Best Home Security Cameras

Abode vs SimpliSafe

Hi guys, my home insurance renewal is coming up, and my agent informed me that I can receive a $60 discount if I install a security system. After researching a bit, I’ve landed on either Abode or SimpliSafe as my two best options. Which one do you guys prefer/recommend and why? I ideally would like to self-monitor and not have any monthly ongoing fees. This is the one reason I’m leaning towards Abode. Additionally, while many threads say that Abode is more expensive, their essentials package(w/ keypad) costs $270 while…

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Cheaper monitoring options for qolsys iq2 system?

Hi guys. Just got system through link interactive with the qolsys iq2 panel as well as sensors and image motion sensors. Currently I have a plan with link for monitoring plus Central station and image plan for the 2 motion cameras. Price is about 40.99 with alarm.com and advantguard monitoring. Are there any cheaper alternatives to monitor this system? Not sure if it is locked yet as I haven’t put on my imei number into surety diy. Anyone have this system monitored with another company for less?

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Too many camera choices, help!

I purchased my house last fall and have been casually thinking about getting a camera system, but over the past week have received some threats from a family member with a violent criminal history, so personal protection has now become priority 1. I’m a single woman who lives alone, so this is even more alarming to me. The problem is that I’m overwhelmed when researching; this will be my first experience with getting a camera system set up. I was hoping to give some info to get some suggestions for…

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Wifi vs POE

trying to debate which would work best for me. I would like to install between 4-6 cameras around house and workshop. All of which will be outside. I have very strong (Linksys VELOP) Wifi signal coverage. But I have had 2 foscam and one no-name Wifi camera, temporary installations and it seams like I am constantly having issues and having to reset them. As for a permanent installation i sometimes feel that running a low voltage CAT 5e (for poe) would be easier in most cases than running outlets to…

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NVR with external alarm I/O?

Looking to upgrade an old system. It is located at a remote cabin – the current system is 4 channel analog. The DVR has external alarm I/O connectors that I have connected to PIR sensors. Ideally I’d like to upgrade to an 8 channel NVR (and new cameras, obviously). I have an Amcrest system at home but the built-in motion detection is as bad as the DVRs were 10 years ago – tons of false triggers due to bugs, shadows, etc. Searched around but I can’t find many NVRs with…

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Please help me securing my house

Hello, I’m posting with a throwaway account for security purposes. Sorry for my english. I just bought a new house for me to live with my wife and baby and I’m concerned about security. Please first of all let me provide you with some details about the house: 1) It’s located in a relatively safe neighborhood within a private community with controlled entrance (guards that register all people entering the community). I’m located in a developing country anyway so security is always a concern, no matter where you live. 2)…

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