Smart outdoor security cameras in SA?

Saba'a

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Nope still shows despatched. I miss DHL.
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Still showing despatched to overseas.
 

Azimuth

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I’ve recently acquired some Blink XT2 cameras and I’m completely blown away. Virtually the same as AJAX (which I also run) - it’s no wonder that Amazon snapped up the company.

Flawless operation for around a week now and running 7 cameras with 2 sync modules.

The app is outstanding, remote access couldn’t be better and the footage is great (I’m not even running at 1080p).

It’s a truly wireless system architectured around an app, battery saving and cloud storage.

Five weeks later and we are still appreciating the new cameras.

The biggest mindset change comes with the treating them as an alarm system and not a 24/7 camera system ie. arming and disarming.

Disarming is important because you really don’t need or want false alarms and junk footage.

My wife is quite good with helping in this regard as she arms and disarms which I can forget to do on occasion.

Recently I missed footage of a lurker which my neighbour alerted me to but luckily he didn’t hang around long. Early Feb I captured someone around our cars but he also didn’t stay long.

Armed response and neighbourhood watch patrols are very reactive in our area - given half a chance and an intruder will be kissing the tarmac.

Some observations thus far:

• Some sort of event logging is sorely missing ala Ajax
• Having primary and secondary users would be nice (right now all users are an admin)
• Wireless and sync module connectivity must be strong and not weak else you get disconnections (seems obvious)
• Zone masking seems a bit iffy because I still get triggers even with an area masked out. I’m experimenting more with sensitivity now
• Periodic updating of the image would be nice - right now you have to request a new image if you don’t want to live stream
• Scheduling is weak and there needs to be more granular control (per camera)
• Cameras occasionally go offline - again event logging would be useful here. Perhaps it’s a firmware check/update?

I’ve since installed another system in Melkbosstrand - better Wi-Fi is definitely needed here.
 
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alqassam

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That's where a proper camera system shines. @Azimuth @Azimuth

Mine records 24/7 and if it identifies a human or car it sends a snapshot to me via telegram.

Blink has its place but not as a main security system.
 

LOM

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That's where a proper camera system shines. @Azimuth @Azimuth

Mine records 24/7 and if it identifies a human or car it sends a snapshot to me via telegram.

Blink has its place but not as a main security system.
What are you using?
I need something I can run on solar and connect to an LTE router for on demand monitoring and alerts.
 

Saba'a

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Any progress on this? Keen to hear if its arrived how they perform
Still not. Tracking still same status despatched overseas.

Singapore post, so via SAPO? Honestly dont understand why the not using DHL!

Will give it until mid-April and then ask for refund.


Wanted to buy another 2 but if free shipping means waiting months, then I have no appetite to buy reolink.
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Saba'a

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Sadly still waiting on camera. Seems its with the post office!

Clearly buying from reolink directly not a good option anymore.

Voucher useless as it would just be more money wasted.

Maybe it'll arrive by mid year?
 

Steamy Tom

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some advice please guys, i want to get a camera to monitor a child to see when they are awake etc (the actual monitoring will be handled by the angel care unit, but just to visually see if they are awake etc)

but i would also like to possibly use it in future with my home assistant setup.

what are teh options at a relatively lowish cost, i saw some generic stuff but i dont have much faith in them.

What about the TP Link tapo c100 or C200 and the sonoff? thoughts?
 

MongooseMan

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Sadly still waiting on camera. Seems its with the post office!

Clearly buying from reolink directly not a good option anymore.

Voucher useless as it would just be more money wasted.

Maybe it'll arrive by mid year?
Jeepers, it's so much worse than last year.
I ordered in October, took 3 weeks to arrive at my door.

Now, I ordered on 13 March, stuff still hasn't hit SA, according to 4x...
 

calypso

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Kinda happy that I bought mine from Amazon. Most landed in about a week.
 

Saba'a

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Jeepers, it's so much worse than last year.
I ordered in October, took 3 weeks to arrive at my door.

Now, I ordered on 13 March, stuff still hasn't hit SA, according to 4x...
Its apparently in SA at least. But still no local tracking.
 
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