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No 2 of my *Smart Cards* (USMC, NWS, State Govt) have the same features, go figure. And its a real pain in the butt as my laptops haven't supported PCIMICA for quite some time. At least the NWS variant has a RealID marker on it
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The cost of the camera is the least of the issues if you go external - should be able to pick one up cheap enough online. You will need to run a power cable to it some how. The only time I ever had to do this I was fortunate that there was a socket in the attic so that I did not have to run visible internal cables.
You should be able to test it by using your laptop/tablet/phone camera to get an idea of quality. Also there is an excellent article on home security systems in the Articles section; unfortunately I foolishly forgot to bookmark it, so cannot provide the link.
I've been installing and using cameras for a little over 25 years now. In my home I have an array of HD infrared cameras connected to my self-written home automation system. The camera recording is done using Zoneminder, which is free.
I recommend IP cameras that are at least HD. I caught a burglar (got their vehicle photo with tag number) last summer who broke into a neighbors house.
Also, if you power the cameras via POE and have that all on a UPS, that's important too. It's not easy to get an affordable system that has enough quality to be useful.
Grandstream makes dirt-cheap cameras that can get you started. Professional grade stuff will cost over $1000 per camera.
Just yesterday I was 40 miles from home when UPS made a delivery. I could see him at the front door, and when he rang the "doorbell", I answered and thanked him, all from my desk at work in another city.
Wow! UPS made a delivery!?! Today gets stranger by the minute
Pro-grade stuff is definitely not required here (thankfully, considering the price) as we just need to keep an eye on a fairly small space - additionally, we know exactly who is getting up to the shenanigans that have led up to this requirement, we just want a record of her doing it in case the situation escalates.