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Old June 27th, 2011, 08:34 PM
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Outdoor Video Surveillance Systems?

I am considering buying an outdoor perimeter video surveillance system that can be accessed remotely from anywhere. Am trying to school myself.

There are a lot of choices and alternatives (ie: wireless vs hardwired; PC based vs hardware based). Each appears to have its own advantages and disadvantages.

Does anyone here have experience with remote video surveillance systems that they would be willing to share? What works best? Likes / Dislikes? "If I had it to do over I'd do XYZ instead of ABC?" What questions should a potential buyer ask a vendor?

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Old June 27th, 2011, 09:14 PM
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Monochrome B&W works better in lower light conditions, requires less storage capacity and tend to have a higher resolution!

... think about positioning ... where the sun rises and sets as that may blind the camera for periods of the day or at different time of day.

Think about infrared flood lights rather than the LED's that some cheaper cameras come with ...

Use dummy boxes as visual deterrent and ensure your real camera's have a clear line of site ( trees, foliage flowers etc )

If you are going to store all these video feeds make sure it's stored locally and backed up in real time to the internet ... a smart thief would steal the video storage device!!
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Monochrome B&W works better in lower light conditions, requires less storage capacity and tend to have a higher resolution!

... think about positioning ... where the sun rises and sets as that may blind the camera for periods of the day or at different time of day.

Think about infrared flood lights rather than the LED's that some cheaper cameras come with ...

Use dummy boxes as visual deterrent and ensure your real camera's have a clear line of site ( trees, foliage flowers etc )

If you are going to store all these video feeds make sure it's stored locally and backed up in real time to the internet ... a smart thief would steal the video storage device!!
I agree with all of this, especially the dummy boxes/cameras. You'd be surprised how much a red LED can deter theft.

I'd think you'd want hardwired power, but wireless communication to a dedicated PC. Free/open source software will allow you to view it nearly anywhere with internet (likely using a free Dynamic DNS setup).
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Old June 30th, 2011, 12:18 PM
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Jason / Danny; thank you for the input.
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If you're going to run power anyway, you may as well run coax for the cameras. Wireless cameras can be finicky.

My system uses a Speco DVR, APC battery back-up, and Nuvico IR cameras. I have an iPhone app where I can view the cameras remotely.
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