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Old 10-22-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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Home Monitoring and Surveillance via internet while away

Could not find this subject in forums. If it already exists, please point me to it. Thanks

I would really like to monitor things back home, via the internet, while we are away. A lot of solutions exist on the internet, but they are not as plug and play as I would like. I know camera's are pretty easy to setup and get online, but not sure about my other concerns. I was kind of hoping I could by a widget that connects to my router to provide a website displaying all the data being input by wireless sensors and cameras. Email triggering limits of coarse. What I want to monitor are:

1) Camera's
2) Home inside temperature
3) Home water, gas, and electric usage after the meter.
4) Capability to remotely sequence lights on and off.
5) Web page to view everything whenever i want.

Just curious if anyone else out there does this sort of thing during extended trips. All suggestions welcome.
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My mom has had home invasion issues in another state. Intruders know to go after DVRs hidden in crawl spaces or the attic. Online video storage is the way to go IMO.

A set of sources I found when I researched this for her (she didn't use it sadly):

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Old 10-22-2012, 09:46 PM   #4
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Have you talked to any of the home security companies to see if they offer anything that might do the job?


We eat at a restaurant in Pismo Beach that offers free internet access. However, sometimes it does not work. We asked about it and were told that their system also lets the owner moniter what is going on at the restaurant when they are at home. During that time, customers have no internet access.

Interesting.
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Sometimes simple is best. I have the Oliver system at home. A very nice (and young for his age of 82 years) neighbor who watches the house while I am away. And I for him. He knows EVERYTHING that goes on in the neighborhood.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:11 AM   #6
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Sky: As far as I know what you want does not exist as a package. Even internet camera monitoring is somewhat complex, although newer "cloud" camera packages are making their way into the market. Expect to pay $200 to $300 for each one.

A camera looking at a digital thermometer with remote input can work for temperatures.

Energy monitoring becomes another layer of complexity. Why is it necessary for you?

I know of single outlet web light control, but not of multiple locations. Timers are inexpensive and work fairly well.

A web page to view it all... lots of luck.

I do like my remote web cams when I am away.
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Home Monitoring

We also plan to be away for extended trips. Comcast Xfinity has a pretty robust Internet-based home monitoring capability that provides intrusion alerts, video monitoring, temp and light control. I've been looking into it.

It's not cheap, both in terms of initial set up costs and monthly charges; but it looks pretty good and runs client aps on smartphones and tablets.

It may or may not be available in your area. Check out their website.

I think ADT has a similar offering.
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:22 AM   #9
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I may be missing something. If I am, please correct me. But. It seems that all a stand alone Internet home security system would do is allow me to watch intruders making off with my stuff.

Don't you also want a monitoring service that could call local police if needed? I don't want to have to monitor my home remotely 24/7; I'd rather pay someone to do that like a Brinks, ADT, etc.
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I may be missing something. If I am, please correct me. But. It seems that all a stand alone Internet home security system would do is allow me to watch intruders making off with my stuff.

Don't you also want a monitoring service that could call local police if needed? I don't want to have to monitor my home remotely 24/7; I'd rather pay someone to do that like a Brinks, ADT, etc.
I use my cameras to look at temps at home, to see how much snow there is, to see if anyone has been in the driveway and just generally feel connected. If I think anything looks wrong, I can contact a neighbor.

It is not real security I look for, but things like.. is there a flood in the kitchen....lol.
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There is a company called Redwire Securities in Tallahassee FL. They do all kinds of unique security stuff...not sure they do all that you want or that they are in your area. Just heard of them recently. Phone calls always worth a try.
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Energy monitoring becomes another layer of complexity. Why is it necessary for you?
Well, I guess electric usage would not help a lot, but gas and water could imply line breaks, especially in very cold weather. Now that I have had some time to research whats out there, it appears camera systems are about the only thing "affordable".

Since monitoring inputs can tell you a lot about what is going on inside anything, I naively thought perhaps you could buy these sensors in some sort of home monitoring package. WRONG. Back to earth now.

Thanks everyone for your inputs.
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For what it is worth, if your electric company has electronic meters for remote readout, often they have a web site that you can go to to look at your energy use, even on a daily basis.

I would not leave my water on when away, too many horror stories of what can happen if a break occurs. If gone for more than a couple of days, mine is shut off. My comment about a camera looking at a "flood in the kitchen" in my post #10 above is really not right, as the water is off when I leave for a while. If you have a gas line break, you probably will not have your internet at home working anyway, as it has gone "kaboom"... sorry, could not resist that.

Again, I find a camera to look at things, including a digital thermometer for seeing what the temperature is inside (in the winter) is all I really need. It took a while to build a system which re boots automatically when the power fails and comes back on, but in general, my camera system has been fairly good.
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Sky had the right idea but more than what I need.
3 yrs later and time to see what's new on the homefront for security monitoring at a distance.
My wants: video monitor of home in and out, would like to know it is secure, grass isn't tall enough to warrant anybody complaining of lack of attention, nothing laying around driveway to say nobody's home or been there for x number of days.
Found most people have a problem of yard maintenance guys showing up on their schedule or when they need to bill and not when it has to be done.
Almost everytime we have been away for extended periods we have come back to find: telephone books, unsubscribed newspapers, and messages hooked on the door knob or stuck in door that we missed the Jehovah's last visit.
I would like a monitoring system of multiple cameras that I can go to online and spot a problem so that I can call the right person to take care of it.

Is it possible?
I did the search function and this original post seemed best way to contact people already looking or those that have found solutions to my problem.
Thanks in advance to those that can point me in the right direction.
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