Anyone have IP cameras installed in their home or office?

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    Sep 28, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
    Been shopping around for some type of home surveillance camera or system. Dropcam seems really popular but seems really limited. No local storage/recording is a deal killer. You have to pay a monthly fee for DVR capabilities on their servers.

    Foscam seems like another good choice. But their fake reviews on Amazon makes me have second thoughts.

    Was thinking about getting a 4-camera surveillance system from Swannn or Samsung. But they start at $500+.

    Anyone have other suggestions/experience?
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    Sep 28, 2013 11:29 PM GMT
    Raccoons get no privacy in xrichx's back yard! icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 28, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidRaccoons get no privacy in xrichx's back yard! icon_smile.gif
    These are the racoons I'm concerned about. icon_lol.gif

    Burglar.jpg
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    Sep 28, 2013 11:36 PM GMT
    I got a couple of cheap foscam ones to keep an eye buildings over on the far side of the ranch. Hooking them up with mac software was a bit of a kludge - needed a dedicated machine pretty much to serve them. Finally quit paying for the DSL line over there - there are long-range WiFi antennae and relays that will do the job without monthly fees. But I'm sure technology has advanced in the last five years since I looked at them.
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    Sep 29, 2013 2:07 AM GMT
    I have four of them: an old Axis, a new HD Axis, a Panasonic pan/tilt, and a cheapo D-link. The Axis units are by far the best of my cams. I couldn't even get the Panasonic to work over WiFi, but it works fine on Ethernet. The D-link is a cheap, crappy resolution cam that does work over WiFi, but it is much more reliable over Ethernet. IIRC, D-link has a free service that will keep track of your cam if it's behind a router and has a dynamic IP; because I have static IPs, I skipped that service and gave it a static subnet address off the WiFi router, with an oddball port number, and I config'd the router for port forwarding to the cam.

    My only advice: you get what you pay for. The new HD Axis is a $400 cam, and the quality is vastly superior to all the others.
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    Sep 29, 2013 2:54 AM GMT
    Yup, a lot of the TV stations use Axis cameras for their live weather cams. Quality is pretty good overall.
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    Sep 29, 2013 3:36 AM GMT
    If you have varmints stealing stuff it might be more effective in the long run to use a Havahart and trap them and then drive far away to some undeveloped area and release them.

    http://goo.gl/j1mrg6
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    Sep 29, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidIf you have varmints stealing stuff it might be more effective in the long run to use a Havahart and trap them and then drive far away to some undeveloped area and release them.

    http://goo.gl/j1mrg6

    I.e., you don't really need to see them, just get rid of them.
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    Sep 29, 2013 3:49 AM GMT
    How about rigging up your own open source instance of "iSpy"?

    http://www.ispyconnect.com/

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    Sep 29, 2013 4:02 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidHow about rigging up your own open source instance of "iSpy"?

    http://www.ispyconnect.com/

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    Well, I was looking more for something that is self contained. IP cameras have built in web servers and only require power and internet connection.
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    Sep 29, 2013 4:07 AM GMT
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    GAMRican saidHow about rigging up your own open source instance of "iSpy"?

    http://www.ispyconnect.com/

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    Well, I was looking more for something that is self contained. IP cameras have built in web servers and only require power and internet connection.


    But are well known to have inherent security vulnerabilities as well. Using a proxy for the IP cameras abstracts them from direct access from the internet.