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  1. #1
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    Need Some Advice on a Security Camera System

    Hi WHT Users,

    I have a store business, and I would like to put in a surveillance system in it. My situation is I am too busy to continue to check on my store, so I would like to keep an eye on it either from my home office or wherever I have my internet on my laptop. It's a larger store but 4 camera's would work just fine.

    A few of the requirements I would need are...

    4 x Color Camera w/ Night Vision or Not
    Camera's can be wired or wireless
    Able to watch live feed over the internet
    Able to record either to local dvr or remote over the internet hard drive

    I would like it if anyone know's some information about surveillance systems that can be viewed over the internet to reply here with some links to offers where I can purchase these systems. Also let me know what you think would be a good setup for my situation.
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    Most newer DVR's now have slots for a network connection to be plugged in and this allows remote monitoring with specific software.
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    I have used the systems from Lorex before, they are solid except the online features are a little dotsy at times. I'm sure with a good third party DVR it would be a solid system.

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    You could create something similar with adobe flash media server and some quality cameras. You can setup a custom web page that monitors each feed or all 4 feeds on one page and each can be adjusted for quality etc.
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    We have a system like this at our lakehouse, I will try and find the name. I know it can support about 12 cameras at least which is what we have and can be accsess online. Might be more of a home integrated system though because the same system can be accessed online to set temp. turn lights on/off etc.
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    Thanks guys, does anyone have any links where I can purchase one of these kits?
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    NewEgg
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    Fry's Electronics B&M has quite a few DVR based security systems.

    I've seen one at CostCo as well.
    What's your budget?

    Seriously, what's your budget?

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    check eagleeyesystem.com they have a nice variety

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    How about some PS3 Cameras (Really good quality)... And then you can easily use them as a web cams...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3CXHost View Post
    NewEgg
    Frys
    Good suggestions. NewEgg may have the best pricing (?), and/but Fry's will let you see the demo camera in action.

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    I maintain a system like this for a towing yard. They have 4 basic cameras with ethernet hookup running to a switch, and then they have a linux system with a big hard drive running ZoneMinder. It automatically starts recording whenever motion is detected and can be previewed through a web interface. The next day they login to the web interface and review the events recorded overnight.
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    I have an older system that I bought at Sam's Club that I use to monitor my Salon from home - up to 8 cameras. There are plenty of these on the market - CostCo is a good bet. I'd give you my model, but I'm sure there are better and less expensive ones out there now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by netfreak View Post
    I maintain a system like this for a towing yard. They have 4 basic cameras with ethernet hookup running to a switch, and then they have a linux system with a big hard drive running ZoneMinder. It automatically starts recording whenever motion is detected and can be previewed through a web interface. The next day they login to the web interface and review the events recorded overnight.
    The ability to view events recorded overnight sounds awesome. I want. =]

    I'l have to look out for ZoneMinder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    The ability to view events recorded overnight sounds awesome. I want. =]

    I'l have to look out for ZoneMinder.

    -mike
    The same guy set up the RackForce datacenter cameras with this software so it works pretty good. Reminds me of a funny story when we came in the next day and reviewed the camera events, we found that the night tech had seen some sort of thin copper type sheet metal flapping around under one of the raised floor tiles and thought it was a small fire and smothered it with the extinguisher. ZoneMinder had it all archived for us to view
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    Quote Originally Posted by netfreak View Post
    Paraphrased:... we found that the night tech had seen some sort of thin copper type sheet metal flapping around under one of the raised floor tiles and thought it was a small fire and smothered it with the extinguisher. ZoneMinder had it all archived for us to view
    rofl

    aw... that deserves to go public... Heh, footage I would pay for
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    This website: http://www.homesecuritystore.com/default.aspx should help you a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by netfreak View Post
    The same guy set up the RackForce datacenter cameras with this software so it works pretty good. Reminds me of a funny story when we came in the next day and reviewed the camera events, we found that the night tech had seen some sort of thin copper type sheet metal flapping around under one of the raised floor tiles and thought it was a small fire and smothered it with the extinguisher. ZoneMinder had it all archived for us to view

    Yes that was excellent times. By the way I am the guy who setup the systems netfreak is referring to. If you need any assistance let me know

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    I know this is a little late but for anyone else seeking suggestions for something similar maybe you could look into x10 hardware/software?

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    I created a custom security system for a client for only a few hundred dollars using free and open source software, axis networked cameras, a freebsd gateway (on location) and a colocated freebsd server, connected over a WAN (the internet).

    An ipsec VPN connected the remote machine to the local network, and an open source motion detection program running on the remote server (aptly named "motion") monitored the feeds, grabbing images only when there was motion in order to save bandwidth and storage space; I also made a frontend for the client to view/access the videos and images using the drupal CMS. Hit me up if you're interested and I can give you more specifics.

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    look at something called security blackbox. they use to sell them at sams and online. i have 2 of them in ours, and couldnt ask for better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jarrodsl View Post
    I created a custom security system for a client for only a few hundred dollars using free and open source software, axis networked cameras, a freebsd gateway (on location) and a colocated freebsd server, connected over a WAN (the internet).

    An ipsec VPN connected the remote machine to the local network, and an open source motion detection program running on the remote server (aptly named "motion") monitored the feeds, grabbing images only when there was motion in order to save bandwidth and storage space; I also made a frontend for the client to view/access the videos and images using the drupal CMS. Hit me up if you're interested and I can give you more specifics.
    Tell me more about your Drupal integration? I had never thought of integrating security camera output into Drupal.

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