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Old 10-29-2018, 12:27 PM
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Blink home security cameras?

Is anyone using Blink security cameras from Amazon?

They're currently 15% off at the moment - which combined with a 2 year battery life, night vision and free cloud storage, has my interest piqued...


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My concerns:


  • Our internet is 60mbit down, but only 5 mbit up - it's a real concern if we're streaming from 3-5 cameras I think.
  • Should I setup a separate subnet and SSID for the cameras


Any real-world experience appreciated. Thx.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:25 AM
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how about any wireless camera experience?
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:33 AM
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:15 AM
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I'm presently doing quite a bit of research into home security systems. I've learned several things so far. One, there is a BIG difference in quality between home security products and COMMERCIAlL (business use) grade security products.

Think Kia versus Mercedes Benz. One's cardboard crap, the other the gold standard.

Ditto on security cameras. outdoor cameras are exposed to the weather, i.e. ice, rain, sun, etc. Do you want to risk your family's safety on made in china junk? What is the old saying? GO BIG OR GO HOME????
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:30 AM
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I'm presently doing quite a bit of research into home security systems. I've learned several things so far. One, there is a BIG difference in quality between home security products and COMMERCIAlL (business use) grade security products.

Think Kia versus Mercedes Benz. One's cardboard crap, the other the gold standard.

Ditto on security cameras. outdoor cameras are exposed to the weather, i.e. ice, rain, sun, etc. Do you want to risk your family's safety on made in china junk? What is the old saying? GO BIG OR GO HOME????



That's a valid thought. There is outdoor and outdoor though... I don't have a need for a camera/enclosure that would be truly exposed - my only external application is a porch which is really quite sheltered. If I had a proper external application these would be really too consumer-grade for that application. I'm more interested in deploying these inside the house and garage.

My home network has a sophos firewall/router, multiple wireless APs (4 total) - 2 of which are a mesh setup.


Current network is a single subnet, but I was already thinking of moving the voip onto a different subnet.
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:36 AM
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Huskyman, which cameras have you looked at in particular?
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:44 AM
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I have 4 of the outdoor Blink cameras - I've only had them about 6 months, so I cannot vouch for battery life. I can tell you that the image quality is great. Infrared at night produces clear black & white images. You can adjust the camera sensitivity, as well as the length of time they record when activated by motion. I feel like it's a great system for the cost, and 1 screw installation is awesome. One thing is that the cameras require Lithium batteries (2 x AA each), and they are pretty costly.

I would highly recommend this system.
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Old 10-30-2018, 12:12 PM
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Huskyman, which cameras have you looked at in particular?

I don't remember all the brand names, I typed in "Commercial grade security cameras" on a search engine (google, bing, msn, etc etc.) and up came a list of companies that make them. One thing for sure, commrcial or business use security cameras and DVRs are priced up higher than home use stuff.

More food for thought, I'm aware of some big name businesses whose security camera systems/DVRs were turned OFF when a serious crime occurred. Can you say STUPID??? The best equipment in the world won't do anyone any good if it isn't operational.......
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Old 10-30-2018, 12:16 PM
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One other thing, be sure the cameras you buy are high quality for facial recognition. Many businesses have cameras in place and suffer a crime only to find the video is fuzzy or blurry and they can't IDENTIFY who stole their stuff!!!

Nothing in this world will replace a security officer ON THE PREMISES along with a highly trained security dog.
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Old 10-30-2018, 12:19 PM
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I'll never forget one bank robbery some bank tellers told me about. The robber came in wearing sunglasses and a large mexican sombrero hat. During the robbery he kept his head tilted down so the security cameras couldn't get a good look at his face.

The tellers at the bank told me they had been robbed FIVE times previous to this incident. I asked them if they had considered hiring one or two armed security guards. They said the bank branch manager didn't want to spend the money......
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Old 10-30-2018, 01:00 PM
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I have 4 of the outdoor Blink cameras - I've only had them about 6 months, so I cannot vouch for battery life. I can tell you that the image quality is great. Infrared at night produces clear black & white images. You can adjust the camera sensitivity, as well as the length of time they record when activated by motion. I feel like it's a great system for the cost, and 1 screw installation is awesome. One thing is that the cameras require Lithium batteries (2 x AA each), and they are pretty costly.

I would highly recommend this system.

thank you for the real-world feedback. Did you just throw them up on your main (only?) network subnet?


thx
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Old 10-30-2018, 01:43 PM
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The easiest way to stop porch pirates is to obtain a mail box at a mail receiving service such as UPS stores. In addition, there are many family owned mail receiving services and their prices are usually reasonable. Beats getting your amazon package stolen off your front porch!!
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Wyze is less costly but does require USB power.
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Not spam. Wyb is a real person, pretty certain. In spite of him being far right, extremely far right, unbelievably far right, we have had many good posts back-and-forth. If you have any questions about security issues with your PC, and I am assuming Apple, he is the guy to talk to.
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