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How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station

If you have read my DIY home security camera system story, you know that I have gone the FullDIY route and created a DIY NAS NVR system. So I have a single box, the QNAP TS-253A running my entire home security system with redundant RAID storage, an ...

Arlo Pro vs. Arlo HD

The Netgear Arlo is that once in a century product, that totally revolutionizes the industry by making taking something niche into the mainstream. As I noted in my recent Reolink Argus wire-free camera review, I was initially against ...

Review: Reolink Argus Wire-free Security Camera

I'll admit it - I have never been a fan of battery powered security cameras and have stayed away from them in the past. I am a set-it-and-forget-it type of person and that is probably why batteries have never appealed to me. Well all that changed ...

I just bought a new NAS – QNAP TS-253A Quick Review

When I first started toying with the idea of getting a NAS for our home, I didn't realise how much a part of our daily life it would eventually become. Let me take you back to where it all began... The problem My wife and I have separate ...

Review: Reolink RLC-423 4MP PTZ IP Camera

While I have owned and reviewed quite a few outdoor IP cameras and pan-tilt indoor cameras regular readers will note that my DIY CCTV system does not include a Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera. I have even got a few emails asking me why I don't write much ...

Hikvision vs. Dahua – The Most Popular IP Cameras Compared

Hikvision and Dahua are two of the most popular IP camera brands among DIY enthusiasts. Most of my cameras are Hiks, but that's more due to my lack of experience when I first got into DIY CCTV. Often when I saw recommendations being made online, it ...

10 Best NAS for Home Surveillance – 2019 Recommendations

When I started using my NAS as my DIY NVR, it was more of an experiment than anything else. Here I had a NAS that I primarily purchased for backing up all our devices and media serving, but which could also serve as an NVR. So why not try that ...

Best DIY Home Security Camera System – 2019 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 2019 we live in the golden age for DIY enthusiasts. Why pay a 'professional' when you can select, buy and build your build ...

Best Indoor IP Camera 2017 Recommendations

The 2018 version of this article is now available. While reviewing the articles we published in 2016, my wife and I realized that we did not write much about indoor IP security cameras. For the most part, this was because we did not have ...

Best Outdoor IP Camera 2017 Recommendations

The 2018 version of this article is now available. When I sat down to write my list of the best IP cameras last year, I wanted to bring you an easy to follow guide to the best technology in the home security market. That post took months of ...

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