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Topic # 87577 1-Aug-2011 20:03
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I need a doorbell, what advice can you give me? It needs two buttons (front and back door), and it would be nice if it had two separate chimes as it's a large house, but one will do. I'll consider wired or wireless... I hate the idea of batteries, and the wiring is not impossible, but I guess wireless would be much quicker and possibly cheaper?

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  Reply # 500562 1-Aug-2011 21:06
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get one that has a speaker attached and is IP enabled, so when someone rolls up to your door, you can answer the doorbell through your phone, even when you're not at home!

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  Reply # 500570 1-Aug-2011 21:16
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i remember buying a wireless door chime from DSE a few years back. It contained fewer components, but was twice as expensive as the DVD player on the shelf next to it :P

If you're going to go to the expense of installing a wired doorbell, perhaps it might be worth considering an upgrade to one with a video camera - the kind you can tune your TV set in and see the person standing at the door before you go answer it? I think they're called door phones..




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  Reply # 500578 1-Aug-2011 21:56
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Sounds expensive! Should I consider a sensor on the driveway? Some kind of low voltage PIR? That way I could have it operate my outdoor lights via relay as well.

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  Reply # 500609 1-Aug-2011 23:09
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BING BONG!




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  Reply # 500634 2-Aug-2011 06:21
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Never ask a geek a simple question :-)



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  Reply # 500787 2-Aug-2011 14:05
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What sort of costs would I be looking at for a four camera surveillance system with hard recording?

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  Reply # 500789 2-Aug-2011 14:09
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$1000 if you go via TradeMe..... probably half that if you setup your own system. We bought a couple of Swann units (DVR and cameras) for around $700 a set from DSE a while back.




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  Reply # 500798 2-Aug-2011 14:26
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xpd: $1000 if you go via TradeMe..... probably half that if you setup your own system. We bought a couple of Swann units (DVR and cameras) for around $700 a set from DSE a while back.


Do they actually have some kind of night vision capacity? 

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  Reply # 500864 2-Aug-2011 15:53
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Jaycar have a unit that includes 4 IR cameras with 500GB PVR with network connectivity on special at the moment for $875.

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  Reply # 500895 2-Aug-2011 16:22
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Oubadah:
xpd: $1000 if you go via TradeMe..... probably half that if you setup your own system. We bought a couple of Swann units (DVR and cameras) for around $700 a set from DSE a while back.


Do they actually have some kind of night vision capacity? 


Dont thgink the ones we got do.




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  Reply # 500905 2-Aug-2011 16:33
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I clicked on the random cartoon on xkcd today and saw this one..

http://xkcd.com/309/

This answers to this thread make it real Smile



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  Reply # 501084 2-Aug-2011 22:42
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ok, does the dvr security system actually function as a "doorbell" though? .... at least my door phone did :)




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  Reply # 501174 3-Aug-2011 09:15
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Regs: ok, does the dvr security system actually function as a "doorbell" though? .... at least my door phone did :)


The combination of the 'drivewaybell' sensor and the surveillance system should render the door phone redundant, unless the target happens to enter the property from the bushes or over a fence. :D

Seriously though, I'm interested in a 'local' motion sensor that I can position on a post at the end of the driveway to alert me to traffic coming into the property. It would be ~30m from the house, so the underground wiring would have to be low voltage. I just want it to be able to activate a beeper/flasher, and hopefully trigger a relay to initiate my outdoor lighting (that would kill two birds with one stone; I've had it with these house mounted security lights and sensors - none of them have the range I require). Does anyone know of anything like that?

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  Reply # 501462 3-Aug-2011 16:10
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Go check out deal extreme - the cameras are only aboout US$20 for a cheap one with IR lighting - I spent more on the wire than the cameras.

Recording is a PCI card in a junk old computer (P4 2.something) with XP on it. The ugly software only works at 1024x768 so it looks pretty bad on a widescreen TFT but it "works"

Ex lease junk computers are $20-30 on trademe typically, just watch that it has satas in it so you can put a proper sized HDD on it for recordings.




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