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Best Home CCTV system advice


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Hello all

Was looking for a section on home cctv system, but there doesnt seem to be one on AV forums. Or, if there is, somebody please point me in the right direction.

I've seen plenty of Hikvision and Hiwatch (made by Hikvision) for sale and wanted to know if anyone can testify to the quality and functions, features of both?

Or, if anyone knows of any good reliable brands of cctv to check out?

As for budget, was hoping to get the full kit for £200 possibly ?

I only need night vision 2 cameras (2.4mp or 5mp), 2 cables and the 4 channel DVR unit. Nothing extreme, as its for a small property. Just want it to run in the background either continously or motion detection.

As for cameras theres dome and bullet, so whats the best and why?

As for DVR hdd, whats the difference between desktop hdd and surveilance hdd?

Thanks for reading.


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I'm afraid we can't offer the solution you seek for that price.
Have a shop around, check the product reviews.
These are our start point NVRs:
Hikvision DS-7604NI-K1-4P(B) | 4 Channel Network Video Recorder
Search results for: '1009' ¦ use-IP Ltd

There's lots of info on why you should use surveillance HDDs here:
Western Digital Purple | 1-12 TB SATA 6 GB\/s NAS Hard Drive

Essentially, CCTV recording is a completely different duty cycle for a hard drive to that of data/back-ups.
With CCTV you are writing to the drive 24/7 and lots of data every second.