On 6/09/2021 7:55 pm, Trevor Wilson wrote:
> On 6/09/2021 7:01 pm, Sylvia Else wrote:
>> On 06-Sep-21 2:31 pm, Trevor Wilson wrote:
>>> On 6/09/2021 12:51 pm, Sylvia Else wrote:
>>>> My house didn't have a door bell when I moved in, and people just
>>>> knocked. That seemed OK, until recently when I had repeated failed
>>>> delivery attempts. After I'd installed a surveillance camera, it
>>>> showed that, rather to my surprise, on the most recent failure, the
>>>> guy had actually come to the door. Presumably, he knocked, but not
>>>> loud enough.
>>>> So I installed a door bell. Tested it. It worked fine.
>>>> Then the very first time a delivery guy used it, it jammed in the on
>>>> position. Apparently, the bell push wasn't designed with delivery
>>>> drivers in mind.
>>>> Why is this so hard?
>>> **It's not. After trying several different doorbell solutions, I
>>> found this:
>>> It is fucking brilliant. Quality is excellent. Easy to install. It
>>> even comes with a teeny tiny spirit level. I ordered mine with two
>>> extension bells (one in the house and one in the workshop). Here's
>>> the two really nice things (and a whole bunch of regular nice things)
>>> about the system:
>>> * You connect it to your home wi-fi network and it can 'talk' to your
>>> cell phone or tablet anywhere on the planet.
>>> * The camera senses movement, day or night, and announces visitors at
>>> around 5 ~ 6 Metres, BEFORE the button is pushed. Last time I was in
>>> Newcastle I spoke to a mate who popped around unannounced to my home.
>>> It was pretty cool. You could, for instance, instruct the delivery
>>> guy to leave the parcel, via the speaker in the doorbell.
>>> I wired mine into a full time supply, so I don't rely on the
>>> allegedly long pasting internal battery. Instructions are excellent
>>> and the system just works flawlessly. The camera works quite well at
>>> night and very well during the day. IR sensitive.
>> It's not immediately apparent whether any part of it works without
>> access so a specific set of internet servers. Depending on the
>> continued existence of a company to fund the servers doesn't give me
> **I already explained that all it wants to see is a wi-fi network. It
> can be disconnected from the internet (which mine has once or twice) and
> it works just fine. The only time it needs to be connected to the
> internet, is if you want to use the (pay as you go) feature of storing
> video on the company's server. Which I don't.
> IOW: It doesn't matter if the company goes belly-up tomorrow. My
> doorbell will work just fine.
> When Bunnings opens up, go and have a look at one. Pretty nifty thing
> and it neatly addresses ALL your problems. The thing is waterproof and
> quite nicely constructed.
Of course you are all missing the most obvious option, get a dog.
Anybody coming close to the door will provoke an immediate response.
It's a good deterrence to burglars too.