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ALright I have settled on ordering a camera system. I thought I would share. Once I receive it, I will post how well or not so well it works.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Wireless-CCD-4-CCTV-Camera-Security-Surveillance-System_W0QQitemZ260466227494QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3ca4ff3926&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14

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Once I receive it, I will post how well or not so well it works.

Yes, I would be curious to how well it works. I'm going to be looking for one here soon.

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Yea its sad we have to put up security systems to catch the crooks that steal stuff and vandalize our displays.

IMHO, cameras are not the deterrent. Baddies believing they will be caught is. Sure, the Camera's will help if someone does do something -- I have them myself. But they won't work on their own.

When you install your cameras, make sure you do 2 other things: Post conspicuous signs that cameras are in use, and turn on security lighting AFTER the show.

Lights + Knowledge cameras in use = MUCH safer display.

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IMHO, cameras are not the deterrent. Baddies believing they will be caught is. Sure, the Camera's will help if someone does do something -- I have them myself. But they won't work on their own.

When you install your cameras, make sure you do 2 other things: Post conspicuous signs that cameras are in use, and turn on security lighting AFTER the show.

Lights + Knowledge cameras in use = MUCH safer display.

I think Mike has a very good idea about the signs. I've looked for them at Lowe's & HD without any luck. Anyone know where to get security. camera signs pre-printed?

tks!

Joe

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My usual post on Cameras and security.

I have a very similar system to what you bought. Mine is wired however instead of wireless. It came from that same seller, the cameras look the same so I would guess they are. I think I paid about $130 for a wired setup.

The picture you get will not be anywhere near as clear as shown in the photos on e-bay, but by adjusting the camera's a little you can get a pretty good picture. The color is poor so I tone it way down and get pretty good quality greyscale. The software is really pretty good and easy to use. If it is the same as I got, (and it looks like it) when you hit the record, it records each channel on a seperate file and starts a new file every 10 minutes. Makes t pretty easy to go back and check if something happens.

What I do to protect the display. First try and keep people out. I set up a perimiter with 150' of ropelight on posts. I keep it about 30 inches off the ground, like a fence. I hang Danger High Voltage, Keep Out and Video signs right from the "fence" every 5' I have never seen anybody inside it. I also have motion detector Flood Lights that are live anytime the display is not. When the display goes off for the night, power to the motion detectors comes on.

As for the signs you are looking for, I make my own. There are several sites on the iternet where they have all kinds of signs. Save the ones you want and print them as 8 1/2 x 11 signs. Then go buy clear contact paper. Cut peices of contact paper a little larger than you paper signs. Peel the backing paper off and stick the sign face down on it. Now peal the backing paper off another piece and stick it on the back side. You have just made a laminated sign. Trim the plastic contact paper 1/4 larger than the sign and use a paper punch to put a couple holes in the corner to hang the signs.

I figure I have somewhere around $.03 in each of my signs. I make extras because being what they are some get ruined or torn or blow away in the storm but so what. I also put them up in several languages, just for fun.

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great tip on going with grey scale. How is the remote monitoring? I thought that was a nice little bonus, but not necessary if it doesnt work. I planned on using one camera to monitor traffic and the remote ability, especially from an iphone would be my primary use.

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Update:

OK cameras arrived. I went with the 2 camera system since I didn't know quality on these. Everything is the same as the link above just 2 less cameras.

I have pics and will post later but so far here are the results;

Pros

easy to assemble

small

wireless

software seems easy to use (see below for install)

Cons

wireless internet interferes

software took a few different trys to get it installed, i tried on 2 pc's, each has a different problem ( I have emailed for support)

Night Vision is blank right now (once again, support issue)

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I played around with them. My wireless network interferes with them so I need to fix that obstacle. Also the quality is not very good on the video. The software is not the best either. It will work for catching Christmas light vandals but I wouldn't use it as a year round home or office camera system.

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The camera signs are available at Harbor Freight (Smile Your on camera Video surveillance equipment in use). Mrs. Bumble approved the price point so they must be a bargain. Plus they sell IR detectors and fake cameras. I was pleasantly surprised.

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What about this?

I know that a lot of colleges and public buildings happen to have signs that there is video surveillance is on 24/7. Maybe whoever doesn't feel like getting cameras, then they can get those signs. Supposedly the thieves don't really care if they rob, they just care if they get caught, or that's something along the lines of what a cop told me once.

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Hi guys and girls, hope everyone has a superb christmas and a happy new year, im colin im from the UK and also a qualified sparky and security engineer, i have done our christmas lights for several years now, and have also got CCTV security cameras working around the proeprty 24/7 to be honest we havent gone the cheap route, we have PTZ domes on the front (x1) and the back (x1) and 6 static vandal domes on the front side and back covering all areas, to be honest we have had good results the ones we have are genie domes for the statics (5351) and D206 PTZ domes x2 image quality is excellent and the dvr is a J2000 Dvr its a shame really that people are intent on going round to people property and either damaging the lights or just stealing out right! until the law in our country reverses back to saome sanity and makes these criminals pay for their crimes then justice wont be done im afraid.

Any way, i just wanted to wish everyone a peaceful christmas and happy new year. if any of you would like to see a couple of our shows in Staffordshire UK then heres a google link to them.

the video is from a camcorder type camera not any of the security cameras by the way!

startup show :

Amazing grace :

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Can you post what your system cost and maybe some footage to see how the quality is? Do the cameras pick up in low light and do they need the infrared leds or do you also use flood lights? Is the DVR real time smooth motion, or is it still the intermittent video?'

Thanks, I am always wanting to learn more about video topics...

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I ended up setting up my owen camera system Useing a program called Webcam XP ( bought the pro liscens ) and bought 4 usb webcams from radioshack on Blackfriday $5.99/each... i had a box of 1000ft cat6 so i ran cat6 to each camera spliced the cat6 in to use solidered each place and hooked it all to my home server via usb and cant be happyer..

Grand total... $65.00 ( Rounded off )

(camera 1 accesed via my laptop custome ip address set up )

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Edited by Drew_M
Added screen shot of software.

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It looks like the kind I have, qsee.. and if it is, you got a good deal cause my single camera was about 130.00 on amazon. I love how mine works, and I dont have it hooked up to a dvr, just a tv..check it while in bed.. was watching it snow last night, can even see whats going on at the neighbors house.

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