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    Does anyone know anything about them. I want one to watch my house while I am away. I like the idea of one that can buzz my smartphone when someone comes in my driveway.
    There is a little info on the net, but I would like to hear from people with experience with them. What brands and models do you have? how were they to set up? Did they meet your expectations?
     
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    Which model(s) do you have?

    Thanks.

    Glenn
     
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    This is also something I am interested in and need to do. Heres what I need:

    1 Wired IP cam
    1 wireless IP cam
    ability to be sent a text or email when motion is detected
    ability to monitor via android phone

    Cameras do not need to be movable. anyone got any tips on something cheap?
     
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    Panasonic is the best hands down.

    Do you want cheap or do you want usable video?
     
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    How about cheap AND usable video?
    Please qualify "usable" video?

    Anything better than 640x480 in a PT or PTZ is several hundred to $1000 per copy. Just saying.

    EDIT: one more thing...Unless you have them hardwired, the frame rate is .3 fps. This is actually not that bad for an IP camera. The camera has browser and you can setup an FTP to send mail or photo on motion detect. A direct connection gives you15fps. depending on your internet connection or current phone connection speed.
     
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    There are " good " PT(pan tilt) / IP cameras out there for under $100
     
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    Thanks for the links. It was hard finding sites that looked legit. Most looked to be chinese scam sites with fake reviews of the products.
     
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    How hard are they to set up and get running? I had bought another brand from a company that I could never get working right.
     
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    That first link popped up a virus warning . . .
     
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    I've been thinking about setting some up.
     
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    If you do some research and figure out what you want/need, I have found monoprice.com to be really competitive on price/selection. They have cameras, and DVR's that will allow you to pretty much roll your own and get exactly what you want.

    Most of them wouldnt technically qualify as IP cams, so I guess you need to decide if you are willing to save a big cost(good wifi IP cams are pretty expensive), or are willing to pull wires and save quite a bit.
     
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    Honestly? The setup is rather easy. That being said, I'm a communications engineer and it was VERY easy for me. (ref. McCoy saying to Kirk as he replaces Spock's brain, "A child could do it"

    It depends on what you're looking to do with your cameras. If you want to monitor/control your cameras from a remote location, of course you 'll need an internet connection and a cheap, wireless router. Note. The stock antenna should be replaced with something that has a little more gain. The range with the stock antennas is about 100'. The Foscam cameras also have built-in security and you can "browse" and configure them with any popular browser. The software also includes Dynamic DNS Just in case the camera is the only thing connected to the internet service.

    I can walk an average house cat through the router configuration so it's not that difficult. It's just getting all your IP addresses and ports to match and you'll be up and running in no time.