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Dave

I thought I would start a thread on a camera solution for the home.  There are a ton out there but none that work quite like I want them to.

I wouldn't mind a WIFI HD camera with a good field of view. Infrared as an option as well.  Have that camera triggered by motion or by zwave, insteon, etc.  Record locally and have a good app for all mobile platforms.

 

Synology has the NAS and apps.  It comes with one free camera license with each NAS.  Each camera after is $50 lifetime license.  Stores local, no automation protocols.

 

http://www.ispyconnect.com/

Installs locally and uses almost all IP cameras. Many options for recording. Apps? Not very good.  Has pricing option for remote viewing.  Local viewing is free.

 

http://www.homemonitor.me/features/

Tons of apps. Cameras have costs but free 7 days of online storage.

 

http://blueirissoftware.com/

I've been wanting to try this.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blueirissoftware.blueiris

EDIT: Found a WP and Metro app 

http://www.blueiriscompanion.com/

 

 

Piper

http://store.getpiper.com/

 

DropCam

https://www.dropcam.com/

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mkrice2

Guys,

Just tried the Dropcam solution for a Smart Home in Ft. Wayne.  I've got to say from every step the Dropcam performed very well.

I'm not much of an "unboxing" nut, but...the packaging is spectacular!  Everything felt solid.  (not a Mac "fanboy" either but the Dropcam was packaged like an Ipad device)  Instructions were very easy to follow for setup.  I was up and running in a matter of minutes.  Literally!!  Camera can be viewed from any device, yes even WP8. 

 

The NightVision was AMAZING!  I shut off all the lights to one of the rooms where the camera was and could see everything from the camera.  If I didn't know the lights were off I wouldn't have believed it!

 

There are a few drawbacks...the price.  I saw the price of the camera that I was using was $199.00.  That is pricey for one camera!  The other is the fact you have to pay for "cloud" DVR functionality after the 15 day trial. 

 

All in all though very solid product.

 

Matt

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schoondoggy

I'm still hearing very good things about homeboy cameras:

https://www.homeboy.com/

I have not seen much about their integration into home automation systems I assume they will be coming soon.

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cscompton

I've used Dropcam's at work, however, we ended up canceling the cloud DVR because of price/value. Also the camera's don't allow local LAN access to the video stream.  I do have to agree that they are amazing HD camera's with really good night vision.

 

I personally use Blue Iris at home (and now at work to replace the Dropcam's). I love it. It's affordable and you can use a lot of different IP cameras, offers information overlay's to the video feed and recording.  Supports multiple encoding formats and you can setup email alerts. I tied this into pushover as well for specific alerts at different times of the day.  You have control over video storage and retention policies, and you can continue to record/view with an internet outage.

 

I use wireless and wired (poe / POE-Injectors) camera's (amazon specials) around the $50 price point. The qualify on these camera's are not HD (some brag 720p but thats debatable) and are not waterproof. I do put these outside (at $50 I can replace if it's water damaged), under something to have some kind of water protection.


I should also add that Blue Iris will support USB and coax cameras (with the correct capture cards) too.

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yodafett

Building and managing DVRs for 400+ cameras at work with over 500TB in storage. I have a bit of expertise on this issue. I have used Strand and Salient compleat view at work and home. While top tier the annual license cost takes it out of most home users. For the house similar to Dave I have been using the QNAP built in app. It's one down side is lack of AD support. 2 free licenses depending on qnap version. The 2 built in to the ts-212p which runs about 99 means a very cost effective DVR.

 

For cams I prefer higher end Toshiba/Vivotek compared to the sub 200 dollar models. At the higher price point I find better dvr support but also programable event and application. In this case the camera decides when to send data based on movement and itself can send alerts on motion. Another option is for the camera to directly write to a server share based on an event or time. In my case I have been taking a photo at 8 am and 4 pm daily for large construction project to have a time-lapse movie at the end of the build.

 

At home I use 1 QNAP for recording my front yard porch and living room. Then a second qnap for the back yard/puppy and garage door. Both are set to alert on camera outages

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Ianbell


Security Monitor Pro is a powerful video surveillance software that supports up to 32 IP cameras. It has time based recording, motion detection alerts, and remote viewing, along with many other features that are useful. Easy to use and reliable and supports just about every IP camera efficiently.

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MSix

Building and managing DVRs for 400+ cameras at work with over 500TB in storage.

 

 

 

 Wow, 500TB? That's some serious storage space.

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Dave

Security Monitor Pro is a powerful video surveillance software that supports up to 32 IP cameras. It has time based recording, motion detection alerts, and remote viewing, along with many other features that are useful. Easy to use and reliable and supports just about every IP camera efficiently.

 

Nice "one and done" post there Ianbell.  How about donating a license for me to give away? PM me here.

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garbled

I just recently purchased an AXIS 7216P.  Basically, it is a rackmount box that accepts standard D1 camera inputs via BNC, and then turns them into IP cameras.  The software on the device is pretty slick, and does a bunchof things I wanted.  For example, it has motion triggers built in, can automatically save recordings to a NAS on your network, and as a hidden bonus, it works with my Honeywell Tuxedo Touch alarm panel.

 

Obviously D1 resolution isn't the best around, but I have 12 cameras on my house, and didn't want to spend a fortune buying cameras.  The 7216P Handles up to 16 cameras, so, that's kind of a win for me.

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Jason

Have been using Blue Iris with a single Foscam FI9821 720p pan/tilt/zoom camera and it works great. However the Foscam (now Amcrest?) camera is outdated at 2.4 ghz only. Doesn’t work well with dual band home routers such as Orbi and, more annoying, it clicks each time it switches to IR mode. Seems like it clicks instantly.

Blue Iris is top notch.

Looking to buy a few HD cameras with night vision for use with Blue Iris. Ideally wi-fi that also support wired/PoE.

Both indoor and outdoor suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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