Welcome again folks, wanted to talk a little bit about home surveillance cameras tonight.
I live in a rural area, can barely see the nearest neighbor through the trees so when we first moved in to our new place we figured everything was going to be just fine. It’s a small community with lots of family and friends we grew up with in the area, most we had heard about was some mailboxes being knocked over. Typical small town stuff, well soon after we moved in we got hit, nothing major just a few items out of our shed but that’s all it took.
Working in structured cabling, I tried a few routes with my contacts but no way I could afford the high-priced commercial systems. Researched a few and finally found a product at Sams Club by Revo America.
Revo uses a type of P0E (power over ethernet) to power the first 8 cameras that it came with, and another 8 analog bnc connections. Now the instructions said you had to use their “proprietary” made cable (They don’t know me very well do they), only coming with 60′ and you had to buy the rest. Of course looking at the ends anyone can replicate it with the right tools, which were in the tool bag.
Installation was easy, if you use the supplied cable it’s a simple plug and play install, a few of them I could use the supplied cables and the rest I ran my own cable and made the ends with no problems. When you do the install, take the time to draw out your house on paper and know where the entry points would be so you can cover all points and know where to route the cables. Mount cameras to the eve of the house, plug them in to the head end unit, position and done. Working security camera system with 8 cameras, but there were systems with fewer cameras for less.
System comes with:
- Headend Unit for storage
- LCD Monitor
- USB Mouse
- 4 Bullet Style Day/Night Cameras
- 4 Dome Day/Night Cameras – These did say indoor but I have been using them outdoors at the front and back doors with no problems so far.
If you connect the system to the internet it also has an application for smart phones, you can remote view the cameras live, a desktop software for live and recorded feedback, an online system for live and remote viewing.
All in all I have been very impressed with the system, no problems at all with any part of the system and it’s been running continuous for months now. We have a commercial grade version at work and this one performs just as good if not better for much less.
If you are in the market or wanting to install cameras, I highly suggest the Revo america products.
I will also grab a camera and possibly do a video on the making of the “proprietary” cables for anyone that’s interested in using the revo system, or even if you have a system that uses either RJ-11 or RJ-45 ends, send me a picture of both ends, pins up and I can show you how to make those as well.
Also check out this review of the drop cam for your smartphone
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