I'm interested in getting a few residential security cameras installed to cover our yard and car areas. Requirements are: ~40 feet night vision, decent motion detection, networked recording to central PC/DVR unit (either over WiFi or PoE power), no batteries, weatherproof, not easily stolen. There are plenty of cameras with good tech specs, but many of them look like warp engines. I imagine putting up giant cameras will not only piss off the neighbors, but serve as a giant ROB ME I HAVE STUFF sign. What exterior cameras are not only good but inconspicuous? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream
on Mar 6, 2014 -
I have a friend moving to a sketchy part of town (and living without a roommate for the first time). I want to get her some sort of security "thing" as an apartment-warming gift. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug
on Aug 10, 2013 -
DIY Home Security: where to start? I'm investigating all the myriad options for hardware and monitoring services, and I am overwhelmed. [more inside]
posted by medarby
on Aug 8, 2012 -
Outdoor security camera system for a residence. Any potential legal issues to consider? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi
on Nov 10, 2011 -
It's really hot. I need to let the breeze through my house while minimising risk of invitin burglars. [more inside]
posted by 8k
on Feb 3, 2011 -
I'm about to move house and would like to setup a home automation system for fun, learning and utility! [more inside]
posted by dance
on Jul 28, 2010 -
Looking for a GSM alarm system for my house. I don't live in the States, so the answer should ideally be non-US specific. I was wondering about the Panasonic BL-C131A, but that needs presumably a decent amount of light and a working internet connection to alert me of break-ins. And without push email, fifteen minutes could pass before I get the alert. It's not really ideal, I don't think... [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 24, 2009 -
Living in Albuquerque, currently renting a house, and wondering what options are available for home security in this specific situation? [more inside]
posted by aflores
on Sep 25, 2009 -
Help me find/build an affordable home alarm system. I am interested in both DIY and turnkey solutions. I want monitoring, but would prefer no contract. [more inside]
posted by hsawtelle
on Mar 18, 2009 -
I travel frequently, and my girlfriend has an (admittedly) somewhat-irrational fear of someone breaking into our apartment when she's home alone, asleep. What can we do to make her feel more comfortable when she's home alone? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith
on Jun 2, 2008 -
I need advice for designing and installing a modest home security system. [more inside]
posted by amfea
on Oct 12, 2007 -
Home Security: What is a recommended alarm panel to replace a 15-year old hardwired alarm system? [more inside]
posted by scooterdog
on Aug 5, 2007 -
Recently my bike and some other trivial stuff has been stolen off my porch.
My bike was locked. :(
I want to bait this thief with another bike (my broken one) and see who this jerk is. I have a mac and want to use a wireless webcam. Infrared is key since I believe he strikes at night. Is there an app for OS X and a compatible webcam for this situation? Ideally, it would not capture footage unless their is activity.
posted by bloodniece
on Nov 13, 2006 -
I am looking for products/services where you can install a camera outside your home (maybe on the porch or back deck) and see what's going on via the web while you're at work or away from home anytime? I guess it would have to be some kind of wireless connection signal transmission thingy?
posted by sandra194
on Aug 25, 2006 -
Home Security: The doors currently on my house would be laughably easy to break through. I'm planning to replace them with solid wood doors with metal strips reinforcing the jamb, and serious deadbolts (with long screws securing them.) Is there anything I'm missing (so far as securing doors go)? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez
on Jul 25, 2005 -
I recently purchased my first home. It's in a neighborhood that used to be a little sketchy (Seattle's Rainier Beach
), but is now relatively safe. Here's the thing: some of my neighbors still have bars on their windows. Others have security systems. Should I? Do they really help? Or is it just dwindling hysteria?
posted by arielmeadow
on May 24, 2005 -
The back of my house faces an alley. There is no fence or gate.
Someone loves to take my hanging flower baskets or even vegetables from my garden boxes.
I would like to get a weather-proof wireless camera to start snapping away when someone enters the field of view.
What brands or technologies should I look at?
-I'd also like to beam the images to my home PC which would be about 50-75 feet away from where I want to put the camera.
posted by phredhead
on May 11, 2005 -
I am looking for the definative method for determining if my machine has been hacked. I don't trust antivirus software and was thinking of looking into packet sniffers but wasn't sure if that was the place to start.
posted by Wong Fei-hung
on Mar 3, 2005 -
I live in a sorta gritty urban area in a ground-floor apartment that has semi-burglar-accessible windows that have no bars or gates. (The landlord is a cheap slum-owning pig, no help.) What should I install myself for serious home security that'll still let me enjoy a nice breeze and also peace of mind and body? Alarms? Internal bars? Any fave products? Money is almost no object, but I'd really rather not have to use a hammer drill on the exterior brick. (Question anonymous for ParanoiaFilter because my name is in my profile and also in the phone book with my address, and I'm a terribly sensible gal.)
posted by anonymous
on Jan 21, 2005 -
So we were burglarized sometime today while we were at work. My wife came home and found the front door open and the rooms completely tossed, just like in the movies. In some ways we're counting ourselves lucky, because they only took two cameras, a couple bottles of vodka, and our fire safe. On the other hand, the safe contained basically everything about us- our passports, our Social Security cards, marriage certificate, titles to the condo and car, photocopies of our credit cards(in case the originals were stolen, natch), bank account info, etc. Two questions: 1) are we fucked? 2) burglar alarm systems...yea or nay? [mi] [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt
on Sep 24, 2004 -