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How to connect IP camera to DVR box

stryder 1,130 125 November 16, 2010 at 07:48 PM More Amazon Deals
I bought a all in one security system so I have a DVR with wired cameras. I'm looking to connect a camera with audio. I would prefer tilt and zoom and apparently the "mac daddy" of security cameras are IP cameras, notably this Foscam one [amazon.com]. Basically, I have an out of the box CCTV system. I can't connect this IP camera to my DVR at the moment, no network.

I have a Defender security system if that matters. I have room for more cameras. I'm not aware of any products Defender has in terms of what I'm looking for plus I rather not get it from them. I knew I should have used a PC and bought a card, make my own system but this was a simple easy solution for my needs.

Anyways I can get one of these IP cameras and possibly get an adapter wired/wireless to connect via the CCTV plugs (sorry don't know what they're called) and use the foscam camera?

What other products (cameras) can I get to record audio and video? Or, what else can I do?

Thanks in advance!
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The nice thing about IP camera is they have a built in webserver. IE you dont need a DVR. So an ip camera is most likly not what you want for your existing system because it wont work with your current setup. each ip camera has an ip address (go figure) and each camera has a built in webserver and uses a wired or wireless ETHERNET connection. you use your browser to view and to record you record to a pc or ftp or to emails. no dedicated DVR or Monitors.

I have for 450$ complete coverage of the outside of my entire house. No dedicated equipment. i can view my cameras on any computer in the house and record any movement and be notified on my celphone via email or sms and the motion automatically recorded without any tapes....

4x foscam 8905 with different lenses from dealextreme to cover the area better.
1x perspectives blue iris software (not needed) but records motion to a file automatically and uploads the clip to an ftp server if all my cameras and computers are stolen. Also will text me. the foscams alone by themselves will email you still snapshots of the motion. But with blueiris you actually have a buffer. so for instance my recoreded movement clips instead of just showing the actualy trigger show two seconds BEFORE the trigger. Software is worth 50$ easy. pm me if you have anymore questions
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since you have an existing analog DVR, the IP camera is not compatible with it. You cannot convert an IP Camera to an analog signal, that I'm aware of. You can, however, go the other way, converting your analog cameras to IP using special convertors that can get pricey. You will also need a new DVR which can be a computer running software or even a linux-based standalone unit. Many to choose from. You will also need an ethernet switch to network everything together.

Your other option is to get a new hybrid DVR that can accept both analog and IP cameras. It's your choice.
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