I have this system running in my home for nearly 8 years and it works great locally and I do have remote connection to my system. All of this powered by Green solar energy!
Read on for what I have done.
Step 1: Dedicated Pc.
This setup requires an always on Windows pc. It can be a desktop or netbook. The more energy efficient the better. In my case it's my home automation pc.
Step 2: Network Cameras.
3. Network or IP.
My camera of choice is the IP camera although it is the most expensive (relatively) it allows for;
1. Multiple access to the same camera.
2. Inherent security.
3. Extremely low processing overhead for the host pc. 4. High image quality.
5. Very long native cable runs between the host pc and the camera.
6. Easy wiring if a POE camera is used.
7. PTZ capable depending on model.
My home setup has 8 IP cameras and they have provided long service over the years. Keep in mind that outdoor rated cameras are extremely expensive and I decided to have Mines as indoor only. Ptz cameras give a nice edge to monitor multiple areas. It's your choice.
Step 3: Network Hub With POE.
Use shielded or standard cat5e cables, as long as you wish to order.
Step 4: Ispy.
Adding cameras is easy with the built in wizard. It supports all three camera classes.
Ispy can record continously, on motion or on a schedule. Videos and images are stored on the internal drive or network storage.
Step 5: Remote Access.
Easy to setup and use surveillance!