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    Hi there,

    Im after a CCTV for my house, and property mainly for the drive way, but dont fancy spending alot.
    which options can people recommend? and ways to record the footage.

    thanks in advance

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    I have a Linksys IP camera connected to my router which sends me an email with a snapshot when it detects movement. I can also view live over the internet. These are fairly cheap.

    You can set it up to record footage onto your harddrive or ftp site but I haven't bothered with this functionality.

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    Somebody

    I have a Linksys IP camera connected to my router which sends me an email … I have a Linksys IP camera connected to my router which sends me an email with a snapshot when it detects movement. I can also view live over the internet. These are fairly cheap.You can set it up to record footage onto your harddrive or ftp site but I haven't bothered with this functionality.



    setup easy?? is this situated indoors or outdoors the camera? also do you have a model number so I can see alternatives
    Edited by: "zerowing" 13th Oct 2010

    Setup is easy.

    My Linksys WVC54GCA is now obsolete. Have a look at the review of an alternative here

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    thats great, not sure its suitable for outdoes as well though

    £60 option. review says it is ok, but colours a little washed out in daylight. depends what you want it for. full set ups with 4 or 5 decent quality cameras seem to be £400- 500, some including things like eagle eye, which allow you to watch the live images on mobile phone or web browsers
    maplin.co.uk/Mod…243

    or more expensive -
    maplin.co.uk/Mod…084
    Edited by: "tango42" 13th Oct 2010

    zerowing

    thats great, not sure its suitable for outdoes as well though



    I stick mine on an upstairs window ledge

    I agree with the webcam/ipcam idea, I use a md80 clone which are about a tenner and a 5m usb extension to reach upstairs total cost £15 I use h264soft.com/ to monitor/record and you can also view online and upload/email alerts automatically.

    camera type

    Nightime image with no lighting apart from one streetlamp and from behind double glazed windows, a light would activate if someone entered the coverage zone,
    [img]i155.photobucket.com/alb…jpg?t=1285012735[/img]

    and video footage in daylight from my camera,
    youtoob

    I am looking if I can mount it outdoors in some sort of discrete box, I previously had a PS2 eyetoy as a webcam hidden and monitoring from inside a birdhouse/nesting box (with the entry hole sealed from inside)

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    harlzter

    I agree with the webcam/ipcam idea, I use a md80 clone which are about a … I agree with the webcam/ipcam idea, I use a md80 clone which are about a tenner and a 5m usb extension to reach upstairs total cost £15 I usehttp://www.h264soft.com/ to monitor/record and you can also view online and upload/email alerts automatically.camera type Nightime image with no lighting apart from one streetlamp and from behind double glazed windows, a light would activate if someone entered the coverage zone,[img]http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s308/harlzter/Ch01_2010_09_20__20_56_29.jpg?t=1285012735[/img]and video footage in daylight from my camera,youtoob


    tempted to get that to and put in the car, and point towards the back of the house.

    Banned

    Why do you need cctv?

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    DLM

    Why do you need cctv?



    attempted burgalaries and car been vandelised ...

    Banned

    zerowing

    attempted burgalaries and car been vandelised ...



    Have the police been informed?

    harlzter

    I agree with the webcam/ipcam idea, I use a md80 clone which are about a … I agree with the webcam/ipcam idea, I use a md80 clone which are about a tenner and a 5m usb extension to reach upstairs total cost £15 I use http://www.h264soft.com/ to monitor/record and you can also view online and upload/email alerts automatically.camera type Nightime image with no lighting apart from one streetlamp and from behind double glazed windows, a light would activate if someone entered the coverage zone,and video footage in daylight from my camera,youtoob



    Looks like a cheap solution, but I guess for that you have to have a PC running all of the time?

    Edited by: "MarvinHC" 13th Oct 2010

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    DLM

    Have the police been informed?


    informed the police, but, not much they can do.. 2nd time this year.
    so its a bit crap

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    zerowing

    informed the police, but, not much they can do.. 2nd time this year. so … informed the police, but, not much they can do.. 2nd time this year. so its a bit crap



    Might be useful:-

    nfh.org.uk/for…CTV

    I would get an outdoor night vision camera (quite cheap nowadays), then you can buy a little black box that accepts sd cards, and it records with motion detection. also has video in/out ports.

    http://****.co.uk/HD-…ae6

    **** = fleebay

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    splatsplatsplat

    I would get an outdoor night vision camera (quite cheap nowadays), then … I would get an outdoor night vision camera (quite cheap nowadays), then you can buy a little black box that accepts sd cards, and it records with motion detection. also has video in/out ports.http://****.co.uk/HD-Mini-Security-CCTV-DVR-Recorder-Motion-Detect-SD-/390139202278?pt=UK_CCTV&hash=item5ad61bcae6

    will check that out.

    MarvinHC

    Looks like a cheap solution, but I guess for that you have to have a PC … Looks like a cheap solution, but I guess for that you have to have a PC running all of the time?


    Mine runs 24/7 anyway so no prob for my solution.

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    HARLZTRER, your method is it streaming 24/7?
    and with that md80 are u using a 8gb micro sd or saving it on a pc?
    Edited by: "zerowing" 13th Oct 2010

    I have a couple SD recorder models I bought years ago, one with camera and the other where you add a camera ago but the quality is very poor with the camera one . Last year I bought a DVR ,4 inputs , 12v power ,just add a HDD [I added 250gb drive] set it away and it records 247 .
    The cameras really make the system , you want the highest TVL [tv lines ] you can get and preferably CCD as oposed to CMOS.
    I do however ,recommend the SENTIENT model that Maplin were/are selling . I got a second hand one and the quality is excellent . It's wireless and can be used out doors and will light up an area in the dark about 10/15 metres .Just add a DVR and your off.

    harlzter

    I agree with the webcam/ipcam idea, I use a md80 clone which are about a … I agree with the webcam/ipcam idea, I use a md80 clone which are about a tenner and a 5m usb extension to reach upstairs total cost £15 I use http://www.h264soft.com/ to monitor/record and you can also view online and upload/email alerts automatically.camera type Nightime image with no lighting apart from one streetlamp and from behind double glazed windows, a light would activate if someone entered the coverage zone,and video footage in daylight from my camera,youtoob



    was that yoof going to put a cat in one of those bins

    One really cheap option yet ironically one that will get you very good picture quality is to buy an old camcorder, it doesn't have to record or play tapes just hook it up to an old vcr and a tv and hey presto you have a colour camera that will be recording at almost broadcast quality!

    Stick in a 4 hour tape on LP giving you 8 hours recording time and you have it all taped as well.

    Used to have this setup in my old shop, getting a broken old camcorder should cost next to nothing and vhs recorders must be everywhere, always makes me laugh when you see "proffessional" CCTV footage which is still in black and white and all grainy, the setup we had at work was absolute perfect picture quality!

    Using a old camcorder , how do you get around the fact most camcorders switch themselves off after a period of time whether on battery or mains power .They dont when recording naturally ,but I think they all power down when in standby mode .

    +going through 8 hours of video to find a 5 second occurance can take all night. trust me, you need motion detection.

    zerowing

    HARLZTRER, your method is it streaming 24/7?and with that md80 are u … HARLZTRER, your method is it streaming 24/7?and with that md80 are u using a 8gb micro sd or saving it on a pc?


    Mine is in webcam mode and recording to the pc only not bothered with streaming yet as I havent set up a host, once I sort that though I will set up motion detection and have it ftp the files across.

    How about an IP camera/NAS solution, something like the Synology NAS boxes surveillance software: synology.com/enu…php

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    I think I would prefer to go the IP camera root, or DVR root but prefer no cables hanging here and there.
    any suggrestions. cheap but effective. and can inform me via text /email and viewable on iphone,
    so far seen foscam products @ dealextreme.. not sure if they are dodgy.
    or y-cam but they are very pricey.
    Edited by: "zerowing" 14th Oct 2010

    zerowing

    I think I would prefer to go the IP camera root, or DVR root but prefer … I think I would prefer to go the IP camera root, or DVR root but prefer no cables hanging here and there. any suggrestions. cheap but effective. and can inform me via text /email and viewable on iphone, so far seen foscam products @ dealextreme.. not sure if they are dodgy. or y-cam but they are very pricey.


    Y-cam are excellent, I'd have suggest them if you hadn't specified cheap.

    Btw, what's that in your avi? I feel like I should know, but can't think.....

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    megalomaniac

    Y-cam are excellent, I'd have suggest them if you hadn't specified … Y-cam are excellent, I'd have suggest them if you hadn't specified cheap.Btw, what's that in your avi? I feel like I should know, but can't think.....



    Y-cam are £150 just for 1 camera, for that price would prefer more cameras....
    the Pic is Tenma from school rumble anime.

    zerowing

    Y-cam are £150 just for 1 camera, for that price would prefer more … Y-cam are £150 just for 1 camera, for that price would prefer more cameras...


    Indeed they are, but have you factored in the enclosure you need to buy for placing them outside (about £50)....
    zerowing

    the Pic is Tenma from school rumble anime.


    Yeah, I should have known that.
    Edited by: "megalomaniac" 14th Oct 2010

    ricko

    Using a old camcorder , how do you get around the fact most camcorders … Using a old camcorder , how do you get around the fact most camcorders switch themselves off after a period of time whether on battery or mains power .They dont when recording naturally ,but I think they all power down when in standby mode .



    Hmm not come across ones that power down on mains power, but I am talking about old camcorders here not digital ones, the one we used at work just took standard 8mm tapes, I think my digital camcorder powers down but the old ones I have and have used never did. We had the shop one on 24/7 and it never switched itself off.

    This idea is not really suitable for what the OP wants though based on what has been said so far.
    I was just offering the suggestion as an incredibly cheap (probably can find all the stuff needed already lying around or know someone who has it) option which also provides far better picture quality then a black and white cheapy cctv system.

    vitamindinc.com/sup…tml
    Awesome software. Free for 1 user.
    Will do motion detection on a PC.
    Highlights the motion in the frame.
    Check it out.

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    chchd1

    http://www.vitamindinc.com/support/ref_guide_home.htmlAwesome software. … http://www.vitamindinc.com/support/ref_guide_home.htmlAwesome software. Free for 1 user.Will do motion detection on a PC.Highlights the motion in the frame.Check it out.


    any recommendations on hardware?
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