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Hey guys and gals,

I am just curious and going to do a lot of research but wanted to start here and see if anyone has any first hand experience with home security cameras, as far as what to look for, etc. I live on a 2nd story condo/townhouse and really would just prefer some kind of security system, alarm, etc but was also thinking about a security camera for just the front door as that as the only part of my house thats on the 1st floor. Just was looking for anyones input as far as usability and ease of installation. I see all these "bundles" but not exactly sure if I need that or if I could just use a Networked D Link Camera.
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Hey guys and gals,

I am just curious and going to do a lot of research but wanted to start here and see if anyone has any first hand experience with home security cameras, as far as what to look for, etc. I live on a 2nd story condo/townhouse and really would just prefer some kind of security system, alarm, etc but was also thinking about a security camera for just the front door as that as the only part of my house thats on the 1st floor. Just was looking for anyones input as far as usability and ease of installation. I see all these "bundles" but not exactly sure if I need that or if I could just use a Networked D Link Camera.

Hello,

I work in the surveillance industry. (Been working in the industry for 6 years biggrin.gif)
As for the kit systems you can purchase at your local costco, I would avoid those at all costs. The systems are decent but the cameras are total garbage. I would also avoid IP systems as well, with the frame drops and network speed fluctuations, you will have a lot of missing frames or freezing while it is recording.

However, I do recommend a decent 4 channel standalone system, in case you want the expand the camera installation in the future.
Currently there are a few technology standards in the market.

1. HD-SDI
2. Analog

With a regular analog system, you want to avoid anything that isn't 960H. 960H is currently the highest resolution for analog systems. Analog systems can have a longer distance and the cost of the system and the cameras are a lot cheaper. 960H records at 960x480 resolution.

With a HD-SDI system, you also want to avoid anything that isn't 1080p. 1080p is currently the highest resolution for HD-SDI systems. HD-SDI systems will have a shorter distance than analog systems and the cost of the system and cameras are a lot more expensive.

If you have done any research on a specific model, I can provide you the pros and cons of each models.

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Nice post ^

Good to see someone that has knowledge. We get a lot of questions here on the topic and my knowledge is limited. Thanks for helping im this post
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Thank you so much for your input. I definitely have some research to do. My knowledge is extremely limited and I appreciate the help. Ill look into it this weekend and maybe pick your brain a little. Thanks!
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Thank you so much for your input. I definitely have some research to do. My knowledge is extremely limited and I appreciate the help. Ill look into it this weekend and maybe pick your brain a little. Thanks!
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Hello,

I work in the surveillance industry. (Been working in the industry for 6 years biggrin.gif)
As for the kit systems you can purchase at your local costco, I would avoid those at all costs. The systems are decent but the cameras are total garbage. I would also avoid IP systems as well, with the frame drops and network speed fluctuations, you will have a lot of missing frames or freezing while it is recording.

However, I do recommend a decent 4 channel standalone system, in case you want the expand the camera installation in the future.
Currently there are a few technology standards in the market.

1. HD-SDI
2. Analog

With a regular analog system, you want to avoid anything that isn't 960H. 960H is currently the highest resolution for analog systems. Analog systems can have a longer distance and the cost of the system and the cameras are a lot cheaper. 960H records at 960x480 resolution.

With a HD-SDI system, you also want to avoid anything that isn't 1080p. 1080p is currently the highest resolution for HD-SDI systems. HD-SDI systems will have a shorter distance than analog systems and the cost of the system and cameras are a lot more expensive.

If you have done any research on a specific model, I can provide you the pros and cons of each models.

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I'm going to disagree with some of this advice above.

There are many reasons why an IP security camera is very good to have. I have seen many times on TV and other sources where actual police officers state an IP camera saved the day. The reason is because the footage is uploaded to a cloud service typically and thus you don't have to worry about your recordings being stolen in a home robbery or outside. Many times, those doing the crime will rip off the entire camera from outside the home. If they gain entry to your home, then it's a good chance now days they know and will seek out your recording device. They are typically located in a closet in some room. Without the evidence, there is no way of knowing details about the crime other than the basics. Our local police have caught several that way because they have footage that can't be taken by the criminals. One person even called 911 while the crime was in progress because they were alerted on their iPhone.

Also, IP cameras let you monitor things from your iPhone or Android in most cases with apps. So, as long as you have a good 7+ Mbps connection I would HIGHLY recommend a good quality IP based camera. The security store in our area does as well and mainly all they use now because the advantages far outweigh the bad. Just be sure you or someone with knowledge sets them up properly with a good alphanumeric and hash passcode after the install. Unless you are dealing with a criminal with a college education with some skills in tech/computers, you're safe.
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I'm going to disagree with some of this advice above.

There are many reasons why an IP security camera is very good to have. I have seen many times on TV and other sources where actual police officers state an IP camera saved the day. The reason is because the footage is uploaded to a cloud service typically and thus you don't have to worry about your recordings being stolen in a home robbery or outside. Many times, those doing the crime will rip off the entire camera from outside the home. If they gain entry to your home, then it's a good chance now days they know and will seek out your recording device. They are typically located in a closet in some room. Without the evidence, there is no way of knowing details about the crime other than the basics. Our local police have caught several that way because they have footage that can't be taken by the criminals. One person even called 911 while the crime was in progress because they were alerted on their iPhone.

Also, IP cameras let you monitor things from your iPhone or Android in most cases with apps. So, as long as you have a good 7+ Mbps connection I would HIGHLY recommend a good quality IP based camera. The security store in our area does as well and mainly all they use now because the advantages far outweigh the bad. Just be sure you or someone with knowledge sets them up properly with a good alphanumeric and hash passcode after the install. Unless you are dealing with a criminal with a college education with some skills in tech/computers, you're safe.

You bring up a good reason to disagree with what I have said above. Standalone DVR's can be stolen like you have mentioned. But so can IP camera's as well. Features such as cloud storage, automatic ftp firmware update, iOS, Android apps, and etc. are available on standalone DVR's as well.
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