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homie27 2016-01-27 02:17 PM

Home Surveillance/Security Systems
 
Hi all, i'm looking into having a home surveillance/security system installed.
I would like at least 4 cameras and they have to use PoE (power over ethernet) instead of having a separate video cable and power cable. Does anyone know of any good brands and models and someone who does a good job installing them? The cheapest one at Costco is about $1000. I don't want to spend that kind of money.

thanks

azn_popcorn 2016-01-27 09:25 PM

I hear Greg, the owner of the forum you are posting on is a professional installer of home surveillance among other things.

GregS 2016-01-27 09:55 PM

You will not, at all, ever, get a camera system supplied and professionally installed for less than $2000. If you do, they more than likely purchased the junk at Costco and poorly installed it, or they are just out to lose money.

Average system we supply and install is about $2700. Not all houses are the same and different things need to be done to get camera wire in place.

We have standardized on FLIR, and yes I know they own Lorex (which is sometimes sold at Costco), however they are built differently for different markets.


That system you show there for $949, I know the Chinese manufacture. Now you got me thinking I should be bringing those in and selling them.. but I can't because they really aren't that good.

homie27 2016-01-28 09:35 AM

what's wrong with the model at costco? other than the internet monitoring not being very good.

GregS 2016-01-28 11:09 AM

You're a camera guy.. What if your cameras had a plastic lens? In a plastic housing that would be used outdoors? On a stem mount with a poorly machined thumbscrew to hold it in place.. which might also be plastic?


What I am getting at is if you feel that $1000 is too much for a camera system, then you may need to reconsider what you are looking to accomplish with your budget.

GreyingJay 2016-01-28 01:33 PM

I don't need a whole-home surveillance system but I was considering getting a FLIR FX for monitoring the front door. Their Rapid Recap software might be gimmicky but it sure does look cool.

homie27 2016-01-28 02:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GregS (Post 314813)
You're a camera guy.. What if your cameras had a plastic lens? In a plastic housing that would be used outdoors? On a stem mount with a poorly machined thumbscrew to hold it in place.. which might also be plastic?

Plastic?? Noo! Nooooooooooooooo!


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