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    IP CCTV recommendations

    As per title really, i'm in the process of doing a new house up and need to look at this.

    I've been looking at Synology for the DVR aspect, are they any good? Camera wise not really sure, there seem to be hundreds to choose from. Ideally would like POE and PTZ features.

    Looking at around 10 cameras in total.

    Any advice/recommendations welcome!
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    Me too!

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    Currently I have one NestCam, but I'm thinking of adding one or two more. It was a breeze to set up and "It Just Works"... it's not the geeky way of doing things but then I didn't fancy having to set up a NAS and so on. Just something to think about.

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    How are you planning to run them? cluster of cameras running back to a server or having a dedicated DVR/control unit (i.e, remote point and steer, setting up patrol paths.etc). And what sort of features are you looking at? (i.e, nightvision, indoor/outdoor, built in mics.etc .etc).

    I'd recommend taking a look at Axis. I've bought several of them in the past for various projects (admittedly not for surveillance), and are pretty rock solid for the price.

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    Used Axis cameras in the past with good results, windows server running the app then with an iscsi target to a 24 bay Linux box to store all the data
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    Quote Originally Posted by dazmanultra View Post
    Currently I have one NestCam
    That looks pretty great, but something about streaming video of my home to a third party makes me very uncomfortable. I had a cheapo chinese thing a few years ago which I could firewall and use their built-in webserver to pull the content through my home server, but now this seems to be a problem with all consumer-grade cameras these day.

    Also I'd be a bit concerned at laying out what, close to 500 on hardware which depends on a third party to decide they want to maintain their platform - if their financial wind blows the wrong way you're left with expensive doorstops.

    I only say this as I'm interested in people's thoughts - are those valid issues, or am I just being stupid?

    I'm less interested in security and more in watching my cats come and go, so I'm currently building my own with a raspberry pi and a night vision kit from the pi hut. It won't be anywhere as slick as the nest cam, but it'll be private, cheaper, and more fun

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    I'm with burble, not a huge fan of streaming the inside of my house to a 3rd party or relying on them to maintain a service. I'm looking at using the Ubiquiti Unifi stuff but only on the outside of the house to monitor the front & back.

    https://www.ubnt.com/products/#surveillance

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    If you want to go a bit more DIY route for the DVR side of things, then there's Zoneminder, which is open source.

    My colleague Kieran uses it, although I understand it can be a bit of a bitch to setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed-Freethought View Post
    If you want to go a bit more DIY route for the DVR side of things, then there's Zoneminder, which is open source.

    My colleague Kieran uses it, although I understand it can be a bit of a bitch to setup.
    We use it in the office. Every time I've needed to use it I've wanted to punch things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamC View Post
    We use it in the office. Every time I've needed to use it I've wanted to punch things.
    TO be fair, that applies to pretty much any software that you didn't write
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamC View Post
    We use it in the office. Every time I've needed to use it I've wanted to punch things.
    Luckily DanQ was within arms reach...
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    I ordered this yesterday to have a look at:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017C53T...il_TE_AMZLdp_1

    It looks like all Synology NAS's have an app built in called surveillance station which looks quite good. Will try it with the camera when it arrives.
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    Surveillance Station has some extra licensing costs - not sure what they are though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamC View Post
    Surveillance Station has some extra licensing costs - not sure what they are though.
    Yes, looks like 2 cameras are included. Any more you have to license. An 8 camera license is around 250.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamC View Post
    I'm looking at using the Ubiquiti Unifi stuff but only on the outside of the house to monitor the front & back.
    Used *alot* of Ubiquiti stuff in the past (everything from the airfiber/external antenna's through to hundreds & hundreds of their AP's). Sure you're aware of this, but for forum readers - be aware that some of their kit has different power requirements than whats delivered over POE as standard, so you either have to buy their in-line converters, or use their shitty power supplies.

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