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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.

We have NVR recorder WH-D5216 with SATA 4GB HDD (less than 3GB avail).  About 5 yr old system.  Overwriting option is enabled.  Retention policy almost a month with a motion detection enabled.

The system skipped recording (50hrs) earlier this week.  But recovered on its own.  Looks like the drive gave up today again.  And looks like its for good this time.   Shows 0.00 GB space with Status ERROR. I assume is time to replace the drive, or the entire system.  Its SATA HDD. Tried to boot remotely twice  no luck.

Is there a limit on how many times the HDD can be overwritten?
Dear Experts
We are evaluating CCTV surveillance system appox 25 to 30 cameras which should store 03 months of recording hence NVR hard disk capacity we have sized 6 TB.  We have connected this location over MPLS link to the Head office hence we are thinking to look for solution but not sure at camera side or NVR side the recording to happen parallel to NVR and also to NAS device and this NAS device will replicate to another identical NAS device over MPLS link at head office
1.Please help is there any specific type of cameras OR NVR we should consider so that at the same time two places the recording is done one at NVR disks this is going to rotate once in month hence at any given time only last 30 days recording is available.
2.Also simultaneous recording in additional to NVR to store to NAS box for example synology NAS box ( one at site and another one in head office every day replication scheduled to head office)
I have a question about ransomware.  If my computers C drive is already encrypted, is it still possible for ransomware to hold my computer hostage by encrypting files?  if we have office 365 and all the files are also backed up to the cloud through OneDrive, doesn’t that also create a level of protection?
IP conflict in 2 of 8 security cameras recently added of the OOSSXX type.  How to fix. All 8 are remotely viewable but the 2 conflicting cameras show the images shared and flipping between their two images. Windows 10 pro PCs and Apple in use. please advise easy, best way to resolve the IP conflicts. Thanks tons
I am looking for an indoor security camera that will work in a location that will not have access to Internet or a WiFi network.

Furthermore, the camera will need to record video, on motion detection, and store to a SSD memory. Downloading the video should be possible via a local hotspot connection with an Android or iPhone.

The Problem: This may seem like easy requirements but I am tested about five cameras now and found that all of them require a WiFi connection to operate. :(  
The one camera that works without WiFi is an inexpensive "hidden camera" model: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PQK9LKJ 
Unfortunately, this camera isn't acceptable for my requirements. Why? Mostly because the field of view is extremely narrow (about 90 degrees or less).

I think that a solution to this question will help others because I am confident that I'm not the only person who has a need for a recording security camera in a location without WiFi or any form of Internet connection.

My requirements:
- Must be a dedicated single-use security camera.
- Must be designed to be wall mountable.
- At least 720p but higher resolution is better.
- Dome type configuration is ideal.
- Must be a single stand-alone camera with a power (AC or DC) connector.
- The field of view should be about 110 degrees. Although, I suspect that 110 degrees may be a 4K resolution camera (acceptable as long as it's under $250)
- SD memory storage (at least 32GB).
- Cell phone app to …
I love this site, and it's fun and I get allot out of it.  I just bought a house and have stuff I want to do to it, small drywall, plumming, concrete stuff.  

Anyhoo, I was wondering if there was an Experts-Exchange like site helping with home projects.

Thanks all.
Hi guys,
Our building's front door glass panel is being broken in about 1-2 times per year. Roughly. This is a laminate frosted glass.
Not an easiest to break. But the guy with good rugged boots was able to breach it with about 8 kicks.

Our glass installer said its stronger than the tempered glass. Similat to the triplex in the car windows; and the best option we got.

Question - what would be the next level of upgrade should we consider?  Besides the solid door.  We cannot put a thicker glass due to the door frame limitation.
Any other ideas or the solid door is the only way?

Thanks in advance!
i have the duty of looking at some of our home users to see if their WiFi is relatively secure.  There is no central office to VPN into but rather we have a completely remote team.

what security parameters should I be looking for?  my guess is making sure that each home user is using a secure connection rather than an open connection.  also that they are using WPA2 security protocol.  since most ISPs have a firewall builtin to their modem I would just need to make sure it’s turned on.  in the event that I need to get a firewall for a user, what should I consider getting in terms of hardware or software?
We have a FLIR DVR home security system in a home with AT&T UVerse with one of their own modems.

We have set up port forwarding and installed the FLIR app on the phone, which works flawlessly.  It is set to access the system to the public/WAN IP address.

However, we have one problem.  When you try to access the app from inside the network (where the FLIR DVR is located) it does not work.  However, when you turn off the WiFi on the phone and allow it to use the mobile network, it works.

I am sure I am missing some fundamental network principle here on why it is not working (and any thoughts on how to resolve it)?
Is frosted glass same tough to break as a regular glass?
Our regular tinted glass got broken into last night. I wonder if we should just order a frosted glass instead getting same regular tempered glass and then calling another crew to tint it again.

Would a frosted glass be same tempered and tough to break as a regular glass with tint?
Anyone know good contractors/constriction forums?  HVAC, plumbing, ventilation, etc.

I have a weird issue that need some expert contractor opinion.
ned default password qsee 6channel qqqqqqqqqqt4516 purchased from propertyroom.com 3 days back. picked it and a 4 chnnl along w an 8 chnnl. logged in to 4 and 8 chnnl but not the 16.
Is password same
A client would like to have their Eero WiFi turn off automatically while they sleep, so that they will have 6 or 7 hours with less WiFi radiation.  The mail Eero gateway is far from the bedrooms, and the remote 'Beacons' get the signals to the bedrooms.

Is this possible with Eero, or any other mesh WiFi?

IF that's hard to do, I also thought of having the remote 'Beacons' connected through smart plugs, and have the beacons turned off and on automatically by the smart plugs.  I guess that the smart plugs have a weaker WiFi signal - otherwise they could be access points.

I have warned the clients to get the cell phones out of the bedrooms, since their signals are strong enough to reach the cell phone towers.

I got an old heater furnace.  Probably as old as my house.  Which is state "approx 1915" in city hall records.  Wondering if worth repairing or get a new furnace, that will be a pretty pricey project.

I attached a few pictures.  I can fire up the pilot.  However, when switching to the burner the pilot shuts off.  Also notices the pilot flares a lot larger than usual.  I replaced a thermocouple last year.  That didn't help.

Any suggestion or maybe someone knows another 'hvac' specific forum?

Thanks in advance!!
Due to the fires in CA we are in smoke and keep our windows/doors closed.  Air quality is terrible.
 Wonder if anyone suggest a good air purifier for home/office with approx 1000sq ft space.

Thanks in advance!!
Looking to upgrade someones Home Wi Fi Router, whats a good router for around £50-100, they just need a faster wi fi connection, with a few extra security features. Have been looking at the TP Link Archer C7 or Netgear R6800. Just wondering if anyone has used them and what they are like in terms of set up/ using Macs and Windows Computers on it/ wi fi range/ speed of wi fi?

The user is a handyman in a resort town, who services people with summer homes.  This is his worst time of year, since everybody is back in the city.

He would like to offer clients IoT house monitoring, to get some income. I figure that he should have temperature monitors to make sure that pipes don't get too cold, thermostat replacements so that he can know how cold the house is getting, some cameras to check the insides.  

I have installed Nest cameras, thermostats and smoke alarms.

What should I be looking at for homes left unoccupied for winter months with snow and storms?  Are there any products or companies that can be recommended?

There has been bandits in our area recently and was wondering what you all recommend?

Besides security cameras any other good devices there are to protect your home or alert ?
Looking for a better security solution for home directory listing buzz in.  
Due to the increase mail package thefts, HOA proposed to completely remove remote buzz in option.  Currently visitors dialing the code downstairs, call comes to resident's cell phone,  and by pushing '9' the door unlocks;  If we remove that option the resident has to go downstairs to open the door to the visitor. Definitely inconvenient option.  But could be safe. Recently we even noticed the food delivery guys stealing packages on the way out.

My idea to improve it is to add a small cam downstairs.  When someone dialing in the call comes to resident's smartphone.  Resident immediately see shows coming in and make a decision to buzz person in or not.   Can this be implemented for a building of 50 units?  

Any ideas appreciated.   Thanks!!
I am a heavy Twitter user and now I am hearing that the Indian government is hiring data experts and buying a surveillance/spy software to find people's whereabouts like in China. Because they don't like the dissent. There are many activists out there (myself included) who would like to be secured to the hilt against this new government spying software too.

What should I do beside running TOR.
Can they trace my phone number?

Any answer would be appreciated.

Does anyone know what's the maximum distance (if any) for the key readers in the building?  From the electronic panel to the key reader.  
We use keyfobs for the building.  Sometimes one or two doors key readers (out of 5 total) do not react to the keyfobs.  And that those that farthest away from the electronic panels inside the Telco room.   So my suspicious would be a distance limit but I would be completely wrong.
Any knowledge in this?  Thanks.

I d like to see how good my Wi-Fi is protected so how can I test this and see what would happen when somebody could get connected to my Wi-Fi (what he could see/do)?

That way I could take countermeasures.

Hello all,

I am seeking advice for a home surveillance DVR system but I cannot find a system that meets my requirements.


Hello all,

My main disappointment comes from the apparent reality that no one seems to offer a hybrid WiFi and Wired DVR box. I don't know why because I can imagine that nearly everyone has an environment where some points allow for wired cameras and other places around their home are more suitable for a WiFi camera.

In my case, the DVR and my outside patio camera allow for an easy wired camera install but nearly every other point (door), kitchen/dining room are more suitable for WiFi.

My requirements are really modest for a home surveillance system.

  • DVR box with 1 - 2 TB hard drive for a month or so worth of recording.
  • Automatic email notifications when a specific threshold is met.
  • Access to live and recorded video via smart phone
  • 2 wired cameras, 2 WiFi cameras and expansion to 8 cameras
  • Ideally - A peep hole camera for our front door (not sure why this is so difficult to find).

Currently, I have a Lorex surveillance system and I have two WiFi cameras. The WiFi cameras are not integrated with the Lorex, so I have multiple applications and I really want to replace all of this with a single system.

Thank you.
Hello Everyone,

I am looking for options to protect my files and folders on my local laptop.

For example, if  someone stole my computer or hacked into it, I would like to have certain files (my business file that houses information on clients/staff and my financial file) to have a password on them in order to open them.  I know that some apps also hide the file and can’t be opened or seen.

I Want to make sure that I have to put a password in when file needs to be opened and it would be good to be able to have it hidden to anyone that hacks into my computer if that should happen.  

What options do I have please ? what do you recommend ?

important I am running Windows 7. I am looking for a solution for windows 7

Thank you,
We have been reading lots of hype on these iphone apps for detecting hidden camera and wanted to know if any EE has an experience in them in how truly they work using an iphone.

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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