Some of us are worried about our health and safety. Some of us are just paranoid and nosy. And some of us are locked in an eternal war with the UPS guy who won’t just leave the damn packages on the porch even after you sign the slip because you got into a teeny tiny altercation where you call him worse than Hitler. Regardless of why you want to observe who’s ringing your doorbell, the Swann Video Intercom has you covered.
If the title didn’t give it away, it’s essentially an intercom with a pretty decent video camera, all things considered. OK, so 380 lines isn’t exactly HD resolution, but then again, you don’t really need to see that to spot whether or not the “delivery guy” ringing your doorbell has a roll of duct-tape and some plastic sheeting handy. The intercom comes with a 320 by 240 monitor, in color, so you can see all the goings-on in, presumably, something slightly more vivid.
It even comes with night vision, in case you forget to change the porch light, or just enjoy seeing things in creepy monochrome. Needless to say, it also comes with audio features, because otherwise it’s basically the world’s most obvious surveillance camera.
The nice part about this is that if you want to install it yourself, you can. It’s fully DIY, and has a fifty-foot cord between the camera and the monitor unit, so you can mount it a little further away from the door if you’re a bit paranoid about these kinds of things, or think an action movie might erupt at any moment. Also, it’s weather resistant, although that comes with the caveat that it’ll need to be sheltered from the elements in order to get the full protection. It’ll run you approximately $150, depending on the retailer.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.