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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Jack_Pine, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. Jack_Pine

    Jack_Pine CLM

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    Kind of obscure but thought I would give it a try....

    Anyone have experience with outdoor IP (POE) cameras?

    I have 5 indoor ones and they work great. 3 at the cabin and 2 at the Florida house. I have a Panasonic cl 131 at each place and then 2 Foscams at cabin and 1 in Florida. (the foscams are cheaper and good but the Panasonic manage the ip address changes of the routers)

    I will have to remove the Florida ones once we rent the place but would still like to hop on the net and see the weather. I don't think I need IR as I don't want it visible from the sidewalk (small red glow) I also want it to be small so the homeowners assoc. does not through a fit. Looked at the Panasonic HCM531A, it's $500. Pricey....

    Anyone have experience? Below is a pic form the Panasonic pointed out the front window in FL as of now....

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    I have too little experience with different types to answer your question, but.......


    I have some. There are services available on the Internet that will maintain the proper IP address for you for free. If you want many, they then charge you.

    I like to check cameras on my cell phone, just because I can. It's cool.
     

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    I agree, I do that also. I do it over the web on the phone and the pc for both places. It is very cool.

    There are free DDNS services to manage the changing ip address of the router. But generally you need a pc running a program to keep the sync. The Panasonic cameras have a built in web server to do that. It is cool but they are not cheap.

    I did not think I would get many responses but thought it was worth a shot.
     
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    cgwahl Sheriffs a near

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    Some routers can do this for you too.
     
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    True, unfortunately, mine don't. However the Panasonic cameras do a good job.........
     
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    It is best to get a router to keep DDNS going, and use different ports to communicate with the cameras behind the router.
     
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    Thanks for all the thoughts on DYDNS. I have that working well at both sites.

    anybody use any exterior IP cameras?
     
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    Yes. But you really havent asked a question yet.
     
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    I am just getting my feet wet with IP cameras. They are quite expensive, even the standard definition ones.

    Here is a forum with tons of info:
    http://www.cam-it.org/

    The forum is mostly centered around Blue Iris software which I highly recommend. A 15-day evaluation version is downloadable.

    http://blueirissoftware.com/
     
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    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

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    For the most part you don't really need to mess with DYDNS if you have a cable modem. My IP hasn't changed for years even though it's technically "dynamic".
     
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    Sorry, thought I did. What experience have you all had with outdoor ip cameras? Brand/cost?
     
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    aircarver Descent Terminated Silver Member

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    This has been my experience too !

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    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

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    Oh, ok. Currently running a Vivotek IP8332 outside and Brickcom CB101ae inside. The Viivo was $321 on Amazon. It has a really well built case, just an OK UI (Brickcom has a sweet UI), and image quality is decent after a bit of tweaking and focusing. The IR illuminator is basically useless, but you're not interested in that and it has external triggers so you could hook up floods (IR or white) if you want. For the price I'm happy with it, but will be replacing it in a year or two with higher resolution and better NV.

    Don't bother with anything less than megapixel. All you really get is vague shapes that are useless for identifying a perp until he sticks his face right up in the lens.


    Here's a quick screen grab. Where I have it located is a little odd, I may move it later. But the primary objective is to catch faces and license plates pulling into the carport and secondary ID vehicles passing by on the street in front. Hence the angle. It's FULL sunlight outside and well shaded inside.

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