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Old 10-10-2019, 07:13 PM
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I was hoping I could get suggestions from folks with respect to a home security camera system.

Here are my issues:

1. I dont have wifi, neither do I have good cellular service, so remote monitoring is probably out of the question;
2. Accordingly, I think I have to rely on a disc drive to take camera footage, and so the DVR would have to be kept in a secure location;
3. I live way out in the boonies, and only about 10 or so cars pass my home on any given day which is good;
4. I have wandering dog that can set off a motion detector and alarm; and
5. Id really prefer not to have to get up on a 10-foot ladder and change out rechargeable batteries for 4 cameras. Instead, Id prefer the upfront hassle of a wired system.

My goals are:

1. To monitor road traffic since a limited number of cars pass;
2. Able to capture license plates (my trees are right next to the road);
3. Capture video semi permanently;
4. Set off alarm for motion detector, including at night.
5. Good pixel quality including good night vision.

Does anybody have suggestions?

My problem is that most of the home security camera systems are pretty much wifi and/or cloud based, in addition to having rechargeable batteries. [Cross Posted in Tech Section]
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I think you can still set up a Wireless Network Video Recorder, even without internet.

https://www.ddcountermeasures.com/ho...thout-internet
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OP, why did you start 2 identical threads?
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Question? Do you have cellular phone service. If so get several Arlo GO cameras with solar chargers and place them at different location. They operate on cellular service. View the live or captured video on your cell phone from either at home or while on the road.
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My neighbor has a system very similar to this, but only 3 cameras installed.

https://www.menards.com/main/electri...596925&ipos=68

It has a lot of issues.

At more than about 15-20 feet away it won't pick up plates, and if it gets an image of a person it does little good unless you already know the person or the cops recognize the person.

It is very time consuming and tedious to go through the footage when you know someone took something in the last few days. Especially if that something isn't directly on camera and the camera only pick up the person walking in on font of it for a few seconds.

If it is pointing at a road and starts recording every time a vehicle drives past it becomes harder to search the video.

Spiders like to build nests in front of the cameras causing them to constantly record.

It only has so much memory. I think he has about 2-3 weeks worth of recording then it starts recording over the oldest video.

I don't know what SEMI off grid means, if you are on solar a dvr may consume a lot of power.
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If you even have a little cellular connection, one of the game cameras that has cellular built in can work as a alarm system as well. It doesn't take much of a connection to transmit a lower quality image. That's what I used as a low tech alarm for a number of years until they built a tower closer so I could upgrade to a better video system.

A lot of folks put a little too much faith in high quality video for retrieving stolen stuff. Unless you get very good video and the local cops know the person, it's not likely to do much good. It does work sometimes, but it's not the norm.
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It is very time consuming and tedious to go through the footage when you know someone took something in the last few days. Especially if that something isn't directly on camera and the camera only pick up the person walking in on font of it for a few seconds.

If it is pointing at a road and starts recording every time a vehicle drives past it becomes harder to search the video.
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Very true. Tedious to go through to just check and see if someone has been casing your place as well, (one of the other benefits of a video system.) If there is hours and hours of video, you'll tire of it and stop checking. I have multiple systems, and some I rarely check for that reason. Good reason to try and position the cameras where they only record where there isn't normally much activity.
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I was hoping I could get suggestions from folks with respect to a home security camera system.

Here are my issues:

1. I dont have wifi, neither do I have good cellular service, so remote monitoring is probably out of the question;
2. Accordingly, I think I have to rely on a disc drive to take camera footage, and so the DVR would have to be kept in a secure location;
3. I live way out in the boonies, and only about 10 or so cars pass my home on any given day which is good;
4. I have wandering dog that can set off a motion detector and alarm; and
5. Id really prefer not to have to get up on a 10-foot ladder and change out rechargeable batteries for 4 cameras. Instead, Id prefer the upfront hassle of a wired system.

My goals are:

1. To monitor road traffic since a limited number of cars pass;
2. Able to capture license plates (my trees are right next to the road);
3. Capture video semi permanently;
4. Set off alarm for motion detector, including at night.
5. Good pixel quality including good night vision.

Does anybody have suggestions?

My problem is that most of the home security camera systems are pretty much wifi and/or cloud based, in addition to having rechargeable batteries. [Cross Posted in Tech Section]
hikvision/dahua power over ethernet cameras.

ethernet cables to wherever the cameras are. Ethernet can go pretty far and is extended pretty easily with switches.

POE switch to provide power/network

DVR or computer running blue iris

WiFi is provided by a wifi box, it is irrelevant that you live in the "boonies" you can still setup wifi locally.

This route gives you the widest variety of cameras. There are specialized ones for license plates, pan tilt zoom, telephoto etc.

You can have the system text you, so even if the network is spotty the texts will eventually make their way out.
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