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Hi all,
I've just set up BI on an old dedicated i5 PC, and I love it. I put the PC up in the attic (loft) and I remote into it using AnyDesk. I only have one camera at the moment but I have all the port forwarding working and alerts set up. So next job is to pick up more cameras (and run a load of Cat5 cable!) The cam I have is a ReoLink dome 5MP cam and I think I'll probably stick to ReoLink. I did buy one other camera from China and couldn't get it to work. I suspect that it may not be ONVIF compatible. Won't make that mistake again!

Looking forward to getting some good pointers here and hopefully I'll be able to add a few helpful tips as I get more familiar with BI in time.

Rgds
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Welcome to the forum. Check out the information in the wiki. Plenty of info in the forum about steering clear of Reolink. Dahua cameras purchased from Andy at EmpireTech with English firmware, prices are very reasonable with fast shipping worldwide.


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Welcome to the forum. Check out the information in the wiki. Plenty of info in the forum about steering clear of Reolink. Dahua cameras purchased from Andy at EmpireTech with English firmware, prices are very reasonable with fast shipping worldwide.


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Yes, I see that. This forum certainly has a wealth of knowledge. Thanks for pointing that out, I'll have a good look at the Dahua cameras :)
 

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Welcome to the forum. Look into setting up your network securely i.e. avoid port forwarding.
Ye I know. I just learned how to do this port forwarding and I was quite proud of myself that it worked. Then after looking at the wiki I realised my work was in vain. So now I've ordered a Raspberry Pi that I'm going to set up as a VPN server using open VPN. So much to learn
 

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:welcome:
welcome to the forum. There is a lot of solid information on surveillance cameras and home security here.
Please do a search of the forum on Reolink cameras. They are not recommended.
Note: Still daylight pictures do not show the quality of a camera,Use low light night video with people moving to evaluate a camera.

Read, study,Plan before spending money. Plan,plan,plan
A lot of information below. take your time...
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My standard welcome to the forum message.

Please read the IP Cam Talk Cliff Notes and other items in the IP Cam Talk Wiki. (read on a real computer, not a phone). The wiki is in the blue bar at the top of the page.

Read How to Secure Your Network (Don't Get Hacked!) in the wiki also.


Quick start
1) If you do not have a wired monitored alarm system, get that first
2) Use Dahua starlight cameras or Hikvision darkfighter cameras if you need good low light cameras.
3) use a VPN to access home network (openVPN)
4) Do not use wifi cameras.
5) Do not use cloud storage
6) Do Not use uPNP, P2P, QR, do not open ports,
7) More megapixel is not necessarily better.
8) Avoid chinese hacked cameras (most ebay, amazon, aliexpress cameras(not all, but most))
9) Do not use reolink, ring, nest, Arlo cameras (they are junk), no cloud cameras
10) If possible use a turret camera , bullet collect spiders, dome collect dirt and reflect light (IR)
11) Use only solid copper, AWG 23 or 24 ethernet wire. , no CCA (Copper Clad Aluminum)
12) use a test mount to verify the camera mount location. My test rig: rev.2
13) (Looney2ns)If you want to be able to ID faces, don't mount cams higher than 8ft. You want to know who did it, not just what happened.
14) Use a router that has openVPN built in (Most ASUS, Some NetGear....)
15) camera placement use the calculator... IPVM Camera Calculator V3
16) POE list PoE Switch Suggestion List


Cameras to look at
IPC-T5442TM-AS-LED Review IPC-T5442TM-AS-LED (Full Color, Starlight+) - 4MP starlight
IPC-T5442TM-AS Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+ - 4MP starlight+
IPC-T2347G-LU Review of the Hikvision OEM model IPC-T2347G-LU 'ColorVu' IP CCTV camera. (DS-2CD2347G1-LU)
IPC-HDW2231R-ZS Review-Dahua IPC-HDW2231RP-ZS Starlight Camera-Varifocal
IPC-HDW2231T-ZS-S2 Review-OEM IPC-T2231T-ZS 2mp Varifocal Starlight Camera
IPC-HDW5231R-ZE Review-Dahua Starlight IPC-HDW5231R-ZE 800 meter capable ePOE
IPC-HFW4239T-ASE IPC-HFW4239T-ASE
IPCT-HDW5431RE-I Review - IP Cam Talk 4 MP IR Fixed Turret Network Camera
DS-2CD2325FWD-I
N22AL12 New Dahua N22AL12 Budget Cam w/Starlight -- low cost entry

Other dahua 4MP starlight Dahua 4MP Starlight Lineup

My preferred indoor cameras
DS-2CD2442FWD-IW
IPC-K35A Review-Dahua IPC-K35A 3mp Cube Camera

If interested in Blue Iris and other setup items see the following post

Camera Sensor size info Sensor Size Chart Generally bigger is better

Before asking a question search the forum first...
The best way to search the forum is to use Google Advance search
set site or domain to ipcamtalk.com
OR
in the google search window enter.. site:ipcamtalk.com ?????? ..where ?????? is the items/terms you are interested in.

Read,study,plan before spending money ..... plan plan plan
Test do not guess

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if you are interested in International Dahua cameras, a forum member sells dahua (and some Hikvision) and ships world wide. You can read some of the members recommendations on his service. He also provides cameras to other forum member for evaluation and reviews.
you can email him for a quote, or purchase from his Aliexpress store or his Amazon store. The cameras are fully upgradable, he posts upgarde software when available.

Andy
@EMPIRETECANDY
kingsecurity2014@163.com
Andy's ipcamtalk vendor forum: EmpireTech Andy
Andy's AliExpress store: Empire Technology Co., Ltd - Amazing prodcuts with exclusive discounts on AliExpress
Andy's Amazon store: EmpireTech-Andy @ Amazon.com:
forum: EmpireTech Andy
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