Hey, it’s Sue Ann! I’m back from letting Lee and Mandi post for a few days. What’s going on? We’re still working on that new office.
You may remember that our offices in Cameron are now in a basement with no (zero) windows. That makes it really hard to know if there’s anyone at the door or any suspicious activities going on outside. Even when we renovate and add windows, it probably won’t add much visibility, because they’ll be high. We’d like to be able to greet visitors in a timely manner!
So, we ordered some Ring 2 video doorbells for the office doors, through the local hardware store. Of course they only had brochures and didn’t actually have any. They had to order them from their supplier, which means it took even longer than Amazon would have taken, but, hey, we support local businesses! And they called the minute the boxes arrived.
Installing the doorbells was a bit of a process, but David, Kim, Mandi, and I managed to team up and get it done. David prepared by charging the heck out of the batteries and watching all the instructional videos, so he had a clue. We dutifully installed all the software, linked up to all the bells and watched them repeatedly tell us we were moving around. That works.
It was fun testing the talking features while David was setting the system up. As we are inclined to do, Mandi and I began thinking of all sorts of things we can do with the system, which makes me think the battery packs may not last very long with us around. It’s a good thing I found some solar chargers for the systems, which will be next on my ordering list. I’ve already ordered an actual chime for the downstairs, so we’ll know if someone’s there and are not staring at our phones, plus it has a wifi enhancer that should speed up the screens opening.
Bonus: while installing, David verified that the building is not made of yellow bricks. The drill dust was red (as you can see in the picture). Wow, someone actually chose this color!
As I type this, I’m in Austin, but all I have to do to check up on the office is open the app. So far, I’ve seen this one Sasquatch-esque figure and a car driving by. Well, other than the Hermit with a Lamp, who’s always looking into the camera, ready for his close-up. I hope to see some squirrels and such eventually. And the letter carrier!
Businesses are apparently required to warn visitors that they are under surveillance, so we put stickers on all the doors. There should also be a warning that random voices might be coming out of the doorbell, though we will do our best to be business-like. Mandi has already tried to convince Kim that the Hermit sets off the detector as he moves around. What a kidder. Or is she?
But seriously, I am glad these work well, because the one I’d gotten for the Bobcat house never worked, because it wasn’t installed properly. Things have to be done in the right order, so remember that if you plan to get one of these. As much as I love the Bobcat wireless doorbell, it would be fun with video to see people walking their dogs. Also, remember to test the view when you set one of these up. The instructions warned us that we might need a wedge on the upstairs bell, but as long as their is no annoying ad for additional services blocking the view, we can see the stairs and visitors both just fine.
Remember now, brush your hair before you go to the office, because we’ll be checking.