I already had a home security system in the form of one indoor camera, I had got this one because I live on my own, and I wanted peace of mind that my home was OK when I was out at work and on holiday etc. Being a first floor flat one would have thought that my home was quite safe as the only way in is via the front door that is near the outside set of stairs.
It was when I returned from my holiday last year I discovered that someone had climbed up on to my balcony and stolen my bicycle that I had left on the balcony, a padlocked chain threaded through the back wheel and frame was the only thing that was securing it, but I would never have thought in a million years that, someone would have the audacity to climb up to my balcony on the first floor of my flat, in order to steal my bike, a ladder must have been used.
My indoor camera is the Penguin camera and is supplied by Cammy, and works via an app on my smartphone, that enables me to see into my premises, live, at any time. The camera is WiFi enabled and can be positioned anywhere near an electrical socket for power, is passive infrared, so it can see in the dark, will alert me if an intruder is picked up by the motion sensor, will record video and store it in the cloud immediately, so if the camera is wrecked by an intruder, the footage will remain safe for use as evidence later on.
It made sense to me, to add an outdoor camera of the same make, and after speaking to someone at Cammy, I purchased the Spider outdoor camera to add to my subscription service.
The Spider camera is designed for both outdoor and indoor use, is weatherproof and is in a dome-shaped housing to keep insects off. PoE or Power over Ethernet is used to power the camera, and it is plugged into a PoE switch, via a normal network cable that eliminates the need to have an outdoor electric power socket, and makes for a reliable connection.
The camera is fixed but has a wide viewing angle in 1080p HD quality, and has the ability to zoom in and out remotely via the Cammy app, so I am able to check on my premises at any time I want to.
The camera is designed to be mounted flush on the wall, with the cabling running out of the rear of the camera, directly into your premises so no wiring is showing, making it tamper proof, but as I wanted mine facing my balcony door, the wall that I needed to mount the camera on, is the outside wall of my neighboring apartment, so I had to run the cabling to the camera via trunking along the outside of the wall as shown in the image.
To be able to do this I also needed a mount for the camera to house the cabling in, and connect the trunking, making it tamper and weatherproof. Cammy doesn’t make a mount for this camera, but after a day searching on the Internet I found a camera mount that is made for this type of camera.
After fitting the camera and running the network cable through the trunking and into my lounge, I plugged it all in, started the app on my phone and added the camera to my account, I then could see my balcony door from the outside and I felt much safer knowing that if anybody climbed up on my balcony the camera would alert me straight away.
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