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I'm looking for a security system to watch over my display as well as my home the rest of the year.

I have no idea about this type of thing, so if anyone has a better suggestion let me know.

If I'm going to install a wired system I want to be able to watch all the way around my property.

I found this kit at costco. http://www.costco.co...at90607&topnav=


This one- http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11675539&whse=BC&Ne=4000000&eCat=BC|90607|4802&N=4047297&Mo=35&pos=3&No=7&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&cat=4802&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&ec=BC-EC38770-Cat90607&topnav=

Thanks for any input.

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Both models do state "weather proof cameras" in the specs.

I have seen these units and the cameras can be used outdoors.

I have found less expensive units that work for me http://www.tigerdirect.com

Something to remember, cameras do not protect your decorations, they just record who is stealing them.

If you use cameras, put signs all over the place so the crooks know to smile while they are taking your stuff. :P

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There is a wireless unit, uniden udw20055 security system that walmart had on black friday for 179.00. I bought it and put it in 2 big oaks pointing at my display.it has 2 waterproof cameras, and can trasmit aprox 500ft. it also comes with a 7" monitor. works good and simple to set up. I also have a 8 channel night owl system inside with 4 camera, that is good also but it took aprox. 2 days to run cable and set cameras + adjust. the wireless system you can take the monitor outside and adjust cameras as needed. If you go on uniden site the is a nother system that also includes a indoor camera. I bought the night owl system at comp usa on sale for 239.00 . but they go fast. If I had to choose between the 2 systems I would go with the uniden, ( easy setup, no wire running and you can have up to 4 cameras). There are other wireless systems available, but for the money the uniden is a good deal.

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I went with a Q-See system last year, and I'm pretty happy with it. No, it's far from perfect, but for the money as well as the ease of use, I'm very satisfied. I got an 8 channel dvr model that came with 4 cameras. This year I added 2 additional, nicer cameras to the system. Once nice thing about the QSee connectors is that the system uses BNC connectors for every camera. This means you can go to www.monoprice.com and snag some much nicer, fancier cameras if you want a little better quality system. Sure, you're limited to the recording resolution, etc., but feeding a nice, high-quality signal to the DVR is the first step. Eventually I'll replace all the cameras with nicer, fancier versions, but for now, I can check on the display from anywhere in the world.

I can also pull up the camera system on my iPad / iPhone when I'm on the go. This really gives me some additional flexibility when I'm not at home during this busy time of year. At any time, I can easily pull up the camera application and verify things are as they should be. If something is messed up, I can login to the show PC and restart the scheduler or whatever else might be needed.

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I know I am a bit late but a good systems is going with a DVR like Lorex or Swann. The LH116 16 channel dvr is nice I have used it. I got all high tech and went with Exaq (http://www.exacq.com/products/exacqvision_pro.html) over the summer because I wanted to play around with some features. What ever dvr you get make sure it can still record when you are playing video back, and that you have a way to back up the video. Frame rates for general cctv can be as low as 5, most installers will set it to 7.5 since its fluid motion. 15 and 30 have not noticeable difference to the human eye.

But like VegasLee said cameras wont really prevent someone. My camera system is very obvious but I still manage to get the ones that still want to test it.

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