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  1. In the market for a new CCTV security system. I've been using this older BNC-type one for awhile that we purchased from CCTV Security Pros. The company is good so I thought about going with them or maybe this Lorex company I heard about. I'm open to other suggested companies that are known for putting out great systems that offer great support. I'm wanting to make the change to a NVR-type system that offers IP and POE because of not only quality but the ability to zoom in and maintain somewhat of a decent quality to identify people. We have a lot of prowlers in the area and these older analog cameras are not the best of quality. I eventually want to add 1 or 2 PTZ cameras but they will come later. I'm wanting a 16 channel NVR and at least 8 IP cameras for now. I'd love to get 10-12 that's included with it if possible, but I can always order a 16ch 8cam system and add 2-4 more to the shopping cart. I also want the ability to record audio on some of them. I'm in KY so it's a 1 consent permission state. I don't need the ability to talk back to them. Remote access via an app is needed too. Whether it's via a company supplied/supported app or another based off IP address and such. I don't mind spending around $2-$3k. That's the budget I'm working with. Any suggestions? I'd appreciate it. CCTV Security Pro? Lorex? Another company? Or maybe just buying and building my own based on recommended products and sites to purchase them at?
  2. I did buy a few Esky mini-cams that I'm hoping will work. These weren't that expensive. I had already bought these a week or two ago. I'm hoping to try them out this weekend. The reviews are great, even though people say to steer clear of Amazon. http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H3ZN3JK?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00 I did find a 7" LCD monitor on Newegg that has 1 BNC Input. I was thinking of buying 2 of those monitors and perhaps get some nice dome cameras to mount to the sides since they mount flat against walls. I could mount them to my side fenders at the front part of it. I could have left view on one monitor and right view on the other monitor. This whole time I think I've confused power of the battery based on volts since car batteries are roughly 12 volts. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's the amps I have to consider right? Most of these dome cameras show power consumption at 1A or less. The monitor I found on newegg ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2RU1NT6350&cm_re=bnc_monitor-_-9SIA2RU1NT6350-_-Product ) requires 1.5A. So please correct me I'm wrong, but running 2 dome cameras and 2 monitors should be just fine on a car battery right? Maybe this is the wrong place to ask. I don't know. Perhaps I should consult with an electrician or something. I dunno.
  3. I know you guys said not to trust Amazon too m uch, but badmop I found this: http://www.amazon.com/18-5-Inch-Professional-Audio-Video-Surveillance/dp/B00COT8K70/ref=lp_898402_1_18?s=security-surveillance&ie=UTF8&qid=1438997673&sr=1-18 That 18.5 inch monitor has 2 BNC inputs on it. While it has no DVR, it does have the BNC inputs. If i were to get a monitor(that one or a different with bnc input), would that battery you linked be powerful enough to keep my car going, plus run this or another monitor and 2 BNC cameras?
  4. How much are we talking for one of those cameras? I see that it rotates and that sounds like a great idea, but am I seeing only one direction as it turns? It only has one camera on it so I would need to rotate it left and then right to see if it's clear...but by the time I see right, something might come from the left. How much are these cameras? I'm thinking I need to be able to see left and right at the same time so I can definitely make the right call when it's clear. Wouldn't it be best to just have stand-still cameras? I really don't need to see 360 degrees, although it might come in handy when backing up, but I've avoided backing up for the most part. My major concern is seeing left and right at stop signs because I honestly don't leave town that much. and thanks Badmop for that battery link. I'll keep that in mind because I'm thinking I need a better battery then the standard one Toyota gave me at the dealership for my 2011 Camry.
  5. I don't need a DVR, but the quality on the cameras are not that great. I tinted my all my windows as dark as the legal limit would allow, because it was putting a glare on the screen, which helped seeing the monitor. I can see a car oncoming about half a block away. If they're going 35 mph in town, that's going to be going too fast for me to pull out safely. I would put myself and the other driver in danger. I need to be able to see clearly traffic a block away so I know it's safe to pull out. I just ordered some different cameras, hoping they will be better. I just ordered 2 of these: http://smile.amazon.com/EC170-07-Definition-Waterproof-Vechile-Viewing/dp/B00EHD8J6S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438534930&sr=8-1&keywords=esky+camera 2 of those without the guidelines...I'm hoping they'll be better quality and maybe mounting them somewhere else, perhaps higher at the top edge of the fender(assuming next to hood won't cut the wire if I mount there) will be better. The night vision I have on those are ok. Not the greatest though. We don't get much fog. I've driven in the rain just fine. Haven't had them out in the snow yet. I don't drive on snow anyway. A frosting on the road maybe, but if you're talking inches of snow, I wouldn't drive on that way. I haven't driven alone yet because I don't feel myself or others are safe. I've tried getting used to these cameras, but I'm just not seeing to the left and right far enough to know if it's clear to turn. I need either better cameras(which I just bought 2 hoping they'll be better), or I need them up higher. I use a security at home and they're mounted underneath my roof edges, but they're BNC cameras and I know I can see traffic coming from 2 blocks away easily.
  6. These are the cameras I'm using now: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BCVE3KY?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00 They are flush mount cameras and were installed in the side front fenders to see left and right. My goals for the cameras are to see left and right. With my AS condition, I am unable to turn my head the slightest bit to the left or right, or up and down at all. I'm not sure if you've heard of Mick Mars from Motley Crue, but he has the same condition. I have a fused neck. When I am at stop signs, I am unable to look left and right to see if there is oncoming traffic. I tried using those rounded mirrors like 18-wheelers use, but I almost got into a wreck when a Driver Rehab Specialist from Easter Seals was training me to use those. I didn't feel completey safe using those mirrors and I felt other drivers wouldn't be safe either. So I decided to go with a camera system. I came across this website with this camera system: http://www.unisee.be/unisee-800B.html That camera system is meant for commercial trucks and perhaps buses. I think it's overkill for me in a car. Right now, I have it set up by having 2 flush mount cameras in my front left and right fenders to help see left and right, but either the cameras are not all that great or I need them higher up(as right now they're in the middle part of my left and right fenders. I'm thinking either better cameras or different cameras that can sit and mount on the top edge of the fenders next to the hood. I also have 2 cameras mounted underneath my side mirrors to help see blind spots. I can see the driver side mirror, but not the passenger. I did, however, get one of those 18" extra wide rear-view mirrors, which has helped tremendously. I can practically see cars passing or on my sides in that mirror up until they reach the passenger front door. So I'm thinking my camera setup should be different. I am posting 2 more pics. The first picture is how I have it setup(2 cameras in front and 2 on the side mirrors). The second picture is how I'm thinking it needs to be setup, because while I intend not to get in a parking position where I have to backup(while I do have a backup camera, I still can't see left and right behind me...the thing is I may not always to avoid getting in a parking position like that. So I'm thinking my set up needs to be 2 in the front looking left and right, and 2 in the back looking left and right. My backup camera is hooked into my new stereo that I bought, so I don't need to worry about that. I'm thinking perhaps those flat mounted dome cameras that can be used outdoor might work, if they're small enough to be mounted on the top fenders or something. Though, they may be too big. I honestly don't know what to do. But anyway, any suggestions is appreciated. I did come across www.seeingissafety.com also, which apparently installs camera systems into police cruisers and such, but I don't know of them.
  7. This is sort of an odd question. I have a certain health condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis. I have a totally fused neck so I have no movement whatsoever with my head. I can't look left or right, nor look up or down. I've tried these small cameras, for example those on Amazon, that might be considered "fender" cameras. They don't work too well. Then it had me thinking. I have a security camera system at home and they work great. My question is, is it possible to install a DVR and some of these security cameras on a vehicle and wire it to say the ignition on a car? I was thinking perhaps some dome cameras or something...whether they be BNC or HD-SDI or something else. I know it might make my 2011 toyota camry look silly, but I'll attach a picture of my monitor showing the cameras with my current set up. It's not working too great, and I need to do what I can to make sure not only myself is safe on the highway, but other drivers and pedestrians and if a CCTV security system can be done, then I would be willing to try that. Anyway, below is the picture of my current setup(as you can tell, you can see left and right in the top two cameras and blind spots on the bottom two). So if someone knows if it's possible(voltage wise or wiring wise) to hook up a DVR with security cameras on a car, it would be appreciated.
  8. While I'm still searching for a nice PTZ camera, I'm also interested in adding a few outdoor cameras with nightvision. I've been checking aliexpress for some of them and could use some suggestions. Right now, we're using 4 of these: http://www.cctvsecuritypros.com/newpralsiswi.html and I love them, but it's difficult to get it perfectly in focus. We got it as close as we can, but like I said, it's not perfect. I'm looking for something with hopefully 700TVL, but also has great viewing at night. I don't fully understand the IR, IR illuminator, IR cut filter, Smart IR, etc...and I don't know which one is best. I really don't want to spend another $200 on each camera. I'm wanting at least 2 more cameras though. If I can get great ones for around $150 or less, then please help me find some. I've read some on the forums here and people tend to advise staying away from Ebay and Amazon, so I'm trying to do that. That's why I'm currently browsing the aliexpress.com website. So if you guys can suggest some good ones that can also see great night, then I appreciate it.
  9. I know PTZ Cameras are expensive. I've seen them go as little as $500 and over $1000. I've seen some on Ebay though go for $200 or so, but I don't know how good they are. I could use some help from the experts here that have much better knowledge. I've found a few on Ebay I'm looking at, and if you guys want to browse Ebay to check out the others and list more that you like as much, if not better than the ones I've listed, then by all means please do so. But first, let me link you my equipment. My DVR: http://www.cctvsecuritypros.com/16chpsefud1d.html My Power Supply: http://www.cctvsecuritypros.com/18ca12vdvmuo.html Now here are a few of the PTZ Cameras I found on Ebay. I could use some help picking out one. I need to know if it will even fit my power supply and DVR, as well as if it's worth it based on quality and how far it will zoom. Here are a few I'm looking at currently on Ebay. 1: http://www.ebay.com/itm/30x-Zoom-700TVL-Sony-CCD-CCTV-Speed-Dome-PTZ-Security-Camera-fan-Heater-Outdoor-/291021481599?pt=US_Security_Cameras&hash=item43c23b667f 2: http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-inch-700TVL-Outdoor-High-Speed-Dome-CCD-27x-Zoom-Security-PTZ-Camera-EDS-H6A-S-/151186834200?pt=US_Security_Cameras&hash=item2333700318 I was thinking of buying #2, but waiting to hear from the much smarter people here. Really don't want to spend more than $300 if I can help it. Here is what I'm needing out of one. One that will zoom at least to the end of the next block and has auto focus. I am hoping it will be able to read license plates at the end of the block and hopefully recognize faces. Any other features like preset monitoring areas is a plus. Also need it seeing at night too. The other cameras I use with my DVR come with 43 Infrared LEDs, so hoping this PTZ Camera comes with night vision too. The one I was looking at says 0 lux(IR on), which totally confuses me. Not sure if it sees at night or not then. Also, this whole RS485 thing is new to me and I know my DVR allows it, so I don't know what type of cord I need to make this PTZ camera work. A 50ft or 100ft is fine. I was looking them up and saw this one so let me know if it works please. http://www.ebay.com/itm/100Ft-PTZ-Power-Video-RS-485-Control-Cable-for-Q-see-Zmodo-Swann-PTZ-Cameras-/321061708311?pt=US_Surveillance_Cables_Adapters_Connectors&hash=item4ac0c4e217