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Ok, all you techies out there, I am looking for a two-camera outdoor security system that I can monitor remotely (I live 20 minutes away from my Air property). I want a stand-alone screen, images that are clear enough to see faces up to ten feet away, and I want to be able to save a video sequence to be able to show the police, if need be. It would also be great if I could block off a tree or shrub so that wind doesn’t set off the motion detector. Any recommendations?
I will add that I need this ASAP because my 16 year-old daughter brought her idiot boyfriend to my Air place a couple of days ago when I was cleaning. I’ve already banned him from our house – I could kill her (but that is illegal). I overheard the boyfriend saying, “We could have SO MUCH FUN HERE!” My place is a bit hidden in a corner and next to open space. I am going to alert my neighbors to call me if any teenagers show up and start partying on the back deck!
I don’t have a security camera since I am onsite. I think you need one additional feature. [tongue firmly in cheek] You need a camera with face recognition so that should the Idiot Boyfriend come anywhere near the front door of your condo, the camera will call you while initiating an Amber Alert type beep on your phone.
@barefootNM & @parkerfairfield - this is the one I use, but I am lucky enlough to have a garage with a window that faces the entry side of the house. My camera sits in there. The new Exterior camera they came out with is probably great on many levels execept for the cord that is clearly visible. If you’re looking for something unobtrusive their exterior camera might not fit the bill.
There is also an infrared feature that I don’t use because it just reflects off the glass. You can set it to record motion events in a specific area only, which is convenient if my hydrangeas are too tall. The cloud account keeps 10 days worth of recording and I can make a clip of anything I want and keep it forever, or make the clip public.
I use the camera in conjunction with the thermostat and Smoke/CO2 detectors.
We ended up installing a Ring https://ring.com/stickupcam bc the Nest Outdoor is not immediately available. We have Nest devices and would have preferred to go with Nest, but needed the camera ASAP.
@KKC also uses Ring. I really like everything about this camera, except after about 5 seconds into the recorded feed, it freezes then picks back up 5 seconds later. So people that were standing on my front porch, just disappear no way to know where they went. I’m hoping @KKC can offer some insight.
Yes, I have the Ring doorbell and it’s also glitchy at times. Sometimes I’m trying to view the live feed after it’s triggered and I get a black screen or a pixelated picture. But I’m still happy overall. I’d contact Ring and ask if this is a known problem, maybe there is a software update. Sometimes I can’t see the video the first time but if look again later it’s ok. It certainly is quick and easy to install.
I haven’t opened the box yet but on the box, it says, “Who’s at the front door? Did your package arrive? What’s the dog getting into?”. I think it is the outdoor one, but the box doesn’t say one way or the other. I’ll keep you posted