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Security Camera Options and Installers?
« on: October 24, 2017, 08:30:53 AM »
Hi guys,

Looking to install security camera for my home (both indoors and outdoors, but primarily outdoors).

Does anyone have recommendations on equipment or installers?  What's the typical cost of installation?

I had previously thought about Arlo Pro, while the battery concept is good, the lag and the thought about changing batteries made me think twice.  Costco has a few different units that looked cost effective, but I would need some professional installers to help hide wires.

Thoughts?

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Re: Security Camera Options and Installers?
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2017, 08:45:22 AM »
I have Arlo Pro from Costco and works fine for me. 3 months in and battery is still at 65% full. Lag is about half to 1 second. Really not that bad. Recharge of battery will only take about 4-6 hours once every 6 months. Don't believe the reviews, most people I know that have Arlo are happy with it.

If you want super Hi-Res, face recognition and all bells and whistles, Arlo is not for you. Than again, those systems are more expensive.

I chose Arlo Pro because I just did not want to deal with running wire and getting an electrician in. Did it myself.

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Re: Security Camera Options and Installers?
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2017, 08:49:56 AM »
Ring pro?

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Re: Security Camera Options and Installers?
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2017, 01:41:40 PM »
This review looks promising if you are looking for just a doorbell https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-smart-doorbell-camera/

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Re: Security Camera Options and Installers?
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2017, 07:30:44 PM »
I have Arlo Pro from Costco and works fine for me. 3 months in and battery is still at 65% full. Lag is about half to 1 second. Really not that bad. Recharge of battery will only take about 4-6 hours once every 6 months. Don't believe the reviews, most people I know that have Arlo are happy with it.

If you want super Hi-Res, face recognition and all bells and whistles, Arlo is not for you. Than again, those systems are more expensive.

I chose Arlo Pro because I just did not want to deal with running wire and getting an electrician in. Did it myself.

Thanks.  I'm not looking for that much bells and whistles, just need something that's hi-res enough to capture faces, and to capture cars plates pulling into driveways. 

As for Ring, we were looking for something in addition to the door bell camera.  They also have the Stick Up cam with solar panel option.  The problem is it's only 720p.

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Re: Security Camera Options and Installers?
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2017, 11:34:16 PM »
Just looked at Arlo's website, they released the "Pro 2" with 1080p recording.

https://www.arlo.com/en-us/products/arlo-pro-2/default.aspx

I may give it a go once I figure out my wifi situation in the new home.

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Re: Security Camera Options and Installers?
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2017, 10:34:19 AM »
Just looked at Arlo's website, they released the "Pro 2" with 1080p recording.

https://www.arlo.com/en-us/products/arlo-pro-2/default.aspx

I may give it a go once I figure out my wifi situation in the new home.

I was reading up on this one and there are a lot of issues with it.

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Re: Security Camera Options and Installers?
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2017, 09:49:41 PM »
Try wyze cam starting at $19.99 at 1080P with mobile app and wifi. Only issue is the video will be stored on cloud which makes it bit uncomfortable.
Has anyone ordered one? If yes, plz let us know the experience.

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Re: Security Camera Options and Installers?
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2017, 10:16:59 PM »
Looks like a copycat of this $99 camera: https://www.ismartalarm.com/devices/cameras/spot/isa00013.html

Not sure it can be installed outside looking at the exposed connectors at the back and it has to be power. But for inside at $20 it looks pretty good!

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Re: Security Camera Options and Installers?
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2017, 07:07:44 AM »
If the purpose of having a camera is to produce footage as evidence in the event of criminal activity, then you need a camera that is capable of producing high quality imagery.  I'm not sure that any of the Wi-Fi cameras are capable of this; especially at a distance of 20-30 feet.  I have a hard wired surveillance camera system with 3mp cameras and can attest that when I needed to produce footage for the police, it was nice to be able to zoom in and see the suspects' faces in detail.  The footage is of no value to the police if it is grainy or fuzzy.

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Re: Security Camera Options and Installers?
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2017, 09:23:42 AM »
Thanks.  I'm not looking for that much bells and whistles, just need something that's hi-res enough to capture faces, and to capture cars plates pulling into driveways.

We have Arlo but not the Pro. It can not view plate numbers. Believe me - we've tried. We've even tried to enhance the footage and still no luck. There are a lot of things we like about the Arlo. This just isn't one of them. I hope the Pro will do what you're looking for but unless it's a huge improvement, it may not.

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Re: Security Camera Options and Installers?
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2017, 09:19:54 PM »
If the purpose of having a camera is to produce footage as evidence in the event of criminal activity, then you need a camera that is capable of producing high quality imagery.  I'm not sure that any of the Wi-Fi cameras are capable of this; especially at a distance of 20-30 feet.  I have a hard wired surveillance camera system with 3mp cameras and can attest that when I needed to produce footage for the police, it was nice to be able to zoom in and see the suspects' faces in detail.  The footage is of no value to the police if it is grainy or fuzzy.

Thanks.  Exactly why I'm looking for hardwired options.  The units from costco seem to be decent at around $800 for 8 camera.  I'm curious about the installation costs...

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Re: Security Camera Options and Installers?
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2017, 01:29:50 PM »
Most vendors will charge between $80-100/hour.  Our home came pre-wired for cat-5 and the builder's installer provided pull wires that made it easier to run cabling where needed.  The install cost will depend on how easy it is to wire the surveillance cameras. 

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Re: Security Camera Options and Installers?
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2017, 05:26:37 PM »
I have a friend who consults for security systems using hikvision cameras and I use a 3MP one.  The motion detection is infinitely better than a Ring's and I use an NVR with a RAID 0 (data redundancy) drive to record about 3 weeks worth of data.

If anyone's interested, feel free to hit me up or come look at my install.  I like this setup because it uses PoE (Power Over Ethernet)  Both the power and the Internet is carried through the Ethernet cable.  It's really clean and works well with a new build house.

 

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