Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

1 post

Wannabe Geek

# 214827 30-May-2017 16:05
Send private message

I would like to get some advices about getting one of those home CCTV surveillance kit. There are lots on the market but I have no idea which one to get.


1. I prefer a wired one instead of wireless camera but it doesn't really matter if huge price difference.


2. I need one which I can monitor the real time video through my cellphone/ipad


3.The most important, which can be connected to my local NAS and store all my surveillance data there as the main or second storage (I don't wanna use cloud unless it is free. I just wanna pay a one-off price for the system, not any monthly subscription otherwise I will get a Morepork system instead).


I don't know if I need to get a DVR or NVR system. Can't really tell what's the advantage of each system really.


And where is the best place to get one?


Any advice would be appreciated. Need to get one soon.





Create new topic
488 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 1791843 30-May-2017 16:12
Send private message

Have you looked at Unifi gear? my olds have just got a couple of the G3 cameras. PoE, installation was a breeze, can be set to always record, motion record or just monitor.  Has the ability to monitor in real time through their app (free).  Can record to their NVR or set up your own using their software.  I'm looking at getting some it myself now that I've set it up for them.

4127 posts

Uber Geek

  # 1791886 30-May-2017 17:42
Send private message

What software does your NAS run?


The likes of Synology have their Surveillance Station license which does all the indexing of footage to make it easy to find. Hook that up with some Hikvision or Dahua cameras and you have a very good home solution. If your NAS doesn't support a proper "NVR" type software and you need to rely on just simply FTP or something these cams will do that too.


Unifi is a good software solution too but their cameras are really quite average when compared with Hikvision or Dahua.


425 posts

Ultimate Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 1792105 31-May-2017 07:55
Send private message

Depends how much work you're prepared to put in.  The Hetgear Arlo's are battery driven and last for 5-6 months, no wiring and they do work, with some limitations.


if you're prepared to put out the Ethernet wiring, I happen to have 3 x Hikvision cameras (one is a PTZ camera) and an NVR sitting unused at home if you're interested.  I'm in Wellington and hadn't thought about pricing but if interested drop me a line.



28117 posts

Uber Geek

Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1792114 31-May-2017 08:27
Send private message

A NVR or DVR are recorders, typically for IP (NVR) or analogue (DVR). Since you want to record to your NAS you don't need or want either.


Assuming you have a Synology or QNAP both have CCTV software for them. I won't go into the pros and cons of it vs a dedicated NVR but you can pretty much use any cameras that are compatible with the NAS hardware you have.



982 posts

Ultimate Geek

  # 1792151 31-May-2017 09:18
Send private message

How about Spark's Morepork. It has many camera accessories and can protect your house as well

Nokia 7 Plus
Nexus 6P 32Gb
Nexus 6 Phone
Nexus 5 Phone
Nexus 7 2013 Tablet
Samsung TAB A 8"
Samsung TAB A 10"


& many Windows laptops, Desktops etc




Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

New AI legaltech product launched in New Zealand
Posted 21-Aug-2019 17:01

Yubico launches first Lightning-compatible security key, the YubiKey 5Ci
Posted 21-Aug-2019 16:46

Disney+ streaming service confirmed launch in New Zealand
Posted 20-Aug-2019 09:29

Industry plan could create a billion dollar interactive games sector
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:41

Personal cyber insurance a New Zealand first
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:26

University of Waikato launches space for esports
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:20

D-Link ANZ expands mydlink ecosystem with new mydlink Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:14

Kiwi workers still falling victim to old cyber tricks
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:47

Lightning Lab GovTech launches 2019 programme
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:41

Epson launches portable laser projector
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:27

Huawei launches new distributed HarmonyOS
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:20

Lenovo introduces single-socket servers for edge and data-intensive workloads
Posted 9-Aug-2019 21:26

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.3
Posted 9-Aug-2019 16:57

Symantec sell enterprise security assets for US$ 10.7 billion to Broadcom
Posted 9-Aug-2019 16:43

Artificial tongue can distinguish whisky and identify counterfeits
Posted 8-Aug-2019 20:20

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.