I am looking at getting out security cameras for our church (we dont have any) and I was wanting to get a DVR system and do POE cameras and have everything ran CAT5/6.
When I am presenting the camera plan/option I have a drawn map of where the cameras should be mounted and an idea of the cover per camera that it will have (using a program for visuals).
Originally they wanted to go with Ring cameras and I immediately said would NOT recommend for many reasons (wireless, changing rechargable batteries, the solar panels needing to be attached, bandwidth issues, coverage issues for the cameras due to brick walls and only going off of 1 modem’s capability for wireless, not great quality compared to Reolink).
My plan is to suggest if you are going to put the money into a security system, do wired cameras because hardwired is always better vs wireless and you want it to be good quality not something you have to consistently maintain. Then list the pros/cons.
My question is, if we go w/a Reolink POE DVR system (Reolink has 2 POE DVR models) or similar DVR w/POE. Say we do NOT want it to backup to the cloud how simple is it to do a FTP?
How do other churches backup their DVR footage?
Do you have a rotation or rule of thumb/ how to/ strategy?
I am the only IT person so I plan on having someone assist me with running the cat5 cables and installing the cameras once the DVR is purchased VS having a monthly charge to a company like ADT.
Or is it better to do a company like ADT?
Anything I am missing or should be thinking about?
We do not necessarily have a budget or have even discussed price but when the suggestion of Ring cameras came up my immediate thought was cheapest possible security camera option which I am not a fan of cheapest security option if you are going to have security at least have it be decent.
I priced out the NVRs and I think with the cameras (4-8) it would be about $1500-$2000 total just for the camera/dvrs, not including the cabling and installation which if i do on my own and have someone assist would be maybe $200 for the persons assistance.