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Cindy Lewyn
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Username: cjlewyn

Post Number: 6
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Sunday, Dec 7, 2008 - 9:09 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I am looking for the best camera system to use on my farm (for security and for monitoring horses). I have found some info out there, but I was wondering if anyone has used a specific system or brand they were happy with. Thanks!
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Ilona A
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Username: ilona

Post Number: 747
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Saturday, Dec 13, 2008 - 7:21 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Cindy,
I am looking for the same thing for the same reasons, also for my kennels that seem to growing in number each year.
What info did you locate. I would be most interested.
Thanx
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PattyB
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Username: pattyb

Post Number: 54
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Saturday, Dec 13, 2008 - 8:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Once you get your security system going...you will sleep so much better. I have an outdoor laser beam system that lets me know if anyone or anything trips the invisible beam. Usually it's the neighbor's horses getting loose and coming to my house (between 3-4:00 in the morning). I don't have a camera system but the beams and intercom work great. Please post when you pick something out, I would be interested as well.
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Erika L
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Username: erika

Post Number: 1496
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Saturday, Dec 13, 2008 - 9:42 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Oh my, PattyB, I have a driveway sensor that rings a bell in the house when anyone is coming--saves me from surprises at the door! Only problem is that sometimes it goes off in the night from deer or whatever, and if my husband happens to be out of town--well, that's the end of sleep for the night.

I also have motion sensors on the barn lights that face the driveway. But I too, would be interested in a reliable video system. We have lots of seasonal help here at the farm, and I am sometimes worried about security as the barn is closer to the road than the house.

Funny aside: While my kids were small and still at home I always told them (and their friends) that the whole house is videotaped. Believe me, it kept a lot of kids out of a lot of temptations! Tee hee! And if anyone "ratted" someone out for falling to temptation, well, I just said "Thank you, but I would have seen it later when I review the tapes anyway"!! Then nobody had to be the bad guy since the evidence was on tape

Now they are teenagers and no longer at home (away at school), and I finally 'fessed up that it was just a ruse. But I made them promise not to tell their friends. Yeah, right...
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Erika L
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Username: erika

Post Number: 1497
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Saturday, Dec 13, 2008 - 9:46 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

BTW, PattyB and Ilona, have you noticed that you both have Belgian Malinois? Beautiful dogs from what I have seen.

Erika
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PattyB
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Username: pattyb

Post Number: 55
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Saturday, Dec 13, 2008 - 11:15 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Erika...just in from the barn and sat down to thaw out for a few minutes (in front of the computer).

My Malinios' name is Codi...my bionic dog with 2 ACL surgeries to prove it. She's a very good dog, watches over the farm by choice.

My security system surrounds the barns and pool and yes, sometimes it's tripped by a stray dog etc. but more importantly, I always know if/when something/someone is to close. With that, the intercom and locks on all perimeter gates, I don't worry much at night......which leads me to a short true story:

My neighborhood has two families bent on creating problems with illegal fireworks (until they found out about their liability) and one family in particular has a problem teenager. I can promise you that my family and the cop across the street are not among their favorites...lol. Anyway, I ran into the cop a month or so after someone had opened his pasture gate one night, not knowing all his horses were in the barn so no one got out. Not until he said that did I remember hearing thru the intercom in my sleep one night, the kid's voice saying to someone "there's a lock on this one." The twit must have been here to open my gate but I was one step ahead of him and had already put the locks on the gates. It was right after that the security system was ordered incase he came here looking for trouble again.

There is a drawback though with an outdoor alarm system without cameras------>you have no idea if it's your neighbor's loose horses...or a bear? tripping the laser beams! I had no idea we had black bears here until I was reading the local paper one night and read that one had been seen less than half a miles from my house!!!!! Yikes! Now I'm afraid to go to the mailbox at the end of the driveway after dark. I would love to have a camera system...one that I could afford that is.
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Cindy Lewyn
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Username: cjlewyn

Post Number: 11
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Sunday, Dec 14, 2008 - 9:31 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Wow...
Obviously there is a lot of interest out there for a camera system! I've been doing research, and I'm overwhelmed with all the products and systems available! I will post when I decide which one to use, and let you know how it works-thanks everyone!
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Lilo
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Username: lilo

Post Number: 978
Registered: 4-2000
Posted on Sunday, Dec 14, 2008 - 10:40 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I'll be keeping tabs on this also. Although motion activated security systems (without cameras) do have a drawback. Yesterday I made a special trip to check on my son's home. The cat had tripped the motion sensor, and scared himself into hiding, poor thing. But sometimes I hear noises at the barn, and would love to be able to check on the horses. It would have to be very economical, though.

Lilo
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Linda Christian
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Username: savage

Post Number: 204
Registered: 5-2000
Posted on Sunday, Dec 14, 2008 - 6:08 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Not sure if any of you might be interested in a Streaming cam service but thought I would post this link.

I am on a site called MareStare and they are a streaming service for farm and ranch owners who need an extra pair of eyes on their property, animals in foal, or need special watches for injured and recovering animals such as colic, surgeries etc.

I am one of many people all over the world who help keep watch by bringing up the farm cams and making sure things are ok. These cams have saved many a life, such as foal getting stuck in a fence and someone calling the owner to let them know, or a person who was new to foaling but not only that the mare went down and cast herself pretty good and the owner didn't know how to get her free, someone in England saw this and called them and helped them get her uncast as we watched, a very happy ending.

Here is the link for the service and pricing:
http://www.marestare.com/cam_hosting.htm

The link to the main site:
http://www.marestare.com/

Not all cams are up, some are on only during foaling season and some only to have us watch a sick horse. If you would like to view a cam to see what it's like you can go to
Castaway Farm - we are currently watching "Rain" a mini mare who is due any time now.
Studley Arabians - property watch

You will need to download the plug-in to view the cams. Can be viewed with IE or Firefox 2..at this time if you have Firefox 3 it won't work. The Server guy Rich is working on that.
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Cyndy
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Username: hpyhaulr

Post Number: 436
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Sunday, Dec 14, 2008 - 9:28 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I am pretty biased on this subject. Heather Troglauer of Mare Stare is a client,the breeder I got my minis from, and I am most proud to call her my friend. She also has a 501-C-3 called Mare Stare Cares. They raise money and disperse it to horse owners who are faced with medical situations that they are not prepared for or capable of dealing with on an emergency basis. Their goal is to keep desperate owners from making premature permanent decisions to what COULD be a temporary problem. Keep hope alive.
Mare Stare gets my vote.
AND ....if that is not enough...
Heather is the person who helped me find the mini who visited Sara's Mom in the Nursing Home to grant her wish. Heather is smart, kind, tenacious and stunningly creative. She has the energy level of 3 normal people.
You can hook up Mare Stare to your TV, your computer etc. For the person who has lost a mare in foal, it is invaluable. She will be hooking my place up shortly as well.
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KatR
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Username: kathrynr

Post Number: 38
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 - 7:47 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Everyone I am in the electronics business, and though I don't sell these I will ask around my circle and see what is out there and it's reputation and post back.
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Nadia F
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Username: nadia

Post Number: 155
Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 - 8:11 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I've been looking at this site for a way to watch my dog outside:

http://www.x10.com/promotions/xx16a_as_cam_41806_promo_vcr_2_0418_home.html

but I don't know anyone who uses them.
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leslie christian
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Username: leslie1

Post Number: 491
Registered: 8-2006
Posted on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 - 10:18 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

What a hoot! I love marestare!
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Erika L
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Username: erika

Post Number: 1501
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 - 5:50 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

What am I doing wrong? I went to the Mare Stare site and all I see are discussion groups.
If you sign up, does that mean other people can see into your barn? Or just you?
I'm so confused....
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Linda Christian
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Username: savage

Post Number: 205
Registered: 5-2000
Posted on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 - 7:36 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

You're ok Erika, when you get to the Mare Stare page if you look on your left you will see a link to "Live Cams" just go there and you will be fine. :-) Click on "Castaway Farms" and it will tell you that you need to download the plug in to view the cams..do that and then the cams will work for you.

Yes there are forums, you can read the forums but you can't post until you register which is free.

if you click on "Message Boards" then in the listings find and click on "Mare Stare cams foaling alerts and updates" then that will take you to the current listing of who we are watching right now. Each farm has it's own thread for the animal that we are watching. hope that helps.

And I will back up what Cyndy said about Heather, she is terrific! and the people there are kind, and very caring and helpful. Saving a life is precious and that is what it is about.
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Sara Miller
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Username: sdms

Post Number: 269
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008 - 4:52 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Howdy all. Just a day before Cindy posted her request for information I purchased a barn/foaling camera and it arrived in the mail yesterday. I'm planning on putting it together in the house today and when it warms up a bit installing the camera outside. So far Maureen, the gal that owns the business, has been extremely helpful and has offered telephone assistance with installation if I have any problems. Her website is http://www.securityvideosolutions.com and the system I purchased is http://www.securityvideosolutions.com/product/METALBARNCAM4/Camera_Color_Wireles s_transmission_For_metal_building_or_Barn.html

She actually had it listed on ebay for $90 less and free shipping so you might keeps your eyes open there. I saw a lot of good systems online but cost was a very big factor for me.

I'll post an update whenever I get it installed.
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Gail Anderson
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Username: gailkin

Post Number: 127
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Friday, Dec 19, 2008 - 2:05 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I just say an ad in the Costco magazine for a system with two night vision cameras that hook up to your own TV or VCR. It doesn't look too expensive and I will investigate it next time I go to Costco. I would like to be able to see exactly what goes on in the barn area sometimes.
Gail
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KatR
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Username: kathrynr

Post Number: 49
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Friday, Dec 19, 2008 - 5:13 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi all to follow up from my original post,I did finally hear back from one of our big electronics dealers on the security/webcams and the brand they recommend is Panasonic. They are very reliable and hold up to the elements.
Now you have me interested and I may have to get one... Happy Friday!
Kat
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