Internet-viewable security camera?

jknight8907

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Jun 14, 2004
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Hudson Valley NY
Anyone have a suggestion for what equipment to use for an internet-viewable security camera? I would like it to be high-resolution, and support 2 cameras if possible, though just one would work. This is for a vacation home. I already have a weather station that is viewable on it's own webpage as well as a station on Weather Underground. It would be great if there were a camera that was that simple, just plugging a box into the router, but a computer can be set up there if need be. Only problem with that is remote maintenance. Your suggestions are appreciated!
 

jaysen

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Sep 16, 2009
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Foscam comes to mind - they are relatively inexpensive - $85 ea - have PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom), IR, wifi, with audio capabilities. Resolution is definitely at the lowest end for IP cameras however with lower cost comes lower quality.

If you're looking for recording capabilities, although its possible to record remotely, the easy method is to store a NVR or computer at the property.

If all you're looking for is to remotely view the property for weather conditions, than the foscam will fit the bill at a price that's easy on the wallet. An Internet connection is all that is needed and power outlets where the cameras will be setup. Power over Ethernet - POE - is possible but a separate adapter is needed and POE Switch.

Here are some sample photos I have setup at my home. Colors are lacking for daylight shots but supposedly foscams newest model takes care of that.

I am in the process of installing higher resolution IP cameras in fixed locations.

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I can recommend more but honestly the best bang for buck cameras are hands down the Foscam FI8918w. The newer models I believe are FI89108w
 

jaysen

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Sep 16, 2009
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Forgot to mention you can view the Foscams remotely with their native web interface or iOS/android apps.
 

jknight8907

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jun 14, 2004
801
42
Hudson Valley NY
Foscam comes to mind - they are relatively inexpensive - $85 ea - have PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom), IR, wifi, with audio capabilities. Resolution is definitely at the lowest end for IP cameras however with lower cost comes lower quality.

If you're looking for recording capabilities, although its possible to record remotely, the easy method is to store a NVR or computer at the property.

If all you're looking for is to remotely view the property for weather conditions, than the foscam will fit the bill at a price that's easy on the wallet. An Internet connection is all that is needed and power outlets where the cameras will be setup. Power over Ethernet - POE - is possible but a separate adapter is needed and POE Switch.

Here are some sample photos I have setup at my home. Colors are lacking for daylight shots but supposedly foscams newest model takes care of that.

I am in the process of installing higher resolution IP cameras in fixed locations.

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I can recommend more but honestly the best bang for buck cameras are hands down the Foscam FI8918w. The newer models I believe are FI89108w
Looks like their higher-resolution cameras are exactly what I need.
 

jaysen

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Sep 16, 2009
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Looks like their higher-resolution cameras are exactly what I need.
I don't believe they offer anything higher than 720p and frankly not even sure of their cost. If they are over $150, skip foscam in general, and look into Dahua or actvi. For the $150-250 range you can get a whole lot better picture with one of those brands I mentioned