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Home Security Cameras

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Home Security Cameras

So I'm thinking of buying a few cameras for the outside of my house.

I'm looking for cheap, super low maintenance ( like no replacing batteries) and would want motion detection then recording. Cloud isn't a must but would be nice. Would prefer to avoid a monthly cost.

Prefer a name that lots of people have used and had lots of success with.

Any ideas?
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Wyzecam V2 but wait until they go on sale for anywhere from $32 to $37 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Wyze-Wireless-Cam ... B076H3SRXG We have these both inside and outside and they're great. They use Wifi, 1080p, there's no monitoring fees and we can access them via the app anywhere we go. Low cost, reliable and works well.
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Another vote for Wyze camera. I also have a V2 outside and no problems with it, got a housing for it and it worked fine in the winter.
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Can you guys advise if it integrates with Google Home? I've read in some places that it was enabled last year, but in the USA only. I've also read that there is a significant delay (~15s) when accessing through Google. I'm looking to add more cameras and don't wanna shell out unnecessary $$$ on Nest cams.

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hartzfizzo wrote: Can you guys advise if it integrates with Google Home? I've read in some places that it was enabled last year, but in the USA only. I've also read that there is a significant delay (~15s) when accessing through Google. I'm looking to add more cameras and don't wanna shell out unnecessary $$$ on Nest cams.

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Wyze integrates into Google Home app, and the feed works fine on my Android phone using the app. I don't use it on my Google Home Hub as much because there was a delay as you mention and getting the feed to work properly was spotty at best.
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BernardRyder wrote: Wyze integrates into Google Home app, and the feed works fine on my Android phone using the app. I don't use it on my Google Home Hub as much because there was a delay as you mention and getting the feed to work properly was spotty at best.
Thanks very much. Worth a shot then. I will keep an eye out for sales. Have a good one!
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I'll play devils advocate on the Wyze stuff just for another viewpoint. They aren't outdoor cameras, and I know two different people who have lost several of them trying to use them as such. Even keeping them sheltered from the elements, we suspect it was just the hot/cold temperatures going outside the range of what they're designed for, and likely condensation build-up seeping inside too. It's a "try at your own risk" thing. Both users got somewhere around 4-6 months from them before they slowly started dying off and they were having to buy new cameras.

Check out Reolink on Amazon. I think you'd be very happy with what they offer - it ticks all your boxes, and they're often on sale for not a whole lot more than the wyze. They're designed for outdoor use, have much better IR night vision range, significantly higher resolution/quality/framerate, and even support POE on most models if you eventually want to move away from running power cables and want to hard wire ethernet/power to them in one cable. Amcrest is another good option, but lately I'm digging Reolink's firmware and app just a bit more than Amcrest - I'm seeing Amcrest pull a lot of models on Amazon, not sure if redesigning or discontinuing?

Reolink/Amcrest also offer RTSP stream support natively, so if you want to scale up your system more in the future and perhaps add a centralized NVR or anything, your cameras will be good to go.

Or if you want the next quality tier up (entering the over-$120 per camera mark), Hikvision and Dahua are a couple of the bigger names that come up time and time again.

I have a mix-and-match system of cameras from a variety of manufacturers, so I've tried a bunch of brands over the years and just connect them all back to a Blue Iris NVR mini-PC so I'm not stuck with a million different apps on my phone to run them all.
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I can definitely see the Wyze cam going bad outside after a while since they aren't rated for outdoor use. At the price it cost I decided to try it outside anyway, and no problems thus far. It's been about 9 months of outside use now.
Also Wyze does make a camera rated for outdoor use now. No idea on features, price, or how it performs, but if my outdoor one died I would look into it just to stay within the Wyze ecosystem rather than introduce more apps to check my video feed.
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Reolink ftw. I have one facing the stairs to our front door. over a year and no issues, also use reolink indoor cam for a baby monitor.
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Wyze does have outside cams now but sold out on early access.

There is pre order now. Think this is for USA so need Amerifriend.

https://wyze.com/wyze-cam-outdoor.html
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If you’re serious about video security, don’t cheap out.

Get a proper setup. If you want to do it on a budget, get a TVI system. A proper NVR

Expect to pay 60$ for a turret camera, 100$ for a bullet camera and 250$ for an DVR, then add your hard drives. If setup properly, you will get access to the DVR to view all your cameras. You can set it to record based on motion.

No one offers a totally free cloud recording service. If it is free, it will be limited to 24 hours or worse, a few hours. Plus, do you really want someone else to have access to your coming and going?
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Gee is right. If you are really care about security, get the proper set up. This based on my experience. Our house across street was broken in, the police first noticed that we have the driveway camera, I downloaded the video per requested. I also put up a sign to earn people the house is monitoring 24/7.
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Menace wrote: Gee is right. If you are really care about security, get the proper set up. This based on my experience. Our house across street was broken in, the police first noticed that we have the driveway camera, I downloaded the video per requested. I also put up a sign to earn people the house is monitoring 24/7.
In my opinion, the cameras themselves are just useful « after the fact », once the break-in as occurred, and even then, might not be that effective to help catch the culprit. I think the most important thing is to let people know your house is monitored in the first place, so your 2$ sticker is probably more effective than the cameras themselves to prevent a break-in. The quality of the cameras doesn’t really matter that much.
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Agree. There were so many bad things happened in our neighborhood. Our front screen door was busted a few years ago (probably mistaken by bad people).
reptile wrote: so your 2$ sticker is probably more effective than the cameras themselves to prevent a break-in.

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