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Trying to setup IP cameras. What do I need to buy?

Discussion in 'Networking, Telephony & Internet' started by guerd87, Jul 24, 2021.

  1. guerd87

    guerd87 Member

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    As written in the title. I have a crappy DVR in our work shed which has done ok for the last year. But video quality and hard to use software just makes it a pain and im over it.

    I have an older desktop here that should be up to the task and run the ip camera software.

    We have no fixed line internet so we run a Nighthawk wireless modem. In order to connect all of these items together I need some more parts

    Nighthawk into a wireless router. Out of this router I will run a cable to the pc and then another cable to a 4 port POE switch.

    From this switch I will run my 3 x POE 1080 cameras

    Simple questions. Im just not very good with this stuff and dont want to buy the wrong gear
     
  2. davros123

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    ? What actually is your question?
    You have a PC.
    You have cameras
    You have a router/POE switch....

    What exactly do you need advice on?
     
  3. Nobby6

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    google " blue iris "

    of course you'll need to make sure your cameras are compatible, ONVIF ?
     
  4. g@z

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    Milestone have a free 8 camera version, runs on windows. It's pretty cool.

    I'll add, only thing I think you need to check is the PoE usage on the cameras, and the PoE supply of the switch and make sure they match. No point getting a PoE switch if the cameras need PoE+. Aslo make sure the 'PoE' capability of the camera is actually real PoE via the network interface, and not some of the "it's PoE" where they actually mean you need to supply a 12 power pack and cheap adapter to inject and split out the power yourself, which is misleading I think.

    Regards,
    g@z.
     
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    guerd87

    guerd87 Member

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    After reading it i didnt really ask any questions sorry

    I have pc, cameras and the nighthawk.

    i just want to make sure if I need to buy a router and switch as I wrote about or if im better off buying a larger single component to tie them all together

     
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    guerd87 Member

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    Blue iris is what I was going to run. Cameras are 1080p, PoE, ONVIF

     
  7. alch

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    iSpy here, streaming from dvr over network
     
  8. davros123

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    +100 for milestone. Enterprise quality for free (up to 8 cams) can not go wrong
     

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