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Jul 13, 2013, 04:25 PM
Another adaptability question: front door remote control
We want to adapt a front door so that it can be opened without the occupant having to get up to do so. We were thinking of using a system like a garage door opener, or the kind that are used in commercial buildings. Rehab facilities, SNFs and some assisted living facilities have them.

We plan to mount a mirror inside the house so that someone at the front door can be seen without anyone having to get up to go to the door. If it's a friend, then access could be created by the occupant pushing a button.

Is this realistic? Any drawbacks, special issues to consider?

Any comments and suggestions would be appreciated. This is something we'd like to accomplish fairly quickly, as in the next few days, depending on availability of the pro(s) who would be doing the work.

Thanks for any suggestions. Smile
Jul 13, 2013, 06:22 PM
Here is one such opener for a residential or commercial installation.

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Jul 13, 2013, 10:05 PM
I would suggest a simple camera and monitor instead of a mirror. Much more flexible as to where you could be while still being able to see who is at the front door.

Jul 13, 2013, 10:39 PM
Sparky and Jaybee, thanks for the suggestions.

Now I'm embarrassed - as many times as I've been to senior expos and as much information as I've collected, it never occurred to me that these options would be available. Frown And I have a feeling that somewhere in the big files of medical literature I've collected are brochures on these types of doors. All I could think of when I posted was a garage door opener!

Sparky, I checked the door openers on the link you posted and downloaded some info. I called the company but as expected they're closed for the weekend.

I was surprised to see the familiar hand operated opener buttons found in hospitals and medical buildings. Clearly there are several different options to review. At least now I know what we want is available. And I think these would work better than something like a garage door opener.

Jaybee, are you thinking of a system which could have monitors in different rooms? That would certainly be desirable for our needs. More electrical wiring, I suspect, but the point here is security.

As I've been thinking over the mirror issue, I realized that what we had planned isn't workable because the mirror would have been inside, and view would be blocked because the door is closed. There are some logistical issues because of the living room configuration.

I personally would feel more comfortable with cameras in multiple rooms.

So I'll check this out.

Thanks to both of you for your suggestions.

But don't tell KewinVilson or he'll be P'Ming me with his own version of security systems! Mad

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Jul 13, 2013, 11:37 PM
GS, maybe you should consider getting a generator to power all this stuff....just in case. There's a guy posting on here who seems to know everything about generators - at least he post about them all the time. Big Grin

There are lots of legitimate monitoring systems - many are wireless so install is simple. No reason why you couldn't have your front door image piped to several different monitors.

Jul 13, 2013, 11:57 PM
Oh, I forgot - we have both generator and closed circuit experts here. I guess all my questions can be answered and all problems solved by them. Big Grin

Maybe the craft experts will find a way to add some homespun decorations and all the spammers will be pleased their months of posting has been worthwhile. Wink

I missed your point at first: I was thinking of linking the camera to the door so that when someone rang the doorbell we could tell who it was, but I believe you're referring to a monitoring system that would reflect any activity on the porch. (I'm a bit slow tonight; it's been a long week.)
Jul 14, 2013, 02:20 AM
There's really no reason to have the camera linked to a doorbell or other type sensor - it will work fine being on 24/7 - if you don't want to see what's out there then just turn the monitor(s) off. It's also a much simpler set-up to have the camera on all the time.