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Posted 8/17/16 , edited 8/17/16
Probably an odd topic for an anime site, but hey, I'm betting a lot of folks around here are tech savvy!

I'm trying to find a good quality outdoor camera to monitor my driveway, so I can see who is here on my computer or phone. Be great if I could get two cameras so I can also show my front door, but mostly looking to know when and who drives up.

Anyone have any experience/suggestions here? I've been finding things like this over at Amazon, but hoping for more ideas.
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I have an indoor camera looking out of a window facing the middle of the driveway because I find it sees the licence plate better than from the ceiling and it's easier to keep the lens clean and I like having it wired.
It records when there's movement, it can stream but I don't keep an eye on it so that's a gimmick and it has IR LED Night Vision when it doesn't detect enough light which is good for 24/7 monitoring.
My advice is to think about how you're going to use it and if you get two, have a matching pair for half the learning curve.
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Hey there!

I worked at Best Buy for awhile so I was always around security cameras.

You gotta consider whether you wanna go "wireless" (using WiFi, not running a cable to a HDR unit, But still having to run power) or "wired" (running a potentially pricey cable to a HDR unit)

Both have their pros and cons:
Wired: Having a wired DVR unit means you can probably get 1TB to 2TB worth of recording (at 720p that's like 2ish weeks of 24/7 recording). But if you need more cable than what they give you, paying for a proprietary cable could cost you.
Wireless: You don't gotta run that cable just power, but you're system can eat up a lot of your WiFi, also if your WiFi goes out so do your cameras.

Still, wireless systems typically have a better remote-interface to monitor your home while your away. Many wireless systems have a cloud storage option or an SD card type thing.

Keep in mind, most modern camera systems have an "App" option to monitor and control your cameras while your way.

I recommend looking into Lorex Security cameras for wireless and Swann for a wired option.
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Posted 8/19/16
My thanks for the ideas!


Sir_jamesalot wrote:

I have an indoor camera looking out of a window facing the middle of the driveway because I find it sees the licence plate better than from the ceiling and it's easier to keep the lens clean and I like having it wired.
It records when there's movement, it can stream but I don't keep an eye on it so that's a gimmick and it has IR LED Night Vision when it doesn't detect enough light which is good for 24/7 monitoring.
My advice is to think about how you're going to use it and if you get two, have a matching pair for half the learning curve.


Hmm.. unfortunately, I don't have any windows that really face my driveway. That's part of the problem, I need something I can install outside, but monitor inside. The IR thing would be fun to play with, that's true...



e_aldana wrote:

Hey there!

I worked at Best Buy for awhile so I was always around security cameras.

You gotta consider whether you wanna go "wireless" (using WiFi, not running a cable to a HDR unit, But still having to run power) or "wired" (running a potentially pricey cable to a HDR unit)

Both have their pros and cons:
Wired: Having a wired DVR unit means you can probably get 1TB to 2TB worth of recording (at 720p that's like 2ish weeks of 24/7 recording). But if you need more cable than what they give you, paying for a proprietary cable could cost you.
Wireless: You don't gotta run that cable just power, but you're system can eat up a lot of your WiFi, also if your WiFi goes out so do your cameras.

Still, wireless systems typically have a better remote-interface to monitor your home while your away. Many wireless systems have a cloud storage option or an SD card type thing.

Keep in mind, most modern camera systems have an "App" option to monitor and control your cameras while your way.

I recommend looking into Lorex Security cameras for wireless and Swann for a wired option.
Don't do Arlo. Batteries are not the way to go!


Mostly I'm after something that will alert me when someone drives up, and/or at least lets me see current views in an app or on one of my computers, to be used while I'm still home. I don't really care that much about long term recording, though so long as there's a way of getting at the images or video, I can set up my own code to do longer term vids even if the software doesn't support it by default. Prefer it didn't go up to a cloud system or other server because I am just at home, but I'm guessing that's a rare use, so my best bet would be something that defaults to such access, but can be disabled.

Lorex.. I'll take a look, thanks! (and yeah, no batteries, bleh)
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