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WiFi security camera

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Human.Online    7,457

Hi.  I'm looking to try messing about with home security cameras.  What I would prefer to do is grab a (single for now, cheap for now) camera that comes without any fancy features but rather just connects to my WiFi network, allows me to access it via IP address and then deal with all the monitoring and so on over an app on my home server.  My aim here is to eventually get a few cameras, but retain control of the software myself.

 

Is this what's referred to as an "IP Camera"?

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+DevTech    1,219
6 hours ago, Nefarious Trigger said:

Hi.  I'm looking to try messing about with home security cameras.  What I would prefer to do is grab a (single for now, cheap for now) camera that comes without any fancy features but rather just connects to my WiFi network, allows me to access it via IP address and then deal with all the monitoring and so on over an app on my home server.  My aim here is to eventually get a few cameras, but retain control of the software myself.

 

Is this what's referred to as an "IP Camera"?

Software: You will find a ton of software projects on GitHub as people like to fool with these things over the years.

 

Hardware: strangely enough, the right forum to post this question would be networking as networking experts like @BudMancan offer great advice!

 

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Human.Online    7,457

Oh yeah, never figured to ask it in networking, but it makes sense.  Will wait for @BudMan to jump in, but I am talking low-end for now while I learn.  Thanks

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+BudMan    3,150

Your talking about a IP camera yes...  So software you could look at would be

 

https://www.ispyconnect.com/ or say https://www.zoneminder.com/

 

They have a list of camera's that work with it, etc..  Then when your ready to spend some money and do it correctly take a look at the stuff from unifi https://www.ubnt.com/unifi-video/unifi-video-camera-g3/

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+Bryan R.    1,114

Ubiquiti is always a good choice. I've also been looking at these Q-See wifi cameras. Any thoughts on those @BudMan?

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+BudMan    3,150

Seems really freaking pricey $300.. For what?

 

The new  G3 from unifi is $149 direct from them.. And its POE..   Why run a camera like that over wifi to be honest?

 

I don't see why would you look at those over the unifi stuff?

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+Bryan R.    1,114

That is their "retail" price. As opposed to Ubiquiti which says "contact reseller". Anyway you can see on Amazon, Q-See vs Ubiquiti. I realize that's US pricing but if we're talking price comparison it should be relative.

 

As far as PoE, I guess it's just more options.  I mean, even with non-PoE, you still need power to the camera..

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+BudMan    3,150

Ok so its 107$ on amazon... The unifi is 130 over at baltic https://www.balticnetworks.com/ubiquiti-unifi-3rd-generation-indoor-outdoor-ip-video-camera.html

 

That camera comes with a 30 ft power cord... What if you need power to be 40ft away ;)

 

look at the reviews on amazon ;)  I don't see why you would go with such a product when there is a well known maker with better camera at a few dollars more with better features..  If you were going to look at something other than unifi - why not say the armcrest stuff

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I01Z1M2/ref=psdc_14241331_t5_B06VV991CD

 

Cheaper.. Way better reviews..

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