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#4722208 - 04/09/18 09:43 PM Recommendations on wired home security camera syst
joegreen Offline


Registered: 03/10/13
Posts: 721
Loc: NY
I am looking to purchase a home security camera system. I see you can buy kits with the camera DVR wiring ect. I am looking to spend 200-300. I'm not really concerned with apps for phones or anything like that I just want reliability with descent image quality. Most of the ones I see on Amazon have good and bad reviews. I don't mind piecing a system together. Some kits say they come with a security grade HDD but that does not tell me anything. I would prefer to have a wd purple HDD for reliability. So what do you guys use? Any CCTV installers out there that could give me recommendations on good brand names? Looking for a wired system. I know 200-300 is a very small amount of money in the CCTV world but it's all I have. I am looking for something with 4 cameras and a DVR with 8 camera upgradability. I don't mind piecing together a better system by buying a used DVR and buying a few cameras at a time. Looking for reliability as these cameras will be hard to get at 25' up.


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#4722269 - 04/09/18 10:41 PM Re: Recommendations on wired home security camera syst [Re: joegreen]
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Registered: 08/05/10
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I just moved into a new to me house and the previous owner installed a Night Owl system from Costco. You will have to buy a cheap monitor because the kit comes with the DVR and 4 cameras. I bought one for $60 on Amazon. I had to call tech support because I needed a remote password reset and tech support was very helpful. This is the only camera system i have delt with but it works well.
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#4722307 - 04/10/18 12:21 AM Re: Recommendations on wired home security camera syst [Re: joegreen]
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Registered: 01/17/17
Posts: 116
Loc: California
I bought a Swann 1080P security camera kit for $220 at BestBuy. Has crystal clear images and you can also connect it to the TV.

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#4722358 - 04/10/18 04:32 AM Re: Recommendations on wired home security camera syst [Re: joegreen]
Lubener Offline


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I would stay away from any cheap system which needs the monitor to power up the cams. Monitor goes down, so does the system.


Edited by Lubener (04/10/18 04:32 AM)
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#4722387 - 04/10/18 06:07 AM Re: Recommendations on wired home security camera syst [Re: joegreen]
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Buy a system at Sam's, BJs, etc. Axis makes quality network cameras but $300 will not even get you one Axis camera.

And to properly evaluate a system look at the quality of the video during playback not live.
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#4722391 - 04/10/18 06:09 AM Re: Recommendations on wired home security camera syst [Re: joegreen]
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Have an EZVIZ 4 camera system with a 1TB Hard drive , with really good ir night vision. Setup was easy and I am about as non tech as one can get , but directives were clear and cameras are small and rotate to where you want them. Got it at Sams about a year and a half ago for about $220.00. Cameras are supposed to be weather proof but some freezing rain and low temps trashed 1 of the cameras a while back . Sent an email to the company and they sent me a replacement within 2 weeks. There are more expensive systems but For that price point I like the EZVIZ system.
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#4722777 - 04/10/18 01:47 PM Re: Recommendations on wired home security camera syst [Re: joegreen]
joegreen Offline


Registered: 03/10/13
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Thanks for the info. I don't mind buying a complete cheap system I just don't want to have to return the whole system because one camera failed. I'll have to contact some companies to see how they handle warranties.
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#4727446 - 04/15/18 08:06 AM Re: Recommendations on wired home security camera syst [Re: joegreen]
alarmguy Offline


Registered: 07/10/12
Posts: 2065
Loc: South Carolina
Which brand?

Depends how serious you are, inexpensive consumer models advertised all around and most likely all you need but ...

If you want a true well known brand among the security industry and national security industry publications,

Google, Hikvision DVRs, NVRs and cameras. Professional stuff almost the same price as the other stuff.


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#4731628 - 04/19/18 04:40 AM Re: Recommendations on wired home security camera syst [Re: joegreen]
NeoDad Offline


Registered: 04/18/18
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Loc: CA, USA
i have the arlo pro and it pretty much does a good job monitoring so far. The night vision is good and has speak/hear through cam, it's really helpful. Though I read it's batteries will need improvement (I am yet to find out). Great features come with a hefty price too. It's a bit painful that the system itself is already expensive + the monthly fee.

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#4733172 - 04/20/18 02:10 PM Re: Recommendations on wired home security camera syst [Re: joegreen]
nthach Offline


Registered: 01/02/04
Posts: 3665
Loc: California
From my dealings at the parent's house(and I'm having a hard time convincing them to go Arlo or Nest, especially since their system has an exposed and hard-coded root password) and the friend's bike shop, avoid Lorex like the plague. All OTS security systems are the same Chinese made stuff in a pretty box - RaySharp and Danhwa make a majority of that stuff.

For home use, I'd go with Nest or Arlo or if you want to give Comcast/AT&T/ADT or your local alarm company more money and if you have a Honeywell/DSC/DMP security alarm installed it might be worth getting the cameras for those systems and they work in tandem with your home alarm.

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