Posted 06 October 2012 - 23:57
Although I can pay ADT more money per month to add viewable cameras into my alarm system, I am looking for the way not to do so.
Goal: To setup 1 to 2 cameras that can be viewed from a web browser or iOS whatever. Just during the day.
Budget: A few hundred dollars if necessary.
Reason: View dog during the day.
For the past 4 years, my wife has worked from home 5 days a week. A little less than a year ago we got our puppy Oliver, and she was able to stay home with him obviously. That has now changed, and while she will still be working from home here and there, she will primarily be in the office.
Now Oliver is fully house trained. He goes outside and can hold it, etc. We just really want the cameras to monitor him from time to time. Make sure he does not have an upset stomach, or is up to no good, etc. Good thing is my parents live about a 3 minute car ride away, and if they need to, they can come let him out, etc.
Truth of the matter is he should be fine, so this does not have to be a super elaborate set up. Just 1 to 2 cameras either of us can log into here and there to check in on things.
As I said, have a full ADT alarm system, just would prefer not spending more money with them, as it is already a decent fee per month.
Not sure if it matters, but I do own a Synology DiskStation DS211j.
SUMMARY: I am looking for advice on all facets of going about this project.
Good brands of camera. Best way to set them up. Any other lessons learned others may have from already doing this.
I started looking into it on my own, and it is a tad overwhelming, lots of choices.
TIA for anyone who can help.