I'm running the wire right now. I was running Siamese cable to the locations. Should I also run cat5/6 to the locations to have more options, or will the HD cams work off coax too?Depends if you want high definition ip cams or are you happy with sd analog. Swann, Qsee, Lorex will all be under 500. If you want IP cams you could get a digimerge kit 4 cams and nvr for about 1200, or a HikVision system...that's what I'd go with.
It would be nice to have something where this isn't the case.One caution on the DVR - some of them require you to start from the beginning of the recording to review - if it's recording 48 hours and review is at 8X, it's going to take you 6 hours to look at something that just happened.
I can appreciate the layered security approach.I hard wired my house to a structured panel for cameras. I used the CIB package from Amazon, around 400.00 So far so good after 3 years. If its a single family house 4 cameras probably won't cover the entire perimeter. Typically you would want one at the front door, over the garage door(s), 2 at each corner and 1 high at front and rear to see crime at neighbors.
I am a fanatic about security, 8 foot non scalable fence around entire property, locked gates, security system, weaponry at convenient locations, Hardie and split face block that won't burn exterior, quasi safe room, emergency food storage etc.
You have to use expensive and bulky adaptors for ip over coax. Absolutely run cat5e or cat6. You can skip the coax and just use baluns. I don't do any new analog installs...ip for everything now.I'm running the wore right now. I was running Siamese cable to the locations. Should I also run cat5/6 to the locations to have more options, or will the HD cams work off coax too?
You will never get facial rec with an analog camera system. Digimerge had a batch of dvrs about 5 years ago that had a 100 percent failure rate which soured me on them. Everfocus are cheap...they are some of the cheapest crap going.I just put in a security system in my house . I went with digimerge for my dvr .I was told it was a good dvr , problem is their phone techs for customer service have got really bad in the last year . They put you on hold forever .Something else to consider is a camera that is good for facial recognition at night . I used everfocus ehd-730 and while they weren't cheap they are useless at night .I just had some punk break into my truck 2 weeks ago and I couldn't get a facial on him .