The CCTV that wasn’t

You may remember that I got an iPad for my Christmas present from Mo and that I got her a CCTV system.  She loves gadgets and had always fancied having one.

After Christmas we decided to install it. Mo was excited to spy on all of our callers. She drilled a hole through the main wall of the house, fed the cable through, climbed the ladder and fitted the camera. I was by the TV, checking the picture out. You didn’t expect me to be anywhere near a ladder, did you? I get giddy just standing on a stool.

“Move it around a bit” I said. Not that there was any point in moving a camera about. It had to aim directly to where a caller would stand. We had a beautiful image of white snow, unless Mo was acting as a second areal, then we would get some sort of image. She couldn’t stand outside our front door forever, could she?

I contacted the seller and arranged to send it back for a replacement.

After what seemed like forever to Mo, the replacement arrived. This one was an improvement. We had sound this time, but still no picture. Needless to say, it went back for a full refund and Mo was still without her present.

It was obvious that anything that was wireless wasn’t going to work on our obviously weak signal, so we decided to give that idea up. Several weeks followed, with me searching around on the web and making various suggestions to Mo, until she finally decided on a much better alternative.

This is what I bought for her. Now she has a door entry system with an image. We won’t use the door entry bit, but seeing who’s at your door is very handy when you want to avoid cold callers.

Door entry

The down side is that she still has to wait a few more weeks, until the electrician can come and install it for her.  We would have installed it ourselves a few years ago, but we don’t want all the fuss and bad language that comes with these sort of jobs anymore!

  • Sorry for all the old comments again. Just ignore them please!

  • Oh man. I’m jealous. I want a door entry system with an image! 

    • We haven’t got ours working yet. When we get it up we’ll be willing people to ring on our door 🙂

  • Haha! You guys are too much fun! It’s easy to look out of my lil’ window on the front door & see who is out there so no gadgets are needed here 🙂

    • Our door is to the side of our house and we have a small room (porch) between that and our hallway, so no way of seeing who it is until we enter the porch and they see us!

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    Oooh, I’d love to spy on my callers from my comfy chair!  I have a peephole, but I hardly ever use it, because I’m kind of embarrassed about being SEEN to use it, if you know what I mean!  Anyway, I’ve never really thought much about anyone’s chances of taking me on, except of course, we all get older, don’t we?

    Sorry it’s taken so long to get right. Sounds as if that one wasn’t a good product if not one but two didn’t work properly.

    Mum had a security camera that hijacked the TV whenever someone came to the door. She loved it!  She’d sit there and have discussions with herself (and anyone else in the room) about who was there, and only then would she think about opening the door – especially if it were her neighbour, the one she loved to hate!  LOL!

    • Mo wanted what your mum had, but our wireless signal must be very weak here because I don’t get a brilliant one on my router either. Wired seems the best route for us. This is a better option for us all round really. We don’t need the TV on to see who’s at the door.

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic, so you can easily ignore those unwanted visitors! 🙂

  • That’s really cool.  I’m afraid to use one in my neighborhood.  It would only get stolen.  I just tippy toe up to my peep hole.  If I know the person at the door I’ll answer it.  If not, I refuse to open my door.  Maybe when we move to the new place we can get something nice like that!

    • Thankfully, we don’t have the problem of vandalism in our street. Unwanted callers are our pain so we now have that covered 🙂

    • Thankfully, we don’t have the problem of vandalism in our street. Unwanted callers are our pain so we now have that covered 🙂

  • Swubird

    Babs:

    Good idea. And I know what you mean about the bad language jobs. To my Queen’s regret, I have worked on plenty of those.

    I have often thought about hooking up a web-enabled camera so that I can watch the house when we are away. It seems like a good idea. Sit in our hotel room with a laptop. Type in the IP number, and presto! You get a good view of your yard, living room, pets, etc. I saw some sites on the Net that were doing just that. It was very interesting. Of course, I guess other folks good get a good view of my stuff also. What do you think?

    Happy trails. 

    • Yes, I looked at those cameras. They seem like a very good idea if you go away a lot. Nice to be able to check back at your house for peace of mind! I think you can record footage as well. Not sure about that though.

    • Yes, I looked at those cameras. They seem like a very good idea if you go away a lot. Nice to be able to check back at your house for peace of mind! I think you can record footage as well. Not sure about that though.

  • I want one of those.  I’d love to screen visitors at the front door.  Way cool.

    Have a terrific day Babs.  Hug to you both.   🙂

  • Ron

    OMG, Babs, this is like the COOLEST thing I’ve ever seen!!!!

    I didn’t even know these things existed to purchase. I would LOVE to have one of them because I live on the 21st floor of an apartment building and if someone buzzes the ringer downstairs, I just have to let them in without ever being sure of who they really are.

    Keep us posted as to when you get it all set up. Maybe you and Mo could even share a video on it!

    Have a great week, my friend!

    X to you and Mo!

  • Very cool! I too never thought you could get those for your home. My mother in law has a security system in her condo; just dial to a certain TV channel, and spy on whoever may be in the lobby. I often have to remind hubby not to do anything embarrassing whilst waiting to be let in…

    • You can get all sorts of these. One that you can carry from room to room too, but we wanted a wired one as our signal is so weak. I’m sure your hubby wouldn’t do anything embarrassing 😉