What's the best camera type for an exterior wall that covers front door walk up?

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    Weather_Junkie Young grasshopper

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    So, I'm looking for a camera that'll mount to the wall right next to my front door. I was looking at another Amcrest dome camera but some have mentioned that by being mounted vertically, rain drops both wet and dried up could eventually block a clear view as I don't have a covered front porch. My worry is a bullet camera that has some rain protection for the lens might not give me the FOV I want to cover for front door walk-ups and any action in the street and neighbor's driveway.

    My wife bought a Ring doorbell to cover anyone walking up to our door but I had her return it because it only detects motion 30 feet away and doesn't record 24/7 like my Amcrest cams/Blue Iris setup does. Plus I need about 100 feet of NV to get my neighbor's driveway and garage since he's paying for the camera. He figures it's cheaper and less of a hassle to just pay for one on my house then install a system of his own. He has a house alarm but always has very expensive cars in his driveway all the time and travels a lot. He calls or texts me nearly everyday he's out of town to check on his vehicles so I'll be able to give him his own access through BI and in return, my front door, yard and road can be monitored at the same time.

    So will a bullet camera be wide enough to cover my front door or will my only choice be a dome camera and some RainX?
     

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  2. mat200

    mat200 Known around here

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    Hi Weather,

    I placed a Dahua OEM 2MP mini-dome wedge on the side of my front door at about 5 feet high and it works very well, I do have a porch to provide some cover from any rain.

    I recommend searching for that model and seeing what others have done with it by their front door.

    You can also look at the Dahua OEM starlight turret model - in particular IPC-HDW42xx in either a 2.8mm lens or a 3.6mm lens.
     
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    Click on "Wiki" at top of this page and read the Cliff notes.

    I would mount a turret similar to this setup, on the right side of your door, as your facing it, under the coach light. Use a 2.8mm lens.
    Such as: https://www.dahuasecurity.com/products/productDetail/3721
    You will then get most of your porch and approach. Always test cam locations before mounting, with a 2x4, 5 gal bucket, and rocks.
    Garage cam mount..jpg

    Then you will need another camera with a longer lens to watch your neighbors vehicles.
    Depending on how much he wants to see, This cam cam be zoomed in may do the trick.
    Review-Dahua Starlight IPC-HDW5231R-ZE 800 meter capable ePOE

    Or if he actually wants to ID a perp, then you may need something like this:
    IPC-HFW5231E-Z5 | Dahua Technology

    Or this:
    https://www.dahuasecurity.com/products/productDetail/12371
     
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    Weather_Junkie Young grasshopper

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    How are all those powered? I don't see a POE option for any of those. As you can see, I don't currently have an AC junction box in the brick wall other than the light fixtures but, I planned on getting my electrician out to run ethernet down the wall into the crawlspace so he can do both if necessary. I really like the look of the turret style and my wife would be cool with that verses a bullet camera sticking too far off the wall.
     
  5. fenderman

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    POE...its in the specs.
     
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    AND those Tennessee spiders aren't as attracted to the turrets as they are the bullets....another plus in addition to being POE.
     
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