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IP camera arm/disarm pad possible?


 
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astromusic
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:32 pm    Post subject: IP camera arm/disarm pad possible? Reply with quote

Hi, I would like to have 2 IP cameras (not decided which one yet) to monitor the house while we are not home. However, would like to disable it while one of us is home (too creepy otherwise!). Has anyone rigged up anything where you can arm/disarm it with a keypad of some kind near the door (like an alarm system).

One thing I was thinking of was to have the power to the cams on X10 and use an X10 keypad to turn it off/on. Is that a good solution or will the constant power cycling be bad for the camera (especially the more inexpensive ones). Also, one other thing I was thinking of doing is put the cams on UPS (along with the network router and modem), so if the bad guys cut the power to the home it will continue to function for at least 15 minutes. However, I don't think X10 will work in this case.

Any thoughts? Thanks!
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thewireguys
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mobotix cameras can do this. Also most IP cameras have I/O that you can use to trigger recording with NVR software.
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buellwinkle
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use BlueIris software with my cameras at home and it has a traffic light icon. When you are about to leave the house, click on the red traffic light signal and it turns yellow. This gives you a few minutes to get out and then it turns green and starts recording and notifications. When you get home, click on it again and it turns red and is not recording. While you are away, it can send you emails with motion detect notifications and you can view the cameras remotely from any cell phone with an html browser, an iPad or laptop.

I use an economical, quite and effecient Atom processor based desktop and it works well with the 6 cameras I have at home.

In our summer cottage, we just unplug the cameras when we arrive and plug them back in when we leave.
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astromusic
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, thewireguys, but looks like Mobotix is at the high side of my budget which is closer to the Foscam end of things!

Buellwinkle, good suggestion on the PC control; however, I was looking for something with the simplicity of a push button keypad near the door, otherwise it won't get used often enough to matter! I was thinking of the X10 as a version of "unplugging and plugging" every time you go out the door, but I believe I saw postings that indicated that the cheaper units like Foscam do not reliably come up after you unplug and plug the AC side. Maybe a radio controlled relay on the DC side is the way to go then.
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buellwinkle
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a remote control for your PC, haha. My PC came with a remote control, never used it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This might not be what your looking for but if your cameras reliably turn back on after you turn off power and then turn it back on this is a cheap easy solution that will take you 2 seconds to set up. Check out link below.
Basically you plug it into outlet then plug camera into it. So all you have to do is leave it next to door and press button to turn on power to camera and you can take the remote with you. I think you can get multiple remotes so if you dont live alone you can give them to other people and its as easy as pushing a button to turn it on and off. I know its not high tech but it will work.

http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Appliance-Remote-Control-Switch/dp/B000V20N3G
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