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1 hour ago, King Coconut said:

I couldn't live without mine. Now and then I get the vacuum out for behind cupboards and shit but otherwise it's little Freddie all the way. 

What model do you have? 

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I bought the robot. It's awesome. For someone like my wife who has a need for the house to be vacuumed daily otherwise she stresses out this is perfect. His name is Alfred and he is an invaluable member of the team.

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8 hours ago, Chest Rockwell said:

I bought the robot. It's awesome. For someone like my wife who has a need for the house to be vacuumed daily otherwise she stresses out this is perfect. His name is Alfred and he is an invaluable member of the team.

What one did you go for? I've been thinking about getting one of these myself.

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Oof! Fair play! Bit out of my budget so I'll have to try one of the more bargain basement models instead. Looking forward to it getting stuck under the sofa, never to be seen again.

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Has anybody got a video doorbell they can recommend? I was going to get a basic CCTV camera setup outside my house but I don't think we can drill through the exterior wall, even though the spare room that all the gear will be housed in overlooks the front of the property. So a video doorbell it is. There's loads of the buggers on the market now and none seem to have a real edge over the other. 

What I'm really interested in is continuous recording outside my property (don't mind if I have to pay a subscription fee for the privilege), I'm not too bothered about the actual doorbell mechanics or two-way communication.

The issue is that a lot of these devices only record when they recognize movement which is no good seeing as I share the same doorstep with my next door neighbour and the street gets busy at times. So continuous recording is essential really so I don't get alerts every second of the day. I'm after continuous recording so I can just download the stream from the cloud and clear the storage. 

Yeah, it's more for home security than convenience but it certainly beats wiring cables through the porch and ceilings all the way to the spare room, or 'the command centre' as I call it. A local CCTV company charged me £600 for the privilege of installing a CCTV setup like that so I'd rather take my chances on cheaper option.

Any help or suggestions would be massively appreciated.

 

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My mums got a basic Ring doorbell.

Cost about £80 and easy to set up. I think she pays something like a 5er a month. Have a spare battery too, one always on charge ready for when it needs replacing.

The app is easy enough to use, and the alerts intuitive. Only issue is my mums next door neighbour goes for a cigarette and stands outside the door all hours of the day, so notifications get cumbersome.

However her peace of mind has increased tenfold since I helped her install it, and would recommend it.

Edit:

Just read the full post, sorry!

Edited by Mat

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@Accident Prone The Ring doorbells are still a great shout. You can set it so you only get notifications when someone actually rings it, yet it will still record any motion within a set radius of your choice. Then you can just review any actual motion at the end of the day like I do.

Paid for itself already too after some berk tried my door over Christmas, deterred him once the IR lights flashed up haha. Also great for messing with the door to door arseholes. ūüėā

 

 

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Yeah, I've had a look at those Ring devices and they're probably the best out of the bunch in terms of an all-round package. I'm not too impressed with the lack of continuous recording though, as that's the main feature i'm after, but it's promising to see that it deterred a potential intruder, FP.

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Doesn't Nest have to be hardwired though? Which means still drilling and running cable. Unless AP already has a wired doorbell that is just being replaced.

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5 minutes ago, Chest Rockwell said:

Doesn't Nest have to be hardwired though? Which means still drilling and running cable. Unless AP already has a wired doorbell that is just being replaced.

Aye true, didn't think of that. Generally think hardwiring is the best option anyway. I first installed my Ring (ooer) just before the arctic snap we had last year, cold temperatures absolutely cane the battery, so I went with hardwiring in the end. 

How's the Roomba serving you Chest? Been debating getting one for a while. 

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10 minutes ago, Chest Rockwell said:

Doesn't Nest have to be hardwired though? Which means still drilling and running cable. Unless AP already has a wired doorbell that is just being replaced.

We've got a doorbell but it's battery powered, so we'll be chucking that away. Everything points to hard-wiring in order to get the best setup so I may have to find a way around it. It's a shitty situation as the the spare room is in a perfect position to just a drill a hole and thread the cable straight through, with the camera sitting a few feet down overlooking the front garden and porch.

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