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Old 12-14-2011, 06:35 PM
 
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I'd appreciate some input if possible on recommendations for a wireless surveillance camera. To put your minds at rest, I am the care-giver for my 88 year old Mom who is a victim of severe Alzheimer's. For the past year, I've had very little sleep during the night due to my worry about her. My parent's bedroom is approx 15 feet from my room (and thus my wireless router and laptop). To add to the stress, my 88 year old Dad is up often during the night too (guys, you will find out about this once you get up in years!).

I'm not worried in the least about my Dad, but if my Mom gets up, I very definitely need to be aware (easy for her to fall, start wandering downstairs, belief that her dresser is actually a toaster and it's time for breakfast at 1 in the morning - don't ask ....). I'm trying to keep costs relatively low since I have no income since becoming their full-time caregiver. I've been looking at the following model and would appreciate your feedback on whether this is the right model to go with - or do you have something else you would recommend instead:

Foscam FI8918W Wireless/Wired Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with 8 Meter Night Vision and 3.6mm Lens

My hope is that during the day I can move this camera from their bedroom to the living room where my Mom likes to sit (that's about 25 feet away - but down a flight of stairs).

I would really appreciate the help on this folks since a night's sleep is something I really crave. I also admit to being a little light on knowledge of how this camera will alert me to movement (via my email?). But since I'm a light sleeper, I'm assuming I will just hear the normal tell-tale sounds of the floorboards creaking and look over to my laptop to see which one it is.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:40 PM
 
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This: Amazon.com: Fall Alarm - Pressure Pad Sensor (10" X 30") & Alarm unit: Health & Personal Care

on her side of the bed. There are others, just this one came up first.
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:10 PM
 
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This: Amazon.com: Fall Alarm - Pressure Pad Sensor (10" X 30") & Alarm unit: Health & Personal Care

on her side of the bed. There are others, just this one came up first.
Unfortunately, he has to walk past her side of the bed to leave the room. I need to find something that will help me quickly identify which one of them is on the move.
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:49 AM
 
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Interesting choice. We are going to be selling our house within the next two years and I decided I wanted a wireless system to monitor when people are looking at it. The model you mention is the one I decided on after all my research.
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:33 PM
 
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Interesting choice. We are going to be selling our house within the next two years and I decided I wanted a wireless system to monitor when people are looking at it. The model you mention is the one I decided on after all my research.
How hard was it to set up Tek_Freek? If you look at the reviews on Amazon, some people made out that you needed a PhD in Physics to figure it out (it seems like the software running it from Blue Iris doesn't offer much in the way of support when you get stuck). I went to the company website and they actually offer a service for remote set-up for, I think $40. BUT, you have to buy the camera from them which is more expensive than Amazon. They also said that I would need 2 cameras (i.e. I couldn't move the one camera during the day and then return it at night to their bedroom). Thanks for your insights.
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:42 PM
 
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I haven't purchased it. For us it's a bit in the future yet.

Keep in mind you have a bevy of techs here to help out if it's needed...
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:05 PM
 
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BTW: On this page in Amazon we get a differnet take on the installation.

http://www.amazon.com/Foscam-FI8918W...3996213&sr=1-1

"Setup was quick and painless. I plugged the camera into my router with the included cable and after checking my router settings for the IP address, I could access the camera straight from a browser. On the settings page I only modified the username/password, adjusted the pan/tilt speed and added my wireless settings. There are a lot of other options, but these are the basics to get up and running and allow placement of the camera anywhere within range of your wireless router with only the power adapter."

Granted a wireless setup is different, but not terrible to accomplish.

Sometimes installing equipment is as hard as you expect it to be because you expect it to be hard.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:08 AM
 
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I don't know if you watch the show Revenge, but I just wish there was something as simple as the little whale figurine that gets placed on a desk in someone's home and seems to pick-up every last thing going on in the room - not to mention the ability to super-zoom in on certain things. Aahhh, I guess that's why it's TV vs. real life! Mind you, I think it's just a recorder (more of what YOU would be interested in if selling a home) with a USB that you plug into your computer - and boom - the whole thing replays out like a TV show. So, it wouldn't work for me in my current situation anyway.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:31 AM
 
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That camera will send a signal to your smart phone to wake you up...

And:

"In addition to live feeds, the wireless security camera also has various recording options including programmable recording schedules and motion detection recording. The footage can be recorded to a local hard drive; still images can be uploaded to a website via FTP or sent in an email notification."
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:32 AM
 
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See: http://www.amazon.com/review/B004671...reative=390957

The reviews are very mixed. Not sure about that one.

All of these are much better reviewed:
http://www.amazon.com/mn/search?_enc...%2Fref%3Dsr_st
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