Best DIY Home Security Camera System – 2017 Recommendations

There used to be a time when a professionally installed home security camera system was the only option for most of us. But in 2017 we live in the golden age for DIY enthusiasts. Why pay a ‘professional’ when you can select, buy and build your build your own home security camera system for far less money?

Now while I prefer the full-DIY route of picking my own IP cameras, Network Video Recorder (NVR), network switches, Ethernet cables, and what not, this may be too much for you. If so, you want the alternative which I call easy-DIY home CCTV where you buy a pre-packaged kit that has all the equipment you need along with installation instructions.

Going the DIY route means you gain flexibility – you can choose the features you need to start off, then upgrade as you learn more about your needs. You also save money by not paying a monthly fee. If anything, the problem is choice. There are different types of technologies to choose from and then there are dozens of brands across the price spectrum.

That’s why I thought of writing this article to help you choose a ready-to-use Easy-DIY home CCTV kit.

Best DIY NVR Security System Recommendations: Summary

AwardModelCameras in KitPrice
4-Channel
Best Budget Amcrest AMNV20M4-4B-B 4

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Best Value (with Wi-Fi) Reolink RLK4-210WB4 4

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8-Channel
Best Budget Reolink RLK8-410B4 4

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Best Value Amcrest AMNV40M8-4B-B 4

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Best High-end LaView LV-KNX968E88W4-T4 8

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16-Channel
Best Budget Reolink RLK16-410B8 8

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Best Value LaView LV-KND996P1616D88-T3 16

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Best High-end 4k LaView LV-KNY49E616W4D48-T6 16

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Methodology

As usual, we have grouped our recommendations by the best budget kit, the kit offering the best value, and the best high-end kit system.

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Which DIY route – Full-DIY or Easy-DIY?

A home security camera system consists of the following essential parts:

  • The heart of the system, the Network Video Recorder (NVR)
    • Before the advent of network cameras, the equivalent of the NVR would have been called a DVR which works only with analogue security cameras. An NVR works only with network-based cameras. So remember a DVR works with analogue cameras. and an NVR works with network cameras only. In this article, I will be looking only at NVR based systems.
    • This is because DVR-based analogue systems are on their way out, they simply cannot compete with the quality and convenience of network cameras and NVRs.
  • Cameras – Network cameras (a.k.a IP cameras) are fully digital – the image is sent digitally to the NVR through a network cable instead of an analogue BNC cable as in a DVR-based system. This enables resolution higher than 1080p(2MP), and currently you can go up to 4MP.
  • The hard drive that will store the recorded video and images
  • The Ethernet cables needed to connect the cameras to the NVR
  • The power adaptors for the cameras (read on to see how you can avoid these)

Now there are two ways of choosing the different parts above for your dream DIY home security camera kit – what I call going Full-DIY or Easy-DIY.

Full-DIY – A fully custom solution where you pick NVR and cameras separately

This is what I have done – I built my DIY NAS-based NVR system, the benefits being maximum flexibility, power and economy. The downside is having to read up on the essentials and ensuring compatibility between all the different bits.

Easy-DIY – An All-in-one pre-packaged solution where cameras are bundled with the NVR system

You leave the tough work of building the kit to somebody else but you pay for the benefit. This is recommended for novices or even experts if you don’t have the time or inclination to do the research. Just pick a brand you are comfortable with, look for the options you want and push the button.

Any NVR kit from a decent manufacturer will use the Power over Ethernet standard. If you are looking for the best PoE security camera system, all the kits I recommend below are PoE-enabled. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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How to choose your Easy-DIY home security camera system

So you have chosen to go the Easy-DIY Home CCTV route. That’s a great choice if you want to get started right away and don’t want the hassle of researching and understanding how to put a home CCTV system together.

First off lets get the confusion about names out of the way. Home Security Camera System, Home Surveillance System, NVR Surveillance System, NVR Security System, NVR kit, IP Camera Surveillance Kit – these all typically mean the same, a complete kit that includes everything you need to get up and running.

Choosing your digital network-based home security system depends on the following:

  • How many cameras do you need?
    Security camera systems are commonly specified by the number of separate channels they support. This simply indicates how many separate camera video streams they can record. They start from single channel devices going all the way up to 32.
  • What level of video quality or resolution do you need?
    My usual recommendation of at least 1080p (2 Megapixels) applies. There are tons of substandard 720p (HD-Ready) systems you can get, but none of them will have the resolution needed to allow law enforcement positive identification of an intruder.
  • Do you want the ability to use wireless cameras as well?
    While I generally do not recommend using wireless for critical home systems such as security, there are some situations where a wireless camera makes sense. Now you don’t need a WiFi enabled NVR to use a Wi-Fi camera – this is a common misconception. A Wi-Fi camera can simply connect to your Wi-Fi router and thus be connected to the NVR.
  • Do you intend to upgrade by adding more cameras later on?
    If you think you need only 2 cameras now, get a 4-channel system. If you think you need just 4 cameras right now, go for the 8-channel. Once you start enjoying the security provided by your spanking new CCTV system, you will enjoy the option to add more cameras. But if you want that luxury, plan ahead.
  • Do you want automatic redundant storage?
    Most NVRs can record only to one hard disk. This means data storage is not redundant – a hard disk failure or theft of the NVR would mean that you lose all your recorded footage. USB backup is supported on most NVRs to mitigate against this risk but ideally the NVR should have at least 2 hard disk bays and automatically write a copy of the footage to the second hard drive. The other option to explore is whether the NVR can write the footage to a remote network location such as a NAS.

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Best 4-channel NVR Kits

Best Budget 4-ch NVR Kit: Amcrest 1080p 4-channel NVR Kit with 4 1080p PoE cameras and 1TB hard drive (Amcrest AMNV20M4-4B-B)




NVR Features

  • 4-channel recording @ 1080p supported
  • PoE-enabled
  • 1TB hard drive included, max. possible is a single 6TB hard drive
  • Motion detection with email alerts and push notification
  • Remote smartphone access
  • ONVIF support allows you to connect 3rd party cameras

IP Camera Features - IP2M-842EB

  • 3-axis black colour camera
  • 2MP CMOS image sensor (1080p)
  • Night vision with 30m IR range, true IR-cut filter
  • RJ45 PoE ports
  • IP 67 Weather-rated

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Amcrest is already at the top spot on our recommended IP camera list. These guys have just burst on the scene and come up with some very high quality products. This NVR security camera kit is an entry-level model at a very budget-friendly price. Amcrest bundles their NVRs and cameras in a wide range of combinations, so you are sure to find a kit that matches your exact needs.

The NVR in this kit is a 4-channel affair which can record all the channels simultaneously at up to . It can also do motion detection on all the channels and send email alerts. One thing I really like about Amcrest is that they do not try to lock down their products and trap you in their eco-system. Since the NVR supports the ONVIF standard, you can add any 3rd party camera from manufacturers like Hikvision, Dahua, Sony, Vivotek, and even Foscam (Amcrest’s nemesis whom they had a falling out with and the reason for the Amcrest brand being created).

The camera included in this kit appears to be the IP2M-842EB model, which can also be purchased separately. These are 1080p (2MP) IP cameras that ca do night vision and have a very good IP67 weather rating. They are also ONVIF compliant so can be used with ONVIF compliant NVRs or a DIY NAS NVR system if you have one.

Using the Amcrest smartphone app, you can login to the NVR at any time to see a live feed of all the cameras as well as recordings.

PROS:
  • Good image quality with 1080p cameras
  • Wide 3rd party camera support through ONVIF standard
  • IR LEDs provide night vision capability
  • Very good value for money
  • USB Backup feature
  • 2-way audio (voice chat) possible

CONS:
  • No advanced motion detection methods such as line crossing, intrusion or dwell detection
  • Free smartphone app could be better – it lacks basic features such as push notifications, paid version needed really
  • No redundant storage due to single SATA interface, cannot write to network
  • No scheduled USB backup option
  • No alarm in/out connections

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Best Value 4-ch Wireless Security Camera System: Reolink 1080p 4-channel NVR Kit with 4 1080p PoE/WiFi cameras and 1TB hard drive (Reolink RLK4-210WB4)




NVR Features

  • 4-channel recording @ 1080p supported
  • PoE-enabled
  • 1TB hard drive included, max. possible is a single 4TB hard drive
  • Motion detection with email alerts and push notification
  • Remote smartphone access
  • ONVIF support allows you to connect 3rd party cameras

IP Camera Features - RLC-210W

  • 2MP CMOS image sensor (1080p)
  • 80° viewing angle at 4mm focal length
  • 30m IR range, true IR-cut filter
  • RJ45 PoE ports and Wi-Fi(IEEE802.11 b/g/n 2T2R)
  • Embedded mic
  • IP66 Weather-rated

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Reolink is one of the better brands out there. These guys have been getting quite popular due to their good quality systems at affordable price points. This NVR kit from Reolink is quite unique – it supports PoE and has built-in Wi-Fi.

The included RLC-210W cameras are Wi-Fi capable but also have PoE in case you can’t get power at the installation location. They do not have on-board storage so cannot function as standalone cameras, but they can be used with any ONVIF compliant NVR or DIY NAS system.

PROS:
  • Good image quality with 1080p cameras
  • Choice of Power over Ethernet and powerful Wi-Fi
  • Wide 3rd party camera support through ONVIF standard
  • IR LEDs provide night vision capability
  • Excellent value for money
  • USB Backup feature

CONS:
  • No advanced motion detection methods such as line crossing, intrusion or dwell detection
  • Free smartphone app could be better – it lacks basic features such as push notifications, paid version needed really
  • No redundant storage due to single SATA interface, cannot write to network
  • No scheduled USB backup option
  • No alarm in/out connections
  • Camera video bit-rate tops out at 3Mbps
  • No 2-way audio (voice chat)

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Best 8-channel NVR Kits

Best Budget 8-ch NVR Kit: Reolink 4MP 8-channel NVR Kit with 4x 4MP PoE cameras and 2TB hard drive (Reolink RLK8-410B4)




NVR Features

  • 8-channel recording @ 4MP supported
  • PoE-enabled
  • 2TB hard drive included, max. possible is a single 4TB hard drive
  • Motion detection with email alerts and push notification
  • Remote smartphone access
  • ONVIF support allows you to connect 3rd party cameras

IP Camera Features - RLC-410

  • 4MP CMOS image sensor (1440p)
  • 80° viewing angle at 4mm focal length
  • 30m IR range, true IR-cut filter
  • RJ45 PoE ports
  • Embedded mic
  • IP66 Weather-rated

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This is an 8 channel NVR that can record at up to 4MP. The included RLC-410 camera is a highly rated 4MP model that can record at up to 8Mbps. While I recommend 1080p (2MP) as a minimum resolution for security camera footage, 3MP is better for getting additional detail. This is especially useful if your cameras cover a large area like a yard. Every little bit of detail helps. That’s why 4MP is even better. While the cameras can do up to 8Mbps, you can adjust the bitrate to around 4-6Mbps to get more days of storage out of the included 2TB hard drive.

These cameras do not have on-board storage either and so cannot function as standalone cameras, but they can be used with any ONVIF compliant NVR or DIY NAS system.

PROS:
  • Good image quality with 1080p cameras
  • Choice of Power over Ethernet and powerful Wi-Fi
  • Wide 3rd party camera support through ONVIF standard
  • IR LEDs provide night vision capability
  • Excellent value for money
  • USB Backup feature

CONS:
  • No advanced motion detection methods such as line crossing, intrusion or dwell detection
  • Free smartphone app could be better – it lacks basic features such as push notifications, paid version needed really
  • No redundant storage due to single SATA interface, cannot write to network
  • No scheduled USB backup option
  • No alarm in/out connections
  • Camera video bit-rate tops out at 3Mbps
  • No 2-way audio (voice chat)
  • Only 4 channels can be played back simultaneously (synchronous playback)

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Best Value 8-ch NVR Kit: Amcrest 8-channel NVR Kit with 4 4MP PoE cameras and 2TB hard drive (Amcrest AMNV40M8-4B-B)




NVR Features

  • 8-channel recording @ 4MP supported
  • 8 PoE-enabled RJ-45 ports
  • 2TB hard drive included, max. possible is a single 6TB hard drive
  • Motion detection with email alerts and push notifications
  • Remote smartphone access
  • ONVIF support allows you to connect 3rd party cameras

IP Camera Features

  • 3-axis black colour camera
  • 4MP CMOS image sensor (1520p)
  • 30m IR range, true IR-cut filter
  • RJ45 PoE port
  • IP 67 Weather-rated

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This kit from Amcrest is similar to the 4-channel kit we saw earlier but additionally supports alarm in/out connections. This is very handy as you can trigger camera recording from your existing alarm system. You can also use the NVR’s motion detection to trigger your alarm system. It works both ways.
PROS:
  • Good image quality with 1080p cameras
  • Wide 3rd party camera support through ONVIF standard
  • IR LEDs provide night vision capability
  • Alarm connections
  • Excellent value for money
  • USB Backup feature

CONS:
  • No advanced motion detection methods such as line crossing, intrusion or dwell detection
  • Free smartphone app could be better – it lacks basic features such as push notifications, paid version needed really
  • Supports only one SATA hard drive
  • No redundant storage due to single SATA interface, cannot write to network drives
  • No scheduled USB backup option

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Best High-End 8-ch NVR Kit: LaView 8-channel NVR Kit with 8 4MP PoE cameras and 2x2TB hard drive (LaView LV-KNX968E88W4-T4)




LV-N9608C8E NVR Features

  • 8-channel recording @ 4MP supported, H.265 encoding
  • 4K HDMI Output (3840×2160)
  • 8 PoE-enabled RJ45 ports
  • Alarm in/out connections
  • 2x6TB hard drives included, max. possible is 2x4TB hard drives
  • Advanced motion detection with email alerts and push notification
  • Remote smartphone access
  • ONVIF support allows you to connect 3rd party cameras

LV-PB3040W IP Camera Features

  • 4MP 1/3″ CMOS image sensor (1520p)
  • 83° Viewing angle, 4mm lens
  • Max 8Mbps bitrate
  • 30m IR range, true IR-cut filter
  • RJ45 PoE ports
  • IP 66 Weather-rated

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Now we are getting to some real serious IP camera systems. LaView is a company that officially re-brands Hikvision CCTV equipment. So the hardware is really top-notch stuff and that explains the much higher cost compared to Reolink and Amcrest. They will also customise kits to your exact needs, so you can get the best bank for your buck.

This NVR kit is one of the most powerful Easy-DIY systems around. The NVR can support ONVIF compliant cameras up to 12MP – even those from 3rd party manufacturers, so you are future-proofed in a huge way. Just bear in mind that the total incoming bandwidth of the NVR is 80Mbps. So divide 80 by your desired bitrate to see how many cameras you can hook up to the NVR.

Audio in/out, alarm in/out, advanced motion detection, NAS/FTP support, you name it, this kit’s got it. By the way did I mention it supports 4K HDMI output? Imagine hooking up this NVR to your 4K TV and see all 8 cameras simultaneously on your high-res TV. That’s quite impressive, I tell you.

PROS:
  • Excellent image quality with 4MP cameras, max 8MP supported
  • Wide 3rd-party camera support through ONVIF standard
  • IR LEDs provide night vision capability
  • Redundant storage supported due to dual SATA interface
  • 8-channel synchronous playback
  • Advanced motion detection methods such as line crossing, intrusion or dwell detection supported
  • Great value for money
  • USB Backup feature
  • LaView will customise the kit to your exact needs

CONS:
  • Incoming bandwidth of 80 Mbps limits maximum bandwidth per camera to 10 Mbps

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Best 16-channel NVR Kits

Best Budget 16-ch NVR Kit: Reolink 4MP 16-channel NVR Kit with 8x 4MP PoE cameras and 3TB hard drive (Reolink RLK16-410B8)




NVR Features

  • 16-channel recording @ 4MP supported
  • PoE-enabled
  • 3TB hard drive included, max. possible are 2x8TB hard drives
  • Motion detection with email alerts, push notifications
  • Remote smartphone access
  • ONVIF support allows you to connect 3rd party cameras

IP Camera Features - RLC-410

  • 4MP 1/3″ CMOS image sensor (1440p)
  • 80° Viewing angle, 4mm lens
  • 30m IR range, true IR-cut filter
  • RJ45 PoE ports
  • Embedded mic
  • IP 66 Weather-rated

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Reolink is once again the budget option for 16 channel home security camera systems with their unbeatable price points. Support for 4MP cameras is impressive at this price level, but note that it cannot simultaneously play back more than 4 channels. The hardware is not powerful enough to simultaneously playback 16x4MP streams.

Its a great option if you are on a budget but I would encourage you to look at our best value recommendation below.

PROS:
  • Good image quality with 4MP cameras
  • Wide 3rd party camera support through ONVIF standard
  • IR LEDs provide night vision capability
  • Excellent value for money
  • USB Backup feature

CONS:
  • No advanced motion detection methods such as line crossing, intrusion or dwell detection
  • Can playback only 4 channels simultaneously (synchronous playback)
  • No redundant storage support
  • No remote control

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Best Value 16-ch NVR Kit: LaView 6MP 16-channel NVR Kit with 12x 2MP PoE cameras and 3TB hard drive (LaView LV-KN996P1612A4-T3)




LV-N9916C6E NVR Features

  • 16-channel recording @ 6MP supported
  • PoE-enabled
  • 3TB hard drive included, max. possible is 4x6TB hard drives
  • Advanced motion detection with email alerts, push notifications
  • Remote smartphone access
  • ONVIF support allows you to connect 3rd party cameras

IP Camera Features - LV-PB932F4

  • 2MP CMOS image sensor (1080p)
  • 79° Viewing angle, 4mm lens
  • 30m IR range, true IR-cut filter
  • RJ45 PoE ports
  • IP 66 Weather-rated

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Yes this is a very powerful NVR that comes bundled with just 2MP cameras. I believe its great value though as most people can do just fine with 1080p resolution. What is more important is that it supports advanced motion detection algorithms to cut down on false alerts. Besides you can always add more higher resolution cameras as 4 PoE ports are available for further expansion.

Although it come with only 1 hard drive, you can add up to 4 in total for an amazing level of redundancy. You can even specify which cameras should be recorded on each disk – that is a degree of fine tuning that you cannot get in lesser models. I am not as happy about the lack of 4K output, especially as the NVR supports cameras of up to 6MP.

PROS:
  • Good image quality with 1080p cameras
  • Wide 3rd party camera support through ONVIF standard
  • IR LEDs provide night vision capability
  • Very good value for money
  • Can record simultaneously to more than one hard drive for redundant storage
  • USB Backup feature
  • LaView will customise the kit to your exact needs

CONS:
  • NVR HDMI output is only 1080p, no 4K on offer here
  • Nitpicking here really but the cameras are only 2MP.

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Best High-end 16-ch NVR Kit: LaView 6MP 16-channel NVR Kit with 16x 4MP PoE cameras and 2 hard drives (5TB) (LaView LV-KNY49E616W4D48-T6)

NVR Features

  • 16-channel recording @ 4MP supported
  • PoE-enabled
  • 1x3TB and 1x2TB hard drives included, max. possible are 4x6TB hard drives
  • Advanced motion detection with email alerts, push notifications
  • Remote smartphone access
  • ONVIF support allows you to connect 3rd party cameras

IP Camera Features - IP2M-842EB

  • 8x domes and 8x bullets
  • 4MP CMOS image sensor
  • 2.8mm domes and 4mm bullets
  • 30m IR range, true IR-cut filter
  • RJ45 PoE ports
  • IP 66 Weather-rated

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If you are after the ‘Best of the Best’ Easy-DIY NVR kits, look no further. This is it – in a convenient kit that has 8 domes and 8 bullet style cameras. Everything that I would ever want to have in my home security kit is here – 4K recording, 4K playback, redundant storage, advanced motion detection, you name it, its got it.

I am considering adding an NVR to my DIY NAS NVR system and this would be the perfect addition.

PROS:
  • Excellent image quality with 4MP cameras
  • Wide 3rd party camera support through ONVIF standard
  • IR LEDs provide night vision capability
  • Great value for money
  • Can record at 8MP (4K) resolution, and output 4K over HDMI
  • Can record simultaneously to more than one hard drive for redundant storage
  • USB Backup feature
  • LaView will customise the kit to your exact needs

CONS:
  • None

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NVR Kits we don’t recommend

Too many compromises: Zmodo 1080p 4-channel NVR Kit with 4 1080p PoE cameras and 1TB hard drive




NVR Features

  • 4-channel recording @ 1080p supported
  • PoE but with proprietary cables
  • 1TB hard drive included, max. possible is a single 4TB hard drive
  • Motion detection with email alerts
  • Remote smartphone access

IP Camera Features

  • 3-axis black colour camera
  • 2MP CMOS image sensor (1080p)
  • 2.8mm lens
  • 10m IR range, true IR-cut filter
  • USB-to-RJ45 connector
  • Weather-proof


The Zmodo really has the potential to be the budget-king, and challenge Reolink’s dominance at the entry-level. Where do I begin? Bizarre design choices such as using a micro-USB cable and camera connections instead of regular old network cables and RJ45 ports, and deceptive marketing which then calls this a “network cable” which it is anything but! I have never ever seen a “network cable” that has one RJ-45 end and a USB connector at the other end.

A frustrating smartphone app experience rounds off the overall lack of finesse. These kits may look great value but its false economy. Even purchasing additional cameras can be a nightmare. Save yourself the hassle and just stick with any of our recommendations above instead of these Zmodo kits.

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    Steve D October 6, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Hi Daniel – thank you for this write up and as well as for “How we built our DIY Home Security Camera System.” The latter is simply amazing!

    I’m currently researching a solution for my home and was thinking of using one of these DIY NVR solutions you’re recommending (thinking the LaView or Amcrest) however, I’ve been reading that the NVR software is HORRIBLE for these and that their mobile apps are just about the same.

    I’m starting to suspect that this would be the case for all DIY NVR solutions because I’m currently testing one out. It’s from GW Security Systems (8CH6C5072IPC) and while the cameras are pretty good the NVR software really su*ks!

    What’s your experience with these DIY NVR?

    How is the software for your QNAP NAS? Would you know where I can go to preview the software? I’m starting to seriously consider going down the same route as you and build my own.

    Thanks again for your blog and for the great resources!

    Steve

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      Daniel October 7, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      By the way, I am putting together a step by step tutorial on how to use QNAP Surveillance Station. I should add one downside of the NAS NVR solution is that it doesn’t support the advanced motion detection methods some cameras support such as the intrusion detection mode of Hikvisions. But I am not bothered as I run 24/7 recording with alarm recording on top so that I can scrub through just the alarm events.

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      Daniel October 7, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Steve, thanks for dropping by! I call these NVR kits the EasyDIY solution to home CCTV but my preferred option is FullDIY where I run everything off one small NAS box, my QNAP TS-253A. I have 4 cameras and the QNAP Surveillance Station takes care of my needs nicely with redundant storage and an OpenVPN server all for under $500. The QNAP Surveillance STation software hasn’t changed much in the last 3 years but its reliable and does the job. You can check out a live demo on this page. It should give you a taste for the software. Synology is another option but I haven’t tried it personally.

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    AW November 22, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Dear Daniel, bless your generous tech loving heart for this blog! I am a grandma who doesn’t speak the language, and in desperate need of security. For months, the RingPro was all I could barely understand. I still couldn’t answer the question: would this set-up, or ones like it, incur extra charges for data usage on my Comcast internet bill? In my mind the video to their storage equaled streaming. Told ya. More importantly, I held off because I knew there was a better way. I have tried my best at NVR vs. PoE. Then there’s the world of software for that. Now, I’m going to look at QNAP. My consideration are: would wi-fi security cameras affect the speed of the internet ping? My son makes his living gaming. He doesn’t speak any other language. My main requirement is recording all motion & an easy time stamped access log of recorded motion on my pc. Real-time remote alerts and viewing is nice. I wouldn’t have to be home to send the police for an active event. I live in Boulder, CO where there are 100 times more pot stores than grocery stores. People who would never think of moving here are moving here. My first time in an apartment building, and it sucked before the low-lifes moved-in. Now, I have to have all my online purchases sent to my other son’s place, because my packages disappear within the hour. Detroit druggies are in the house, and its about to get real around here. Third consideration, I need an undetectable micro camera to catch the person who vandalizes the first camera I install at my door. Told ya, really real. I’m a retired police officer, and I’m not moving for crack heads. As soon as I figure this out, someones going to jail. And it begins. Chapter 2 will be a smartlock. The creepy pos maintenance man who enters apartments at will. Post when I’m there. Happy Thanksgiving to you, and thanks again for your generous information sharing in terms I can understand & giving your time to answer questions!

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