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  # 1018808 4-Apr-2014 21:28
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Sounds like you need an expert to assess your setup. If you want number plates the rules change - you've suddenly now needing a camera with IR cut, I'd recommend a Mobotix for such a setup.

You also can't compare any of this kit to Foscam - they make kids toys (literally).

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  # 1023888 12-Apr-2014 11:33
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Hi sbiddle I understand foscam not in the same park but it was an interim $300 solution that worked really well from andriod app 4cam access and motion detect notifications to email. It was more about giving the appearance of cctv with alarm and signs etc with view of the house down the road being an easier target. On the reno I ran cat6 and wired the house so now was starting to think about proper cctv.
Does anyone know if hikvision works with dahua nvr, but general rule seems to be avoid miixes so avoid slight incompatabilities?

Thanks guys billgates sbiddle for the info , you guys are cool and generous with your knowledge.


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  # 1282670 14-Apr-2015 09:00
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Hi guys please could you critique my assumptions. I am wanting to put in a medium cost system of about 4 cameras for a residential beach house where I am not living perm.  I have done quite a bit of reading here and forum to help do some home work.

I am wanting to know whether I am on the right track and whether my assumptions and research are valid and most importantly whether I will be disappointed with my selections.

I am a 25 years telco, IT, architect used to networking and technology etc, so I believe this will be within my capabilities with a bit of hard knocks. i had a small foscam network in for 3 years which has served its purpose re notifications and remote survailance. It has worked very well for what it is.

1. I settled on either Hikvision or Dahua.
2. Because I  understand that I cannot access firmware and updates myself from Dahua (which I took I quick look and seemed to confirm) this leaves Hikvision. I want freedom to access firmware and updates to resolve issues.  
3. I slightly prefer the design of hikvision cameras so that helps.

4. I will use the same NVR as the cameras so that means Hikvision as well. I'm aware of all the incompatibility issues in mixing cameras and NVR.
5. I have bought the cube Hikvision PIR 3Mp cameras to replace an airlive that has failed. I propose the 3Mp Hikvision Mini Dome for the outside under soffets e.g. Hikvision DS-2CD2132F-IS 
6. I propose the ds-7608ni-e2/8n for an NVR. I think it gives me growth and expansion with 8 POE ports and 2x sata.

Remote access and recording are important to me. I already have Tiny Cam Monitor on my smartphone which I've been using for a couple of years and I've checked Hikvision is supported.

1. Will I be happy with this system?
2. Not selecting Dahua is there anything in the cameras or NVR that I will miss out on that will be irritating to me after the fact that Dahua has that Hikvision do not?

I am still learning some of the capability terms BLC and so forth.

3. If I use a NVR POE switch then can I still contact the cameras individually from outside the WAN, e.g does it make any difference if use a NVR POE or a standalone POE Switch networked into the network to the NVR.


How good is motion detection?

1. Am I going to have false alarms like I get now with sunlight changes with a proper system e.g. Hikvision. Also the Airlive used to motion detect at night which made it useless as a motion detection camera. But that was years old now.

thanks for any advice guys.


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