Security Camera that hooks up to PC ?

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by Rich, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. Rich

    Rich Guest

    I'm having some problems with neighborhood hooligans and would like to set
    up a resonably priced, wireless outdoor security system that logs activity
    real time to a home PC.

    Anybody have any suggestions?

    I've googled it and checked in with the security group, but the
    information is overwhelming and seems geared toward the professional
    tradesperson.

    If this is the wrong group, does anyone have a more appropriate place to
    ask?

    TIA..
    Rich
    Rich, Jul 23, 2004
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  2. Rich

    Doug Kanter Guest

    Check out www.x10.com. The only limit is your imagination (and your budget).


    "Rich" <> wrote in message
    news:p...
    > I'm having some problems with neighborhood hooligans and would like to set
    > up a resonably priced, wireless outdoor security system that logs activity
    > real time to a home PC.
    >
    > Anybody have any suggestions?
    >
    > I've googled it and checked in with the security group, but the
    > information is overwhelming and seems geared toward the professional
    > tradesperson.
    >
    > If this is the wrong group, does anyone have a more appropriate place to
    > ask?
    >
    > TIA..
    > Rich
    >
    Doug Kanter, Jul 23, 2004
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  3. Rich

    Rich Guest

    On Fri, 23 Jul 2004 19:08:59 +0000, Doug Kanter wrote:

    > Check out www.x10.com. The only limit is your imagination (and your budget).


    I'm heading over there now!
    Thanks for the quick reply!

    Rich
    Rich, Jul 23, 2004
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  4. Rich

    Chuck Yerkes Guest

    Doug Kanter wrote:

    > Check out www.x10.com. The only limit is your imagination (and your budget).



    And their pathetic quality.


    > "Rich" <> wrote in message
    > news:p...
    >
    >>I'm having some problems with neighborhood hooligans and would like to set
    >>up a resonably priced, wireless outdoor security system that logs activity
    >>real time to a home PC.


    Define (for yourself, if not us) "logs activity real time"

    You can get a "slow record' VCR that can record 16 hrs on
    a tape.

    A difficulty with outside is that motion sensors are
    often all but useless, depending on what "outside" is.

    Trees, animals, stuff blowing all cause false alarms.

    So cameras are abundant. I'd look at a wired low-light
    camera going into about any video card with "video in".


    http://motion.sourceforge.net/
    is a project for linux/bsd that might give you some ideas to voice
    more specifically what you want.


    >>Anybody have any suggestions?
    >>
    >>I've googled it and checked in with the security group, but the
    >>information is overwhelming and seems geared toward the professional
    >>tradesperson.
    >>
    >>If this is the wrong group, does anyone have a more appropriate place to
    >>ask?
    >>
    >>TIA..
    >>Rich
    >>

    >
    >
    >
    Chuck Yerkes, Jul 24, 2004
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  5. Rich

    Lorence M Guest

    Rich wrote:
    > I'm having some problems with neighborhood hooligans and would like to set
    > up a resonably priced, wireless outdoor security system that logs activity
    > real time to a home PC.
    >
    > Anybody have any suggestions?
    >
    > I've googled it and checked in with the security group, but the
    > information is overwhelming and seems geared toward the professional
    > tradesperson.
    >
    > If this is the wrong group, does anyone have a more appropriate place to
    > ask?
    >
    > TIA..
    > Rich
    >

    Rich

    If you find anything of interest would you mind
    reporting back here.

    I'm building a house out at the lake. Probably be
    looking for something similar by the end of the
    year.

    I'd like to go as far as having a monitor
    mounted where the clowns could see themselves.

    No doubt there are some stupid enough to watch
    themselves on TV while they are breaking in.

    Lorence
    Lorence M, Jul 25, 2004
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  6. Rich

    Wayne Guest

    there are a bunch of wireless Ethernet cameras that would work fine for you

    remember that B&W will work better under low light conditions

    check your local computer store or security camera store about 150.00/camera
    should do it!

    You can even put the camera on the internet and watch it from work!

    Wayne

    "Lorence M" <> wrote in message
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    > Rich wrote:
    > > I'm having some problems with neighborhood hooligans and would like to

    set
    > > up a resonably priced, wireless outdoor security system that logs

    activity
    > > real time to a home PC.
    > >
    > > Anybody have any suggestions?
    > >
    > > I've googled it and checked in with the security group, but the
    > > information is overwhelming and seems geared toward the professional
    > > tradesperson.
    > >
    > > If this is the wrong group, does anyone have a more appropriate place to
    > > ask?
    > >
    > > TIA..
    > > Rich
    > >

    > Rich
    >
    > If you find anything of interest would you mind
    > reporting back here.
    >
    > I'm building a house out at the lake. Probably be
    > looking for something similar by the end of the
    > year.
    >
    > I'd like to go as far as having a monitor
    > mounted where the clowns could see themselves.
    >
    > No doubt there are some stupid enough to watch
    > themselves on TV while they are breaking in.
    >
    > Lorence
    >
    Wayne, Jul 26, 2004
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  7. Rich

    Rein Guest

    On 25 Jul 2004 23:29:07 GMT, (Greg) wrote:

    >I just bought one of the Gran tec E guard cards
    >
    >http://www.grandtec.com/eguard.htm
    >
    >They just cut the price to $30
    >
    >I will know in a week or so how it works. You are supposed to be able to hook
    >up to 4 cameras. The bundled software does motion detection and recording.


    These only work under windows 98. I emailed the guy. There's a reason
    why they are cheap.

    Remove NO-SPAM from email address when replying
    Rein, Jul 27, 2004
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  8. Rich

    Rein Guest

    most (at least the ones I found) of the internet camera's /wireless
    camera's do not work very well with low light.

    On Mon, 26 Jul 2004 02:23:23 GMT, "Wayne" <>
    wrote:

    >there are a bunch of wireless Ethernet cameras that would work fine for you
    >
    >remember that B&W will work better under low light conditions
    >
    >check your local computer store or security camera store about 150.00/camera
    >should do it!
    >
    >You can even put the camera on the internet and watch it from work!
    >
    >Wayne
    >
    >"Lorence M" <> wrote in message
    >news:OzWMc.1000$...
    >> Rich wrote:
    >> > I'm having some problems with neighborhood hooligans and would like to

    >set
    >> > up a resonably priced, wireless outdoor security system that logs

    >activity
    >> > real time to a home PC.
    >> >
    >> > Anybody have any suggestions?
    >> >
    >> > I've googled it and checked in with the security group, but the
    >> > information is overwhelming and seems geared toward the professional
    >> > tradesperson.
    >> >
    >> > If this is the wrong group, does anyone have a more appropriate place to
    >> > ask?
    >> >
    >> > TIA..
    >> > Rich
    >> >

    >> Rich
    >>
    >> If you find anything of interest would you mind
    >> reporting back here.
    >>
    >> I'm building a house out at the lake. Probably be
    >> looking for something similar by the end of the
    >> year.
    >>
    >> I'd like to go as far as having a monitor
    >> mounted where the clowns could see themselves.
    >>
    >> No doubt there are some stupid enough to watch
    >> themselves on TV while they are breaking in.
    >>
    >> Lorence
    >>

    >


    Remove NO-SPAM from email address when replying
    Rein, Jul 27, 2004
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  9. Rich

    Rein Guest

    On 27 Jul 2004 02:12:22 GMT, (Greg) wrote:

    >>These only work under windows 98. I emailed the guy. There's a reason
    >>why they are cheap.

    >
    >So what? They run on a 350mz machine and they are dirt cheap on Ebay. Just make
    >a dedicated server, that could also do other stuff.


    A win98 server.. nice and stable.. not. Don't forget to reboot it once
    a day.
    Remove NO-SPAM from email address when replying
    Rein, Jul 27, 2004
    #9
  10. Rich

    Jon Guest

    Rein <> wrote in message news:<>...
    > On 25 Jul 2004 23:29:07 GMT, (Greg) wrote:
    >
    > >I just bought one of the Gran tec E guard cards
    > >
    > >http://www.grandtec.com/eguard.htm
    > >
    > >They just cut the price to $30
    > >
    > >I will know in a week or so how it works. You are supposed to be able to hook
    > >up to 4 cameras. The bundled software does motion detection and recording.

    >
    > These only work under windows 98. I emailed the guy. There's a reason
    > why they are cheap.
    >
    > Remove NO-SPAM from email address when replying


    Greg, check out uviewit.com, they have a 4-cam system. I am using it
    with my dv cam and a usb cam simultaneously and the motion detection
    is great.
    jon
    Jon, Jul 31, 2004
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