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Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by D16Civic, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. D16Civic

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    I know some of you guys have some type of security system, be it for home or business purposes. I'm looking into installing something at the house as some added piece of mind beyond the .45 and dog barks. I live in an area of very low crime, but we've had a rash of petty thefts, including my across the street neighbors having their gps/ipods stolen from their cars, albeit unlocked. I work afternoons, and don't get home until 230 am, so wife/kid are home alone at least 4 nights a week. Wife is a pretty good shot, but video proof can never hurt.

    My question is, what should I be looking for and what kind of price point is reasonable? I'd like to stay away from wireless, in all honesty. I'll be DIYing this, and I've got plenty of experience pulling coax/cat5, and I have all the necessary tools and materials, so that's not an issue. I need an Iphone/android app, HD of some sort would be nice (because why not), and some type of night vision.

    The internet reviews vary wildly, so it's a bit confusing, and I'm a little bit lost, so any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

    TIA
     
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    I use Lifeshield...The equipment was free,its a self install system, easy as shit to setup. Can access everything through your phone by an App or online through a dashboard type interface. It's cheaper than ADT and higher rated....If you want, give me your email and i can refer you through my account and we both will get some special discount.

    or just check it out at Lifeshield.com....I have the gold package..didn't want to pay extra for the camera monitoring..i'll do that myself at some point without the monthly fee....i haggled them for some extra sensors for free and it was no problem.

    Mine even came with a Tablet, it's a Coby but w/e lol. I think they still come with tablets
     
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    what type of set up are you looking for?

    closed circuit, record/monitor yourself/on phone/etc
    or with a paid monitoring service (ie, ADT)
     
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    @awptickes

    If I remember correctly I think has some good information too.
     
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    I really don't need anything for inside/glass breaks/door sensors, etc. I'm more interested in being able to monitor what and who is going around outside. I'd like to stay away from a monitored service in all honesty. I looked a little at the lifeshield CG mentioned and I don't really think that's what I'm after. 5 year contract from what I looked at, and they don't offer any outdoor cameras.

    Probably 4ish cameras, maybe expandable down the road, a dvr, and the ability to monitor from our phones when we are out.
     
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    I'll post in here later. But your request isn't uncommon. I can't sell you a system because you live outside of MD, and WA requires licensure to do that, but I can tell you what you probably want. I'll post back when I get some time.
     
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    ahhhh, should change title to Surveillance System Advice then :)
     
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    Here, I'm lazy:

     
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    Stay away from it. 960x480 resolution is an ODDBALL, and means it was designed to be used as such. Standard resolutions or nothing at all. 960 doesn't net you any real benefits but wasting precious pixels. IIRC most "960H" cameras are digitally upscaled Sony "Super HAD" 480x480 CCDs.
     
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    Thanks guys. I was looking at the lorex site and there's a couple on there that look like they would suit me pretty well. Just need to make up my mind and order it, and talk myself into spending a day crawling around in my hot ass attic.
     
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    I just hacked my first simplisafe system using a hackrf.

    I can disarm the system without having any credentials. :D
     
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