I need to install an outdoor surveillance system. 4 cameras connected to a
PC. Where do I start? I've googled it and have seen a number of different
types, brands, etc. Any recommendations would be very helpful. Thank you.
Walmart has workable systems in the camera department. They have
several systems hanging on the wall with 2 cameras and then extra
camera are available on the shelves.
IP camera systems use LAN cable. Wireless cameras work fine if you
are in range ie close by. USB cameras have to be withing about 15
feet of the computer.
I've been using the Swann PC DVR 4 Net
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for nearly a year, and it's been working fine under Windows 2000.
As far as cameras go, get those that use CCD sensors as opposed to
CMOS. You get better resolution and light sensitivity.
I've had good luck with these guys www.cctvimports.com, but there are lots
of deals out there. They also carry the GeoVision DVR card, which I have and
As someone else said, stay away from the CMOS cameras and I'd spend the time
to go wired (not wireless) if you can. The day/night IR colour cams are
nice. I bought a few of these:
Not the best, but they work OK.
Thats pretty much what one will accomplish with the "all this for $299"
Walmart cameras. People set them up and get so excited that there is a
picture that they don't realize how terrible the quality is. I know 2
people who had them and there was a break-in at one place and vandalism
at another. When they reviewed the video it was impossible to tell who
it might have been.
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