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#269828 9-Apr-2020 20:31
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Hi

 

Started looking into a home security camera and settled on the TP-link Kasa KC200.  It was reasonably priced and had good reviews and offered a couple of days of cloud storage for free.   

I was trying to avoid an option that required a subscription based plan so ruled out Nest and RIng.  Which are a bit dearer anyway.  and I couldnt really justify an Arlo Pro  yet. We have power and wifi where I want to place the camera which gives us more options.

 

Turns out the Kasa free subscription only lasts a couple of years then you hav to go onto a plan.  It’s arrived, but I haven’t  opened yet - I started looking at other options.

 

If I’m going to pay a susbscription  would I better off looking at a Nest... or as an alternative something like the Swann Swifi outdoor camera with a light which is similarly priced to the Kasa but has 7 days free cloud storage.

 

But perhaps I am too hung up over the cloud subscriptions... most cameras have it and it’s not that expensive.

 

any thoughts on the  this and the options I have been looking at and particularly the kasa KC200

 

 

 

thanks

 

 


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  #2458653 9-Apr-2020 20:34
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Someone has to pay for the servers, and if its not you, then its advertising and datamining instead. I know which I prefer.

 

But in anycase I wont get any camera that doesnt give me a local stream and software because even if you're paying them, no guarentees that the service will continue indefinatly and I would rather swap out a cheap local NVR when that loses its cloud service than have to swap all my cameras out.





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  #2458907 10-Apr-2020 13:50
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last xmas, I bought a Eufy floodlight cam from jb hifi

 

It was easy to install, It is hardwired, just replaced my external sensor light, log in via wifi etc

 

no subscription required, can access feed anywhere via phone app

 

In NZ , I think cost $350 at JB, got it in Aust for $240

 

The bonus is that, the sensor light is just above and to the right of the garage door and since lens is wide angle, I can check if I have left garage door open

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2458958 10-Apr-2020 15:19
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richms:

 

Someone has to pay for the servers, and if its not you, then its advertising and datamining instead. I know which I prefer.

 

But in anycase I wont get any camera that doesnt give me a local stream and software because even if you're paying them, no guarentees that the service will continue indefinatly and I would rather swap out a cheap local NVR when that loses its cloud service than have to swap all my cameras out.

 

 

I agree.

 

Do you have a recommendation for a good camera with local stream function/software?  


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  #2458961 10-Apr-2020 15:25
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Reolink is another option. Easy setup and reasonable priced. If you only need one camera, probably you don't want to go for the local NVR and harddrive option. 


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  #2458971 10-Apr-2020 15:35
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Im just using cheap xmeye cameras from china, and dont let them see the internet. I have multiple NVRs around the place, and I can always remote into a PC at home to view them if needed. I dont get notifications since they cant get to the internet to send them, and when I did let one of the NVRs have internet access it was not reliable either.

 

I cant justify those fancy internet connected arlos and stuff when their picture isnt that much different from a $30 POE camera which I dont have to worry about wireless issues etc. Only problems I have had are the IR illuminator boards dying on some of them, but a replacement board wasnt expensive and got them up and running and seem to be better LEDs on them.





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  #2459372 11-Apr-2020 15:20
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Thanks for the feedback.  Reolink is an interesting option.   They just aren’t mentioned in pretty much all the reviews of outdoor cameras.

 

 


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  #2459443 11-Apr-2020 16:29
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I just checked the specs of the eufy floodcam and it has local storage, access the feed via app or browser

Cloud storage is extra

 
 
 
 


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  #2459444 11-Apr-2020 16:29
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I just checked the specs of the eufy floodcam and it has local storage, access the feed via app or browser

Cloud storage is extra

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