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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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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!!
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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 ?
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.
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I am looking for a lock that runs on batteries and connects to wifi, not Bluetooth for controlled entry access via my smartphone.  It needs to work outside and will be used to control access to a gate.

Assistance is greatly appreciated.

I wonder if this combination using the relay solution is reasonable?


Battery Powered Lock
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Anyone used that before and any comments

How do I rest my passwood if I forgot the one I put in my self
I have 12 cameras that are on the same Physical network but I am unable to find them in the application. The cameras show that they are on and others that are in the same cluster are showing in the Viewing program. I have tried Wireshark, which shows nothing, and I am trying to avoid resetting them, as I will have to get approval (and a bucket truck) to do that.
Anyone knows if there is any other way to get to them?
I just need to know how to reset my password for my DVR so Lorex 1600 model
A friends father died a few years ago and i ended up with this Qsee DVR box that has im assuming his fathers user code with i was never giving so is there a way to reset it ? Its a Q-see h.264 4ch

I am looking for a seamless way to start a program at startup automatically for normal user as administrator in Windows 10 Pro so the user can interact with that software. The program in question is Hikvision CCTV software.

Thanks in advance,
Kind Regards,
The place I park in office is about 200-300m from where I seat:
I can't see the car as blocked by walls.

My car is parked along the street which can get vandalised (scratched, etc):
I wanted to be able to view my car from my office PC/laptop (or at least from
my iphone) remotely : the street is a straight one & if I sit in the car, I could see
if someone is approaching (even >100m away).

Anyone has any solution to this?  I don't want a recorded video as it's too late
& the vandal would have taken place.  I wanted a camera/device which will make
it like I'm viewing from within the car (but I'm viewing from my office seat).

Feel free to show me any eBay/Amazon links of the items you recommend.
Not something more than US$300 ideally.

I have an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 6: perhaps one of them can be mounted in
the car (with a low-cost 4G data plan of US$20/month for 20GB data)?  If it's
something that don't need any data plan, will be better but I'm Ok to get one
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I have a Synology with a webserver (port 80)and other applications like mailserver at other ports which I would like to make public.I have a firewall router on which ports 80 and others are forwarded to my Synology ( and all works fine.
However, I worry about security though. There was some ransomware targeting Synology a while ago and hackers are everywhere.
(How )can I safely put my Synology out in the open?


I have a SmartThings Motion sensor and a SmartThings Power Outlet.

I set these devices up so that when I would walk into a room, the sensor would sense my movement and turn on the Outlet.

However, if I do not have my internet for these devices, the Outlet will not be turned on.

I have seen devices such as sensor lights but was wondering if such things existed for a socket where WiFi was not needed.

Can you recommend any sensor sockets that work like these devices but do not require WiFi?

Here is what we have found so far along with pricing info, as well as pros and cons.  The sheet can be viewed by anyone.  Editing is restricted but anyone can comment here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MbA9eqdXcXtpFmdD4IrLR101vOgtA-fCZhhQ03yEPfw/edit#gid=0

I would like to monitor ingress and egress to my home and yard.

I need it to be able to notify me every time it recognizes someone that shouldn't be there.

The most important location to monitor is when people come up to the front door from the street which is about 50 ft away.  I would like the smartphone camera there to be good enough to see activity actually at the street level.

I am really looking for best in class here within reason cost-wise, and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Hi, I have a questions regarding which type of networking device to use for a particular situation.

I have a security camera system that works over IP. Each of the 16 cameras plug into ports on an NVR switch. The NVR streams to the  Internet via a Netgear ProSAFE 8 Port unmanaged switch.  So in recap,  we have each camera, plugging into a port on the NVR and then streaming via Ethernet cable to a single port on the Netgear unmanaged switch. The switch has another cable that provides the IP address from the ISP's router.

Via a software application provided by the camera vendor, each camera is assigned a channel via IP address. Each camera also has a MAC address, but I cannot assign channels via MAC addresses - only via IP.  Once manually set up, each camera will takes its place in the assigned channel lineup for viewing. In other words, camera 1 may be on channel 7 and camera 2 may be on channel 10, etc.

The problem is that when I have some sort of power outage, all the IP addresses get resigned by the switch and the cameras fall offline.

Hence, my cameras which may have been on x.x.x.1 to x.x.x.16, may now end up on new IP addresses such as x.x.x.17 to x.x.x.32 and so on. However, the channel is looking for the old IP addresses to make the connection for viewing.

From what I understand, there is no way to restrict IP addresses within the switch. So, I think my problem is that the switch is issuing IP addresses sequentially each time it power cycles and it …
Some of the locations we are thinking about putting security cameras are close to existing power, but NOT close to existing Internet, threfore we were thinking about doing POE on the ones close to existing Internet and WIFI for the ones close to existing power, but NOT close to existing Internet

 1. Do you think wireless cameras are good for BUSINESS use or should I stay with WIRED cameras ?

 2. If wireless cameras are good, what brand do you recommend for a 3 story building ?
Hello Team,

Please assist to get a password reset for my DVR

Build Date:2016/4/21 16:32:23
System: V4.02.R11.00031114.10001.130600.00000
Serial ID: 3be17a59f9e5afff
QT5440 or QT5682 DVR

Any other information that you might need I can provided

Thanks Christopher.

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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