was an awesome place to get answers.
Do you use motion detection, or just run them all of the time? I'm trying to use motion detection and no matter how much I try to optimize the detection area, it is unreliable at best.

ETA: I've built my own server. It is running in a ESXi vm.
 

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I did get the motion detection working but it took some playing with the settings. I just started with a small area and then adjusted the different parameters one at a time.


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I think I might try some game cameras for now. And see how that works out.
 

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You need to figure out what you want from the system before you can decide what equipment to buy. A video of a bad guy taking your stuff doesn't do any good if you can't tell who it is. You need a minimum resolution of 40 pixels per foot for facial or license plate recognition, less for general surveillance and more for forensics. The pixels per foot is derived from the camera's resolution, lens magnification, and distance between camera and subject. You need secure storage, it doesn't do any good if the bad guy walks off with your PC/DVR that contains the videos. Think about putting a hard drive in a safe or hidden somewhere or off-site storage. Chances are, even with a good video of the act, that the bad guy won't be caught and your stuff will be gone forever. You may want the system to alert you when it senses motion in certain areas so you can take appropriate action, such as calling the police to investigate.

I use software called Blue Iris. It's relatively inexpensive and it's loaded with features. I've been running it 24/7 on a home server for a few years. It's worth looking into if you're serious about home video security.
 
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