Any one into home surveillance stuff? what camera(s) are you using?
Just started installing, setting up couple cameras indoor and outdoor
to hook up to my NAS box. First couple days learning curve was fairly
steep but I am getting hang of it now. 2Mp HD camera image is near
stunning. Having fun with one camera located in the back yard watching
birds and small animals coming and going day and night. So far I got
Vivotek and Geovision wireless IP cameras and no problem setting it up.
I need one more long range night vision outdoor weather proof bullet.
I'm setting up a raspberry pi to run as home surveillance. The pi
now has its own 5Mb camera and can be wifi'd.
I have been using BlueIris. There's a freebie version for evaluation
purposes, but the Real Deal costs - can't recall how much, but it's less
than $100.... maybe less than fifty.
Only gripe I have with it is that it uses a *lot* of CPU cycles if cams
are set to motion detect AND to record the prior N seconds when motion
If I had it to do over again, I would buy all ACTi cams and use ACTi's
server. Reason: ACTi offloads the heavy lifting to individual cameras
so it can run on very modest PCs and not take too many resources.
That being said, I'm running a half-dozen cams under BI and use Process
Lasso to automagically cut back on BI's CPU usage when necessary - to
the point where the only time I notice any performance hit is when I'm
ripping DVDs - the ripping process seems to speed up if I kill BI.
Have you looked at game cameras? The local farmers are having
problems with thefts of batteries, irrigation system wiring, etc.
One of them brought in a picture of a trespasser/thief. It was a good
I've been fooling around with IP cams for a few years now.
Had one stolen near the beginning of the game - and I had not turned the
application over to the guy who was going to pay for it yet. $450 out
of pocket.... Ouch!
I have a problem with cams that use IR for night vision. I use them
at home, but for something that is exposed to thieves I'd think that
little ring of red glowing lights is just a sign that says "Valuable,
fungible equipment here, steal me!". Anybody with half a brain can
shine a flashlight into an IP cam and totally defeat it while they
approach the cam, cut the wire and steal it.
I'm currently fooling around with supplemental IR and plain old Home
Depot motion-triggered floods.
Strangely, the critters that frequent our back yard (deer, foxes,
raccoons, the occasional opossum) do not seem to be fazed by the floods
coming on - they don't even look up or give any other evidence of
knowing they've been lit.
I have a Reconyx game camera that I bought before starting to fool
around with IP cams. This one uses IR, but emitters it uses give no
visible evidence. I wouldn't call the quality of pix wonderful, but
they're good enough to ID somebody at, say, 15-20 feet. Main issue I
had with the Reconyx was that it took a half-dozen "C" batteries and it
got kind of expensive to keep it in business.
The farmer I mentioned earlier has a telehandler so he should be
able to put the camera safely out of reach. Some of his neighbors feed
cattle and own payloaders.
It is something I need to think about.
Had to cut rest due to AIOE quotation limits.
I'll have to do some snooping. Maybe a camera hidden behind some flood
light would be an option. Adding a couple fake cameras might not hurt
The cameras we do have can spot Angus cattle if they get in the
right spot at night.
Game camera has high night visibility and HD as well as high sensitivity,
Costs upto a grand or more. Good stuff. For general consumer
use, 100 to 300 range in price will be OK. Most of them made in China
which are most often hit and miss, but Taiwanese produced ones seem
better quality with decent support in general.
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