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Ultimate Geek

# 173655 31-May-2015 22:02
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Im looking to buy a DVR with some cameras to put up around the house, as we're on a main road and have had problems in the past with cars getting broken into etc... Just need about 4-6 cameras which can plug into a DVR and have the DVR connected to internet so I can look at cameras remotely using iphone.   I've very seldom bought this stuff so need some recommendations, preferably something on ali-express.

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Master Geek

  # 1315254 31-May-2015 22:06
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I have setup IP cameras and you can save the images back to a PC, server, FTP.  Plus you can check you place using an iPhone app which is cool.

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Uber Geek

  # 1315264 31-May-2015 22:40
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IP cameras would probably be best, cheap as chips on aliexpress too


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Uber Geek

  # 1315266 31-May-2015 22:49
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The Ubiquiti Unifi Vision cams are probably all you want for home. They make pretty decent 'bullet style' cams with IR and a sturdy design. The NVR isn't bad either (in terms of form factor).

Otherwise, I would say Hikvision. Much better cameras and quite good NVR's but are more of a 'commercial' bit of kit.

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Ultimate Geek


  # 1315281 31-May-2015 23:07
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A few months back I bought a Dahua NVR4104 for around US $150, 4 HFW4300 3MP IP POE bullet cameras for $90 ea from Aliexpress. Shipping was free.
WD 4TB 'surveillance' HDD ($250?) and box of Cat5E external cable ($180) from PBTech, some RJ45 connectors cable staples etc.

I'm by no means up on security systems, but I mounted the cameras, ran the cables, crimped on ends, plugged it all together & it worked.
Now I'm having fun tweaking it, and getting an idea of what I'd want in a bigger/better system. POE is very useful, no power where I've mounted the cameras.

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