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SPYMONK3Y-DIY

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DIY: The standard camera system requires 4 main components to operate. An NVR, an HDD inside the NVR, the cameras, and the ethernet cables connect them all together. As for brands, I recommend Dahua, good features with good prices.

Network Video Recorders: The NVR is the only thing you need to plug into an outlet, it will provide power and connectivity to the cameras, and it will also hold the HDD that stores footage from all the cameras. Each NVR channel is a slot for one camera. WizSense NVRs

Hard Disk Drives: We install Western Digital Purple Surveillance HDDs on our NVRs. These are designed with constant video read and write in mind suitable for surveillance cameras.

Cameras: By far, Turrets are most popular as they blend in easily, are easier to keep clean.

The 6MP AI has the best value right now due to an ongoing sale. It is currently cheaper than the 4MP variant. (Has Starlight, AI-based Smart Motion Detect, Mics). 6MP 3X66 Turret Camera

The 8MP TiOC has the best feature. (Has all of the above camera's features plus: Sirens, Strobe Lights, LED Light which can turn on when detecting motion thus ensuring colour footage regardless of scene lighting, Speakers so you can speak through the camera using your phone app or PC browser. An improved Starlight, and has 4K resolution.) 8MP TiOC Turret Camera

About Night Vision - Here is how cameras react to low-light environments.

  • The area has good light = Cameras record as normal in colour.
  • The area has low light = Standard cameras will switch to infrared (black and white). Starlight cameras use their technique to still capture in colour until their specified threshold.
  • The area has very low light or no light = All cameras will switch to infrared (black and white). If the camera is TiOC/Full-Colour or is an LED camera, when motion is detected, it will turn on an LED lamp and switch to normal colour recording. This ensures, that relevant and important footage is in colour.

To strike a balance of price and features, I recommend getting most cameras as 6MP and then a TiOC or 2 for key entrances/hotspots.

Cables: 
Each camera needs to be plugged into the NVR using a CAT6 ethernet cable. We do not sell them with the kits as each customer requires various lengths and installers usually have them in big boxes cut to length. You can get them here, linked below, or from any computer store nearby. Ethernet Cables

Mounts: The cameras can be installed without any mounts required. Some mounts are available for situations where they might come in handy or for hiding wires.

Bundles: Here are some of our premade kits that include the main components (except cables):
6MP 3X66 Turret Kits
8MP TiOC Turret Kits

TiOC and 3X66 Comparison

If we have 2 cameras side by side, one is a TiOC the other is 3x66. This is what will happen.

  • When an intrusion happens, both cameras will use SMD to identify if it's an actual intrusion (human or vehicle) or just waving branches, insects flying, etc.
  • If it is a human or a vehicle, both cameras will notify you immediately via the app.
  • if configured, both cameras can take a photo and send it via email too.
  • During the daytime, both will record normally and in colour.
  • When it gets darker, both will use STARLIGHT to stay in colour as long as the minimum ambient lighting is met.
  • When it gets dark with no ambient light, both cameras will turn on their Infrared Sensors, recording will then be black and white.
  • When it is dark and an intrusion happens, the TIOC will turn on its LED light to light up the area and switch its recording back to colour. That way, you always get relevant footage in colour.
  • In the case above where both cameras are looking at the same area, the 3x66 will also benefit from the LED light from the TiOC and switch to colour also.
  • When an intrusion happens, the 3x66 is a passive camera, and will only record video and audio.
  • The TiOC on the other hand can fire up its sirens and give audible alarms or pre-recorded messages.
  • It can also fire up Strobe Lights, red and blue flash, and also establish 2-way audio, so you can speak to the person near the camera from your phone.