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    Red face Home CCTV upgrade help

    Hi everyone we are looking at upgrading our home CCTV setup

    We had a system installed a few years back
    Its a Dahua 8 channel DVR XVR5108HS
    And we are running 8 cameras with the older connection type HDCVI
    7 of them are 2 megapixel DAHUA
    1 of them IS 3 megapixel TRUVISION and is far better than the others

    The DVR is extremely noisy. It can be heard from almost anywhere in the house and its hidden in a broom closet.
    The camera quality is not great even in Daytime we really want a better system
    We have had a few crimes in the area and if we had better quality at the times We could have identified some people and vehicles

    What options would we have for an upgrade ?
    Given that all the cables are in place Either keeping the existing cables and get a new DVR with new cameras ?

    Or changing everything to I.P.

    If I have to spend a bit more I dont mind i'd rather get something good for long term


    I am not an expert so i dont understand too much of the technical
    Could I get some reccomendations please ?

    Thanks in advance !
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    Would be cheaper to keep using the existing cabling so it means going for CVI or TVI system.
    Most brands are now up around 5MP for this technology being Dahua, Hikvision or TVT
    Most likely it is just the internal fan that is noisy, might be blocked with dust.

    IP is good and more future proof with more advances in megapixel and the image technology. Generally the standard at the moment is 5, 6 and 8MP cameras

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    Thanks for replying
    I dont mind the cost so much if its goign to be better long term
    Any reccomendation on a system ?

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    I like the Uniview cctv product. Good app for remote viewing.

    Another option is Hikvision, but probably more $$$ then Uniview.

    Dahua is another brand but not one of my preferred products.

    Many other brands around as well.

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    @secure, are you able to recommend a system that complies with the US government orders from last year? The banning of the Chinese manufactured cameras there, and the removal (and possible ban) by many governments and agencies over here is Aus, makes me wonder if I should look elsewhere when upgrading soon.

    Hikvision, Dahua and Uniview are all on the Ďbannedí list. In fact, itís hard to find reliable and reasonably priced cameras that are not on the banned list.

    Any suggestions?

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    I don't know if there is any reasonably price cameras that are not on the banned list!

    I think TVT would be on the banned list
    TruVision might be banned.But might be under Interlogix.
    The lastest bosch might be ok?
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    Thanks. Some Bosch ones I was looking at a while back ended up being Dahua OEMís anyway, actually I was surprised how many of the brands ended up being rebranded banned cameras.

    Iíll probably just end up with another Dahua system. The one I have has been reliable and they seem well priced - and at least I know itís only the Chinese spying on me.

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    i have a swan system bought 8 camera box with 8 cameras refurbished direct from swan a few years ago does ip and bnc use the bnc because it saved having new cables run perfect clear pictures able to monitor on the phone box has a 1tb hd

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    You could look at NYX or Hanwha for a budget system or Avigilon for a high end system that is made in Canada

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    I had to replace the old cheap clunker I had when the hard drive failed the other week. No complaints, 24/7 for 4 years or so on an el cheapo system.

    I replaced it with this system


    But I only paid $398 buying it elsewhere (catch.com.au....though its since gone up to $448) and consider it a bargain considering it has 4 cameras and a 2Tb Hard drive. I know its not top spec, but its pretty decent given what I paid for it. The cameras do 2048 x 1536.

    If I had a better budget, I would have spent more on something from Dahua or Hikvision, but if anyone is looking for good bang for buck, I am impressed with this for the money I paid. I am going to add another 4 cameras, I have an open yard and some of the things I have seen on motion detection mean I now want to see my whole property. I will likely get 4 of these this week and that will do me for a while :


    Plus having POE and Onvif rather than the old BNC, I can upgrade bits when I can afford them like the NVR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteramjet View Post
    Thanks. Some Bosch ones I was looking at a while back ended up being Dahua OEMís anyway, actually I was surprised how many of the brands ended up being rebranded banned cameras.
    I found similar when looking around to see what I could get on my shitty budget.

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