Home Security Camera



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SatelliteGuys Family
Aug 9, 2007
Anyone have any good advice on purchasing a cheap home security camera system that I can access on our home TV and internet?


SatelliteGuys Guru
Nov 9, 2007
I have 4 DCS-950G's from Dlink. Cameras are ok.. Software is kinda crappy. But even at $150/ea thats still expensive.


SatelliteGuys Pro
Nov 10, 2004
Depends what you consider cheap ;) I put together a system on my home automation PC using an AVerDiGi - AVerDiGi NV3000 board. It supports 4 cameras (4 analog or 1IP/3 analogs), you can add more boards to add more cameras, has a Web app, standalone app as well as a PDA app. It also supports numerous cctv controllers/switchers to support PTZ which is pretty impressive. For awhile I had it connected to a Panasonic IP camera and it natively handled the Pan/tilt which was neat.

People are usually pretty impressed when they see my streaming video from my cameras on my cell pda phone live. It has a video out that can either go direct to a TV, or I bought a modulator so it had a TV channel so I can feed it easier. Only complaint is it's a bit finnicky with motherboards and doesn't like my AMD board much (they recommend Intel boards.)

I've picked up a few cameras from different sources, my best advice is spend as much as you can on the cameras and keep an eye on the specs. You can definitely tell the difference between a cheap one and an expensive one for image quality. After wasting money on <$99 cameras I picked up a few mid-grade ones and much happier with the results. Also the all in one unshielded cables can often add nasty noise, so if you need to run power and video, get some decent shieled siamese cable.

Just my .02, I'm no where near an expert but like to play with this stuff :)



SatelliteGuys Pro
Feb 1, 2007
The desert of WA, zip code EIEIO
I just purchased 6 cameras from Sadoun Satellite Sales that were at a clearance price of $29.99, a 4 camera quad switch from www.123cctv, and a Hauppauge PVR. Tied everything into a computer with a 500gb hard drive, and signed up for the LogMeIn.com free account. All told, I've got 4 cameras with 24 hr/day recording, internet accessible for under $400 plus the dedicated computer.


SatelliteGuys Pro
Jun 12, 2006
Rainsalot Florida
I tried some wireless one from costco.. yeah they worked.. about 2-6 inches from the base.. at 10 feet or so you wouldn't get signal.. not very usefull.. :)


New Member
Jul 16, 2008
I recently purchased a security system from heartland america that allows me to view my four security cameras via the internet. I can see my house from any computer that is connected to the internet. This system has worked great for me- it's up to you to decide if it's "cheap" or not... for me, this was a great investment.

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