The one advice I heard when putting up a few cameras around the property was, “Get a bigger DVR than you think you need.” As I looked around the property I thought through where I was going to put the cameras and what I was going to see… and decided I would get a eight channel DVR. Meaning I can run the max of eight cameras on it.
Found a really good deal on amazon for an Anran DVR few terabytes of storage, and few cameras. Not having exact cable measurements, I opted to make my own cables, using standard Cat5e cable and some of these Video/Power adapters. For the video camera side, I grabbed indoor/outdoor waterproof 800TVL 24 IR Led Day/Night Mode.
The setup was rather simple… Make sure you don’t cross your wires. I now have access to my cameras from my laptop, tablet, phone, etc. The night vision could be a bit better… but I didn’t expect much for 18$ All worked well.
My only issue is that well I thought I needed four cameras, and bought the eight camera DVR, the price difference of 30$ to get the 16 camera DVR is what I should have done. Just to have room to add some more cameras.