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Topic # 27682 3-Nov-2008 22:09
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Hey guys. I am looking to install a system for my home within a week or two so in need of urgent information. Anybody an expert in this? Basically I want to be able to monitor my home from anywhere.. via remote viewing.. I have looked at trademe and found some systems but they are way over my budget and would rather get something cheaper... 
Trademe listing:
Then I found this on dicksmith: 
Will the dicksmith one provide me with remote viewing? And Is it fairly easy to set up? Help will be appreciated ASAP. :) have a nice day. 

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  Reply # 175584 3-Nov-2008 22:23
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The DSE unit has no remote surveillance.

There are several ways of going about this - install a 4ch (or greater) PCI card into a PC to record your cameras or buy a standalone DVR product such as those. I do CCTV installs myself, PM me if you are after any prices for equipment.

Installing it isn't particularly difficult if you buy premade cables, if you're running wire however you'll need to be able to crimp BNC plugs and solder DC power plugs and obviously need the tools and skills for this.

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  Reply # 175597 3-Nov-2008 22:46
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hey sbiddle. thanks for the reply. i have no idea how to PM you. just gives me an email option.. could you PM me? I would be able to reply you then.. 

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  Reply # 175635 4-Nov-2008 08:49
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msian: hey sbiddle. thanks for the reply. i have no idea how to PM you. just gives me an email option.. could you PM me? I would be able to reply you then.. 

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  Reply # 175641 4-Nov-2008 09:41
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What about a Smart Alarm?  Don't have one myself but seen them in action and they work great.

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  Reply # 175716 4-Nov-2008 14:19
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hey.dont really get the smartalarm concept.. they dont provide much information.. and I think it will be around the same price as just getting cameras installed.. im getting a system 2 outdoor 2 indoor, 500GB recording and remote access for $2000 inclusive of installation. Quite exp .

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  Reply # 175918 4-Nov-2008 22:32
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Hi msian

We have a home security system installed which sounds exactly what you are looking for. Its a Swann PC Security Guardian which consists of a 4 channel PCI card and the software for remote viewing. We also had to buy 4 cameras which have infrared for nightime. Apart from remote viewing you can also choose to have a photo of any movement in your home sent to an email address. The system was quite easy to set up and cost under $1000. We found that the Swann bullet cameras had the sharpest image.

It's a worthwhile investment.
I hope this helps you


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  Reply # 175966 5-Nov-2008 01:22
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hey jillann

thanks for the reply. Sounds like a system I would very much like. And wont break the bank too. any chance of more information on the system and where you got it from? did you install it yourself or did u get an installer?

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  Reply # 175977 5-Nov-2008 06:51
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We got the PCI card and cameras from DSE Powerhouse in Manukau

We installed it ourselves which was relatively easy. We also bought a 500GB hard drive for the PC which we run the cameras on, although you could use a smaller one and delete the recordings on a regular basis.  From memory, we had to port forward our router to allow remote viewing. It is also password protected.  
You also need to download a small program on the computer that you want to view the cameras from.

 PM me if you need any more details or, if you get it and need help once you are setting it up.


PS. You'll need to copy and paste the links into your browser as for some reason Firefox wouldn't let me insert the links from the toolbar.

PPS Here is the link from Swann using IE

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