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Need advice choosing security lights/cameras

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by 9MilMan, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. 9MilMan

    9MilMan Milwaukie Active Member

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    I already have a monitored security system for my house, but would like to get some recording motion activated cameras for the exterior. Can any of you security experts tell me where to start with this DIY project?

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  2. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Budget? How many cameras? Dome/ext cameras or point out a window? Fixed cameras or PTZ - pan tilt zoom? Resolution - HD? 720p - 1080p. All wireless? Monitor remotely via internet to PC/mobile? Color? Night/IR leds?
    Sound wanted? Central DVR or just record to PC (if one or two cameras).

    If very basic, a game camera with an SD card, IR leds, motion detect, $175 or so would probably work. ScoutGuard SG560 8MHD 8MP 720P HD Video Long Range Hunting Scouting Game Camera | eBay

    Anything less than 720p resolution and you won't be able to ID faces, etc.
     
  3. 9MilMan

    9MilMan Milwaukie Active Member

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    I'm thinking 4 exterior cameras, fixed is ok, wireless, no need to connect to mobile. Just a monitor and recording device, and I could spend, say, $500.00ish. Looking for motion activated lights along woth them.
     
  4. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    A lot of options in that price range. In any case, you'll need to get power to the cameras (ac somewhere nearby to run 12v to the cameras).

    4 camera dvr outdoor wireless | eBay

    The infrared may give the night/light coverage you need or you can always add motion sensing lights.

    If you have a quality PC that is on 24/7 you can use it as the DVR, or get one with a dedicated DVR.

    This option has your PC do the Jpeg/video storage: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wireless-Se...eillance_Security_Systems&hash=item35c6af9a07