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Topic # 224333 13-Nov-2017 14:42
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Hi All,
I'm in the market for a home security system does anyone have any recommendations?
Been hearing about this Morepork home security https://www.morepork.nz/ does anyone have it currently?
Is there one you have had good experience over another?
Thanks

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  Reply # 1900232 13-Nov-2017 14:45
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What are your requirements? Your question is pretty vague. 

 

Do you want remote monitoring from a smart phone? Are video cameras required? How many zones? 


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  Reply # 1900252 13-Nov-2017 15:37
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More detail would be nice, home security covers everything from access control, alarm and monitoring, CCTV and even fire alarm and monitoring...


 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1900278 13-Nov-2017 16:50
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Hi Guys,

Valid point okay so my requirements are:

- Need 4-5 out door cameras
- Need 2-3 In door cameras
- Need 1 Front door camera so we know who's at the door.
- Need 5 door monitoring
- Need 12 window monitoring

Would be nice to monitor this from my smartphone

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  Reply # 1900504 14-Nov-2017 09:30
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Oriphix: Hi Guys,

Valid point okay so my requirements are:

- Need 4-5 out door cameras
- Need 2-3 In door cameras
- Need 1 Front door camera so we know who's at the door.
- Need 5 door monitoring
- Need 12 window monitoring

Would be nice to monitor this from my smartphone

Thanks

 

 

 

Wow thats quite a list of cameras you want. Bear in mind for good quality cameras you are looking at a minimum cost of $300 +installation and you need to work out if you want cameras that record to themselves of a centralised storage device (NVR). Also with that amount of camera that would need to be wired as your wireless access point would never cope of the traffic.

 

 

 

Re the door and window monitoring I would guess that would be a reed switch on each. I think you are best to contact a security company but I would not think you would get much change out of $4k if your really lucky.


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  Reply # 1900506 14-Nov-2017 09:37
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Why do you need so many cameras at home? My wife said "no" to cameras, so we didn't feel like we were being watched all the time. Our system has a number of motion sensors, no cameras, and no door / windows monitoring.





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  Reply # 1900515 14-Nov-2017 10:01
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Why bother with door/window reeds? From my experience, they cause nothing but hassles and are the biggest cause of false activations / service callouts.

 

With that said, if you are wanting that level of security, a Morepork system will probably work out quite expensive, a 17 zone security panel is pretty much a commercial panel (you could have multiple inputs assigned to 1 zone to reduce the number of zones, but this makes identification of activations / false alerts problematic).

 

You haven't specified motion detection with PIRs, any reason? Window / door monitoring is a real American way of security with motion detection being more the norm in NZ.

 

8 channel security camera system for indoor/outdoor with remote app, Dahua or Uniview are the current kits we are installing, 4tb HDDs, remote access etc


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  Reply # 1900900 14-Nov-2017 19:19
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I'll be watching this thread with interest.

 

I've been looking at this.

 

 


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  Reply # 1900962 14-Nov-2017 20:19
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Hi Oriphix.
I’m a current Morepork user (I got it just to play around with it). Here’s my 2 cents.

The Good,
• Free starter kit with a 12 month contract. Check their website for current offerings.
• Painless to setup, one of their key selling points. All self install (bar external cameras which they recommend professional installation).
• 5 star support via chat/email. The few issues I’ve had where addressed very quickly.
• Base station (android driven) also supports z-wave products. I haven’t played around with this so can’t offer much more about it.

The bad,
• Remote access is via Alarm.com. So, if you use any other service which utilize Alarm.com (which I do) you need to supply a different email address (just a little annoying) as the services will conflict.
• Not many configuration options to play around with (I.e., not really geek material). It’s more of a set and forget product. Geo-tagging options are there but I haven’t dived into that yet.
• You will pay a lot to purchase all the items on your list and you would need to check with them to confirm the base station will support that many items.

The truly sucky,
• There is an image upload limit (cloud storage) of 40 photos per month for the image sensors. This truly sucks (are you listing MorePork?) for a paid subscription service. This makes no sense to me. I don’t understand why they apply this limit in this day and age of online cloud storage.

Heed the advice of others. Seek professional advice (lots on this website) or build from scratch.

I hope this helps.



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  Reply # 1901223 15-Nov-2017 12:37
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Hi All,

Thanks for the replies.

The cameras in the house would be turned off when we are inside it. Its mainly so that its on when we are out of home. Not sure if this is doable. Though the cameras would be for example in a garage and or hall way not in the bedrooms etc.

@BTR yes it is a fair bit but i think once the investment is made it should be good for at least 5-10 years?

@timmmay Well the camera's I hope would catch the intruder in action perhaps something for the police? Only thing the motion sensor would do is make noise?

@Sen8or Good point, windows and door sensors might be a to much, motion sensor might work out better.

@HotDogBreath thanks for the pro / con!

Just thinking about it we have a very old alarm system at home at the moment with motion sensors I wonder if I can just get someone to put in a new panel and maybe wire some outside cameras.

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  Reply # 1901224 15-Nov-2017 12:38
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I wouldn't bother too much about trying to catch them or get your stuff back. Have an alarm with a loud siren to deter entry, if they get in and take stuff have insurance to fix / replace.





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