You're talking about a decent amount of up bandwidth so that may be a stickijng point
And when you are talking security again are you just wanting to check in that everything looks OK? Or are you looking to have evidence level cctv for a discernable face shot for police. An alarm might ne cheaper at this price point
BTW don't forget you have to watch to footage
If you get a D-Link for example with built-in SD card, you don't need dropbox or a NAS to view remotely.. You can access the camera through the "D-Link Cloud" from anywhere..
FYI, the SD card enabled models tend to cost around $500 more than their counterparts..
Consumer IP cameras are typically either VGA or 720p, which is around 0.3 to 1 megapixel. If you're thinking more resolution than that, you are probably confusing them with real cameras which have multi-megapixel resolution. If you run a VGA res camera in an area that sees much movement then you're looking at around 10GB a day so you really need to make sure your motion sensing is properly tuned.
I looked at QNAP NASes a while back with IP camera recording in mind. Back then, QNAP was a write-off. Very patchy camera support list and very patchy customer support reviews. Synology seemed to be much further ahead in this, but there was a higher associated cost (possibly for additional camera licenses, I can't remember).
Having looked at how much CPU is consumed for recording on a Windows server, I am not sure that a small NAS would deal very well with a couple of camera inputs, especially if they were higher res. NAS CPUs kind of suck, and video encoding seems to take a reasonable amount of CPU. Check forums whether the NAS you want is capable of supporting the number of cameras you want. I'm not sure an Atom would deal well with even two cameras.
If you are using an SD card, keep in mind that it could be pretty easy to pop the card out, or take the camera. This might not be a concern if you are using it as a security camera.
While I'm home the front door gets opened maybe 4x per day and the balcony back door even less about 4 x a week. So maybe 30 mins footage per day in normal times and zero while away. Balcony is accessible to an intrepid burglar and the front door by a bold burglar.
Uploading to a cloud would make it more secure as they may steal the NAS drive and more future proof!!!
Anyway a dummy camera with a motion activated blinking LED would probably have the same effect.
I really should stop developing the ideal spec in my mind and purchase what is available now.
Last edited by East_coast; 22-04-2014 at 10:38 AM.
Thank you all
It seems D-Link have released a firmware upgrade to allow access to storage on Google Drive from their cloud device.
I'll wait a little longer until the system I want comes out!
Deterrence is from the fear of being caught. Off-site cloud increases the possibility of the 'filth' getting a copy of the video.
Last edited by East_coast; 22-04-2014 at 11:01 AM.
Don't forget IR cameras! There's nothing more dissapointing than not being able to see when the sun goes down.
dont forget openwrt router plus webcam same effect and waaaaay cheaper and the webcams get some great resolution.