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by The Annoyed Man
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: General Texas CHL Discussion
Topic: "Answer, but don’t open your door" - Hsoi
Replies: 25
Views: 1746

Re: "Answer, but don’t open your door" - Hsoi

n5wmk wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:03 am
The Annoyed Man wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:31 am
BTW....sort of unrelated.....an Amazon driver dropped a package off at our house yesterday, and did something I’ve never seen before. We opened the door just after he had set the package down on the porch, and was in the middle of taking a picture of the package on our front porch - I assume for their “proof of delivery”. I wonder how long they’ve been doing that?
Yes, we get Amazon deliveries quite frequently, and our camera system shows the drivers taking photos of the delivery almost 100% of the time. Same thing with FedEx as well. Yes, for Proof of Delivery with all of the doorstep thefts going on.

We have the Netgear Arlo camera system, works good, but doesn't have audio, so no speaking with whomever is at the door. Looking to change to Ring or Nest or similar.
We have Netgear Arlo cameras all around our house, and there SHOULD be an audio function. Mine have it. You can listen to and speak to anyone in view of the camera.
by The Annoyed Man
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: General Texas CHL Discussion
Topic: "Answer, but don’t open your door" - Hsoi
Replies: 25
Views: 1746

Re: "Answer, but don’t open your door" - Hsoi

Good article. One of the things that struck me about home architecture when I first moved to Texas, besides the fact that so many homes were brick instead of stucco/wood, was the fact that so many front doors have large windows either built into the door, or on either side of the door. That makes it a more complicated exercise to answer a door without being seen. At my old house in Grapevine, we solved this by installing a Ring doorbell/camera. Those work beautifully, by the way. I once held a conversation with a salesman at my front door in Grapevine, while I was westbound on I-40 halfway across New Mexico. But that unit was standalone, had its own app, and was not integrated with our home security system. At our North Richland Hills home where we live now, we have something very similar to the Ring unit, that was provided to us by our home security provider, and which integrates with our home security app.

These types of things are great. They not only enable you to answer the door without being anywhere near it, but they also allow you to see what the person on the other side is doing. The lenses are wide angle, and the image quality is HD. Mine sees very clearly all the way out to the street. It won’t see down the block because of the position of the front door relative to the position of my house on one side, and because of vegetation near the house on the other side, but it commands the entire front porch - which is large - and about 25 or 30 yards of the street out front. I highly recommend having a doorbell/camera that pairs with an app on your phone. They work great, and they give peace of mind.

BTW....sort of unrelated.....an Amazon driver dropped a package off at our house yesterday, and did something I’ve never seen before. We opened the door just after he had set the package down on the porch, and was in the middle of taking a picture of the package on our front porch - I assume for their “proof of delivery”. I wonder how long they’ve been doing that?

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