View Full Version : Laundry Spy vs Laundry Vision ?
04-23-2003, 12:32 PM
I need a remote monitored video system for my unattended mat. Laundry spy is almost twice as much as Laundry vision.
is it that much better?
are there other options?
any success stories / horror stories with equipment?
what's everyone else have?
04-23-2003, 02:55 PM
What are the prices of both systems? What do they include - monitor, cameras, cables, what size of PC, what are the FPS (frames per second) rate, how easy are they to setup and operate.
I don't have either of those systems, but if one system costs that much more there must be a reason.
See my video at www.LMARIES.com (http://www.LMARIES.com)
04-23-2003, 04:44 PM
Thanks for the reply,
Comparing stuff like computer specs is like trying to nail down jello one has more ram but the other is faster speed one has more capacity but the other has a burner one has a 4 camaera capacity but comes with 2 etc.
The feedback I was really was looking for from the other members was real world experience.
I saw on your site that you use a system call "Dpon"
How did that work out for you, is it easy to set up and use?
The cheapest system I was looking at was a 4 camera Laundry Vision for $3,200.00 the comparable Laundry spy was almost $5,000.00
How much was your Dpon ?
04-23-2003, 08:10 PM
My system can be set up in about 10-20 minutes. It is a self contained video server, but you will need a pc to do the recording.
I am actually a distribuitor now and can sell the 6 camera system for around $2500. Or if you want to get your own cameras the video recorder will be around $1,250. I also have access to larger units with up to 12 cameras, large hard drives, built in burners, hot swappable drives, 35fps per camera, etc., but now your talking $3500-$4000 without cameras.
To do the recording, I have a refurbished PC I bought from Dell for around $600 and added a 120 gig hard drive that keeps about 35 days worth of recording.
My system is good and has good quality clear color pictures, but if there was one thing I would like to improve on, it would be a higher FPS. At 6fps (1 per camera) the video can be slow. (I am working on this improvement now!)
Check out my video at www.LMARIES.com (http://www.LMARIES.com) - it isn't live video (1 frame every 2-3 seconds) since I set it up to view as a refreshing jpg picture. This way people didn't need to download and install ActiveX software, etc. to view the video.
04-24-2003, 01:15 PM
Sounds great, I like the price and the fact that you have had good experience with it, does your system have the ability to:
act as a motion detector after hours ?
Can you speak through your system remotely ?
can it call you if it detects motion after hours ?
04-24-2003, 02:53 PM
It doesn't have the ability to speak through the system.
It can do motion detection and send an e-mail with jpg attached or dial a phone number when motion has been detected.
You can also use the dry contact points and set up alarms (doors, changers, etc.) and if the normal settings change (door open, etc) it can dial a number or take pictures.
I use mine to monitor my unattended store from home. I record the video at the store and at home. If someone stole my system at the store, I would still have a recording at home up until the time they took the video recorder.
09-28-2003, 01:52 PM
In response to your question, although I see many of those have built there own systems, one thing I see that they all lack is something very crucial. That is technical support should something go wrong or something break. Who do they turn to then? Noone. I just purchased a system from Active-vision.com for 2695. It came with 4 cameras, all the wires I needed, transformers for the camera(The cameras were medium to high res)flat screen monitor, optical mouse, keyboard, recording storage for 30 days, Sony CD burner, and the system itself. The system comes in a anti-vandal case which can sustain 300lbs. per square inch striking force!!!! Who here can boast such a thing as that? It comes with a one year warranty which covers everything andf lifetime technical support should someone who is not tec hnical savy purchase such a system. I do agree that the building a video server yourself is a good idea and costs less BUT if you are noit a guru when it comes to computers, you are bound for a whole heaping spoon of trouble. The active vision web site is www.active-vision.com (http://www.active-vision.com) They have a try before you buy policy which allows you toi test out the system online before ever spending a dime. This was definitley the most worthwhile purchase I ever made.
09-28-2003, 01:54 PM
I also forgot to include the two way audio feature in the active vision system as well as being able to remotely turn things on and off, if motion is detected it can call you or email you with pictures it has taken of whatever has broken the camera's motion field. Active vision is definitley a complete system indeed!!!!!!!
07-02-2004, 03:01 PM
DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE FOR THESE PRODUCTS?
07-03-2004, 10:14 AM
There are many avenues available to obtain a camera system - we went with two 12 camera systems
from SamsClub. The cost about $3,200 each. What was not included was monitor ($120 bucks from
Office Depot) keyboard and mouse (total $40 at Office depot). Our stores are 4K sq ft each inside so
the hardest part of the install was running cables inside the ceiling tiles (3 cameras outside) and then
wiring it all up. Installed each camera system over night from 9PM to 6AM. Anyways, you can go
to SamsClub.com for more details/specs. Sams does sell vcr systems but we'd recommend you do
digital. The systems we purchased do all the things that everyone listed below such as being able to
login in from anywhere with a pc/laptop. After doing some homework we did not find a "major"
difference with digital technology so we went with SamsClub a place we do a lot of business with.
Good luck and let us know how things turn out...