How about this Lorex 4 camera analog 1080p system (only $299):
A friend has the 8 camera system in his business and it works great.
Remember that these pre-packaged systems do NOT include a monitor so be sure to pick up a cheap computer monitor or a monitor with HDMI input for the sharpest picture.
Simple, good quality (IMO) and cheaper are Foscams.
Hikvision are good cameras also
POE systems generally offer a DVR within but if you use a software such
as Blue Iris, your computer is your DVR. Blue Iris is a complete
security software. It controls the functions and allows remote access.
I have 7 ip cameras in my house and use Blue Iris. All cameras are
triggered and recorded by motion and the recording is on a separate PC
used mainly for the system. Been using them for several years now with
I suggest a minimum resolution of 1080 for cameras.
I'll never buy another foscam. Junk.
Bought two FI9821W V2's. Within a month (literally), the first one
failed. Color would go all mosaic. Had to argue back and forth with
Foscam that it was THEIR responsibility. They kept claiming I need to
take it back to the seller. Took almost a month.
About 13 months after purchase, BOTH failed. The one that failed with
the mosaic failed AGAIN with the same issue. Foscam said too bad, out
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HikVision "Eyeball" cameras and Blue Iris camera server running on my
"Favorite" might be too strong a word for Blue Iris since I have next to
zero experience with any other cam server... but BI does the job for me
both at home and here: http://extremesurfcam.dyndns.org . Huge feature
set - many things you would never have thought of, yet are important to
most people setting up something like this.
The HikVision eyeball cams, OTOH, I can say really are better than any
of the other el-cheapo cams I have used. Less than a hundred bucks
each from AliExpress, significantly less prone to spider webs (the IR
attracts spiders for some reason) across the lens, much more durable
form factor: http://tinyurl.com/z5vydtc
FWIW, I find that POE is a big deal. Power Over Ethernet... you pay a
few bucks extra for a router that supplies POE or you buy a sub-$20
add-on and all your power wiring problems go away - just run the
Ethernet to the camera and it's done.
Only negative I can think of is that maybe a turnkey DVR system would
require less care and feeding... but I don't *know* that.... just seems
reasonable given the contract between TIVO and SageTV or Microsoft Media
Center.... OTOH, the flexibility and the geek factor attract me....
depending on your needs of course, who wants to run Wires?
[too much trouble;
similar to house alarm systems]
wireless is my preferince
Foscam[s] are worth looking at 1st; again, depending on your needs
Maybe others have had better luck, but the couple of WiFi cams I tried
were pretty much hopeless. IIRC at 640x480 they were barely functional
and anything higher was totally useless.
OTOH it might say more about the quality of my WiFi than any device...
but I am heavily biased in favor of hard-wired Ethernet whenever
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