Home & Garden

Best PoE Outdoor security camera?

  • Last Updated:
  • Jan 30th, 2019 7:01 pm
Deal Expert
Aug 2, 2004
30497 posts
5037 upvotes
East Gwillimbury
CoolDudeClan wrote:
Nov 14th, 2018 1:09 am
Any thoughts on this for a bottom of the basement budget POE system?

https://www.amazon.ca/JOOAN-Security-Mo ... ewpoints=1

I saw someone mention their JOOAN cameras are okay.
You get what you pay for with cheap systems. But I believe a cheap system is better than nonsystem

I think if you can get 3 to 5 years use from the JOOAN system, you’ve done okay.
Member
Nov 1, 2015
271 posts
83 upvotes
BC
Ive been researching camera systems for months. Ive decided to go with a 4 channel POE system but I'm still not sure what brand to go with. My budget is $500 for a 1080p 4 camera system with NVR and minimum 1TB HDD.

I've researched:

HikVision
Swann
GW Security
Techage
LTS
Amcrest
Trendnet
Annke
Loxcam
Hiseeu
CDD
Dahua
Q-See
Lorex
Sannce
Ubiquiti
D-Link
Anran
Ezviz
Nest
Jooan
OOSSXX
Zmodo
Zclever (lol)
Defender
Netgear
Reolink
HJT

The camera systems that are priced around $199-$399 seem very hit or miss in terms of reviews. #1 complain being support and #2 complaint being dead camera's or NVR. Im not sure if the people buying these systems just lack basic networking skills to troubleshoot a simple problem or if it is actually the equipment that is at fault.

The systems I researched that range from $399-$699 seem to be a lot better in terms of reviews. My question is for those of you who have owned one of the brands I mentioned above which one would you go with if you had a budget of $500 and why?
Newbie
Dec 2, 2008
71 posts
21 upvotes
Montreal
Can someone point me to the resources involved with setup? I've seen many of these systems such as the Lorex at Costco and I remember viewing something about surveillance camera installation at Canada Computers but what is the cost for this? There is the budget for the system themselves but is everyone installing these devices themselves? What is the cost of hiring a professional to install these devices around the house if one were to order the system in advance from an online or brick and mortar retailer? I'm in the Montreal area if anyone from around here has had to pay someone for this before.
Sr. Member
User avatar
Apr 19, 2004
773 posts
175 upvotes
Earth
Nites07 wrote:
Dec 31st, 2018 8:35 pm
Ive been researching camera systems for months. Ive decided to go with a 4 channel POE system but I'm still not sure what brand to go with. My budget is $500 for a 1080p 4 camera system with NVR and minimum 1TB HDD.

I've researched:

HikVision
Swann
GW Security
Techage
LTS
Amcrest
Trendnet
Annke
Loxcam
Hiseeu
CDD
Dahua
Q-See
Lorex
Sannce
Ubiquiti
D-Link
Anran
Ezviz
Nest
Jooan
OOSSXX
Zmodo
Zclever (lol)
Defender
Netgear
Reolink
HJT

The camera systems that are priced around $199-$399 seem very hit or miss in terms of reviews. #1 complain being support and #2 complaint being dead camera's or NVR. Im not sure if the people buying these systems just lack basic networking skills to troubleshoot a simple problem or if it is actually the equipment that is at fault.

The systems I researched that range from $399-$699 seem to be a lot better in terms of reviews. My question is for those of you who have owned one of the brands I mentioned above which one would you go with if you had a budget of $500 and why?
You missed EyeoNet
Deal Expert
Aug 2, 2004
30497 posts
5037 upvotes
East Gwillimbury
Nites07 wrote:
Dec 31st, 2018 8:35 pm
Ive been researching camera systems for months. Ive decided to go with a 4 channel POE system but I'm still not sure what brand to go with. My budget is $500 for a 1080p 4 camera system with NVR and minimum 1TB HDD.
With that limited budget, you probably will not get IP cameras. More likely TVI (Analogue)

The 1 terabyte will give you 2 or 3 days max at 1080p of continuous recording. That is not adequate. You should get enough storage for at least 30 days. Out door cameras will be constantly recording because there is always something moving to activate the recording.
Deal Guru
User avatar
Apr 4, 2001
11481 posts
458 upvotes
Ubiquiti is decent but you won’t get it within your small budget.
Newbie
May 27, 2018
37 posts
6 upvotes
TomLafinsky wrote:
Jan 9th, 2019 6:42 am
With 4 cams recording 24/7 at 1080 I get 87 hours of recording with 1 terabyte. Paid US$180 and the cams work even when temp is down to -30C. Extremely happy with my setup. Not a single problem in 4 years.
I too need to setup security systems. Can you list the parts with model #s? Thanks.
Deal Addict
Jan 31, 2007
2979 posts
492 upvotes
Alot of the security systems made have security issues, that never get patched. I like Foscam, they seem to be realasing fixes often.
Member
User avatar
Feb 25, 2003
316 posts
120 upvotes
Vancouver
EEE2 wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 8:36 am
Alot of the security systems made have security issues, that never get patched. I like Foscam, they seem to be realasing fixes often.
So true. Hikvision seems to be the most popular and the one with most problems. Probably because they rebrand as OEMs to sell under other brands. Here is a list I found:
https://ipvm.com/reports/hik-oems-dir

Also, there is a backdoor exploit which was discovered 2 years ago for Hikvision cameras that is still an issue:
https://ipvm.com/reports/hik-hack-map

All this is relevant if you are planning on accessing your cameras from outside your network.
Jr. Member
Dec 1, 2006
104 posts
12 upvotes
TomLafinsky wrote:
Jan 9th, 2019 6:42 am
With 4 cams recording 24/7 at 1080 I get 87 hours of recording with 1 terabyte. Paid US$180 and the cams work even when temp is down to -30C. Extremely happy with my setup. Not a single problem in 4 years.
Can you share what products you are using
Member
Nov 1, 2015
271 posts
83 upvotes
BC
I spoke to Andy. He is trying to sell me Dahua NVR for $180 USD with Dahua Starlight 2MP Camera for $115 USD each. After conversion the price would be $852 CAD for a 4 camera setup. After tax and shipping I'm looking at about $1000. Also, the chance of having to pay duty could potentially bump that figure up to $1100+.
Member
Nov 1, 2015
271 posts
83 upvotes
BC
Ive been researching the ubiquiti cameras recently and they look quite promising. I've seen how well their AP's work so I might give them a try.
Jr. Member
Feb 11, 2009
178 posts
43 upvotes
Ubiquiti system is super nice and I've been wanting to get them but I just can't understand the fact that there are no screws to attach the camera to the mounting bracket. Anyone could just unscrew it and leave with it unless you mount them high enough.
Deal Fanatic
Jan 15, 2004
6032 posts
702 upvotes
My Lorex cameras from Costco is working fine today in GTA with a wind chill temp of -38 this morning.
Deal Addict
Dec 12, 2003
1866 posts
299 upvotes
golden wrote:
Jan 21st, 2019 9:27 am
My Lorex cameras from Costco is working fine today in GTA with a wind chill temp of -38 this morning.
When did Costco sell PoE Lorex? They seem to only carry BNC versions now

Top