I'm moving into an office with has no security cameras. I would like to have anywhere from 16-24 cameras for the outside and inside. I would like to be able to record and retain media for 2 weeks. I'm new the CCTV world. I would like to know which dvr, outdoor camera, indoor camera, wiring, brackets and any other relevant information I would need to know. I will be doing the install myself and have IT guys on staff to setup the dvr.
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Rick thank you for the response. First can we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of going with a dvr vs a camera server. Afterwards we can then discus the bells and whistles of the route which best suites me.
First of all, the number of cameras you need will probably exceed the capabilities of a DVR system. A computerized camera server system lets you store the files digitally and will allow you to "browse" the files rather than review the DVR recording. A computer server is more or less a DVR, with more capabilities and is the modern way of storing video images from many sources for the length of time you select. With a straight DVR storage system, you would end up with more than one DVR for the amount of cameras you are using. A camera server is just a tower box computer you can store pretty much anywhere.
Understood. Ok so lets say for now that's the direction I'll go. Please answer the following questions below;
Does the computer have to run a servers os or can it be a workstation?
What kind of cards would need to be installed on the computer?
Do the cards any any limitations compared to the dvr's?
Does the software come with the cards?
What kind of cable connects the cards to the cameras?
Does the cable provide power and signal?
At what cable length does quality & signal degradation start? How do you remedy this situation?
What kind of cameras would you recommend for indoors and outdoors?
Would the cable type be the same for outdoor runs compared to indoor runs?
Neil yes I'm looking to install myself completely
With bnc cameras the bnc cable provides power and signal?
With ip based cameras how does it get power and signal?
Hey Neil how are the systems below. The one you recommended appears to be discontinued.
Any other you would recommend in the price range?
Have you used this company before or heard of them?
How does this nvr compare to the ones I sent you? Is the price difference justifiable?