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We're a place to get help with and discuss all topics relating to home security. All topics from beginner questions to help with your esoteric GE panel from 1989 are welcome!

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Protecting yourself, your loved ones, and your home is important. This subreddit is a place where you can discuss it.


Home security can be anything from a full blown monitored service and a surveillance system to simple things like having a double cylinder deadbolt on your front door.

Any aspect about home security can be discussed here: alarms, surveillance, locks, personal protection, etc.


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Remove access from superlive plus?

I gave my roommate access to our cctv camera footages through superlive plus. Recently they moved out and it wasn't a peaceful goodbye. So I'm not really able to tell them to logout on their own. How do I remove their access on my end?

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2024/03/30
21:24 UTC

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Cox Homelife Equipment

I have the equipment from Cox Homelife. I cancelled my account and want to know if there is any way I can still use the equipment?

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2024/03/30
20:35 UTC

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Cameras For Fishing Vessel

Hi All -

Looking for recommendations on cameras to use on board my commercial fishing vessel. Ideally, I’d like something that’s pretty rugged and resistant to vibration/saltwater, etc.

In the past, I had a basic 4 camera BNC setup that withstood 4 years of being on the back deck. I was amazed with their toughness.

These cameras will be used to monitor the outside working deck / crew safety, as well as enclosed engine spaces below decks.

Thanks!

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2024/03/30
18:39 UTC

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Question regarding DS-2DE2C400MW-DE(S7)

Hi all,

I'm about to replace my current camera system, and I would go with 2x Hikvision DS-2CD1343G2-LIU 4mm cameras, and 2x Hikvision DS-2DE2C400MW-DE(F0)(S7) cameras + a Hikvision DS-7108NI-Q1/8P/M (D) NVR.

My question is regarding the DS-2DE2C400MW-DE(S7)'s white light specifically. As far as I can see on the data sheet of the DS-2CD1343G2-LIU, that can turn the white light on when motion is detected (MD 2.0), but I can't see the same on the DS-2DE2C400MW-DE(S7)'s data sheet. Can that also turn the white light on (only) when motion is detected? How does this camera perform with IR light only? I watched tons of videos, but I'm still hesitant about the DS-2DE2C400MW-DE(S7).

Thanks in advance!

2 Comments
2024/03/30
17:52 UTC

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Use a lot of electricity?

Hi I recently bought a Taoioho 2k security camera and I’m wondering if it uses a lot of electricity?

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2024/03/30
15:59 UTC

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my friend uses a motion detector plug and an old police band scanner. when motion is detected in front of his house, the scanner turns on and plays the police scanner band... what are the chances that this will actually scare away potential thieves?

my friend uses a motion detector plug and an old police band scanner. the motion detector faces the front of the house, covering the driveway and the front door. the scanner is connected to the plug and tucked away on the underside of the edge of the roof(whatever that thing with holes is called) and out of sight.

when motion is detected in front of his house, the scanner turns on and plays the police/fire scanner band at a relatively loud volume.

what are the chances that this will actually scare away potential thieves?

7 Comments
2024/03/30
17:15 UTC

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Noob looking for advice

The company I was with iWire installed a system that fell apart after 5 years. They were still charging the monthly monitoring fee even though there is no signal to the central station. What company is the best, most reliable for a mostly wireless system? I don’t want ADT or to be ripped off with a 3-5 year contract…or to pay more than $40/month for monitoring?

Does it make send to bundle this into my Cox internet/phone contract (which is already ridiculously expensive) or go with another company altogether?

1 Comment
2024/03/30
16:45 UTC

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"Non-invasive" door camera for apartment

I live in an apartment where my door has no peephole so I can't see who's ringing my bell. I'm also not allowed to make any permanent alterations to the door (drilling holes, etc.). Is there some sort of camera or something I can get that I can use to see who's at my door? There's no space for wiring around the door so I guess it would have to be wireless/battery-operated with some sort of temporary adhesive to make it stick on the door. Any alternative suggestions or product recommendations?

2 Comments
2024/03/30
16:44 UTC

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Any recommendations for bodycams?

2 Comments
2024/03/30
16:00 UTC

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Camera advice

Ok I know this has been asked before because I have searched but I figure I would ask again to see if there’s new information or someone new sees it.

I’m looking for some outdoor security cameras that are wireless. They need to record 24/7. From what I’ve read This isn’t practical because it would run down the battery. Are there any that I could use with an SD card? Solar powered? Could I convert wired ones to wireless? Etc.

Because of the larger area I need watched the current cameras I have do not pick up motion further away for event recording. Even though I set the detection area for the entire view and as sensitive as it will go, it maybe picks up if something happens within 5-10 feet of the camera.

I currently have the Aosu solar cams wireless with home base.

I hope this makes sense what I’m looking for. Thank you so much for all advice.

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2024/03/30
15:56 UTC

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Best window camera

So I made the mistake of buying a blink system recently as a panic buy after my car was stolen, only to discover they're garbage and very limited on features. Going through the other options, it seems there's so much crap mixed in with the good stuff and I don't know what I should get.

Main features I'd like are 24/7 recording ( doesn't need to store for more than a few days) Night vision Good zoom Ideally not subscription based. Rtsp or another ip based system is preferred. Wired is fine Works with Google and alexa Quality image

Any help is greatly appreciated

13 Comments
2024/03/30
14:25 UTC

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Non subscription camera monitoring?

I am sorry in advance, I don't know a lot about this at all.

I absolutely hate subscriptions and would really prefer to avoid them if possible. I want to get a multi camera system set up to be able to monitor around the house, and haven't had luck. It'd be great if we could have it routed to show on one of our spare screens lying around with multiple camera feeds showing.

We have tried wyze but the cameras have always crapped out on us.

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2024/03/30
06:48 UTC

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Need Help with CCTV Camera Wire Connections

I'm currently facing a challenge with my CCTV camera system and could use some advice from those of you who are savvy with wiring and CCTV setups.

The power supply to the camera is handled separately, so my main concern is correctly connecting the video signal.

Here's the situation: Cable A: This cable comes from the DVR and contains multiple wires: red, black, yellow, green, a thicker black, and exposed copper wires.

Cable B: This cable connects directly to the camera. It has one wire in a transparent sleeve and exposed tiny copper wires around it.

I believe Cable A's yellow wire is for the video signal. Originally, Cable A was connected to Cable B, and the camera worked fine. However, after some issues, I had to disconnect and now I'm trying to reconnect them.

Here's what I've tried: Connecting Cable A's yellow wire to Cable B's wire in the transparent sleeve, but this didn't seem to work.

I'm at a bit of a loss here and would appreciate any suggestions or advice. Has anyone dealt with a similar issue or can guide me on which wires should be connected for the video signal to transmit properly?

2 Comments
2024/03/30
13:44 UTC

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DIY System with App Access and no monthly fee (or small monthly fee)

Like the title says, I'm looking to set up a DIY home security setup with a low or no monthly fee, but also with app access from my phone. I am primarily looking for a hub/panel that has a Home/Away alarm setting and 2-3 door sensors for the major entry points. I already have Wyze cameras in the home setup so I don't really care if the system I am buying has camera functionality.

I have a touch of OCD and having the ability to see that the home alarm is set and all doors are closed has been a huge help for me mentally speaking. I am losing my current alarm system (vivint) and I really enjoyed the functionality that it offered. The system was just a central hub/panel, two door sensors and a garage door sensor.

I used to have SimpliSafe, but my system is fairly old (2016) and it needs a monthly subscription to use the phone app.

Any recommendations?

4 Comments
2024/03/30
06:52 UTC

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IP cameras might not actually exist

I'm looking at setting up motioneye. Every IP camera that I have found with 'IP camera' in its description has a proprietary app. Pardon me if im wrong but I thought IP cameras were accessible over a local network via IP. Does anybody know of an IP camera that I can access with regular open-source software? Btw I recently was gifted an IMOU security camera worth $90 and its great however I have a funny old feeling that It's intentionally designed to not allow me to access it with anything exept its own app and also it wants my cash.

Sorry for being a bitter a**hole. I will be so greatful if somebody can point me in the right direction

27 Comments
2024/03/30
05:19 UTC

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Simplisafe vs ring

I am looking to buy a system and just monitor myself. What would you recommend between the two. My only concerns are I was wondering with each, if I can still arm the system (door sensors and window sensors) with no subscription? Thanks.

3 Comments
2024/03/30
04:52 UTC

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Looking for an alarm detector

Typically smart home monitoring is very expensive or comes with a monthly fee. Also any cheaper option is either good at being smart or good at being a monitor, not both. Considering I already have smoke alarms and window sensors that emit a high pitched sound is there any device that detects the sound of those devices that would send an alert to my phone? Maybe one that I could set the decibel threshold? I have seen a few marketed towards Air BnB but they all seem to require a subscription of some sort.

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2024/03/30
03:02 UTC

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Basic Steps of Installing PoE Camera System -- Do I have it right??

Hey everyone! I started from scratch recently, and would really, really appreciate it if you could tell me if I have the *rough* concept of how I can install a PoE cam system in my home.

** No attic space **

- Thinking about a PoE system such as Reolink (lots of positive YouTube reviews, and well liked on Amazon)

- Given the lack of attic space, I will run outdoor ethernet cable outside my home, on the underside of my awning to hide cables

- Store NVR in my garage or laundry room for climate control (next to garage) , both with power source and close to WiFi router)

It started off with me thinking this was going to be really difficult, but it now seems rather easy and straightforward.

Am I missing anything??

Thank you!!

5 Comments
2024/03/30
00:40 UTC

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ADT hardware question

I have an ADT system installed and the service is up and running, has been for a couple of months since I bought the home. The previous owner had ADT as well and had prior hardware installed outside, specifically an outdoor camera. When I had the newer system installed I had a camera installed out back as well as a doorbell camera etc. The camera that was here previously is not connected to my alarm.com profile, but from all I can see of it and what I can tell it is the exact same model camera I had installed around the back which is a V724X. My question is since the camera is already installed and wiring already ran (it is currently unplugged) can I somehow link it with my existing system?

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2024/03/29
22:03 UTC

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ADT BHS-4000A Panel Power Disconnect

I have an ADT BHS-4000A panel and I want to completely power it down. I do not see a 120 volt plug or a transformer anywhere, it must be in the rafters somewhere that I can not get to. Which terminal block connectors are receiving power from the transformer. I am assuming that if I disconnect those wires and remove the battery the system will power down. Any insight will be helpful.
Gary

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2024/03/29
21:53 UTC

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Camera to mount on the inside of a window- rental

I have a front door with a window in the top of it. I'm currently renting an apartment in a house. I'd like a battery powered camera I could stick in the window to record and look to see who is randomly ringing my doorbell at 3am. I want to make it as unseen as possible. I've been looking at Reolinks, Blinks, and Wyze. Cloud storage is fine or even SD storage would be ok. I don't have a front porch light but there are street lights.

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2024/03/29
23:42 UTC

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alarm.com SEM and LTE Cat-M1

I'm considering moving my monitoring over to alarm.com and notice some of the newer SEMs use this LTE Cat-M1network. Is this desirable over the non-M1 LTE? For those that have updated to this newer alarm.com SEM, has anything changed for you after the upgrade?

Obviously I can read what "Google" has to say about LTE Cat-M1, but I'm more curious as to how it has been received for this specific use case.

Thank you.

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2024/03/29
21:00 UTC

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DSC Bypass activated in Stay mode

Hello I think I programmed my alarm to permanently bypass all zones. I know how to deactivate bypass using * 1, none are bypassed using this option. It seems to be programmed because when I hit Stay it the alarm is Armed but with all zones bypassed. This does not happen with Away mode. How can I cancel the programming so no zones are permanently bypassed? I have an older model LED5508.

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2024/03/29
19:31 UTC

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Canceled my ADT service and now my control panel doesn’t connect to my cameras, sensors, or smart home features. Any advice in getting it to work?

As the title states I recently canceled my ADT service. The control panel came with the purchase of the home. It was a new construction. I purchased all the equipment in regard to cameras and sensors. So that all belongs to me. I knew I’d lose access to their app and monitoring services, but I did not expect to also lose access to my control panel and other smart home features. How do I go about reconnecting my cameras and mom sensors to the control panel? Do I have to reset the control panel or do I have to have it replaced? Or is there another way about doing this? Thanks in advance.

Control Panel: IQ Panel 2+

4 Comments
2024/03/29
18:57 UTC

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Making NVR secure

Hi all,

Got a new home with 10 + doorbell Ethernet drops, so looking to build a 11 PoE camera system.

Ultimately would want to tie in window/door sensors, but as a future problem. I looked at reolink + NVR as a solution, but my first worry is making the NVR secure.

We'd want footage accessible on device, especially for triggered events.

I'm a software engineer, so I am confident in eventually getting scrypted up and running. But no real knowledge around networking. How hard is it to make the footage secure from outside? There would be a kid in the videos, so that's our primary concern. Price isn't an issue, which is why we were originally looking at Ring.

Quality of cameras isn't too big of an issue too.

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2024/03/29
18:21 UTC

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Does an 8K PoE single-lens camera exist?

I find it odd that cell phones have been integrating exceptionally high quality 8k cameras left and right for several years, but 1080p, 2.5k security cameras are still most common, and 4k cameras are still hard to come by. Almost half tempted to put a cell phone in a tamper proof enclosure with a poe power supply to usb-c power/ethernet adapter and make that my solution with remote management lol. The only 8k cameras I can find are multi-lens cameras costing thousands of dollars.

Of all the places I'd actually really want an 8K camera, it would be for security. Seeing excellent facial details, or seeing details in distant objects, while maintaining a wide FOV.

Kinda not looking to spend $1k+ per camera either.

I only have two 4k PoE cameras on my home, running 16Mbps each. Bumping up to 64Mbps would be nothing. Home is wired for 1Gbps. VMS is Blue Iris, and the system has more than plenty of resources to handle substantially more workload. It basically just idles, and I use it for all sorts of other home server needs.

27 Comments
2024/03/29
17:36 UTC

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Add security to Reolink Cameras

I have Reolink cameras installed around the house and garage, and a Google Nest Doorbell. I am putting in Lutron light switches and all other devices (thermostat, etc) will be Zwave.

I am now looking to add security to the system for professional monitoring, what is the best system that will give max flexibility to integrate all these existing A/V and Heating accessories?

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2024/03/29
14:58 UTC

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Need help finding cell camera with motion & pre recording

I am overwhelmed by all the cameras on the market. I need a cell camera with solar, motion detection, pre recording, night vision and maybe pan/tilt. Google suggested reolink, I called reokink and they said their pre recording is only available when live viewing which doesn't sound right. I thought that was the purpose of pre recording, to record and save a few seconds before a motion activated event. Budget $2-300.

2 Comments
2024/03/29
14:13 UTC

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No contract and cheap home security company?

We have a 2gig gc3 system in our home linked to brinks, I want to reset it and link it up to a cheap and new best service provider that we can use for a month, similar to surety? Pleas lmk

1 Comment
2024/03/29
01:09 UTC

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Protecting my home - Lock & Security system advice

Hello all,

I recently purchased a home and I would like to provide some security for my family:

The house has about 6 doors and 11 windows on the house.

  • Installation of an alarm system - Considering Ring for ease of use and installation plus integration of all other aspects.
    • Camera system
    • Windows and door sensors
    • Possibly a smart door lock
  • Install a camera/surveillance system - I am not sure which one but I would like a system with remote access
    • Leaning towards Ring for it's ease of use
  • I would like to change out all of the locks on the doors of the house including the front door.
    • I am considering getting a smart door lock but I am unsure how safe they are.

Any recommendations/advice on which system or products anyone has had good experience with would be amazing. Thanks in advance

9 Comments
2024/03/29
01:11 UTC

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