Want to set up several outside cameras. Have not followed the area closely but a bit over the years. Thinking I want something in the 2k - 4k range for cameras, IP, probably POE. That means I need a POE switch I think. Haven't settled on a nvr - had looked at ZoneMinder (http://zoneminder.com) in the past but have read reviews it isn't keeping up with the industry but that could be wrong. Will have a couple cameras on a detached garage about 50 feet from the house and several on the house. Probably 4 to 8 total. Want to go wired not wireless and will have ethernet cable between buildings (could be fiber but I doubt it).
Can I get decent cameras for $100 each? All or at least most will be outdoors under eves and only somewhat protected from weather. There are tons out there so any specific recommendations?
Not really familiar with switches vs. routers. Can I use a 16 port switch and use it for routing the PCs and other things or should I do the network differently?
Have fooled a bit with a web cam and motion on a raspberry pi and realize that motion detection outside is pretty poor but would like some sort of motion detection. If its on a porch or something without a lot of plants to sway in the wind and light changes then maybe detection based on the picture would work but I could put up a couple of IR motion detectors.
Any advice is appreciated.