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Home Security

Home security includes the hardware and software in place to monitor and protect property, and personal security practices. The hardware can include the doors, locks, alarm systems, lighting, motion detectors, and cameras systems; the software can include applications connected to smart systems in your home or business or electronic surveillance systems provided by vendors. Personal security practices would be ensuring doors are locked, alarms activated, windows closed and many other routine tasks which act to prevent misfortunes.

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Hi Experts,

I am trying to DIY a home camera surveillance system. I need to figure out what IP camera I should buy, such that the IP camera can automatically store the recorded videos to somewhere in the local are network (like Network-attached Storage).

Below is the situation of my home local area network.
-- a router with PoE (Power Over Ethernet) ports;
-- there is NO Active Directory controller;
-- the location to place camera has CAT6 data cable connected to router PoE port, and there is no extra source of power, such that only PoE IP Camera will work;
-- the computers on the network are set the same Windows workgroup;
-- the computers on the network can share folders to the network;.
-- eventual I am planning to setup a reliable Network-attached Storage in the network.

I want to buy an IP camera that can be configured to automatically store the videos, how ever, I don't know how to select IP camera that works this way. When I look at the specification/description of an IP camera advertisement online, I don't know how to find out whether it will work for me. Can you:
-- Show some example that works for this purpose? You can give me a link of IP camera and tell me why this works.
-- If my idea is not going to work, please let me know why?

Thank you!
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Dear Team,

I'm facing an issue in a client site where I setup a DVR with some cameras. I have created the proper port forwarding and everything works fine. When I configure the camera application on a mobile device i entered the dvr's public ip address (in order for the cameras to be viewed from anywhere) and it works when the mobile device is not in the same network where the dvr is. But as soon as I try to connect the the public ip of the dvr from within the same network it doesn't work. Any ideas why this could be happening?

Thank you.
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I would like to reset my password on my DVR, how do I do this. Is been more than a year and I lost my old password. I have a NVR 16 HD channels QC826

I just ordered Amazon Echo. I saw on the internet that Echo can be connected to Philips' bulbs and you can use voice to control them. I wonder if it is possible that I connect Echo with my Loxone Smart Home?
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Inadvertently shut down my Qsee QT 5680 DVR and so when I power it back up the login menu pops up,I put in the default username administration and the password 123456 and it comes back with user name or password incorrect when I hit the login icon. I have tryed this several timed. I have also noticed when I click on the numbers they double up and I have to back space constantly.
I am looking for a hidden camera of sorts for a business I work at.  We have had certain issues and would like to monitor an area to figure out what is going on. We would like one that is wireless preferably with some sort of app for windows.  I can't seem to find anything decent for under $100. Does anyone have any recommendations for some sort of hidden security camera one that is not obviously a camera?
I work for a small firm and we have offices in multiple locations. I am wondering if it is possible or advisable to use a single DVR to connect to IP camera's from different offices. Example, we have an office in Washington DC and an office in Bethesda MD, I was thinking that it may be possible to connect the DVR in the Bethesda office and use the Sonicwall to somehow connect camera's from the DC office. Both offices currently have static IP's from the ISP as well as Virtual Trunk Line and VPN between both offices. I assume it is possible but am not 100% on how to get it done and whether it is viable or I should just get 2 separate systems. Any help would be awesome.
Forgot admin password. Need to reset it. And no it's not 123456. I changed it when I bought the business 4 years ago. Please help.
Hi, I purchased a Qsee DVR, Its working fine and I changed the Pwd after some days and forgot now.
Kindly explain me how to reset the DVR.
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I have a QT534-4E4-5 dvr that I don't know the password. Is there a way to default it?
I'd like your recommendations on security cameras you may have CURRENTLY used. Nothing 7 years old please. ;) This will be a single camera system, not a DVR/mulitcam system.

We could use POE to power. Needs reliable (tested by you hopefully LOL) and easy to use SOFTWARE for offsite monitoring and time lapse (sent to FTP?). WiFi and tough, but cheap were also requirements.
Hello all,

I am looking for an all-in-one home security system that combines the following features:
- WiFi (I'm tired of the limitations with wired cameras)
- Cameras (minimum 720p) - minimum 4 channel
- Sensors (door/windows)
- App controllable from anywhere
- Compatible with Google Home and/or Apple Home App

So far, this is all that I've found. It's probably not a perfect fit but I am going to contact the manufacturer.

- Fuers FW1 Wireless WIFI + Telephone Line Home/House Burglar Alarm System

Acceptable compromise
- Two separate systems that work with Google Home / Apple Home App

Thank you :)

I would like advice or a recommendation for security cameras that would have good color detail at night.
My cameras show fuzzy images in the shadows. :)

What would I look at to pick a very good color detail day and night?
Zoom in ability?
180 degree turn ability and ? tilt 45 degrees?

I am thinking of getting a couple more cameras to see how I like them at my house.
Then may add to my rental house.

Should I look at anything else that I missed?

Thank you,
I've tried everything to get the password to work the factory password my password nothing working is there a way to factory reset my DVR so the stock password Ben code will work?
Got this cam Samsung from Costco SNH-V6431BN/US

I was able to connect to my WiFi but the connection is constantly dropping and I need to re-setup every time after that.  Does it have to be very close to the WiFi router?  Other devices are OK on the same router and not dropping.

2nd question.  Is it only designed for the mobile app?  Manual doesn't provide any instruction via the regular browser.

I have a security camera project that requires a run of about 1000FT for a few cameras.

I know Cat5/6 are not options due to the 300ft limitation.  I guess I could use POE switches at 300/600/900 ft as repeaters but that doesn't sound like a viable solution.

any ideas?
i need to reset the password of my DVR QSEE QT228, i forgot it and, it is not the default password (123456).how can i do this?
My customer had some else install a QSEE HD QTH4 Video/System   NTSC/PAL   Serial Number: QTH41509220168. He tried to contact the installer and they will not return any of his calls. He does not have the setup info or a manual for the system. I am trying to reset the admin password for him but have not been successful.

How do I reset the admin password so that he can have access to the system? If I have to do a factory reset please email the instructions please.

Will you send me a link to the setup manual and user manual so that I can print them out for my customer.
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Trying to set up internet for home use with the ability to fail over to a second internet connection (such as cellular). Since my phone and security system are both internet based, I just want to see if there is a (cheap) way to ensure device connections stay up if the primary internet goes down. Since the phone and security devices are not tied to a particular external IP, having them suddenly move to a different external IP is not a cause for concern.

I know best practice for business is to fail over to a different ISP, but since this is for home use I'll say that isn't required here.

I'll figure out which ISPs later. Right now just looking for hardware recommends and how it should be configured.
I am looking for an outdoor security camera that can view an area remotely on a rural property. The area has excellent cell service on all major cell service providers, but no internet access. So I am looking for a single camera system that can be mounted on a light pole and stream video through a major cell provider like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, & T-Mobile. This is my main requirement to answer this question.

Optionally, the camera would be able to:
  • Take time laps images
  • Move PTO and Zoom
  • Saves data for later use
  • Operate on solar power
If any of these features are included in the answer, it would be a better answer.

I realize that I can MacGyver a few systems together to make a solution, such as using a WIFI security camera with a WIFI LTE HotSpot device, but I am hoping to find an all-in-one solution that will reduce complexity and the chance of a disconnection/support.
my qsee system keep alarm and theres a message no available hdd for recording
Hi experts
 I bought UNV ip cam without NVR
I used the EZstation management software instead of the NVR but I found that application useless and very difficult to use
I need help to find another ip cam server and client application i can use for these cameras model
i need port 85 open to view my qsee camera when out of network, i got port 37777 to work and i can view my camera when connecting to same network, so i just copied and pasted port 37777 screen when setting up port 85, so everything is the same except port number, it could save it ok, but when tested on canyouseeme.org only port 37777 open, not port 85
Hello Everyone,
I don't know much about security Camera except Firewall port forwarding. I am assuming that the DVR is failing and may have to be replaced, Please let me have your opinion.

Recently nothing has been changed in this environment.  But Mr. Patrol app fails with an error  "IP or port invalid."
If I turn OFF/ON the DVR then MR. Patrol works for a while but next day it fails again until I Turn Off/ON the DVR again.

Please Advise.

 DVR (Model DVST PST960H-16)

Home Security

Home security includes the hardware and software in place to monitor and protect property, and personal security practices. The hardware can include the doors, locks, alarm systems, lighting, motion detectors, and cameras systems; the software can include applications connected to smart systems in your home or business or electronic surveillance systems provided by vendors. Personal security practices would be ensuring doors are locked, alarms activated, windows closed and many other routine tasks which act to prevent misfortunes.

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