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Topic # 152246 21-Sep-2014 15:03
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Hi there,

Does anyone here have network cameras set up for home security?  Just wondering what cameras you used and where did you buy your gear from?



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  Reply # 1133154 21-Sep-2014 15:17
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The Ubiquiti ones have very god software and are not too expensive. You can buy from Gowifi in NZ

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  Reply # 1133155 21-Sep-2014 15:39
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Belkin Wemo HD+ with nightvision are good value and have great mobie apps.

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  Reply # 1133156 21-Sep-2014 15:54
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I have 4 Hikvision cameras around my property:


  • DS-2CD2112-I (4mm)
  • DS-2CD2032-I (4mm)
  • 2 x DS-2CD2332-I (2.8mm and 4mm)
I bought them all off Aliexpress for between US$90 and US$120 each including shipping. They're all POE (Power over Ethernet), IP66 rated and have really good night vision as well as built in IR illumination. has lots of reviews of cameras from various manufacturers.

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  Reply # 1133177 21-Sep-2014 17:08
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I have 2 Dahua DH-IPC-HDW4300C.

Bought from Aliexpress about a month ago for US$88 each.... free delivery.

Sharp snapshot motion captures.

Not using the PoE.... 

Have them inside glass windows and can't use the night IR, but outdoor security lights work ok at night.





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  Reply # 1133179 21-Sep-2014 17:32
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I have a Dropcam HD amongst those I've tested. The cloud storage model is the biggest benefit. Dropcam were recently acquired by Nest who were recently acquired by Google.

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  Reply # 1133195 21-Sep-2014 18:08
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The Dahua or Hikvision kit is going to beat most other similar priced hands down in terms of actual picture quality. It's not going to beat them in terms of simplicity to set up and configure because they're professional products and aren't intended for the DIY market.

There are a number of identical threads on here including a couple that discuss the Dahua kit.

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  Reply # 1133252 21-Sep-2014 20:48
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i would be slightly concerned about the some of the cheap Chinese brands. only use if you know how to secure them. as they do what you want them to do most of the time, but there are some concerns around their security.

there are cameras and DVRs that are easily hackable and few concerns in the professional industry about these brands.
even though you change the default password, there is always a master password not visible in firmware that is always the same and can be accessed.

see links below, some of these units out of the box have been known to start contacting servers overseas.

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  Reply # 1137362 25-Sep-2014 12:34
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Hey, so how does the software work with these cams.  If you have them recording to a NAS do you need the software running all the time?  Does the computer itself need to be 24/7 or does the camera write to the NAS independently?
I'm looking at the Hikvision range.


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