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 Post subject: Newb with some questions
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:32 pm 
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Hello everyone, complete newb when it comes to cameras, dvr's an such. I'm closing on a house at the end of the month and i was looking to get a relatively decent security camera system with DVR. Now my girlfriends dad bought the defender system that came with 4 cameras and a i think 2TB DVR, link below
http://m.homedepot.com/p/Defender-Connected-Pro-8-Channel-960H-2TB-Surveillance-System-with-4-Wired-800-TVL-Camera-21154/204421948

i watched his and it seemed to have pretty good imagine quality and he added a mic an it sounded really good and clear. I was looking at home depot checking out the reviews on his and saw a similar setup but with 8 cameras. link below
http://m.homedepot.com/p/Defender-Connected-Pro-8-Channel-960H-2TB-Surveillance-System-with-8-Wired-800-TVL-Camera-21155/204421951

Now i think i would need somewhere around 8 cameras as it's a 2200 sq ft house with a 550sq ft detached garage. 1 for each corner, 1-2 for the backyard, probably get a different camera for the front door outside and 1 watching the 2 entrances for the garage.

Now what i would like to know from you guys is
1) Is defender any good and have you or any one you know had any personal experience with them?

2) I think it's a decent deal on sale for $333 from $500, what do you guys think? I'm not sure what all the acronyms mean so i'm not 100% sure it's the best bang for my buck with matching the cameras to the system and all.

3) I was looking to spend 3-400 on my first initial system, is there something better out there for that amount of money?

4) Can someone tell me what the TVL and rest of itall means and how it all works together? or post a link or something, I'll be doing some research on an off the next few weeks. Looking to buy them some time by the end of the month when we close on the house so i can install them right after we move in.

Thanks for all the help,
Matt


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 Post subject: Re: Newb with some questions
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:58 am 
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I personally wouldnt go to the trouble of installing a system unless it were IP and at least 1080. You get what you pay for. $333 for 8 cameras and a DVR is really cheap. Wait and save up your money and get an IP system.


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 Post subject: Re: Newb with some questions
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:18 pm 
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mattaggie wrote:
I personally wouldnt go to the trouble of installing a system unless it were IP and at least 1080. You get what you pay for. $333 for 8 cameras and a DVR is really cheap. Wait and save up your money and get an IP system.


what's an IP system and is the defender 960? I figured it was on sale from 500 so it was a decent system it's just on sale for $333.

Could you recommend a system? How much does a 1080 an ip system generally go for?


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 Post subject: Re: Newb with some questions
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:13 pm 
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960H means 960x576 resolution (that is 0.5 megapixels resolution). Current systems go way higher than that, I agree that anything under 1080p (1920x1080, which is 2 megapixels) is outdated.

You will be better than with nothing with that $333 system, sure. But it is crap. And whenever you want to get a better system, you will find that the cable will have to be replaced, which will be a pain in the ass. Whatever system you get, no matter how crappy, it would be a good idea to get something that uses network cable, and not cheap pre-made analog cables (with BNC connectors).


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 Post subject: Re: Newb with some questions
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:28 pm 
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here is an example of a a full HD IP system

https://www.amazon.com/LaView-Camera-Se ... +camera+ip


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 Post subject: Re: Newb with some questions
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:40 pm 
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Securame wrote:
960H means 960x576 resolution (that is 0.5 megapixels resolution). Current systems go way higher than that, I agree that anything under 1080p (1920x1080, which is 2 megapixels) is outdated.

You will be better than with nothing with that $333 system, sure. But it is crap. And whenever you want to get a better system, you will find that the cable will have to be replaced, which will be a pain in the ass. Whatever system you get, no matter how crappy, it would be a good idea to get something that uses network cable, and not cheap pre-made analog cables (with BNC connectors).



gotcha thanks i'll make sure to start looking at stuff that's 1080p.
network cables? we make ethernet cables at work with cat 5 connectors on them, is that the same thing?


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 Post subject: Re: Newb with some questions
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:42 pm 
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mattaggie wrote:


Thanks bud, is that about the price range i'm looking at for a 1080p system with dvr?


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