Suggestions for exterior PoE cameras?

This may be covered in a bunch of existing threads, but since I didn’t see any recent ones… here goes!

I’m pretty new to this topic, and have a new build going on. I have Ethernet and power run to exterior boxes for cameras on the front and back doors. The security guys I’ve talked to recommend Axis cameras, but they’re pretty pricey - anybody got any suggestions for alternatives that they like?

Thanks!

Paul

Lower cost alternatives are Hikvision and Dahua. I’m starting to replace my entry level Foscams with these when they go out. Lots of these on eg eBay. Stay away from Swann as they have changed ownership and no longer are rebadged Hikvisions.

[quote=“PaulFortier, post:1, topic:186889”]This may be covered in a bunch of existing threads, but since I didn’t see any recent ones… here goes!

I’m pretty new to this topic, and have a new build going on. I have Ethernet and power run to exterior boxes for cameras on the front and back doors. The security guys I’ve talked to recommend Axis cameras, but they’re pretty pricey - anybody got any suggestions for alternatives that they like?

Thanks!

Paul[/quote]

I agree with BOFH. I use Hikvison 3MP outdoor dome and Bullet cameras. Can be found for 100.00 or less. Can use POE (which I would recommend even if you have the boxes).

I Started with Foscams but those didn’t last.

I too use multiple Hikvision turret 3mp outdoor cameras for direct view of specific areas (front door, driveway, patio 1 and 2 etc…). I use Dahua PTZ domes in areas requiring a greater area coverage using patrol mode (side yard; front yard). All of these are tied into multiple POE switches and recording/event triggering using a dedicated Blue Iris server.

How are those Turret’s say vs. the domes? I been using domes, but wounding if there is an advantage from one to another? Seems like they mount and install the size about the same anyways.

Less glare on the turrets when the sun is in the right position (glare). Crystal clear picture on both the dome and turret during the day otherwise. Turret has better night vision.

How are those Turret’s say vs. the domes? I been using domes, but wounding if there is an advantage from one to another? Seems like they mount and install the size about the same anyways.[/quote]

Yes, they are but there is a reason. :slight_smile: I have three 5MP Axis P3367 domes and they are amazing. They have a built-in dome heater and fan and the video is truly casino grade. As you’ve noticed, they cost over $1000 each. The good news is that they integrate with my VeraLite very nicely.

I did recently buy a Dahua 3MP for my garage interior. The size is nice, and the video quality is acceptable, but I haven’t figured out how to get it to work with the VeraLite. It does work very well with the Synology Surveillance Station.

Does anyone have an issue with the Dahua bullets and a ring in night vision mode? It looks like a reflection from the cover, but I don’t understand why. The cover is on nice and tight (It’s actually really hard to unscrew to check, took me several tries)
I included a screenshot. It’s difficult to see much at all in my opinion.

Interesting. Apparently using a word that describes a building where legal games of chance are played in a sentence automatically gets replaced with “I will not be a spammer.”

haha, I was wondering why you said that. ;D

I too use Blue Iris for my cameras, and can also recommend the Dahua PTZ. Though I also have a slew of Foscams still.

Not to thread hijack, but is there a way to prevent Vera UI7 from adding my ip cams? It gets really annoying…

Switch off the ‘detect devices on my local network’ setting on Vera.

Echo what Ken says with a bit but: Dahua (in my case branded a “Watchnet”) uses a weird ONVIF implementation. Reasonable camera at a great price & works well with Synology but Vera not so much!

In my case they’re a great deterrent (very visible front & back door entrance; garage front), workable camera & a nice price.

Mine survived a brutal Southern Alberta winter (gets down to -30C and crazily, up 20C in a day). But I avoided PTZ.

Goodluck!

[quote=“mrv777, post:8, topic:186889”]Does anyone have an issue with the Dahua bullets and a ring in night vision mode? It looks like a reflection from the cover, but I don’t understand why. The cover is on nice and tight (It’s actually really hard to unscrew to check, took me several tries)
I included a screenshot. It’s difficult to see much at all in my opinion.[/quote]

I don’t have this issue with any of my Dahua cameras, but I did see a GeoVision tech note describing this exact issue with their bullet cameras. The root cause was the incorrect istallation of the sun shield causing the IR LEDs to reflect into the lens… Make sure you have the sun shields installed the correct way and not extended too far from past the lens.

[quote=“dinkeldorf, post:13, topic:186889”]Echo what Ken says with a bit but: Dahua (in my case branded a “Watchnet”) uses a weird ONVIF implementation. Reasonable camera at a great price & works well with Synology but Vera not so much!

In my case they’re a great deterrent (very visible front & back door entrance; garage front), workable camera & a nice price.

Mine survived a brutal Southern Alberta winter (gets down to -30C and crazily, up 20C in a day). But I avoided PTZ.

Goodluck!

If you use http://ip.address:9988/onvif/media_service/snapshot as the snapshot URL, the Dahua (and Q-See and others) work great with the Vera UI.
ip: ip.address
port: 9988
url: onvif/media_service/snapshot

I was actually able to get my Duhai camera to work very well with VeraLite using a slightly different URL provided in another thread. Very pleased with the performance.

Interesting. I have a Watchnet branded Dahua. I set this up oh 14 months ago? Through trial and era and google found that Synology Surveillance Station works with it set as a DAHUA IPC-HD2100. I hadn’t bothered getting it going with Vera until I discovered Imperi home.

Ispy tells me the only URL is

rtsp://IPADDRESS:1554//cam/realmonitor

Any one else (holy thread jack) got this?

[quote=“dinkeldorf, post:17, topic:186889”]Interesting. I have a Watchnet branded Dahua. I set this up oh 14 months ago? Through trial and era and google found that Synology Surveillance Station works with it set as a DAHUA IPC-HD2100. I hadn’t bothered getting it going with Vera until I discovered Imperi home.

Ispy tells me the only URL is

rtsp://IPADDRESS:1554//cam/realmonitor

Any one else (holy thread jack) got this?[/quote]

With ImperiHome you can add it directly in that app.

Good info thanks. Tossing up now Imperihome on new hardware as I don’t have Android (but wouldn’t mind!) or Roomie Remote on iPad as that seems to support vera and tsp.

[quote=“dinkeldorf, post:19, topic:186889”]Good info thanks. Tossing up now Imperihome on new hardware as I don’t have Android (but wouldn’t mind!) or Roomie Remote on iPad as that seems to support vera and tsp.

Imperihome beta for ios is out but far from done as andriod is.