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  1. Todd Schmidt

    Todd Schmidt n3wb

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    hey everybody,

    My family is getting a swimming pool and pool house put in our yard so I figured I’d just pick up a camera kit and keep an eye on it.

    Well, like everything I buy, I tend to do a bunch of research before I purchase. So I found myself looking into kits, but it was hard to find a review of the components in certain kits. I was on Backstreet Surveillance looking at their stuff, but couldn’t find any reviews of them except what was on their site.

    Somebody on reddit suggested I check out this forum, and now my head hurts. There is a ton of information to take in.

    So that being said my research continues. I think I need roughly 9 cameras to cover my whole yard rather thoroughly. I have motion activated spotlights all around my house (some need replacement as they don’t ever shut off). I don’t really have a set budget, but I don’t want to spend too much. Was looking at the Dahua IPC-HDW5231R-ZE (edited model number from 4-2) as they seem like they’d fit my needs the best, but I haven’t figured out anything beyond that yet. Suggestions are very welcome.

    I'll be running the Cat6 myself so they can be put pretty much anywhere.

    Photo attached is overview of house. Pool is blue rectangle, pool house is black one. Not to scale.
     

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  2. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

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    I'd suggest taking a look at the 2MP Dahua Starlight models (or Hikvision Dark Fighter models, .. they're just harder to source, IMO).

    Don't let the 2MP part of these cameras put you off. They use an awesome image sensor that's only found in . 2MP + this big image sensor makes the physical size of each pixel large, which allows more light in every pixel. The image sensor has a newer back-illuminated design, which allows more of that light to be captured by the sensor. End result is low-light image quality that's about as noise/grain free as you can get (with as little motion blur).

    The usual issue with trying to use higher MP cameras that don't do as well in low-light with spotlights is that when the spotlight is off at night, the cameras image quality is usually grainy and things in motion blur a lot more. When the spotlight comes on, it can take the camera a few seconds to adjust, during which the image quality may not be usable. So by the time the camera adjust, if the person that triggered the spotlight is smart, they're probably on their way out, and if you're lucky, you'll get the back of them as they leave. With the 2MP Starlights, you're more likely to get usable images/video before the spotlights come on (and after they turn off).

    Give the IPVM Camera Calculator V3 tool a spin. Type in your address, let it pull up a Google Map image of your property, add a camera/set the model, position it around your house then check out the simulated image. Great way to test stuff off.
     
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    mat200 IPCT Contributor

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    Welcome @Todd Schmidt

    Excellent job, you've already have your thinking cap on.

    You're going through the same path that many of us started out.

    A couple of quick pointers:
    1) Take your time, the cliff notes and forums are here to help you and others out.
    2) Back Street - I've watched enough of their videos, and found them being deceptive at times comparing their brand with others. ( example their higher end camera with a super cheap plastic cased Lorex camera.. and the presenter broke the Lorex camera to illustrate a point - when in truth they should have compared like cost cameras. ) THUS I say DO NOT trust them.
    3) 4MP - the older sensor models reviewed here on ipcamtalk did not impress members - so do double check that. I understand newer 4MP sensor models are coming out which we expect to be perform well. We're still waiting on reviews.

    Have fun!

     
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    SouthernYankee IPCT Contributor

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    :welcome:

    My standard welcome to the forum message.

    Please read the cliff notes and other items in the wiki. 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) Use Dahua starlight cameras or Hikvision darkfighter cameras or ICPT Night eye cameras (https://store.ipcamtalk.com/) if you need good low light cameras.
    2) use a VPN to access home network (openVPN)
    3) Do not use wifi cameras.
    4) Do not use cloud storage
    5) Do Not use uPNP, P2P, QR, do not open ports,
    6) More megapixel is not necessarily better.
    7) Avoid chinese hacked cameras (most ebay, amazon, aliexpress cameras(not all, but most))
    8) Do not use reolink, ring, nest cameras (they are junk)
    9) If possible use a turret camera , bullet collect spiders, dome collect dirt and reflect light (IR)
    10) Use only solid copper, AWG 23 or 24 ethernet wire. , no CCA (Copper Clad Aluminum)

    Read,study,plan before spending money ..... plan plan plan


    If you are interested in Dahua cameras a forum member, Andy, from china is a reseller @EMPIRETECANDY , he provides excellent product and SUPPORT . He selles international version of the cameras, not the hacked chinese versions. You can email him at kingsecurity2014@163.com , he has two stores one on aliexpress and one on amazon. If what you want is not on the web email him.

    Buy Products Online from China Wholesalers at Aliexpress.com

    Kingsecurity2018 @ Amazon.com:
     
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  5. Todd Schmidt

    Todd Schmidt n3wb

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    Thanks for the warm welcome. I’ve been over the wiki several times now. And sorry for confusion I was originally looking at the 4mp camera but switched to the 2 after reading up. Just put the wrong model in my initial post.

    There is so much info on this site.
     
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  6. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

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    Kind of like drinking from a fire hose, ... at first, anyway... :)

    The site had a lot of great folks willing to give advice/opinions, so def. post them up on your thread here are you go along.

    IMO, the 5231 varifocal turret you're looking at is probably the most popular model that folks here use. If you're not in a hurry, you could always do an initial order of two of those, get familiar with them (which will probably give you a little more personal insight into how best build a system for your place), and then order more down the road. IMO, probably one of the tougher initial decisions that you'll probably have to make is whether to use a NVR or an inexpensive Windows PC running Blue Iris (software NVR) and a PoE switch. That's its own debate. :)
     
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    Todd Schmidt n3wb

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    Good advice.

    I already have a switch (TP-Link 24 Port Gigabit Switch | Unmanaged Ethernet Switch | Shielded Ports | Metal | Desktop | Fanless (TL-SG1024S) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0779R9LJ3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_EnZ3Cb73TEEXK) that I used to run Ethernet from my Apple router, and to my NAS. But I don’t think it has PoE on it so I can’t really use that for the cameras. I’m leaning towards an NVR as I only have Macs in my home. So I’d have to get a 16 channel one as I need 8-9 cameras to get complete coverage of my yard.
     
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    So is the Dahua N54B3P too much NVR? And how many days do you recommend recording? 7? 14? A month?

    can somebody do all my thinking now?
     
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    A refurbed PC running BlueIris will run circles around ANY nvr.
    Choosing Hardware for Blue Iris | IP Cam Talk
    The PC should be dedicated to only running BI.
    Pay special attention to the Cliff Notes
     
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  10. TL1096r

    TL1096r Getting the hang of it

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    Good info! This is good to know as looking to redo everything but I have been hesitant as last few times I purchased something a new model came out a month later like buying IPC-HDW5231R-Z when IPC-HDW5231R-ZE came out a month later. My luck of course.
     
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    Hmm... that’s something to think about. Blue iris does sound better than most factory software. Wonder what the cost difference would be. As if I needed more to think about...