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Old 12-05-2013, 10:45 PM  
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For safety purposes, I've had the idea of placing some sort of camera with audio capabilities (hidden) by the front door with a screen somewhere in the house. I'd like to do this wireless if possible using the outside light fixture as a power source for the outside part.

That way, when someone knocks on the door I can see who it is and talk to them to ask them what they want without actually opening the door.

Is there a kit for this that can be purchased somewhere?
Seems like this would be a nice safety feature to have.


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There are a lot of systems out there. I have installed several for home and commercial. Here is a site I have ordered from which sells just about anything you might want ... many are wireless.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...asp?CatId=4443


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Also, make sure your system is equipped with a good night vision. The first system I installed didn't have this and at night, all I saw was a black screen.
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I wanted something where it was not so obvious that cameras were in use.

I recently found a new product called "Ring"
Online at - https://ring.com

The only thing is, I'll have to upgrade to a smart phone to use it... but it's cool in that even when I'm away from home, when someone rings the door bell it comes up on the smart phone and you can answer just like you were at home.

This way the person at the door is being recorded (audio and video) and it appears to them that I'm at home. This all comes in handy for sales people and for potential criminals that are staking out the house to see if anyone is home so they can break in if they think nobody is home.

All I need after this is lasers to shoot 'em in the butt as they leave
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There is the school of thought that says don't conceal your security equipment. If a bad guy sees the camera, he probably won't bother trying.
Also, by putting the camera up high, instead of eye level at the door, you only get a picture of the top of the person's head.
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I really love where technology is heading.
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There is the school of thought that says don't conceal your security equipment. If a bad guy sees the camera, he probably won't bother trying.
Also, by putting the camera up high, instead of eye level at the door, you only get a picture of the top of the person's head.
Then just put up things that look like camaras.
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Yeah, I really like the idea of getting to interact with someone at the door without having to open the door while the interaction is being recorded with audio and video.

I could always put a fake video camera at the front door if using the Ring product. Since it's not immediately noticeable that there is a camera in the door bell, it might catch a potential bad guy knocking off the fake camera.

I was not able to find anything similar to the Ring product using regular video cameras, so this may be what I'm going to end up using. It's only $200 so it's much more cost effective
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Are you actually going to record the video (as opposed to having a live feed)?
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The company that does this service has a storage deal that all recordings are fed to, but you see it live on your tablet or smart phone in real time.

In the event some crime happens, you can give the law dawgz a copy of the video from the cloud storage so they can go shoot the guy, er... arrest him or her.

It's a pretty cool system actually.



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