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Need recommendation for home security video software

Posted on 2015-02-17
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I am looking for someone with PERSONAL EXPERIENCE with a software program that manages home surveillance cameras. I need one that is full featured and easy to operate. I have researched several programs. They range in cost from free to in the hundreds of dollars. I need to manage up to 10 cameras. My system is Windows 7 pro. My computer is a Dell T7500 workstation.
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what types of cameras? IP or using BNC/paired wires?
Do you have the input card to which these cameras can be connected, or is this part of the search.

I would suggest to buy the DVR suitable i.e. 16 channel dzmodo, note you have to decide on the retention deals with how large a harddrive you want in the recorder.

Often IP camera's have their own storage and include the software one can install on their system that will collect/aggregate that data.

Zoneminder is for a linux system presumably this is the free one you mentioned?
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Thanks for the quick response. At this time I only have  a mixture of cameras. I do not need to save videos for any more than 30 days. One cam is a wireless HD Tenvis which is the main cam. The other two are Foscam brand wireless. I hope to be able to get a system that will accommodate both wireless cams and ones that need 5-12 volts and send video over coax. I also have a remarkable cam that I got from Amazon for only around $22.00 !!!!  What an amazing bargain. It is a wired cam. The free software I was speaking of is supplied by Foscam and Tenvis. They are poor at best. I  think ideal would be for me to purchase a dedicated surveillance dvr that will interface to my home network and also enable me to see live video on my Android and on the web from any place. The choices are plentiful and range from $100. up to sky high. I am sure you can recognize that I am new to video security, so, any advice is much appreciated.

On a related subject: I belong to this site on a monthly basis. Is it possible to get more in depth advice such as telephone advice on a PAY basis?
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As to your last, I am not sure a telephony type of support is directly provide, you could on some questions see the profile of responders some of whom might have the hire-me option. You would need to check with them to see whether the hire-me extends to the phone support.

usually the quality of the images is dependent on the quality of the cameras and their placement and focus.

The fact that you have wireless/IP cameras from different vendors, complicates matters.

many of the DVR with Coax cameras include h.264 image processing as well as smart phone access.

I can not recall the name of the software that is provided with a DVR and can handle a IP camera. It includes the management of the DVR/s and IP cameras and includes software to collect the data from the DVR/s and IP Camera/s as a server I.e. extend the retention range beyond what is available on the DVR/s or camera/s.

I'll see if I can get the info on the software but that came with the cameras/dvr..
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Thanks for your additional comments. After MUCH time on the phone with Dell pro technicians, that were going WAY above and beyond we started to make some progress. I have settled, for the time being, on EYESPY software. It is a very popular program. Twenty bucks a month for up to 3 computers. I JUST got it so cannot form an opinion just yet. I imagine I will be spending a heap of time on the, so I will award the points now for you. Just have to figure out how to port forward things like 8080. I'll catch on eventually. Thanks again Expert. I will mail you 56,440 Kudos. :)
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Great Expert with much knowledge. I appreciate that!
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