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490 32 March 29, 2018 at 05:21 PM
I am a recent single dad with a high schooler and middle schooler. That being said, we are moving from a tight apartment into a roomier rental duplex and I will not be home when the kids are off to school and back and during summer break days.
I would like to be able to monitor them coming and going plus in general around. I want an easy wireless system and have been looking at three and not sure which is best to go with, without breaking the bank. I am thinking do camera at front and back door and one on main level. If available, I may also like to be able to speak to kids or bad dudes via them but not required. Looking forward to any suggestions thanks!

-Blink Cameras and maybe security option when released
-SimpliSafe Cameras and maybe security option
-Lorex 4 camera wireless system

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Problem with wireless is that you can only use so many cameras before all your bandwidth on your network is used up depending if you upload to your own source or the cloud they also are not as fast and wired...
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Problem with wireless is that you can only use so many cameras before all your bandwidth on your network is used up depending if you upload to your own source or the cloud they also are not as fast and wired...
Thanks for the reply. Landlord already advised I am restricted to wireless system so I have to go that way. Will probably have the Spectrum 50 or 100 mbps plan.
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I have 4 Canary Cameras and have been very happy I receive phone alerts when someone comes home I can check out the cameras from my phone or PC. Has 2 way capability also monitors the air quality and temperature of the house which could come in handy of you are trying to save money in the summer and they turn down the thermostat since you might not be able to put in a smart one.

I purchased 2 Canarys as refurbs and you cannot tell which is which. I pay 99 bucks a year for cloud storage which I think is reasonable.

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Thanks for the reply. Landlord already advised I am restricted to wireless system so I have to go that way. Will probably have the Spectrum 50 or 100 mbps plan.
Note it's the upload bandwidth that matters in this case not the download which is what your quoting. You will also need to retain secure access to the router that only you have as it would be too easy for a high school kid to change settings. I would argue too that if they wanted to do something they were not supposed to the most simple answer would be to unplug the router and claim the internet dropped if asked. Sadly with Spectrum this happens more then one wishes.
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Thanks for everyone's input thus far.
I think if I go with the simplisafe or start with Blink cameras and add their new security option coming out the system would run then run off 4G and have wifi as backup- but not positive on those two
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Thanks for everyone's input thus far.
I think if I go with the simplisafe or start with Blink cameras and add their new security option coming out the system would run then run off 4G and have wifi as backup- but not positive on those two
Indoors you're never too far from an electrical outlet, no reason to get a battery powered camera.

I'd consider: https://www.wyzecam.com/
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Indoors you're never too far from an electrical outlet, no reason to get a battery powered camera.

I'd consider: https://www.wyzecam.com/
Wow how are those so cheap?
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Wow how are those so cheap?
Minimal markup. The hardware is a cheap Xiaomi camera, wyze just improved the software. There are far better cameras that are $100+, but for the price it's hard to beat. I'm a little disappointed I missed their easter/april fools $3 "nest" sale.
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Indoors you're never too far from an electrical outlet, no reason to get a battery powered camera.

I'd consider: https://www.wyzecam.com/
Use YouTube as your backup.
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Ubiquiti has a few wireless options that will suit your needs. You could also get the nest route if you want to pay for cloud recordings.

Either way, the comments about bandwidth are correct. You might also want to consider adding a separate wireless AP for the cameras... It will reduce your main router overhead and is much more secure.

Nest is perfect if you want to be lazy and have the money to burn.
Ubiquiti is perfect if you have the time and patience to properly deploy. I personally have several Ubiquiti cameras and their free recording software works well.
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Ubiquiti has a few wireless options that will suit your needs. You could also get the nest route if you want to pay for cloud recordings.

Either way, the comments about bandwidth are correct. You might also want to consider adding a separate wireless AP for the cameras... It will reduce your main router overhead and is much more secure.

Nest is perfect if you want to be lazy and have the money to burn.
Ubiquiti is perfect if you have the time and patience to properly deploy. I personally have several Ubiquiti cameras and their free recording software works well.
Scored a great deal on a 3 pack of Blink XT cameras thanks to SD so going that route for a while. That being said, I am about clueless on wireless AP items at reasonable price and setup process. Any insight would be great!
I have a Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 router.
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Scored a great deal on a 3 pack of Blink XT cameras thanks to SD so going that route for a while. That being said, I am about clueless on wireless AP items at reasonable price and setup process. Any insight would be great!
I have a Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 router.
Personally, I'd start without the AP and see if it works for you. No sense in spending extra money if there's no problem. However, if you find that things do get laggy with the cameras on the network, you can usually adjust the stream rate/throughput down a little bit. Only if that fails to resolve the issue, I'd start looking into additional AP's. Ubiquiti is a good brand to look at though if you do.
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Personally, I'd start without the AP and see if it works for you. No sense in spending extra money if there's no problem. However, if you find that things do get laggy with the cameras on the network, you can usually adjust the stream rate/throughput down a little bit. Only if that fails to resolve the issue, I'd start looking into additional AP's. Ubiquiti is a good brand to look at though if you do.
Does it help at all to activate the guest channel on my router and then somehow tie just the cameras to that? Wasn't sure if that would break up the cameras vs other devices properly or if they would still all share the same and risk lag.
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Does it help at all to activate the guest channel on my router and then somehow tie just the cameras to that? Wasn't sure if that would break up the cameras vs other devices properly or if they would still all share the same and risk lag.
It wouldn't really make any difference as routers can only have a certain amount of max bandwith... whether or not it's shared with the guest account. Guest accounts can sometimes be limited to a certain speed though.. but that might affect the quality of the cameras if set too low.
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