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Old 09-04-2015, 10:02 PM
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I am looking for a high quality system with a good user interface (apple app?).

I want to 6-8 cameras all outdoors. I want to be able to see license plates and faces in the dark/low light. Text messages when I motions sensed in zones I create, record on motion as well. Prefer standalone system that can be accessed on home network. Dont't want to pay monthly fees for web access. Local recording is fine.

Wired is fine, prefer POE type cameras. No pan and tilt needed, I wou,d ether add more cameras. Small city lot, I want to put a camera or two on the driveway, front door, sliding glass door and the other sides of of the house.

I see all sorts of systems from Tigerdirect or Costco, but don't know about quality, durability or their ability to see well at night.

Any feedback?
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Old 09-05-2015, 02:37 AM
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I am looking for a high quality system with a good user interface (apple app?).

I want to 6-8 cameras all outdoors. I want to be able to see license plates and faces in the dark/low light. Text messages when I motions sensed in zones I create, record on motion as well. Prefer standalone system that can be accessed on home network. Dont't want to pay monthly fees for web access. Local recording is fine.

Wired is fine, prefer POE type cameras. No pan and tilt needed, I wou,d ether add more cameras. Small city lot, I want to put a camera or two on the driveway, front door, sliding glass door and the other sides of of the house.

I see all sorts of systems from Tigerdirect or Costco, but don't know about quality, durability or their ability to see well at night.

Any feedback?
I run two systems because I'm gone from home during the week with work. . DVR is in the gun safe for the stand alone system with 8 800+ cameras on a three TB receiver but there aftermarket IR you can add over top of the cameras actually connect to them that will turn about 100 to 150 foot into daylight in the direction of the camera or its pointed.
Want to spend some money there is always thermal imaging if your bloody rich to.



Also have pulse at 54 dollars a month with the 10 wireless cameras, can start and stop my AC units half a day before I get home, unlock the back door, but I have one of those cameras in the den on the inside of the house, in case someone were to brake in and the alarm go of.

Just a note, for you single guys that travel that pulse cuts my power bill a lot more than the cost. Two units one upstairs one for down, this summer my bill has not been over 115 dollars. Cut it on Friday morning when heading home, switch it off Monday morning when leaving. The power bill savings alone pays for the Pulse system and I have two friends with the keys I can turn the alarm off anywhere from my phone, and no one gets the pass code so not even they can enter the house unless I have disarmed it. GF don't even know that one. Not till they move in.

You can get a top quality 2 tb 8 camera system 850 + adjustable cameras (zoom) in the 1500 dollar range and add a couple of the over top IR units to the camers for a couple of hundred dollars more. Its not as costly as a lot of people think but O my god the peace of mind you have once you have it in place.

One thing you don't need is a high dollar monitor so don't let them sell you one. Any standard tv will hook to the DVR system. 32 inch Vizio TV between the fire place and the 52 inch tv on top is the monitor. You also want it where you can see it from where your sitting ..

Cheap insurance is Drive way alarms from Radio shack and the range is a lot more than you might think. Have one shooting over 1200 foot down to the main gate and I run 4 of those. One at the end of the drive beeps 4 times, half way down the drive that one beeps three, when someone gets to where the drive opens up, with the main property two beeps, and one at the back of the house beeps once. House faces forward towards the river so you know where people are relative to your property. Those are less than 200 dollars and easy to set up.
Gated when gone so its a lot for anyone to want to walk down that dark 1000 foot drive to find out what they want to know and if Im in the house, I know someone is headed down to the house a long time before it gets here then the drive way camera at the end of the drive and on the pontoon shop has you coming and going.
Folks got 250,000 dollar homes and up and want to get a security system as cheap as they come.
Kinda like buying a pickup and worrying about the fuel millage. LOL
Good luck with your system.
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Old 09-05-2015, 05:39 AM
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reading license plates reliably is much harder than you think. You could ask here, these guys live and breath this stuff, and are very knowledgeable. I would defiantly stay away from the box store for this. Also be aware that the text message is a nice feature but be prepared for lots of texts when a bird lands or flys through the zones you have set up. It get old real fast.

http://www.cctvforum.com/viewforum.php?f=15

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