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Old 10-23-2018, 06:17 PM
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Need some help with finding a decent Home Security cam system.

Looking for a decent setup that alerts us when someone is in our zone.

Just took Ring spot lights back...Too slow to alert

Got the Lorex...VERY unreliable..Had neighbor test by walking in the zone while I was out today..Damn thing didn't even alert us. But will alert us if a tree branch moves.

So what is good and reliable?

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Old 10-23-2018, 06:20 PM
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I have NEST for exterior and have for a few years. I would seriously think WYZE if I was purchasing new today and had some way for them to be under a porch or similar.
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Old 10-23-2018, 06:22 PM
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I've been looking at this, too. Which Lorex system did you try? I wonder if your experience is representative of the other models.
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Old 10-23-2018, 06:26 PM
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Theres only about 50 fkn threads on this do a search and buy chi com shit you will be good to go
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ipcamtalk dot com - Dahua makes a reliable cam. Do NOT use WiFi.
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Old 10-23-2018, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
Theres only about 50 fkn threads on this do a search and buy chi com shit you will be good to go
probably more than 50

i dont know why all of the sudden THT is plagued with tons of repeat threads asking the same questions over and over. it never used to be this bad. clicking search must be hard for people

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I've been looking at this, too. Which Lorex system did you try? I wonder if your experience is representative of the other models.
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Lorex 4K. 8 camera system. 600.00. Very happy with them. Had to buy the monitor separately. 100.00 Walmart special.
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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
Theres only about 50 fkn threads on this do a search and buy chi com shit you will be good to go
Agreed. The funny part is they stop working (as well, not well) after a while and no one wants to talk long-term reliability. It keeps coming up because no one wants to talk about how fast they die. Cheap components with short manufacturing runs. No spare parts, so disposable. Likely hackable as well. So, a privacy stealing unreliable toy.

Yeah, if you like unreliable, cheap, chinese, privacy stealing, low functioning toy cameras, one of these is the way to go. I like your shorter version, though.
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If $ is not a concern Axis with Synology Surveillance station.
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Can I put an Arlo camera on my Seafox that's being towed by my Rav 4?
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I put ubiquiti cameras in at the office. HD resolution, good recorder and simple setup. It a little equipment heavy as you need wired connections for the good cameras (POE) and I elected to use their powered switch to power everything. Motion tuning is very precise and you make very complex shaped “zones” to reflect the environment you’re trying to film (need to avoid that big bush that blows in the wind? No problem!)

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UniFi Video

The iOS app is also very nice and simple to operate.

Might be worth a look.
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
probably more than 50

i dont know why all of the sudden THT is plagued with tons of repeat threads asking the same questions over and over. it never used to be this bad. clicking search must be hard for people

https://www.thehulltruth.com/search.php
I suppose some folks had a date instead of posting on THT that day. Or maybe they're just making casual conversation.
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Originally Posted by Scubacouple2 View Post
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I was considering this exact system. Having second thoughts about it now.
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I had a coworker (we are in IT) install this system at his house. The video/picture quality is amazing. You can set up zones in the camarea view that alert when motion is detected. Block out the trees and shrubs that move in the wind, and can get an alert when someone walks up the driveway.

https://www.lorextechnology.com/4k-i...KHDIP822NW-1-p
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Originally Posted by CMS_Sprint View Post
I put ubiquiti cameras in at the office.
I do a lot of those, and I do a TON of Ubiquiti network hardware....prepping a bunch of equipment for a big school install this week. Ubiq's new Protect NVR software is pretty cool.(will be replacing Unifi Video)

Love Ubiquitis video system, their software is really simple and works well, zero port forwarding on the firewall required, simple smart phone app, no clunky 3rd party software needed on computers..just Chrome browser.

But for home users I don't recommend an NVR, too much maintenance and troubleshooting for most residential users. So many people setup a DVR/NVR..and then forget about it. One day the thing dies and nobody knows about it...months later they need to retrieve some recording from an issue..and.."Whoops, crap, it died!" Really something that should be regularly monitored.

The other products I work with are too pricey for home users, so I just steer them towards Netgears Arlo or Google Nest or relative newcomer Wyze (for small setups), Reolink, Ring, etc.

There's more to setting them up than just "sticking them in place"...most people stop there and then complain when things don't work correctly. Need to read the directions (surprise!), place cameras according to their capabilities (such as usable distance) and go in and fine tune your "zones" in each camera. Otherwise you get complaints like "I walked right by and it never recorded or sent an alert".
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Originally Posted by Badbagger View Post
ipcamtalk dot com - Dahua makes a reliable cam. Do NOT use WiFi.
This is the route I went on our current home. We installed the Dahua NVR with Dahua Starlight turret ipcams. I have the ability to set up all kinds of different zones, alarms, motion detect, etc. and the alerts come right to my phone. The Dahua IVS function is fantastic! Down the road, I'd like to install one of the Dahua PTZ cameras with the auto-tracking capability. Not that I need it, but it sure is fun!
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I have the Night Owl HD1080 system. It has worked well, good video, phone app works as it should. All cameras are hard wired being I have total access to my attic. I upgraded my indoor camera with audio. Worth the $$ IMO.
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I work in the IT industry, quote and install lots of these systems. If you can buy it at BestBuy or Homedepot it's probably not a good security camera system or home automation/AV in general. You don't want wifi cams those are trash too. Go with IP cameras hardwired back to a network switch (POE). I *strongly* recommend a 3rd party network video recorder, don't buy a package sort of thing. Synology makes the best on the market that isn't a commercial 10k+ product. Their software (app, and web) is really really great. For IP cams I always quote and install Axis IP Cameras, but for people not looking to drop as much we install Hikvision. Dahua, Night Owl, Arlo, Nest, so on. Garbage. An interest one is Ubiquiti, who makes great network products but we lean against them because of quality and mostly the software is locked you can't use 3rd party proofed software like Synology Surveillance Station or BlueIris, so on.
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