Best Home Security Surveillance System w/ iOS?

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  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68020

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    Just moved to a new house, am wanting to connect a few home security cameras but would love if they were easily iOS compatible where I can view through my phone live feed and have it save for weeks or months at a time. Probably 4-5 cameras, night vision is rather essential and one of those 4-5 cameras should be discreet and/or cover wide angles for backyards.

    I see security camera setups at Frys electronics for $200-$900 with some iOS fuction but very basic.

    In all honesty I want a kick a$s Homekit type home automation. Start off with a few good cameras and then some window sensors.
     
  2. steve knight Suspended

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    dlink cameras work and with the a local NAS for 100 you can record for free. they are not hard to get going as long as you view them through the app or on the web. I have the local recorder so I can check the recording while away but I also record on my mac. the dropcam cameras work well and the pro one you can do all of the setup with your phone the model down needs to be plugged into your computer to change it's settings. the dlink app if you get the NAS lets you view at least 4 cameras at once. the dropcam you have to change cameras manually. plus if you want to record it is 7.99 to 12.99 a camera a month.
    you don't want too high of rez cameras or you will run out of bandwidth fast. neither of the camera's are reliable to notify you when they detect motion. they go off too often. so I use motion sensors to alert me.
    neither of these cameras are outdoor cameras but as long as they are not getting rained on or it is not too cool they seem fine. you can get a outdoor case for the drop cam and drink has outdoor versions.
    the app on my mac I use on the two lower end dlink camera's pretty much records constantly even when set to motion only it sucks up about 65 gigs for a weeks recording.
     
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    Dropcam is great but it has a monthly fee on recording for each camera and what little I ever see I did not want to pay that. it lets you choose where motion detection happens lets you hear and talk through them. the dropcam app is great the controls work well and it is easy to view the recordings if you pay for it (you get 30 days free) compared to the dlink app. but even with my bluetooth headset sound from the dropcam goes through the phones speaker. you get a snapshot of at least two cameras on the dropcam app but if you want live you can only see one at a time. both take maybe 30 second to get going when you open the app. they both have to load everything. the app for the link without the NAS had to be killed and reloaded when you changed from wifi to cell. but it may have been fixed I don't know I have not used it for awhile.
     
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  6. MrMister111 macrumors 68000

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    Sorry to hop on but can I ask how the Dlink cameras record to NAS? I have Dlink DCS-932L and DCS-930L cameras, work great on my iPhone with the Dlink app, but these don't have any recording. Be interested to know how you record to NAS please
     
  7. steve knight Suspended

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    here you go. I use a 64gig card I got cheap.
    http://us.dlink.com/products/home-solutions/mydlink-camera-video-recorder/
    then you can use midland view app on my computer I use ip camera veiwer 2
    this works ok though playback sometimes can just sit there for a bit before it plays. but it lets you have all your cameras on one screen.
     
  8. MrMister111 macrumors 68000

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    Never seen these before, although I'm in UK so not sure sold here? They don't record to NAS though but USB connected drives, suppose could connect a SD reader and utter an SD card?

    Is it a wireless device? Or do you just connect it to your hub/router?
     
  9. steve knight Suspended

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    I just use a 64gig thumb drive. but it does not really matter but that was cheap I think 19.00 you can use two drives. it is wired to the router but thats a good thing the cameras eat enough bandwidth without doubling it.
     
  10. MrMister111 macrumors 68000

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    Can't find it in UK, wonder why only in US?

    Seems what I want, can you control it all via the Dlink iPhone app that I have now for viewing my cameras?

    Can you see recordings over the web when away from home?
     
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    amazon does not have it? you use mydink view it is better and you can see 4 cameras at once instead of changing from one to the other. yes it lets you use your phone to view and do playback. yes on cellular data or wifi.
     

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