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Single camera for driveway

akkkmed 2,651 399 April 1, 2016 at 05:47 PM
What's the cheapest and easiest way to put a camera outside of my house to monitor my driveway? This will increase the cost, but I want to be able to record the footage so I can go back and watch something if need be. Watching remotely via web would be nice but not necessary.

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Cheapest and easiest is an IP camera with a DVR. SD has plenty of listings.
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What's the cheapest and easiest way to put a camera outside of my house to monitor my driveway? This will increase the cost, but I want to be able to record the footage so I can go back and watch something if need be. Watching remotely via web would be nice but not necessary.
You asked for it so here it is. Cheapest Security Camera [howtogeek.com]

Before you scoff you should know that I use 3 of them everyday.
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Cheapest would be to skip the DVR and have the camera email a dedicated account on motion or record to a built in micro sd card. The life span of the micro sd card might not be that long. I'd go with a PoE network camera. If it's too hard to run Ethernet, you could get a wifi cam and run power to it but that's less desirable.
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Other things to consider:

Do you want to see shapes or actually be able to identify someone in the video? (Resolution counts a LOT here.)

Do you want a camera that has night vision ability? (Hint: Cheap cameras typically don't.)

Network cameras are either cheap OR good, but seldom, if ever, both. Frown
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Network cameras are either cheap OR good, but seldom, if ever, both. Frown
To an extent, but cheap means different thing to different people. You can get some reasonably good and relatively low cost cameras (compared to brands like axis and panasonic) for $90-160. Anything less than that is usually pretty crappy (like the foscam junk many people on sd get excited about). Cameras in many bundles at sams/costco leave a bit to be desired especially the non ip cams.

A camera like this would work:
http://www.nellyssecurity.com/cam...a-4mm.html
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Last edited by jkee April 2, 2016 at 01:12 PM
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To an extent, but cheap means different thing to different people. You can get some reasonably good and relatively low cost cameras (compared to brands like axis and panasonic) for $90-160. Anything less than that is usually pretty crappy (like the foscam junk many people on sd get excited about). Cameras in many bundles at sams/costco leave a bit to be desired especially the non ip cams.

A camera like this would work:
http://www.nellyssecurity.com/cam...a-4mm.html

Ah! Found you. Big Grin But seriously I took your advice and bought two. One was US, unfortunately the other was a brown box, but otherwise it works the same. It is quite a difference. With that being said there is one important difference from the old. The IR beam is much smaller than the old, so I'll have to get an IR illuminator to supplement it.
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