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  1. I got a new camera system recently and already had cat5e run to most places. I have one camera that I may want to run and there's no cable there. It's probably going to need 100'. I have the tools to terminate the ends if I need to, but where is a good place to buy one 100' chunk of cat5e? Is Amazon a good place to buy something cable? I found this cat6: https://www.amazon.com/Mediabridge-Ethernet-Cable-100-Feet/dp/B003RCEAB8/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=cat5e&qid=1553991818&s=gateway&sr=8-5
  2. I have a Lorex LNR6108, although I think a lot of their NVR's should be the same. I want my cameras to record only when there's motion, not continuous. I went to Settings/Recording/Type and changed from continuous to MD but it still records continuous... Any suggestions?
  3. I have a Lorex 4K NVR (LNR6108) and I want to add a PTZ camera with a minimum 4x optical zoom. Lorex has PTZ control on screen and in their app, but will I still be able to use the same easy controls if I use a camera not made by Lorex? If so, does anyone have any other suggestions for a PTZ IP camera with minimum 4x optical zoom? I know Lorex has a couple, but I'd like to see some other options if the controls are the same.
  4. Can I use Cat5 instead of Cat5e for a 4k NVR system if the cabling has the correct RJ45 connectors on it, or am I going to notice a difference in video quality?
  5. scratch

    Cat and Cat5e?

    How about cat5e CCA, is that still bad cable? Like this stuff: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071ZHLSV1/ref=sspa_dk_detail_1?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B071ZHLSV1&pd_rd_w=pgk90&pf_rd_p=733540df-430d-45cd-9525-21bc15b0e6cc&pd_rd_wg=vV41e&pf_rd_r=PK87R433RWHCMHC388KY&pd_rd_r=ae74085e-535b-11e9-b8ff-1749bfa13380
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    Cat and Cat5e?

    Great idea. Worth a shot.
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    Cat and Cat5e?

    Not sure, but I have an extra camera to run, and it already has cat5 there right now. If all I have to do is put on the correct RJ45 connector, that would save me a bunch of hassle.
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    New to the car community!

    Glad someone said it. Still, welcome... I guess.
  9. I come from a security system background as I installed them commercially for many years. I get them. You install door contacts, window contacts, motion detectors, glassbreak sensors, keypads, sirens, etc... When you leave the building, you arm it, when you get back, you disarm it. If you get a break in while you're gone, the alarm triggers and calls whoever is monitoring it, and they call the police. I now see that a box with a set of cameras, DVR/NVR, cables, etc... is being called a "security system." No door contacts, window contacts etc... I guess I get it, because now with being able to hook the DVR/NVR to the internet, when a camera sees motion, the system will basically call your phone, show you the activity, and you can decide to call the police or not. My old camera system wasn't able to hook up the internet so I'm not use to that, but I can see why its called a "security system" now. You can completely get rid of the monitoring center. Great idea and great technology. My old DVR took a dump on me and I don't have my new camera system yet. I've picked out what I want, (Lorex 4K NVR-LNR6100 and 6 LNB8005's) but I'm going out of town for a few days and it should be here when I get back, but I have a question about my new "security system" coming in a few days... How do I arm it? I have people coming and going all day long here. My wife works from home, I'm home all day long, we have people coming over all the time, my kids come and go. If I set the NVR to notify me every time it sees motion, I'll get notifications on my phone all day long. Is there a way to push a button to tell the system "Hey, we're going out for dinner and a movie, nobody should be coming in for the next 4 hours, notify me if someone does." And then turn that off when we get home? Maybe that's done through the app?
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  12. scratch

    Hello all

    Welcome to the forum!
  13. What's your budget? I'm in the research phase of upgrading my camera system right now.
  14. Looking at this 8ch Lorex NVR with four 4K cameras from Costco for 599.00. Wondering if anyone has any experience with this system. Kind of debating between this one and a comparable Swann system... https://www.costco.com/Lorex-8-Channel-UHD-4K-Network-Video-Recorder-with-2TB-HDD-4-UHD-4K-Active-Deterrence-Bullet-Cameras-Security-System.product.100469040.html
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    This Lorex any good?

    And by looking at this pic, one could tell it is a digital NVR: Am I mistaken?
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    This Lorex any good?

    I thought you could tell if it was analog or digital just by looking at the back. Like just by looking at this picture, shouldn't one know that this is an analog DVR:
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    This Lorex any good?

    Thanks, I like your link much better anyways, but I would like to learn how to tell if the system is analog HD. I couldn't find the word "anolog" anywhere in the costco link. Did I miss it, or how can you tell? Also how can you tell if the NVR in my link was proprietary, but the one in your link isn't?
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    Swann 4k night vision EXTREMELY poor quality

    My mistake, for some reason I thought you got the NVR system. Looks like it wasn't a problem with Swann then...? How was their tech support to deal with?
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    Swann 4k night vision EXTREMELY poor quality

    Your suggestion is a DVR though... not an NVR. Are the Swann NVRs that bad? Is it possible the OP just got a bad unit? @Mr. Craig what did you end up doing? I was considering this same system.
  20. I worked as an installer at ADT for 15 years, but about 7 years ago, I was in an accident and am now disabled with a brain injury so I've been out of the loop for a while now, and don't know what is out there as far as good camera systems. I have an analog 4 camera system with a DVR right now but yesterday, the magic smoke in my DVR escaped, and after about 12 years, I think it's time to upgrade. I'm looking for suggestions. I have Cat5e running to each camera right now but my house is super easy to run cabling, so I'm not worried about having to run wires. I NEED to move at least 2 of the cameras anyways, and will probably move one more of them. I have lots of Cat5e cable still, as well as spools of RG6 and siamese. What I'd like is 3 indoor cameras, and for sure 1 outdoor camera. I really would like that exterior camera to be a PTZ camera (optical zoom) to mount on the peak of my house. I may want one more standard exterior camera also. I know 5 isn't the ideal setup for a camera system, but it is what it is... I might want a 5th camera. I want to be able to expand to 8. I don't think I'll ever need more than that. I have a DVR now and figured maybe I should probably upgrade to an NVR, but I don't know much about them. I don't get the best WIFI at my house and I'm not sure if that's going to cause problems with my family's other devices on the network. I had heard that the NVR only uses the WIFI when accessing it from mobile devices, not constantly, but not sure about that... I don't need this for security as much as I do convenience. I have the DVR and monitor in my man cave in the basement where I spend alot of time reloading, and working on small projects, and it's always nice to see who's in the driveway when the dogs start barking. My kids use it a lot for the occasional "Where did I put my purse yesterday?" situation. (We have found many misplaced household items using our camera system) I obviously want night vision, and to be able to view from my cell phone (which I've not been able to do with my old system so I'm kind of excited for that feature) I've heard names like Lorax, Swann, Riolink, Blink, Nest and am wondering if they are any good. I've seem some video reviews of the Swann stuff and they seem to meet all my requirements, plus I really like their SWPRO-1080PTZ with its 10X optical zoom, (I don't think it'll work with an NVR though...) but not sure if they just look nice in videos and are actually junk in real life. I'm not concerned about installation as I actually enjoy the challenge of running and hiding wires. I also do not want batteries to replace. My budget is 1000.00 with a nice PTZ camera, hoping to be around 500-700 without. So what I'm asking is: 1. Should I upgrade to an NVR or are DVR's still ok? 2. Do NVR's use WIFI constantly, causing problems with other devices? 3. What are your thoughts on the Swann equipment, or should I be looking at something else?
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    Suggestions on a new camera system

    Thanks, do you have any suggestions?