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Old 5 September 2018, 18:33
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I don't like property data (especially interior) going anywhere outside my LAN - personal preference. I will always recommend running a Blue Iris server - but I know 0.1% will do so. I have FOSCAM wireless units that work fine, but it's interior - all exterior wireless is always try and pray. With Amazon, you can just send it back for free though. PoE is the way to go for best data rate and power - but you gotta run it. Blue Iris will send stills or video to (my preference) ProtonMail or any email account you want, so stealing the server doesn't matter. You could also stick a NAS or tiny laptop somewhere it won't be found, and xcopy all videos there. As usual, if you want simple and easy, I'm no help
Sweet, I'm part of the 0.1%! I've got an issue with my camera's ghosting people as they walk by. I've heard really good things about Dahua and the starlight sensors.

To the original OP, I have NEST for less sensitive areas of my house.
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Old 6 September 2018, 06:55
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Hello PP,

I've got 2 Kamtron (Tilt/Pan/Zoom) units that looks similar. I'd like to ask 2 questions:

1. After several months one of mine lost Tilt capability. Do you regularly use pan & tilt, and has it proven to be robust over time?

2. Do you need to have the SD card installed in the camera to retrieve the video, or can you watch it through a PC?

I would like to use SD cards and not be dependent on having it in the camera, using the proprietary MIPC software. If the camera dies, I lose my pictures and video.
I don't P/T often. I have it in a corner and with the viewing angle, I get the whole room. There is also the detection zones to worry about if you P/T 24/7 - I don't see how it wouldn't trigger the motion algorithm.

No SD card anywhere - I have an actual computer record everything. You can too I think, with the OEM software it comes with (just a plug-in for a web page hosted on the camera). It's basic but better than nothing. Blue Iris is only $49 though.
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Old 6 September 2018, 07:00
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Sweet, I'm part of the 0.1%! I've got an issue with my camera's ghosting people as they walk by. I've heard really good things about Dahua and the starlight sensors.

To the original OP, I have NEST for less sensitive areas of my house.
Yeah, I remembered that one or two bit the bullet here I've got external lighting helping, but the FOSCAM and Panasonic night vision is pretty good. Cameras are still far from fool proof - and I bet even the million dollar systems require checking up on - animals, birds, insects that land directly on the lens, lightening, etc... all trigger the motion sensor when it's set to perfectly detect people - cost of doing business.
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Old 6 September 2018, 11:48
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The Arlo looks very similar to the Blink system. I installed the Blink system last year. New Year's Eve, I was out with the lady friend, and we had a break in at about 0300 hrs.
The alerts didn't get the cops there in time to catch him in the act, but we did get a confession from him by noon on the first.

My favorite video clip was the one where he saw the camera (one of 5), disappeared into a bedroom, and emerged with a blanket draped over his head to hide his face. He then lifted the blanket to see the camera (giving a perfect closeup of his face), and ripped the camera off of the wall.

He then proceeded to film his entire outfit and shoes while stealing the camera. He filmed his escape until he drove out of wi-fi range.

The knuckle head didn't understand the concept of overlapping fields of camera, or cloud storage.
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Old 7 September 2018, 09:28
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He then proceeded to film his entire outfit and shoes while stealing the camera. He filmed his escape until he drove out of wi-fi range.
Now *that* is a very definite positive for a completely battery operated camera... may have to see if I can get Blink to talk internally, to my server vs their server.

When he saw the camera, did he cut short his crime spree? Did you have any warning signs posted?
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Old 7 September 2018, 11:54
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He saw the camera as he was headed upstairs. I rent out my basement, so no cameras down there. I got his entry through the back yard, and as he turned the corner to come upstairs, he noticed the camera. He sprinted downstairs for his "disguise" and came back to remove the evidence. He then left.
I have a few old guns in a glass front cabinet that I'm sure would have been gone if he continued, but the camera was enough of a deterrent that he took off once he thought that he had nabbed the evidence.

No warning signs posted.

The Blink system allows you to turn on/off an illuminating light and a recording indicator light. The illuminating light alerted him to this camera's presence, while others lit by streetlights and such went unnoticed by him.

The cop's reaction was awesome when he saw the video. He had a statement filled out by the suspect, who claimed to be in another state at the time of the break in. The cop said, "Is that your final answer?" and showed him one of the video clips.
The bad guy then said, "I really f*cked up, didn't I?" and confessed in full.
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