Video Surveillance by offthegridit


Here is a Custom LiveStream to my Driveway – you can use it to compare a $400 Camera to a $100 Camera
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  • We usually have both cameras aimed in the same direction so that you get a good comparison, but the Amcrest camera is PTZ (Pan/Tilt/Zoom) so you might find me pointing it at other strategic angles.

Axis Camera Link

  • This is a direct feed to the Axis Camera
  • This is not the Maximum resolution for this camera (we reduced the resolution for this comparison)

Click Here for AXIS CAMERA version that pops up in a separate Window

Axis Camera M2026-LE – IP Camera

  • IR illumination Night Vision up to 49.2 feet
  • 130° field of view
  • 2688×1520 @ 30fps
  • 4-Megapixel
  • Wired Camera
  • PoE (Power over Ethernet Camera)

Amcrest Camera Link

  • This is a custom link coming from a Raspberry Pi pulling the feed from the Amcrest camera to allow embedding in this web page
  • This is not the Maximum resolution for this camera (we reduced the resolution for this comparison)

Click Here for AMCREST CAMERA version that pops up in a separate Window

Amcrest UltraHD 2K IP Camera

  • Pan/Tilt + Digital Zoom
  • IR LED Night Vision Up to 32 feet
  • Wide 90° Viewing Angle
  •  1296P Video at 20fps
  • 3-Megapixel @ 20FPS
  • 2-Megapixel @ 30FPS
  • Dual Band 5ghz/2.4ghz Wifi
  • Two-Way Audio
  • Wired/Wireless Camera

 

To purchase the Axis Outdoor Camera

To Purchase the Amcrest Outdoor Camera


To Purchase the Amcrest Outdoor Wireless Only Camera


To Purchase the Amcrest Indoor PTZ Camera

 

To Purchase the Amcrest Indoor PTZ Camera (Refurbished)

 

Here are some Surveillance System Recording Options:

Here is a Video Surveillance DVR 8 Channel Recorder capable of 4K Resolution

 

SUPPORT FOR OLDER CAMERAS:

Here is a decent (low priced) 8 Channel Recorder that will record from older Analog and TVI cameras as well as new ones

 

Here is a decent (low priced) 4 Channel Recorder that will record from older Analog and TVI cameras as well as new ones

Build a DIY Surveillance System

To use one of these cameras in your Linux Motion or MotionEye Projects get a Raspberry Pi (at least one per camera, and one more per Server/head-end if you will use one.)

When building a DIY Surveillance System there are some THINGS TO CONSIDER:

  • Security – Secure ALL your devices with a good password
  • Night Vision – you may have to add infrared emitters to support a night vision camera like the Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera V2

  • Will you need a Custom Raspberry Pi Housing or build your own?
  • If you create your own Software Image you will need Backups of this Image to ensure quick recovery in case of a system malfunction or loss

 

 

1. Make sure you have a good Network Router

– Get an Asus Router 

  • Buy one or more if you will be using Mesh Networking then buy at least two
      Asus C1900 (RT-AC68U) Dual-Band AiMesh Router

    Asus C1900 (RT-AC68U) Dual-Band AiMesh Router (2 Pack) 

2.  Get a Raspberry Pi 3 or greater

 

 Raspberry Pi 3 B +
 Raspberry Pi 3 B

64GB MicroSD Card

32GB SanDisk MicroSD Card

16GB SanDisk MicroSD Card  


3.  Get a Raspberry Pi Camera for each Surveillance Camera

 

(the new one is 8-Megapixel, the old one is 5-Megapixel)

Raspberry Pi Camera 8-Megapixel 

Raspberry Pi Camera 5-Megapixel 

Raspberry Pi Camera 5-Megapixel (Here is a really cheap one!!)

Here is theRaspberry Pi Camera 8-Megapixel Night Vision Version

  SainSmart Raspberry Pi Camera 5-Megapixel w/Wide Angle Lens

SainSmart Raspberry Pi Camera 5-Megapixel w/Wide Angle Lens & IR

  This is a Camera Multiplexor for Arducam Cameras (Raspberry Pi Camera)

  Raspberry Pi Dual Fan with Heat Sinks
Here is a nice dual fan setup with included Heat Sinks for the Raspberry Pi, note this may not work with some Raspberry Pi Hats

  IEEE 802.af Micro USB Activre PoE Splitter Power Over Ethernet
8v to 5v 2.4A

 (GC110TPv2) Netgear 8-port Gigabit Smart Pro Switch , 53W, PoE (802.11af)

(GC110P) Netgear 8-port Gigabit Smart Pro Switch , 53W,  w/8 PoE (802.11af) This is similar to the Switch above but has Extended Smart Features (L2+ / L3), and view performance remotely!

 Netgear 8-port Gigabit Switch with 4 PoE Ports, 45W, (802.3af)