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We would like a cctv system but haven’t a clue what to look for.  We live in a two bed semi bungalow. Because of our age and disability the children would like to be able to check on us :-))). Baby monitor in reverse haha 

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If I was quoted a 4k system I expect to get one ..... 4k recorder with 4mp camera does not make 4k.

 

line cross and the likes is not something you would need. 

 

£800 is a lot of money for a 4way in a bungalow and also because you are installing for family to keep a eye on you I would also have installed audio at your front door..... uk is full of bogus callers the last few months 

 

can a member of your family fit it for you.... ip is plug and play 

also please stay away from hikvision it is not suitable for your needs

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Oh my days - thank you! This is why I asked the question. My boys are old so not very good with gadgets like their mother :-)). But I have a grandson who’s very efficient. The boys just thought we should have a professional 

the other big thing is knowing what to buy. It’s a mine field xx

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5 hours ago, tomcctv said:

£800 is a lot of money for a 4way in a bungalow and also because you are installing for family to keep a eye on you I would also have installed audio at your front door..... uk is full of bogus callers the last few months 

 

can a member of your family fit it for you.... ip is plug and play 

also please stay away from hikvision it is not suitable for your needs

I can't speak to the Hikvision or audio questions, but I do question the cost opinion and family member suggestion.

I'll have £550 invested in just four 2MP starlight cameras, Ethernet cable (500 ft.), and a PoE network switch.  Add another £236 for my NAS and we're up to £786, right there.  Running and terminating the cables.  Setup/configuration.  I don't know.  £800 for a turn-key 4-camera system doesn't seem outrageous to me.  But ICBW.

As for having a family member do it: Yes: IP is plug-and-play-ish, but you do have to have some tech chops to pull it off, IMHO.

I won't argue about Hikvision except to say one of my brothers-in-law runs a successful security company in Europe.  He uses both Hikvision and Dahua, along with some more "esoteric" brands that cost a good deal more.

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26 minutes ago, Cortian said:

I'll have £550 invested in just four 2MP starlight cameras, Ethernet cable (500 ft.), and a PoE network switch.  Add another £236 for my NAS and we're up to £786, right there.  Running and terminating the cables.  Setup/configuration.  I don't know.  £800 for a turn-key 4-camera system doesn't seem outrageous to me.  But ICBW.

 

Well £550 for 4 X 2mp starlight  cameras says you bought from the wrong place.

and another £236 for a NAS ........ NVR 5mp recording and 2tb of storage and Poe is only £120.

 

again NVR is plug and play nothing like going switch network or NAS

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2 hours ago, tomcctv said:

Well £550 for 4 X 2mp starlight  cameras says you bought from the wrong place.

I blew the math somewhere along the line.  I'm paying the equivalent of about £470 for the four cameras.

And you did write "ip is plug and play," not "NVR is plug and play."

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2mp starlight cameras retail uk at £52 and it's been like that for 8 months and there going cheaper as we are upto 5 or 8mp 

 

yes i said ip ......but for 4 cameras there is also the run costs ........PC and NAS is not cost effective for a home user .......cost to run Poe switch and PC .....then you have more costs in hard drives than a h265 NVR ..... It's just not worth the cost for the number of cameras.

 

but I don't understand were this post is going ......op did state old age ......something easy .............building a local network I would not recommend 

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but I don't understand were this post is going ...

It is wandering a bit far afield. So I'll just bow out, rather than pursue the points raised any further.

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On 12/29/2018 at 2:13 PM, Hoolie said:

Oh my days - thank you! This is why I asked the question. My boys are old so not very good with gadgets like their mother :-)). But I have a grandson who’s very efficient. The boys just thought we should have a professional 

the other big thing is knowing what to buy. It’s a mine field xx

Hi. It is a mine field ... that’s the problem with online systems and prices are all over the place.

a 4 way nvr recorder with 4 x 5mp cameras is £300 cheaper than your quote and is uk based and uk cloud service 

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8 hours ago, tomcctv said:

Hi. It is a mine field ... that’s the problem with online systems and prices are all over the place.

a 4 way nvr recorder with 4 x 5mp cameras is £300 cheaper than your quote and is uk based and uk cloud service 

 

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Thank you. But your comments have confirmed it’s way to confusing. Well out of my depth 

 

we just need cameras at the front and back of the house as I fall frequently and my sons want to be able to check see all is ok   And I would have liked to see who was at the door before I opened it 

 

I just wanted someone to say this system is good all the letters being used really is so hard for one to grasp. 

Im sorry I have caused such a fuss xx

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