Because I need to keep a very close eye on my cats, they are just that shady.
July 19, 2012 8:36 AM Subscribe
Recommend a Decent Home Security System with the following features:
So I have googled and googled until my fingers are numb and my eyeballs sore, and it might be a case of me looking in the wrong places, or there being too many choices. But a lot of security sites seem to leave out the practical details of how to actually set up a decent home security system, while other sites assume you want only certain features, (capture on motion detection, for example) or are willing to use a monthly service.
I am left with many questions. I made a dream list of all the things my ideal security system would have. I would prefer not to break $1,000, but recognize this might be unrealistic. I am willing to go higher. Don’t be limited by that number in recommendations, I need to know what the options are.
What I would like, in my fantasy dream-world security system that probably only exists on CSI:
1. Between 4-6 cameras
2. At least 2 of the cameras must be outdoor cameras, capable of handling getting wet and cold, and hopefully, some night vision.
3. Remote monitoring capacity, through computer (ipad/iphone would be nice as well).
4. Similarly, it would be nice if, when home, you could see the outdoor monitors through the tv (to see if that really is the pizza guy).
5. Decent resolution, since a system is useless if you see nothing but a fuzzy blur.
6. Storage of the video, not just live time viewing.
7. It would be nice if I didn’t have to rip out my walls to put in wiring, but if I did have to, what is involved? How do people power these things they stick to their ceilings, and how do they do it in a way that isn’t easy for someone breaking in to just snip? This question goes double for outside cameras. Is hiring an electrician necessary for a system that isn’t just knocked together?
8. Storing video footage is no good, obviously, if the thief picks up your computer and walks off with the footage. How do people handle this? A server that stays on all day in a hidden location? I’d prefer not to have to pay a service monthly. Owning the equipment myself would be nicer.
Am I being unrealistic? What's the next best thing? I have stared a lot at the Lorex cameras in Costco, but reviews tell me their "outdoor" cameras should not get wet. This seems unrealistic to me.