home security: time warner vs buying cameras
right now time warner has a $200 visa promo, so for two cameras installed I'd be looking at around $125 plus taxes, then around $35 a month for the service.
Now I know I could buy my own cameras and in the long run save a lot of money, but the problem is
a) I don't know what to buy
b) more important: I'd have to install them myself or pay some one to install them
since the time warner equipment is mine to keep (not rented) it might be worth paying the monthly fee for a year or so, because they'll actually wire them into the power (instead of running a bunch of extension cord which is exactly what I would do).
what do you think? is there any equipment retailers that will also do the install? another thing i like about the time warner is that it has battery and cellular backup, which is awesome if the bastards decide to cut my power before they break in. do any self-purchased equipment providers do that?
a big downside tho is the cameras seem pretty low end (640x480)...
i don't really know too much about this stuff, but I do know I want security to be able to catch the bastards, so any insight would be appreciated.