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Seattle Steve

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Posted: 06/20/19 09:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's nice to (maybe, if everything works correctly) be able to see a problem while snowbirding, but then what? You're 1000 miles away. You still need someone there with access to fix the problem. Nothing beats a neighbor or friend regularly checking on the place, even if you have to pay them.

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Anyone using the Marcell monitoring system?

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Seattle Steve wrote:

You still need someone there with access to fix the problem. Nothing beats a neighbor or friend regularly checking on the place, even if you have to pay them.
Yes, you need a helpful neighbor just in case. But there's nothing quite like the 24/7 of a few cameras.

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Posted: 06/20/19 10:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why bother with all this monitoring. When we leave everything is turned off, disconnected, and shut down. The water is turned off and pipes drained, the heat is set to 45 degrees, the water heater set to pilot, and a few lights on timers are left connected, everything else is disconnected. I have a trusted guy cut the grass, trim the bushes, rake the leaves, and snow blow as needed during the winter. If a tree falls on the house my neighbor or the trusted guy will contact me.


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lryrob9301 wrote:

Why bother with all this monitoring..
Nobody's forcing you to. I'd like to know if someone's on the property, or breaking in. I can afford it.

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jcpainter wrote:

Anyone using the Marcell monitoring system?


I use it in the motorhome for temp/power monitoring. I like it as well as my previous system if not better. The previous system was one that involved several different parts, Marcell on the other hand, is simple!

One note, when I purchased the Marcell, price at the manufacturer was about 30 bucks less than Amazon.


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Posted: 06/20/19 10:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why Monitor?

Why Not would be my question? You have Internet and the Wyze Camera(I use them outside) can be had for 19 bucks, 29.00 if you want the Pan/scan one! I've never had an issue with checking on things with these inexpensive little camera's.

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Acampingwewillgo wrote:

Why Monitor?Why Not would be my question.
My guess would be.. ta da.. money.

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lryrob9301 wrote:

Why bother with all this monitoring. When we leave everything is turned off, disconnected, and shut down. The water is turned off and pipes drained, the heat is set to 45 degrees, the water heater set to pilot, and a few lights on timers are left connected, everything else is disconnected. I have a trusted guy cut the grass, trim the bushes, rake the leaves, and snow blow as needed during the winter. If a tree falls on the house my neighbor or the trusted guy will contact me.


I did it couple years ago when we left mid-summer for 9 weeks.
My Las Vegas house has desert landscaping, so even couple of cactus die, that's not a problem.
But house left alone was reaching 120F inside, what made some furniture cracks. Now I left the house with evaporative cooler set to 80F, what also keeps humidity at higher level.
All those WI-FI weather stations, WI-FI cameras and thermostats do help. I also have several WI-FI switches that operate outside lights, so I can change the schedules. One of those WI-FI switches can turn evaporative coolers off/on as those coolers don't come with WI-FI thermostats.
Thanks to Kuna gate camera I am getting signal when somebody is at my gate, so with some patience, I can see postwomen and talk to her via the camera.
Lot of gadgets and only security companies don't update their systems.
I had alarm a day after I left. My guess is the cooler fan blow something in my living room, what trigger the alarm.
At the time, on NV desert my phone had no signal and they don't text.
My home phone has call screening, what require punching additional number. They could not figure it out. Would I not have gate camera recording, I would never know Security was at my home becouse of the alarm.
So for me the $35/month for security monitoring seem to be biggest waste of money. I can do better with my android 1000 miles away.





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I use an assortment of devices accumulated over years. First line of defense is a good alarm system. I have a DSC system installed and maintained by a commercial vendor. It's cellular linked with it's own modem so no wire cutting or phone outage affects it. Having it professionally maintained means if it needs something while we're away, my home watcher can just call them out to fix it.

I have webcams that relay video to a server hidden in the house. And they send me periodic snapshots via email, which confirms they're OK and the home internet is online. I like the ones with PTZ, so I can move the camera to check on specific areas that I'm interested in.

Speaking of internet, I've found it's a good practice to use a simple timer to kill power and reset the modem / router daily.

And I've added a Lorex 4k recording camera system most recently. High resolution wide field of view cameras on all sides of the exterior.

My goals are to prevent crime, by being a hard target, and avoid surprises.


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