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  Reply # 2192403 6-Mar-2019 16:24
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Is anyone running Unifi cameras?

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  Reply # 2192449 6-Mar-2019 17:53
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Just received and set up my first Wyze Cam. Will definitely be ordering more. So impressive for the price. 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2192465 6-Mar-2019 18:26
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@pknz

 

I've got a site running Ubiquiti's UniFi cameras. Has been running since 2014, originally using their NVR appliance but moved to a PC as it stopped working last year (was completely unresponsive and didn't have time to diagnose/order a new one). They're fairly reliable, but have had few issues with it going offline/stopping recording for various reasons. I've found it easier to manage running on a PC now due to the ability to easily remote desktop.

 

Huge benefit of the Ubuquiti gear imo is the UI - I haven't come across anything as good for remote viewing of the footage. Various people need to have access to the recordings and cameras - the web interface and app are excellent and easy to use for most users. The footage is of pretty good quality and haven't had any fail so far.

 

I've got a couple other sites running Dahua setups which are way more reliable than the UniFi gear in my experience - they've been running a few years with absolutely no issues. But the UI isn't the easiest to navigate for inexperienced users. Another thing I prefer over the traditional setups with dedicated NVRs is their I/O ports - for sensors like PIRs and beam sensors. Camera quality of these is pretty good too (obviously depends on the camera type though).


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  Reply # 2192519 6-Mar-2019 20:06
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Don't forget MotionEyeOS on a Raspberry Pi. Worth a look, and no firmware issues.

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  Reply # 2192521 6-Mar-2019 20:16
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natedog:

 

Just received and set up my first Wyze Cam. Will definitely be ordering more. So impressive for the price. 

 

 

Wow, those are certainly good value! Which one did you order - with the pan/tilt, or the fixed one?

 

It's a pity the mounting for the pan/tilt version is so expensive relative to the cost of the camera itself -nearly doubles the price.

 

I like that it provides free online storage, though it's only clips not all streamed content. Given the ability to also record locally that's not a big issue. 

 

Also a pity they're (not yet) selling an outside version, though I guess power would be more of an issue; have you tried your one pointing outside at all, ie aimed out of a window?

 

Given the price I am mightily tempted to give one a go as well...


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  Reply # 2192565 6-Mar-2019 21:18
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I just got the standard Wyze Cam as its mainly to make sure our pooch is okay in one room, but it’s also a good backup to our house alarm so we can check it if the alarm goes off (fortunately it never does!)

Having had issues with people coming onto our property previously, I’m seriously thinking of retiring our outdoor Logitech Cam (the app is clunky, no free storage and night vision isn’t great) and trying a couple of Wyze Cams with the (3rd party) covers from amazon as they will all then appear in the same app.

App notifications can be customised with IFTTT (for example, notifications on when out but off when home).

There are other mounting kits on Amazon also.

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  Reply # 2192587 6-Mar-2019 21:40
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Thanks for the further info.

What are the third party covers you talk of? I'm assuming full covers that allow the cameras to be located outside? Getting power outside would also be necessary (you may have this already for your current set-up: for me this world be a big hassle).

There are a number of threads on Reddit with people discussing how to get these cameras working well at night through glass. Main tip seems to be covering the IR 'lights' to stop them reflecting off the glass. The results seem to be acceptable quality images even in low light.

This page has links to some screenshots:

https://www.reddit.com/r/wyzecam/comments/9zgvis/how_is_the_video_quality_of_a_wyze_cam_through_a/#thing_t1_ea91tvz

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  Reply # 2192845 7-Mar-2019 10:01
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I'm definitely keen on picking up some of these Wyze cameras for a basic outside coverage front driveways, rear of house); ideally, I'd rather put one of the pan/tilt models on the front veranda in one of the protective cases; but that comes with the hassle of getting a cable outside. Are there any easy ways to achieve this? I see you can buy extension cords (5m and 7.9m seem common) but given they'll need to plug into a socket, so that'll be quite some distance let alone a big hassle (no power plugs close to and on the right side as the veranda.)

 

If this is too difficult, I guess I'll try out the standard camera inside to cover the front driveways, attached to the top of a window frame (a review mentioned the image can be flipped in the app); but I should more easily be able to do a pan/tilt version at the back of the house.

 

(Apologies to the OP for focusing on a specific brand etc, but perhaps the Wyze cameras may be an option for you too?!)


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  Reply # 2192864 7-Mar-2019 10:47
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nzlogan:

@pknz


I've got a site running Ubiquiti's UniFi cameras. Has been running since 2014, originally using their NVR appliance but moved to a PC as it stopped working last year (was completely unresponsive and didn't have time to diagnose/order a new one). They're fairly reliable, but have had few issues with it going offline/stopping recording for various reasons. I've found it easier to manage running on a PC now due to the ability to easily remote desktop.


Huge benefit of the Ubuquiti gear imo is the UI - I haven't come across anything as good for remote viewing of the footage. Various people need to have access to the recordings and cameras - the web interface and app are excellent and easy to use for most users. The footage is of pretty good quality and haven't had any fail so far.


I've got a couple other sites running Dahua setups which are way more reliable than the UniFi gear in my experience - they've been running a few years with absolutely no issues. But the UI isn't the easiest to navigate for inexperienced users. Another thing I prefer over the traditional setups with dedicated NVRs is their I/O ports - for sensors like PIRs and beam sensors. Camera quality of these is pretty good too (obviously depends on the camera type though).



Thanks, was looking to get some but hesitating at the moment with the Unifi video -> Unifi Protect CK2+ only situation.

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  Reply # 2193263 7-Mar-2019 21:47
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I have just received delivery of a new Techage system from Aliexpress:

https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/cOxwcry4

$360 delivered in 4 days via DHL. I got the 1TB model, the DVR can take 8 cameras but I only purchased 4. You can chose 3.6mm or 6mm lens cameras.

HD PoE cameras, local storage, no subscription or cloud services required. Camera build quality seems excellent.

Not yet fully set up but I’m very impressed so far - there seem to be a massive number of settings that can be adjusted via the DVR interface.



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  Reply # 2193474 8-Mar-2019 10:52
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jonathan18:

I'm definitely keen on picking up some of these Wyze cameras for a basic outside coverage front driveways, rear of house); ideally, I'd rather put one of the pan/tilt models on the front veranda in one of the protective cases; but that comes with the hassle of getting a cable outside. Are there any easy ways to achieve this? I see you can buy extension cords (5m and 7.9m seem common) but given they'll need to plug into a socket, so that'll be quite some distance let alone a big hassle (no power plugs close to and on the right side as the veranda.)


If this is too difficult, I guess I'll try out the standard camera inside to cover the front driveways, attached to the top of a window frame (a review mentioned the image can be flipped in the app); but I should more easily be able to do a pan/tilt version at the back of the house.


(Apologies to the OP for focusing on a specific brand etc, but perhaps the Wyze cameras may be an option for you too?!)



Ok by me, I thought they looked pretty cool. I didn't realise this was going to be as interesting of a topic as it turned out to be.

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  Reply # 2193496 8-Mar-2019 11:13
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Yeah, I kinda blame you for this - I'd not have already ordered some of the Wyze cameras if it wasn't for this thread!

 

I've ended up ordering two of the Cam Pan (pan and tilt features), two of these outdoor cases for them, plus a 25 foot cable, which should allow me to appropriately place the one which is nowhere near a power source. All up a total cost of just on $200 NZ.

 

I could have made it a lot cheaper if I'd settled for two of the standard Cams pointing out windows (I'm not interested in cameras shooting interiors - I find that really creepy), but in the end decided what I went with provided a sweet spot that doesn't make too many compromises and shouldn't lead me to wanting to upgrade too quickly!

 

When watching a few videos on the Wyze cameras I came across this - I had no idea one could buy an adapter to add a USB socket to a (screw-mount) light socket - this could well be useful to power cameras outside, for example in my situation. Has anyone had any experience with these? 


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  Reply # 2193623 8-Mar-2019 15:27
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Be interesting to see what people's experiences with these cameras is. After spending several years going through various cheap cameras I got so sick of them failing (usually not completely, but gradual loss of functionality, typically they'd crash/lock up more and more) that I bit the bullet and got Dahua (via Amcrest), which I wish I'd got in the first place (except that Amcrest have only done Dahua for the last year or two). I'd be curious to hear how the Wyze's are going in six months time... hmm, and whether Wyze still exists then, which is another problem with these startups. Not trying to pan Wyze, I'm just curious how things go with them.



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  Reply # 2200184 17-Mar-2019 13:17
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jonathan18:

Yeah, I kinda blame you for this - I'd not have already ordered some of the Wyze cameras if it wasn't for this thread!


I've ended up ordering two of the Cam Pan (pan and tilt features), two of these outdoor cases for them, plus a 25 foot cable, which should allow me to appropriately place the one which is nowhere near a power source. All up a total cost of just on $200 NZ.


I could have made it a lot cheaper if I'd settled for two of the standard Cams pointing out windows (I'm not interested in cameras shooting interiors - I find that really creepy), but in the end decided what I went with provided a sweet spot that doesn't make too many compromises and shouldn't lead me to wanting to upgrade too quickly!


When watching a few videos on the Wyze cameras I came across this - I had no idea one could buy an adapter to add a USB socket to a (screw-mount) light socket - this could well be useful to power cameras outside, for example in my situation. Has anyone had any experience with these? 



Where did you order the camera from? I'm thinking of getting one to play around with. There is a version 1 and version 2 which costs a little more. I've checked out some videos on mounting these indoors looking outdoors and this could work pretty good I think given where our windows are in regard to doors!

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  Reply # 2200356 17-Mar-2019 19:19
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pknz: Is anyone running Unifi cameras?

 

I have been running the unifi cameras for a few years now on multiple sites, I have found them to work really well and pretty bullet proof as well, i have never tried the Standalone Nvr that they sel i have always used a VM, either ubuntu or windows.

 

the most recent addition to my setup was the IR extender for my driveway cam, that thing lights up the entire drive and more at night and helps the other 2 cameras in that area, ill post some pics later with the IR extender and with out the IR Extender


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