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Author Topic: Anyone use a front door security system?  (Read 592 times)

Bowdon

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Anyone use a front door security system?
« on: November 19, 2018, 04:07:34 PM »

I'm looking to setup some kind of system because the foot door is a black spot. I have cctv cameras around the outside of the house. But I don't have anyway to communicate to them at the door.

I thought of just plugging in another camera at the door but I wouldnt have audio.

I've looked at the Ring company. Their product looks good until I noticed they require a subscription to save any footage.

Does anyone else have a door system and any recommendations?

I guess for me in this situation means I probably need to focus on the audio side rather than video, as I have the video covered by other cameras.
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Re: Anyone use a front door security system?
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2018, 08:16:47 PM »

You can get CCTV camera's with two way audio, would something like that be suitable?
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Re: Anyone use a front door security system?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2018, 08:36:57 PM »

I have been thinking about something like this. My front door is recessed, do I could use it outside as it would be protected from the rain.

https://uk.humaxdigital.com/product/humaxeye/

How responsive the unit is I don't know.

« Last Edit: November 19, 2018, 08:46:24 PM by Deathstar »
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Re: Anyone use a front door security system?
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2018, 08:41:21 PM »

indoor use only by the looks of it.
i assumed you were looking for something external?
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Re: Anyone use a front door security system?
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2018, 05:26:53 AM »

I have been looking at this also, personally I think the Nest Hello looks pretty good, we have a Nest thermostat which is excellent and I like the idea of the Nest door lock also.

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Re: Anyone use a front door security system?
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2018, 05:39:34 AM »

I have been looking into this too. My wife would like to know when visitors arrive. I would also like Janet to be able to keep an eye on me while I am in bed, in case I get into big trouble, bad pain or canít call for help. I wanted something with two way communication so I could talk to her.
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Bowdon

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Re: Anyone use a front door security system?
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2018, 02:37:00 PM »

I have a swann system at the moment with 3 cameras. Its an NVR so its all done with PoE connections.

The thing is, though the software mentions about audio I dont think there is audio on the camera. If there had been I could have added another camera and had that setup at the door.

So I'll probably need something else.

I don't even need the camera part or a door bell. Just something to let me talk and hear what they say.
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Re: Anyone use a front door security system?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2019, 11:05:02 PM »

I ended up getting the ZOSI wire free battery security camera for £79.99. I bought mine from Amazon.

This is a video from a guy setting one up;


ZOSI 100% Wire Free Battery Security Camera

I've had the camera for about 2 weeks. It was easy to setup. Audio is clear. The video quality is 720p does the job. It has both day and night vision.

One of the things I like about the camera is that when you need to recharge the battery the camera holder is a magnatised ball. So you can lift it off the holder and easily take it indoors to charge up via a mini usb charger cable. A previous camera I had a while ago I had to unscrew the panel and slide the battery out while the device was still screwed to the wall.

I'm usually not a big fan of wifi but this is near my router (one wall between them) so the wifi only drops to 96% on a bad day. Usually its bouncing between 98 and 100% strength.

The phone app as so far been pretty simple to setup and use. If you follow the instructions on the video you'll be up and running in less than a couple of minutes.

One thing to note is you have to buy a micro sd card in order for it to save the footage.

Anyways thought I'd just update.  :)
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Re: Anyone use a front door security system?
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2019, 01:36:19 PM »

Re..."One of the things I like about the camera is that when you need to recharge the battery the camera holder is a magnatised ball. So you can lift it off the holder and easily take it indoors"
What is stopping a undesirable person taking it off and away. ?
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Re: Anyone use a front door security system?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2019, 07:30:38 PM »

Iím not sold on the idea of the Ring-style doorbells.  It just seems odd to remotely talk to someone via a box on the wall.  And I donít need a doorbell with a subscription service.

However, I like the look of the UniFi camera range.  Good specs, design and purely local software.  Iíve been thoroughly impressed with their WiFi access points.

I might consider a Nest camera or two inside the house. Weíve got a Nest thermostat and two Nest Protect smoke/CO detectors which are great and work very well together. If we had the cameras, if either smoke alarm goes off, itíll automatically display the camera feeds alongside the warning.  Quite nifty.
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