Rob5TCP wrote:You can get an idea of hardware costs from here (though obviously does not include installation/support)
http://www.newegg.com/Home-Safety-Secur ... a%20system
They have many brands and price ranges.
alexnk wrote:It all really depends on how difficult camera and cable installation will be. It is not uncommon for installation cost to be 2/3 of the final price. For example, industry standard price for the installation of 1 cable drop is about $300. 5x$300 plus camera installation can easily come out to be $2000 or so. Did the installer provide an itemized quote or did he just tell one price? Ask for itemized quote and make sure the installer is licensed and certified.
Also I would go with known equipment brands such as sony, panasonic, asix, etc... You might pay premium upfront but it will be more reliable and it will last longer. Good luck.
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