To Learn How to Setup your own Home SecuritySystem you first have to establish your main goals.
In my opinion the main goal shouldbe to GET THE LICENSE PLATE number of any intruder with a time stamp, and have it uploadto a cloud, without a monthly bill for monitoring.
In my opinion facial recognition is only secondto getting the license plate.
When my home was robbed the female thief wore a hat toavoid facial recognition.
So getting a license plate number is my main goal.
Since there are 100's of factors into selectinga home security camera system I will only go over why I selected what I selected.
Let's Start with Placement The Best place I found to get a license platenumber of a car in my driveway or in the street was right around where my driveway porch lightwas.
This only works with a strong security camera.
Therefore I had to find a camera anda porch light that I fit to each other that looked discrete and not too ghetto.
I willlink to the Porch light and the camera I bought in the description below.
Surveillance Camera Setup Selection The biggest factors in selecting an outdoorcamera is that it is strong enough to pick up the license number.
Once again I can'tstress that enough.
I chose a camera that is varifocal in other words it doesn't havea fixed size or zoom.
This is because you'll have to adjust the lens size so it is closeenough to pick up detailed license plate number yet zoomed out enough to pick up the entirelandscape or enough landscape.
Note: Zooming in on a computer is blurry and doesnt gainmore detail.
Alone, it will not pick up the license like they do in the movies.
You needa manual Zoom on the IP Camera.
The Second biggest factor is the Megapixels of the camera.
This is also important but not as important as the lens size.
The higher this number ofmegapixels the less you have to be zoomed in to read a license plate number and stillget a lot of the landscape.
Other important features I like are IP camera's,which mean they plug directly into your computers network.
This isn't too complicated to dothese days and it enables me store all the video on a cloud instead of a dvr, or a harddrive, or an NVR, which can easily be stolen by an intruder.
If you cant run ethernet wires another importantfeature will be a wireless camera.
But be aware that wireless cameras are very glitchy,and bog down your wifi, and are way more expensive.
So if you can running ethernet cables is betterthan having a wireless camera.
Lastly make sure it is an outdoor camera ifyou don't want it to die the first time it rains.
That's why I chose the camera I have linkedto in the icon in this video and in the description below.
And It is the most affordable one ofits kind as well.
You will also need to purchase this cheappower adapter for this camera to work.
To connect the camera to the light I drilledholes in the porch light frame and connected the light and camera with zip ties.
Then Iran the wires through the back of the light.
Because I cut an insert in the top of thelight for the camera wires.
Then drilled a hole in the wall and ran the wires to my ethernetso I can control the camera through my computer network.
I will link to my ideal software selectionin the description below.
This software is great for 6 reasons.
It works withmost IP Cameras and you can always add new cameras that suit your needs.
Two, it recordswith motion detection and does it really well.
Three, they make set up straitforward whichis could be complicated.
Four, It includes a times stamp that makes it useable in a courtof law.
Five, very importantly it stores "immediately" to cloud if you uncheck this box here.
Six,it has a great phone app so you can view your cameras anywhere you get internet.
It is a one time purchase for the Desktopand another for the Phone app.
If you buy it from my link I listed below they will emailthe activation code and you can wait for the product in the mail or you can download theprogram right away as well.
Storage: Cloud storage is the best way in my opinionbecause all footage cannot be physically stolen like I said before from external hard drivesand computers.
You can see here it takes about a minute for my software to pick up the footageand store it to my cloud with a check.
So should a thief steal my computer or cameraI still have the information stored on my cloud drive.
If it didn't like most othersystems the whole system would be worth nothing.
Any free cloud drive app should work justfine.
I like Amazon because it has unlimited storage with a cheap yearly fee.
Its worthit since I back up all my devices to the cloud including camera footage.
However Amazon doesnot upload immediately on its own.
To do this you will have to download O-drive which isa free auto upload application for amazon cloud.
Set the storage folders within thesoftware to the new o drive folder and o-drive will remain as the free version.
I will linkto Amazon Cloud, and O-drive in the description below but I might change them in the futureif better products come out.
Logging in to your Router For some this all may be a little daunting.
I promise it isn't.
I had no idea what I was doing when I started.
The hardest part forpeople that aren't techy will probably be logging in to your router.
You can log in to your router by obtainingits default ip address, username, and password in the information that came with it or bygoogle searching its defaults if you haven't changed them.
Note: This is different thanyour wifi password.
Now what you do is plug the IP address in to your browser.
Next givethe Username and password.
From ther you just need to find the IP addresses of your connecteddevices.
This is where your ip camera's will show up when they are connected.
It mightalso be helpful to know where your ports are if you plan to view your cameras on a handhelddevices as well.
Making It All Come Together.
Your house has a main IP address.
Your router,each computer, each device, and each camera all have different IP addresses and passwordswithin and below that home IP address.
Write each down and the rest of the process willbe fairly straightforward.
Also note that the router has different ports.
Ports arewhere your IP addresses exchange information.
Write your ports down as well.
Sometimes youneed to assign the ports called Port Forwarding.
You can assign a port for the the softwareto be shared on your devices in your router's port forwarding section.
Finally you takeall the IP addresses, passwords, and ports and plug them in to the software and the phoneapp and everything becomes alive & you're connected and you are in control of your cameras.
If this seems like a lot, remember: most peoplehave useless security systems and cameras like I did.
In my opinion you are going tohave one that actually works and you won't pay their high monthly fee's.
Learn from mymistakes.
You might have a few challenges but all the information is out there to helpyou get through it.
I have a link to a list of all products you will need for this projecttin the icons in this video & in the description.
I'm also here if you need help so leave thosecomments in the section below.
Think of the savings, catching thieves, and an added senseof security in your life.
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