good point on the warranty and being able to return it. would be nice to purchase an additional warranty on a system. I would like to have at least 8 cameras and 12 would be ideal. 4 dome and 4 bullet cameras at a minimum. would like to have 6 of each. running cat 6 cable is going to be a challenge. thinking about holding onto the foscam bullet style i have and start on wiring the house. can hard wire and test each run before getting a 8 or 12 camera system. then when i order the system just plug it in and go. any other brands and systems you would recommend. would love to stay under the $2,000 mark but dont want to have to do this again in the future.
remote view is a must.
can anyone point me to a link on installing the unit and having the display also come out of a coax cable. I currently have direct tv and was curious if there is a way to take the output from the dvr and then input it onto the same cable my direct tv comes in on? then just turn on the tv tune to channel 2 for example and be able to see everything. this isnt a must but would be really handy to see all the cameras from any tv in the house.
The problem with holding on to the foscams is that they will not work with the lorex nvr..you will be forced to use a pc based nvr solution like blue iris (which is great)... but you will need a powerful pc and it wont be plug and play. Pay someone to run the cable if you are not comfortable doing it.
As far as brands, lorex and swann rebrand hikvision and dahua...you can get them cheaper from china but you will have ZERO warranty and support...and upgrading firmware requires skill..so it depends on how technical you are...if you want plug and play get a swann or lorex ip system from costco...
Every NVR can do remote viewing..you need to properly set up port forwarding or VPN..
as far as coax, you will need to get an rf modulator with an hdmi input...a better but more time consuming solution is to run an ethernet cable from your nvr to your tv and hdmi over ethernet to direcly connect to the tv...so you can just change your tv input source and see your cams (the image will be much better than a modulator).