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#225439 18-Nov-2017 21:09
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Hi Guys,


I'd like to get a CCTV system with NVR, something like this


Purpose is to monitor house entrances for security. 


Must have:


- Motion detection recording
- Ability to quickly play back


Very nice to have:


- Mobile notification on motion
- Remote access


Any gotcha's with these chinese cheap ones?  I'm sure the "expensive" ones are better, but in what way?  We are using it for the just in case scenario, and don't depend on it etc. And has anyone got experience with these AliExpress CCTV NVR systems?



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  #1903863 18-Nov-2017 21:12
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Just dont let them see internet and you will be fine. That will nuke any mobile notification capability.


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  #1903864 18-Nov-2017 21:20
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If you get one, ensure it is never connected to the internet. Seriously.


Cheap + Cameras + Internet = Drama. They're a security nightmare. This is why I'm going to mention @kyhwana2 so he can read this and get the cold sweats.


Go with a trusted solution like Ubiquiti UniFi's range along with their NVR if you want something that is a bit more secure and has remote access features - it is potentially the cheapest, secure option you can get.


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  #1903867 18-Nov-2017 21:31
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Also if its anything like the xmeye NVR's then playback is trash compared to a better NVR like even the cheap chinese only white cased hikvisions. Can only step thru in chunks, laggy playback with more than 2 channels which it will probably only show you the low res stream for.


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  #1903871 18-Nov-2017 21:48
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An old i5 with 8GB of RAM and a 2TB drive with 2 network cards, one plugged into a PoE switch and the other to the internet is what we have setup in our office. Then just a bunch of cheap PoE cameras like this one. Our whole setup cost us less than $750nzd. We run iSpy to view/record/notify which is free. We've opened RD to the internet if we want to view cameras remotely which works surprisingly well even on mobiles. 


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  #1904293 20-Nov-2017 07:59
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I have a new, unused (well, a few hours used) Hikvision NVR if you're interested.  I'd recommend sticking to the Hikvision or Dahua IP cameras.

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  #1912874 4-Dec-2017 19:10
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I'll refer to my post here.




We've just done a full home surveillance install, and we ended up building custom cameras using imported CCTV cases, Raspberry Pi's running MotionEyesOS, ZoneMinder server, and PoE support.


They costed about $150 each to build, but you basically have a camera where you have complete control over the security and transparency over what happens to your data. Plus on the Raspberry Pi 3 and server side video processing, you can get just under 1080 @ 20fps, so the quality is reasonably good.



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