IP POE Home Security Camera Suggestions

dickz

Active Member
Hi Everyone,

Does anyone have any recommendations for good IP POE Security Cams, as my experience with these to date has been rather grim, and i will explain further;

Prior to a loft conversion 10 years ago i was able to completely wire my house in cat 6 and now have sockets in all rooms in my house which are supplied via a 48 way netgear GB POE managed switch and a 200MB feed from virginmedia.

About 6 months ago it seemed that all the rage for dependability and price point was reolink so i purchased the rlc-810a 4k camera mounted externally with about 30 feet of cat 6 cable to the switch and enable poe on the port being used, in this configuration was unable to get smooth 4k stream regardless of setting or whether this was streamed to mobile app via wifi or streamed directly through the wired network to a mac mini 2012 with 16gb of ram, did also try a hp note book running windows 10 and made zero difference still lots of jittering and poor frame rate. Also kept getting message in app that it was using constantly running a full memory capacity in the camera!

I did try a standalone POE injector and a different switch which made no difference whatsover when streaming to ios, android, windows 10 or MAC OS.

Therefore, as i still have a need for an external camera does anyone have any suggestions recommendations for a solid reliable quality camera that wont break the bank. The reolink build quality seemed amazing with a cast case design but just the electronics that let it down.

Thanks in anticipation!

Dickz.
 

Chris Muriel

Distinguished Member
Have you got the camera updated with the latest firmware ?
I have 3 Reolinks (410, 423 and 511 PTZ) ; all run fine over ethernet and using PoE.
I use the Reolink windows app and I can also use the anroid app and additonally can see the cams on my Amazon Echo Shows (after I installed the Reolink Alexa skill).
Did you test it on a short length of cable first ?
It could be that you simply have a faulty camera so a replacement (hopefully under guarantee) could fix the problem.
 

dickz

Active Member
Have you got the camera updated with the latest firmware ?
I have 3 Reolinks (410, 423 and 511 PTZ) ; all run fine over ethernet and using PoE.
I use the Reolink windows app and I can also use the anroid app and additonally can see the cams on my Amazon Echo Shows (after I installed the Reolink Alexa skill).
Did you test it on a short length of cable first ?
It could be that you simply have a faulty camera so a replacement (hopefully under guarantee) could fix the problem.
I eventually sent this back to Amazon under their 30 day returns guarantee. I did give a shorter cable length a try and did ensure that it had the latest firmware loaded but made no difference, and was constantly struggling with camera cpu exceeding 100%! I was hoping that reolink was the answer as was going to purchase several more cameras if it had worked out!
 

Chris Muriel

Distinguished Member
So either your specific camera was faulty or , for some unexplained reason, your setup doesn't work properly or behave well with Reolink cams. I assume you got a refund so we won't know whether you had 1 faulty example or wherther something in your system doesn't plauy well with Reolink cameras.
Amcrest , Dahua and Hikvision are possible alternatives that appear regularly in these forums.
I wish you luck with tyhe project and look forward to hearing what ends up working properly for you ultimately.
 

spile

Active Member
I am happy with the quality, reliability and cost of my two Amcrest cameras which are rebranded Duaha. I use them with QVRPro. I would recommend reading Cliffs notes if you haven’t already done so.
 

ashenfie

Well-known Member
I have two ip Hikvision cameras which are powered by pppoe hikvision switch. No the cheapest option but works really well. Went Hikvision as the software is stable and I didn't want to use any addition hardware, simple switch and cameras with memory cards.
 

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