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#1 JimS

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:28 PM

About to start build of a house on a vacant city lot.  A neighbor across the street has an upper window that has a good view of the lot so I am thinking I will ask him if I can put a camera in the window with a view of the construction.  We are going to hire most of the work out serving as our own general contractor.  Would be nice to be able to see what is happening without having to be there.  Seems like a good thing for security too. 
 
Any recommendations on cameras?  Security of the data stream isn't a big concern (should it be?).  Thinking it should be a stand along camera that doesn't need much else for support as it will be on their network.  Probably wifi would be easiest. 
 
Any suggestions for cameras?  Even if I go with something completely different when I set up a permanent camera system I figure a modest camera will be worth it.  If I could get a time lapse photo capture that would be a cool thing but not really required.  Having storage of at least 24 hours and preferably a little more would be a huge plus.
 
A friend has a Blink camera from Amazon and likes it but I am not familiar with them.
 
 
 
 

Edited by JimS, 10 October 2019 - 04:29 PM.


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 05:26 PM

Nothing like personal inspections with plans per each piece or endeavor of your home build.
 
IE: after escavation and before footings inspect, then after footings inspect, then plumbing/sewers, et al.
 
With a camera at that distance you can see progression but really not that much stuff.
 
Did a major extension of an underground server room and I had to micromanage some for plumbing and electric stuff and did use 2 Panasonic PT cameras to watch progression when I was not available traveling.
 
New home build in FL, one roofer feel off the roof, broke his leg and no construction happened for two weeks.  Got PO'd here at the GC.  I was doing weekly check ups flying down there from the Midwest almost every weekend.

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 02:50 PM

Wyse 1080p for $26 on amazon.com. I have three and would trade them for my Dahua $250 in a heartbeat. Simple and reliable. I painted mine black so they aren't so obvious. 
 

Don;t tell the contractors you are watching unless there is some point.



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Posted 11 October 2019 - 03:10 PM

Wyse 1080p for $26 on amazon.com. I have three and would trade them for my Dahua $250 in a heartbeat. Simple and reliable. I painted mine black so they aren't so obvious. 
 

Don;t tell the contractors you are watching unless there is some point.

Got a link?  I looked and it wasn't immediately obvious which ones you are referring to.

 

Pete,  I don't intend to just do the camera.  I still plan to inspect things.  This is just supplemental.  I have a job and am not going to be there all the time.



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Posted 11 October 2019 - 03:23 PM

Just go to amazon and do a search. Dont get the v2 with pan etc..reports are bad on them. There is only one. The app handles four and they have now added human movement alerts.I you put a 32GB microSD card in them you can review motion or sounds for weeks back.


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 09:31 PM

Looks like this is what you are talking about.

https://www.amazon.c.../dp/B076H3SRXG/

 

Home depot has the same thing at same price.

 

It records motion but won't stream continuously.  That might be enough.  Is there a web interface that I could capture time lapse images from?  Cheap enough I'm not out much to try it. 



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Posted 12 October 2019 - 06:14 AM

My three cams stream continuously to the app. Mine are set up to only report people motion detected, This feature was just added . AFAIK they record continuously, depending on the options selected.

 

Running the app last night it firmware updated all three remotely. They added some faster connect routines. That is about the fourth update since I have owned them in about a year.


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Posted 12 October 2019 - 10:06 AM

You can now purchase outdoor PT 1-2 MP wireless smart cams now on Ebay for $35.

 

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