After searching all day for IP cameras (ouch about $3000) I don’t think it would be all that advisable to try and capture and send video and audio via the SBC. I have long thought most surveillance cameras weren’t worth the time of day, so I am looking at some auto focusing 8MB cameras. fixed 12mm version tested here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjEPAd8Gy8Q
You took the words right out of my mouth… Was thinking ditch the cameras inside the house, and just use basic proximity sensors. If the cameras are up to scratch they will pick up anyone properly before they get in the house.
Using proximity sensors I could detect presence in the room without needing to go way over the top. Handy for turning off the lights if no one is in the room. But I started thinking if I wanted to mount proximity sensors, light switches, etc, etc. Then perhaps I could put all the electronics in a concealed wall cabinet, that way all the wiring would be together. I would just have to run one Ethernet cable for POE illuminated switches, and one for network. All neat and tidy and easy to access. Throw a bit of conduit down where the box in wall is going to go and wiring is a piece of cake. Could even put a speaker in the box for room to room communication and voice activation responses.
The more I think about it one box per room would seem the sensible way to go. Just make sure I have a spare to quickly swap out in the case of a serious failure not easily fixed.
Forgot to mention I own a CNC machine I built myself. I could do up a nice polished aluminum face plate to mount the switches, speaker and motion sensor in…