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    Just bought a surveillance camera

    I have a house in the country side. I've been thinking of putting up a camera for surveillance purposes for some time, and this week I got around to doing a little research. My main objectives were:

    1. Simple
    2. Real good quality/robust
    3. Not having to buy a complete super duper package for top dollar. Basically I just want a camera that I can use off-site.

    My research isn't extensive, but I found a product I like that fits my needs. I pulled the trigger on a Reolink RLC-423. I'm just gonna buy that one, but by mounting it in a smart location I will basically cover a large part of the garden.
    I will mount it (tomorrow) high up on the 2nd floor, and the cabling (using Power Over Ethernet) will run under the roof, so it's gonna be hard to tamper with. The thing I love about it already (hooked it up at home) is the rock solid construction, and that it rotates 360° and I can pan/zoom/move it arbitrarily using an app in my smart phone. Plus it has motion sensored recording. I just plugged in a 64GB micro sd card for keeping recordings. You can of course upload video to an FTP server, or the cloud, also.

    Here's two photos of it. I'll let you know how it goes, but so far I'm very impressed. Dead easy setup and config. I included an iPhone charger on the second photo to get a sense of the size. Here's a link to the product also: https://reolink.com/product/rlc-423/

    This is the first ever of something 'smart home' related or surveillance rated for me. Does anyone else have experience with this product, or what does your home security setup look like?

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    Henrik here is my home security set-up. Completely wireless. Couldn't resist!
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    • Henrik
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      Ha ha, cool! Sure is better than my camera!

    • Bogy
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      Might have a problem using this security system at a house I might not get to for a month at a time at this time of year.

    • Dan Deter
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      I love dogies, but as far as security generally a few steaks will buy them, or at least lure them into a containment area.

    #3
    No experience with that, but it certainly has impressive specs and features. As part of the Microsoft Azure Core Security Services team and someone who has been involved in enterprise level security for over 25 years, my only recommendation, and it is a strong one, is to ensure that you either set it up to automatically install any vendor firmware updates, or do it manually and check for updates frequently. This is one of the biggest problems in the IoT space. People tend to install a bunch of IoT devices in their homes and then basically forget about, or can't be bothered with, installing security updates.
    I notice that your device has a firmware update dated March 6th, 2020 which likely means it is newer than what the camera shipped with. Update now. :-)

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    • Henrik
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      Thanks! I’m with ya, been working with software for 20 years, so I’m one of those few firmware updaters:-)

    • rickgregory
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      And *change the default password*.

    • Henrik
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      Done.

    #4
    Before mounting on the 2nd floor figure out a method to be able to keep the lens clean. Otherwise it will accumulate dust and dirt and eventually your image quality will suffer.

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    • Dan Deter
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      Indeed...I've been needing to go clean my nest cam...

    #5
    I've got 4 Arlo camera's at our vacation/retirement home. Bit of a shock to have it go off and see a guy inside our locked porch at 2 in the morning. I could see he was baffled at just what to do next, and finally left. I was 2 hours away, and it was Thanksgiving morning. I was pretty sure he had not actually damaged anything or took anything. He had not gotten into the house itself, although the porch is furnished, it's unheated. Pretty sure if it had been warm he probably would have sacked out on one of the couches. As I said, it was Thanksgiving, and we were scheduled to go to our son's house for dinner, and he's just a small detour from the most direct way there. So, we went to dinner, then my wife and I went on to our house.

    I got lucky, and what I had hoped actually happened. As we came into town we came up behind one of Milford's finest. I blinked my high beams a couple of times, and he finally decided I wasn't just bumping it by accident, and pulled into a parking lot. I explained what had happened, and asked if he would follow me around the corner to my house, which he did.

    Found the guy's footprints. The porch has two doors, one on each end, just storm doors, and he had forced the lock that I knew was not very reliable. (It now has a hasp and padlock. We never use it anyway, and in the summer I will do something more usable that looks nicer). No damage, nothing missing. I showed the officer the video, and the guy looks right into the camera. The officer right away said, "Oh, yeah, I know him!" One of the town drunks, who lives just a few blocks away from our house. He said he would go and have a talk with him. Wasn't really concerned about charges, just wanted him to impress on the guy it wouldn't be a good idea to come back, since he'd be on camera again. I emailed the officer a copy of the video so he could have it to show him.

    Milford removes the snow from the sidewalks parallel to the street, so I thought I'd get by without snow removal, but changed my mind with that. Paid a guy to clear our drive, so it wouldn't look quite so deserted. Actually, I still haven't paid him, he hasn't sent me a bill, but its been clear every time we make a trip over. I told him just to come by after everyone else got cleared, no hurry, so I'm guessing I'll get on big bill one of these days. He's only charging me 30 bucks a pop, so my coronavirus payment should cover it.

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    • pkadare
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      I have Arlos here as well. Not perfect, but they do the job.

    #6
    I went completely wireless with my setup. Netgear Arlo Pro 2 was my choice simply because I am not locked into a monthly fee. I had to play around with camera placement but feel like after about 2 years, I’ve got them dialed in. I do have to change the batteries every 4-5 months but am very pleased. Placement where I can easily get a ladder to them and provide good video coverage, but away from the bad guys was key.
    Last edited by au4stree; March 18, 2020, 03:44 PM.

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    • Bogy
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      Do you change your batteries, or do you mean recharge them. The Arlo Pro 2 is also what I have. Also like the wireless aspect.

    • au4stree
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      Bogy, I have 2 cameras and 3 batteries. When one battery is close to dying, I recharge my spare and swap/change them out without having to charge the whole camera unit. The Arlo Pro 2's have been really good for our needs. Of course, there are other brands (Eufy, Blink) that have come out that are less expensive and have more options (like activity zones). But alas, these will do for now.

    #7
    They burp and fart, but they’re 24/7!
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      #8
      You can always mount old non working cameras around with signs about video survelence. Many times theives will scout out a place in the daytime first.

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        I have this, but she's not very effective.
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          #10
          Henrik When you get this set up share your log on creds here so that we can all vicariously visit Sweden. :-)

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          • Henrik
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            Now that would be reality TV for y'all, you can move the camera, zoom in when I'm grilling, et.c. :-)

          • rickgregory
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            Get one of those camera people can talk through - "Hey Henrik, what rub did you put on those ribs? No, the other ones..."

          • Bogy
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            I have one of the Arlo cameras in our living room. My son and his family stayed in the house overnight a while back, when a voice suddenly asked them what the heck they were doing in my house. I could also turn the tv on and off, change channels, and turn the lights on and off. Then I turned it all off because I really didn't want to be alerted every time one of them walked by a camera.

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