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Viv S
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12/02/2018 11:25 am  

Looking at getting CCTV but it seems a bit of a minefield (another one!).  Wired systems have a recorder that can be off-putting by continual whirring noise??  They can also have their own screen or be accessed on the TV.  Can also be quite expensive.

Wireless systems have an appeal but its getting the right cameras etc. Would prefer to access and control on a laptop and so be able to move things around as and when I want.

Anyone have any experience or advice please


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jaywickian2017
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12/02/2018 12:42 pm  

My next door neighbour has recently spent out quite a sum in having fitted some very good bits of kit to his bungalow, yes it has a hard drive that connects to his "summer room" TV and he can access the cameras from his Iphone from all over the world if need be, but he wanted a decent system and so paid for it..

Have you thought about taking advice from say - Community services in town, or neighbourhood watch, or even your allocated policing team for your areas...Maybe your local forums can offer some help in choosing a system, but, at least get quotes from reputable sources before choosing just one option...

would take far too long to explain why we retired 10 years early and moved here,
but never regretted doing either.


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DaveB
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12/02/2018 3:36 pm  

Viv - Like you've said it is a minefield. Ian's suggestion about getting expert advice and several quotes is also very true.

My system which I installed myself, not something I'd want to repeat. Is similar to what Ian describes about his neighbour. I'm fairly sure that most systems now have wireless capability. Mine consists of 4 cameras connected to a central DVR with its own connection to my home network, which makes it wireless accessible. That being said I would not recommend the DIY route to anyone unless they have good technical knowledge especially about the cameras, they, after all, can be the difference between a clear picture and a lot of fuzz and blurred images. As far as the internet/wireless aspects go, again setting up is something that should be left to an expert. The DIY kits tend to have poorly written manuals that are fine if you can read Chinese, but the English translations are at best ambiguous and worst totally incomprehensible.


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Gill B
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12/02/2018 3:52 pm  

Why not phone GCS in Gorse Lane for advice and a quote?  Their advice will not cost you anything.


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Gail C
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12/02/2018 6:56 pm  

I had a system installed last year.  It has five cameras which cover the house.  It has it's own TV although I could access the pictures from phone I am not so sure that I am that au fait with technology.  Especially at night time, with the curtains drawn it is reassuring to look at the small screen and see what is happening in the world around one!!  I just went for the system which fitted in with my tick list.  It was simple to install ....... so says I ....... and I think that my handyman would agree!!


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Viv S
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13/02/2018 8:15 am  
Posted by: Gail C

I had a system installed last year.  It has five cameras which cover the house.  It has it's own TV although I could access the pictures from phone I am not so sure that I am that au fait with technology.  Especially at night time, with the curtains drawn it is reassuring to look at the small screen and see what is happening in the world around one!!  I just went for the system which fitted in with my tick list.  It was simple to install ....... so says I ....... and I think that my handyman would agree!!

Thanks Gail, what system is it called? Is it wired or wireless? 😉 


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Stuart Austin
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14/02/2018 9:27 am  

CCTV cameras that you can pan and scan can be expensive, i installed  5 x Hikvision 5MP HD cameras over poe (Power Over Internet) system which are on constant record which re-write after 4 weeks on a 2TB drive. 
I can access them via my PC, smart TV or my Mobile away from home.

Whilst wireless is cheaper, they are hackable, less quality video and if your internet goes down, you only have an SD card as back up.
Essential is good night vision quality.

Best option for a basic system is Swann  http://www.swann.com/uk/
Installing the cameras is fairly straightforward, configuring them is what takes the time, essential and can be quite expensive as there are so many options and tweaking of frame rates and frequencies, settings on your router for port forwarding etc..
Definitely opt for fewer cameras but of better quality as the 1mp or 2mp is poor quality at night.

 

Owner of www.iFix-YourPC.com
Local PC Laptop Repair covering Tendring.


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Gail C
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14/02/2018 4:03 pm  

Viv:  I have a 5 camera Swan system.  It is hardwired, but you can also use as wireless with the aid of an Ethernet cable.  It is as Stuart describes - continuous recording- and you can use zoom on any part of the recording.


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Stuart Austin
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15/02/2018 8:34 am  

The DVR box is usually located in the loft or somewhere discreet as "if" a robbery was to take place, they'd only have to unplug it and take it with them.
Rarely do you need to access it once it's running but access it remotely from your laptop.

Swann are good as they have several youtube videos on how to install and configure it but like i said, if you can opt for the better quality Cameras.

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Local PC Laptop Repair covering Tendring.


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