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Wireless CCTV camera - indoor for viewing outdoor

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Hi, I'm looking for a wireless CCTV camera that can sit on a window sill inside the house and record images of the driveway. I was looking at the Foscam P1 but PIR and IR don't work though windows.… Read More
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4m, 5d agoPosted 4 months, 5 days ago
Hi,

I'm looking for a wireless CCTV camera that can sit on a window sill inside the house and record images of the driveway. I was looking at the Foscam P1 but PIR and IR don't work though windows. Am I worth installing an outdoor camera (which I don't really want to have to do) or just get a cheaper indoor camera like the Foscam C1 Lite and live with the reduced image quality?

Does anyone have recent experience with a setup like this?
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4m, 5d agoPosted 4 months, 5 days ago
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#1
I have the same problem I have the sricam I think and facing out a window during the day is fine but at night the ir reflects back. I turn this off and use security lights when triggered or lights from the street but picture quality isn't great this way. I have always never quite figured out how to set it up in such a way that when triggered I get the video or still sent to my email. can't get my hear around it but would like the peace of mind. :)
#2
Get an outdoor camera, if you don't have IR then you're not going to be able to see anything at night unless your driveway is lit like the sun is crashing down on your house (the sensor isn't that great).
Of course if you don't mind not being able to see anything at night, you can still get the P1 and turn off the IR function and it won't switch over when it gets dark (although double check that first, I know I can on my Foscam but I'm not sure what model that is).
I have both a foscam which as you say can't see through glass with the IR, and a proper outdoor HD CCTV setup which sees everything! Even you. Yes you, hiding in the bushes, I'm watching!
#3
It depends what you need it for. Obviously if you need clarity to see number plates etc you would be better off buying something with better image quality. I bought a cheap cam off ebay (£22) that does the job to cover my drive. Records to SD card and can access the cam wirelessly. For the price it is ideal and the quality, whilst not fantastic, is enought to see people clearly. I think the one I got is called sricam.
#4
Unlikely you will be able to find a credible workaround for the glass IR reflect issue. Probably best to run with external camera if IR is essential. Amazon will shift you one that may suit your requirements at under £25 delivered https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01IVSW6VS/
#5
daza1992
I have the same problem I have the sricam I think and facing out a window during the day is fine but at night the ir reflects back. I turn this off and use security lights when triggered or lights from the street but picture quality isn't great this way. I have always never quite figured out how to set it up in such a way that when triggered I get the video or still sent to my email. can't get my hear around it but would like the peace of mind. :)

I use the same one. I placed some blutac on the lights for the night vision. Stops the reflection against the window and picture is much better.
#6
I have an internal Foscam. Great in the day, great at night indoors, hopeless with IR on, pointing outside through a window. If you need to monitor outside, get an outside camera.
If you are not technically competent, get a camera from a well known make from the likes of Maplin or Curry's.
#7
Bit of a faff, but to get over the IR reflection issue you can cover up the lights on the camera and have an IR bulb outside on at night
#8
You haven't mentioned why it must be inside...?
There are workarounds for using an IR camera through a window at night but ultimately If you just install one outside it works so much better.
#9
Thanks for the feedback everyone, confirms what I thought. If I want a decent image at night I'd have to mount it outdoors. That is something I might do in the future but I don't have the time at the moment to do the install. I've opted to get a cheaper camera and test it out in the window first. At least it will give me an idea of wether I need a night camera or not.
#10
d13373d
Thanks for the feedback everyone, confirms what I thought. If I want a decent image at night I'd have to mount it outdoors. That is something I might do in the future but I don't have the time at the moment to do the install. I've opted to get a cheaper camera and test it out in the window first. At least it will give me an idea of wether I need a night camera or not.

Blutac or plasticine over the IR bulbs works a treat. Well, it did for me. Stops the reflection off the window.
#11
dudwood_fudwood
daza1992
I have the same problem I have the sricam I think and facing out a window during the day is fine but at night the ir reflects back. I turn this off and use security lights when triggered or lights from the street but picture quality isn't great this way. I have always never quite figured out how to set it up in such a way that when triggered I get the video or still sent to my email. can't get my hear around it but would like the peace of mind. :)

I use the same one. I placed some blutac on the lights for the night vision. Stops the reflection against the window and picture is much better.


I turn the ir off in app but it annoys me about not being able to set it up for email alerts with a 30 second video or something il check if mines has a sd slot. I take it the sd card will delete oldest first when full then?
#12
I've got a porch light outside my front door and have no issues whatsoever.
all depends on proximity though I guess.

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