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    Some time ago I asked about video cameras, got some good suggestions
    I have a ring doorbell that works great, it caught a couple of guys on the porch at 10:45, police were called and arrests made.
    The ring system is very simple, $3.00 month for one device, $10 for unlimited. A floodlight cam is $250 retail. The video is stored on the cloud, and there is the issue. If I loose my internet connection, I have no recording.
    Installation of ring cameras is simple. If I go with a standard POE or LV system then I have run cable and have a DVR.
    I think that standard LV or POE cameras with a DVR would be less than the same in ring cameras.
    Costco has a 16 camera system with 2 TB DVR for $600...
    Moderator-Washington State
    Ancora Imparo

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    That's (16) $32 cameras and an $88 NVR (or however you want to divvy up the $600). I'm all for good prices, but a $32 camera isn't going to give you much in the way of quality or functionality (features) at all. Same with an NVR. A 1TB HDD all by itself costs about that. When it comes to security, don't go the cheapest route.

    My system consists of a bunch of Hikvision cameras (from Hikvision, not the ones you get from Amazon), an Axis camera, and a NUUO NVR [(4) 3TB HDDs configured as a RAID 5, which makes it ~8.4TB]. In night mode, the picture is as clear and bright at the edges as it is at the center -- it
    's as good at 2AM as it is at 2PM (except it's B/W at 2AM).
    I can digitally PTZ any of my fixed cameras, which means that utilizing my driveway camera (which also sees my front door), I can have the whole 105° field-of-view in one window while being zoomed in on my walkway and front door in another window at the same time. I can also digitally PTZ on recordings.

    While a $600 price tag sounds appealing, you get what you pay for. Does Costco use any of the systems they sell in their own stores?


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    Ed N.
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