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    Which security camera to choose?

    Hi all,

    We recently finished our pool and added a freestanding spa. My wife and I are looking for suggestions on a security camera. If we are outside in the hot tub, we want to see/hear if something is wrong with our kids asleep upstairs. They are 8&9, but would get freaked out if they wake up and cant find us in the house. My wife is avoiding the hot tub at night after kids go to bed for this reason.

    I was thinking about an indoor Nest cam or similar with two way audio- my question is , if they want to initiate contact, they couldnt do that. Anyone have any suggestions on how we can keep tabs on the kids while in the hot tub?


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    Re: Which security camera to choose?

    Basically an intercom with two way audio/video would work for what you want to do.
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    Re: Which security camera to choose?

    For just audio, an Alexa echo dot would work, for video too you could do the Alexa monitor, sorry dont know the name. With the Alexa app, your cell can talk to Alexa devices.



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    Re: Which security camera to choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by cmooty View Post
    For just audio, an Alexa echo dot would work, for video too you could do the Alexa monitor, sorry don’t know the name. With the Alexa app, your cell can talk to Alexa devices.
    Echo Show or even better yet, the echo spot + the Amazon Cloud Cam would work very well for this purpose I belive.
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    Re: Which security camera to choose?

    Arlo is great. Nest has a subscription fee, Arlo cams are wireless and Arlo Pro has 2 way talk. For an inexpensive intercom, why not the GRMS radios. Cheap and kids love them anyways.


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    Re: Which security camera to choose?

    Cheap harbor freight gate alarm on the stairs. When you hear the scream, you'll have time to put your clothes back on.

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    You could always link up a gopro to your phone.

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    Re: Which security camera to choose?

    $25.98 for a Wyze camera from Amazon. 2 way audio, motion alerts, night vision, live streams to yiur phone and 1080p. Cheap and they get good reviews.
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    Re: Which security camera to choose?

    Thanks for all the feedback. I thought about utilizing the echo dot to drop in. I didnt think earlier they could call my cell from the dot.

    Im not opposed to cameras , I just dont know how the kids initiate contact unless we set up a motion alert during certain time sets off my cell phone and they could talk to us. FRS walkie talkies are easy. I was thinking about the old school Nu-tone intercoms form the 70s lol,




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