Buying A Costco Security Camera System

 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-08-2015, 08:17 PM   #61
Pro
 
m1911's Avatar
 
Trade: finish carpenter
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 6,819
Rewards Points: 15,632

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Quote:
Originally Posted by Californiadecks View Post
I was just thinking if Inner10 can do it, how hard could it be?
But he's much more nimble than you...
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by tipitop View Post
That guy in video have mental issues plus eat hole turtle from some reason
m1911 is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to m1911 For This Useful Post:
Californiadecks (03-08-2015), Inner10 (03-09-2015)

Warning: The topics covered on this site include activities in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. ContractorTalk.com DOES NOT guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site. Always use proper safety precaution and reference reliable outside sources before attempting any construction or remodeling task!

   

Advertisement

 

Old 03-09-2015, 12:45 AM   #62
Contractor of the Month
 
Inner10's Avatar
 
Trade: Control Systems
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 22,116
Rewards Points: 9,224

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Quote:
Originally Posted by Californiadecks View Post
I was just thinking if Inner10 can do it, how hard could it be?
Shockingly I don't install many Costco cameras...That's like asking you about building a deck out of spruce.
__________________
The Following User Says Thank You to Inner10 For This Useful Post: Leo G
Inner10 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Inner10 For This Useful Post:
Californiadecks (03-09-2015)
Old 03-09-2015, 01:02 AM   #63
Pro
 
m1911's Avatar
 
Trade: finish carpenter
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 6,819
Rewards Points: 15,632

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


One thing you gotta be careful with is those long flexible installer bits. One time I poked thru a roof with one!
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by tipitop View Post
That guy in video have mental issues plus eat hole turtle from some reason
m1911 is offline  
   
 
Old 03-09-2015, 01:17 AM   #64
GC/carpenter
 
Californiadecks's Avatar
 
Trade: Decking, Railing, Carpenter/General Contractor
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Anaheim Hills, California (OC)
Posts: 30,623
Rewards Points: 778

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Quote:
Originally Posted by m1911 View Post
One thing you gotta be careful with is those long flexible installer bits. One time I poked thru a roof with one!
Alex dap, and call it a day. Doesn't fricken rain anyway
Californiadecks is online now  
Old 03-09-2015, 01:18 AM   #65
Pro
 
m1911's Avatar
 
Trade: finish carpenter
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 6,819
Rewards Points: 15,632

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Quote:
Originally Posted by Californiadecks View Post
Alex dap, and call it a day. Doesn't fricken rain anyway
LOL, I did better than that - expanding foam!
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by tipitop View Post
That guy in video have mental issues plus eat hole turtle from some reason
m1911 is offline  
Old 03-09-2015, 08:34 AM   #66
Contractor of the Month
 
Inner10's Avatar
 
Trade: Control Systems
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 22,116
Rewards Points: 9,224

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Quote:
Originally Posted by m1911 View Post
One thing you gotta be careful with is those long flexible installer bits. One time I poked thru a roof with one!
I shot out the side of a wall once, I rarely use the due to how unmanageable they are, even with the steering guide.
__________________
The Following User Says Thank You to Inner10 For This Useful Post: Leo G
Inner10 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Inner10 For This Useful Post:
m1911 (03-09-2015)
Old 03-09-2015, 09:16 AM   #67
Pro
 
cwatbay's Avatar
 
Trade: Electrical Contractor
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: San Carlos, California
Posts: 1,100
Rewards Points: 1,674

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


I love reading this thread after selling another $20,000 residential surveillance system.
cwatbay is offline  
Old 03-09-2015, 10:46 AM   #68
Contractor of the Month
 
Inner10's Avatar
 
Trade: Control Systems
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 22,116
Rewards Points: 9,224

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Quote:
Originally Posted by cwatbay View Post
I love reading this thread after selling another $20,000 residential surveillance system.
Lemme guess 20 Lorex kits from Costco?
__________________
The Following User Says Thank You to Inner10 For This Useful Post: Leo G
Inner10 is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Inner10 For This Useful Post:
cwatbay (03-09-2015), m1911 (03-09-2015)
Old 03-09-2015, 10:51 AM   #69
GC/carpenter
 
Californiadecks's Avatar
 
Trade: Decking, Railing, Carpenter/General Contractor
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Anaheim Hills, California (OC)
Posts: 30,623
Rewards Points: 778

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Quote:
Originally Posted by cwatbay View Post
I love reading this thread after selling another $20,000 residential surveillance system.
If I wanted a 20,000 dollar system I would buy it. In my case, and probably most people's case, it's a waste of money. If I had a million dollars worth of collectable cars it might make sense.

Not to mention, this Costco system was free.

Last edited by Californiadecks; 03-09-2015 at 10:59 AM.
Californiadecks is online now  
The Following User Says Thank You to Californiadecks For This Useful Post:
m1911 (03-09-2015)
Old 03-09-2015, 11:02 AM   #70
GC/carpenter
 
Californiadecks's Avatar
 
Trade: Decking, Railing, Carpenter/General Contractor
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Anaheim Hills, California (OC)
Posts: 30,623
Rewards Points: 778

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Quote:
Originally Posted by Inner10 View Post
Shockingly I don't install many Costco cameras...That's like asking you about building a deck out of spruce.
I was kidding. I now darn well you put in some pretty crazy systems, that I wouldn't even have a clue how to take out of the box.
Californiadecks is online now  
Old 03-09-2015, 05:10 PM   #71
Pro
 
cwatbay's Avatar
 
Trade: Electrical Contractor
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: San Carlos, California
Posts: 1,100
Rewards Points: 1,674

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Quote:
Originally Posted by Californiadecks View Post
I was kidding. I now darn well you put in some pretty crazy systems, that I wouldn't even have a clue how to take out of the box.
Costco, Fry's, Best Buy, Lowe's and over a bazillion Chinese camera system suppliers on the net are fine, just as long as you know what you are getting.

In our case, our systems start at around $5k and go up from there. My experience has been that it takes just as long or longer to put in a "end - user" discount system as it does to put in one of our custom designed systems.

In fact, I have now made it a rule that we will not install these pre-packed, POE on board, CCTV systems from our suppliers. Nor, do we put in systems that end-users have purchased themselves. Too much liability and not worth the hassle or service calls.

I let Craigslisters install the discount stuff. Not interested at all in that market. People expect a totally turn-key - NSA, CSI, James Bond surveillance system, and, when it doesn't live up to the hype, the installer gets blamed, or worse, they keep calling you up to "tweek" the system to get it to work right.

I know I have limited my market. But at least my market is willing to pay major league bucks (and allow me to afford expensive cars and attorneys) to get something the meets and exceeds their expectations.
cwatbay is offline  
Old 03-09-2015, 05:14 PM   #72
Contractor of the Month
 
Inner10's Avatar
 
Trade: Control Systems
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 22,116
Rewards Points: 9,224

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Quote:
Originally Posted by cwatbay View Post
Costco, Fry's, Best Buy, Lowe's and over a bazillion Chinese camera system suppliers on the net are fine, just as long as you know what you are getting.

In our case, our systems start at around $5k and go up from there. My experience has been that it takes just as long or longer to put in a "end - user" discount system as it does to put in one of our custom designed systems.

In fact, I have now made it a rule that we will not install these pre-packed, POE on board, CCTV systems from our suppliers. Nor, do we put in systems that end-users have purchased themselves. Too much liability and not worth the hassle or service calls.

I let Craigslisters install the discount stuff. Not interested at all in that market. People expect a totally turn-key - NSA, CSI, James Bond surveillance system, and, when it doesn't live up to the hype, the installer gets blamed, or worse, they keep calling you up to "tweek" the system to get it to work right.

I know I have limited my market. But at least my market is willing to pay major league bucks (and allow me to afford expensive cars and attorneys) to get something the meets and exceeds their expectations.
For residential systems I move a lot of Hikvision, I can install a 4 camera HD IP camera system for around $3000 and still make good money and have confidence that a quality system is in place.
__________________
The Following User Says Thank You to Inner10 For This Useful Post: Leo G
Inner10 is offline  
Old 03-09-2015, 05:50 PM   #73
Pro
 
m1911's Avatar
 
Trade: finish carpenter
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 6,819
Rewards Points: 15,632

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Quote:
Originally Posted by Inner10 View Post
I shot out the side of a wall once, I rarely use the due to how unmanageable they are, even with the steering guide.
Yes, the 54", even with the placement tool is a PITA, I hate to try the 72" bit! It might go thru the neighbors wall!
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by tipitop View Post
That guy in video have mental issues plus eat hole turtle from some reason
m1911 is offline  
Old 03-09-2015, 05:55 PM   #74
Pro
 
GettingBy's Avatar
 
Trade: Home Improvement/handyman
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: DC area
Posts: 2,622
Rewards Points: 6,486

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Quote:
Originally Posted by Californiadecks View Post
we have some very undiserables to say the least.
The ZIPskinny site will tell median income, racial makeup, and edu levels.

Without revealing your Zip, if you cut and paste the data I can look for a connection between what you report and what the site's data hints at.
Then I check the area around me.

That way you can check the neighborhood of your next house without leaving your chair. The realtors are certainly not going to tell you.

For cost vs. usefulness to you, how much would you pay (lump sum) for what degree of info about what goes on?
How much is useful to you as a private citizen?
How much of what you record can you act on?
Will you be a target when your lowlife neighbors get afraid because they find that you have the goods on them?

If you have 10 kilobucks worth of stuff and the likelihood is 20% that it will be taken then you should spend less than 0.2 x 10 = 2 kB on a system.
If you know how much your stuff is worth and you have paid 1 kB for a system then you have made a likelihood judgement without knowing it.

Last edited by GettingBy; 03-09-2015 at 06:03 PM.
GettingBy is offline  
Old 03-09-2015, 10:06 PM   #75
Pro
 
Quad Racer's Avatar
 
Trade: Remodeler
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 242
Rewards Points: 594

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


I have had this system for a few months and have been happy.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/4...curity_Cameras

I know its not a top of the line setup but it has worked flawlessly for me. Its good piece of mind and fits my needs. I can see what's going on my entire property without even getting out of my bed if I here a noise at night. I can keep an eye on the kids playing outside from my office. I plan to add a camera for indoor use when I'm not at home. When my family is in the house the power supply to the indoor cameras will be disconnected.
Quad Racer is offline  
Old 03-09-2015, 10:12 PM   #76
GC/carpenter
 
Californiadecks's Avatar
 
Trade: Decking, Railing, Carpenter/General Contractor
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Anaheim Hills, California (OC)
Posts: 30,623
Rewards Points: 778

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Quote:
Originally Posted by Quad Racer View Post
I have had this system for a few months and have been happy.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/4...curity_Cameras

I know its not a top of the line setup but it has worked flawlessly for me. Its good piece of mind and fits my needs. I can see what's going on my entire property without even getting out of my bed if I here a noise at night. I can keep an eye on the kids playing outside from my office. I plan to add a camera for indoor use when I'm not at home. When my family is in the house the power supply to the indoor cameras will be disconnected.
My neighborhood of Anaheim Hills is pretty desirable and upscale. It's just a bad apple that moved on the block.

Also a main reason for the cameras is to keep an eye on my dog when we're out of town. Don't really need a high end system for that.
Californiadecks is online now  
Old 03-09-2015, 10:18 PM   #77
Pro
 
Quad Racer's Avatar
 
Trade: Remodeler
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 242
Rewards Points: 594

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Yeah I agree. Its why there are different levels of quality for products. My need of a camera setup didn't warrant a high end system either. My goal is to not be the lowest hanging fruit on the tree. My two English Mastiffs and motion lights do the heavy lifting.

Quad Racer is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Quad Racer For This Useful Post:
Californiadecks (03-09-2015)
Old 03-09-2015, 10:39 PM   #78
Thread Reading Aficionado
 
Builders Inc.'s Avatar
 
Trade: Building Contractor
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,746
Rewards Points: 1,344

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


We had a customer come in on Saturday about two months ago, talked to my sales lady, said he would be back, came back 20 min. later, she then had another customer, and this guy proceeded to sit down at my desk in the front office and turn on the tv and pop a beer open!! WTF, She was like hey dude what the hell are you doing? Needless to say he left and no harm was done. But still it has made me very interested in camera systems. I then talked to a buddy of mine who sells computer systems and he says that for night time facial recognition I'll need to spend a few grand. I want the $500 deal. Let me know how it works out for you at night. I might be getting the same system.
Builders Inc. is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Builders Inc. For This Useful Post:
Californiadecks (03-09-2015)
Old 03-11-2015, 09:33 AM   #79
Contractor of the Month
 
Inner10's Avatar
 
Trade: Control Systems
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 22,116
Rewards Points: 9,224

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


Quote:
Originally Posted by Quad Racer View Post
Yeah I agree. Its why there are different levels of quality for products. My need of a camera setup didn't warrant a high end system either. My goal is to not be the lowest hanging fruit on the tree. My two English Mastiffs and motion lights do the heavy lifting.

That's not very secure, a friend of mine has the same dogs...they may be massive but they are waaaaay too nice and lazy to be guard dogs.
__________________
The Following User Says Thank You to Inner10 For This Useful Post: Leo G
Inner10 is offline  
Old 03-18-2015, 01:37 AM   #80
General Contractor
 
Doctor Handyman's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Upland, CA
Posts: 494
Rewards Points: 408

Re: Buying A Costco Security Camera System


I hope this isn't considered hijacking Mikes thread, just seemed unnecessary to start a new one on home security cameras from Costco.
Installed mine 2 years ago, QSee, 8 camera 600TVL, 16 channel, 1 TB

(I just cut and pasted the below from what I posted on my FB page for local friends and neighbors, sorry for the extraneous detail).

On Sunday, March 15 at approx 9:45pm, I just happened to glance at my security camera monitor and saw a truck pull up in front of my home (after reviewing the video I found that the truck drove south to the end of the street, turned around and slowly drove back up). I did not see anyone get out and they flashed the headlights twice. I thought this was unusual so I went into the garage to get a closer view through the window. The driver turned the headlights off and got out of the truck.

I was concerned he could see me since I had the iPad in hand to view the cameras simultaneously and the light from the screen was reflecting through the window. As I was bending down to hide the light and then stood up, his face was 36" from mine looking at the security camera. I went to rush out and bumped something in the garage making noise that he heard.
I went out the side gate, girlfriend was with me, just as he was getting into his truck. I walked down the driveway to confront him as he drove off. I did not have my keys or shoes on otherwise I would have followed.

Unable to get license plate.
Called the Police Department. An officer viewed the entire footage.

Appears to be a Hispanic male, 5'5", 180lbs, balding, wearing camo t-shirt and light colored pants. Drove a 2000 - 2006 Chevy pickup, crew cab, light blue or silver, with buckets and other tools in the bed. My assumption is this POS cruises neighborhoods looking for construction tools in beds of trucks.

The officer informed me that they are recording a higher number of burglaries and thefts in this area. Just last week, my brother had air compressor and pressure washer stolen out of his garage in Rancho. He will be installing a camera system soon.

I got lucky and scared him off just by having the security cameras. A lot of my friends give me a bad time because I have the cameras. Well now they see the cameras work!

This is also why I should never own a firearm!

As a side note, the officer showed me his video feed from his home system (Lorex from Costco) and found mine (QSee from Costco) to have better IR imaging (might be my outside lighting helps). He also said if that was his house he would have walked out with his gun drawn. Cool!

slow motion video: https://youtu.be/y7xlonLEKos

real time video: https://youtu.be/EflbBWe_HLU
Attached Thumbnails
Buying a Costco security camera system-img_2382.jpg   Buying a Costco security camera system-img_2381.jpeg  
Attached Images
 

Advertisement

Doctor Handyman is offline  
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Doctor Handyman For This Useful Post:
Californiadecks (03-18-2015), m1911 (03-18-2015), skillman (03-18-2015), VinylHanger (03-18-2015)


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Elgen GSF septic system rino1494 Excavation & Site Work Picture Post 9 01-05-2013 05:11 PM
Hidfast Gun redwood Decks & Fencing 28 06-08-2012 07:43 PM
Vts 59 track system GroundHawg 1 Excavation & Site Work 2 06-02-2012 11:54 PM
Job Site Web Camera MikeTheBuilder Technology 15 10-10-2007 04:58 PM
CCTV Digital Security Camera Systems 3rdEyeSecurity General Discussion 1 05-01-2007 02:09 PM

Join Now... It's Fast and FREE!

I am a professional contractor
I am a DIY Homeowner
Drywall Talk is for
PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTORS ONLY!

At DrywallTalk.com we cater exlusivly to professional contractors who make their living as a contractor. Knowing that many homeowners and DIYers are looking for a community to call home, we've created www.DIYChatroom.com DIY Chatroom is full of helpful advices and perfect for DIY homeowners.

Redirecing in 10 seconds
No Thanks
terms of service

Already Have an Account?