Home CCTV options?
August 28, 2014 10:36 AM Subscribe
I've been toying with the idea of getting some sort of CCTV or IPCCTV to keep track of what's going on around my house. Do you have CCTV? What should I be thinking about?
posted by Admiral Haddock to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to have some record of what's going on around the perimeter of the house. We already have an alarm.
It seems like there are a lot of different options in the consumer CCTV space--from cloud connected cameras like dropcam and simplicam, to the new d-link offerings, to the broad range of cameras from makers like foscam and sony. Endless permutations of form factors, recording angles, mounting systems, indoor/outdoor specs, night vision, wifi, power over ethernet, etc.
I don't know what I should be looking for. What is the smart choice in 2014? Cloud recording (at a subscription fee per camera)? Local recording? A traditional camera from an established maker, or a Dropcam I can set up myself? Or is it best to wait a little while longer to see what Dropcam and Simplicam (which don't currently allow local recording) grow up to be?
We're a Mac household, and my interest (and abilities) in technological fiddling is pretty limited. Also, I think I'd be content to have a high-rez recording I can review if I need to; it's probably not necessary to stream to my iPhone or anything like that.