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Is there a wireless doorbell camera available WITHOUT being on the network?

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Coloradogeek

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Most of the more reputable vendors have some decent wireless cameras, but you’re going to spend big bucks on them in a lot of cases for wireless with all the features.  I’ve deployed several smaller cases using Netcam Studio and a basic Windows system using late model low cost IP cameras.  You don’t need a lot for a couple of streams, and the software’s purchase price is well worth it if you set up a small cluster of cameras for monitoring. The software supports one source for free “out of the box.”

It is self-hosted though, so obvious downsides if it goes awry, but it’s a good alternative in a world full of premarked boxes and questionable quality.


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Create a different wireless network with nothing but cameras on it, not even internet.  Of course, if you do not connect it to your network in any way, you’ll have to sit at the server to do anything.  But maybe that is what you want?


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What about adding a separate SSID just for the camera?  With a little bit of networking magic you can give it its own isolated network, internet-connection, and viewable via the manufacturer’s web portal.  SkyBell has a pretty inexpensive unit that could handle that function:

spicehead-Greg​ The problem there is multiple sites, a lack of extra switches, and our network guy comes in once a week. I am taking networking classes, but that will take time. I also could be completely misinterpreting what you are saying. Thank you for the answer!

AdmiralKirk​, I will talk to the Network guy. It seems that will have to be the case the more I read in to this. Thank you for the advice!


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AdmiralKirk​, I will talk to the Network guy. It seems that will have to be the case the more I read in to this. Thank you for the advice!

It just occurred to me that your $800 per site price probably includes
installation and configuration. All told, this is not a bad number.
Yes, it sucks to cough up that much money when in our minds we think ‘I can buy this hardware for $200,” but we often forget about the ten hours we would have to invest in implementation.  On top of that you have someone else you can call if something goes awry, rather than being the one receiving that call.

If your vendor’s solution integrates with your existing camera / door system, even better since you won’t be adding another system to manage and upon which to train users.


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A wireless camera still needs to be hooked up on a network unless it’s an analog only.

Get an IP / PoE camera – I recommend something like the 

Hikvision DS-2CD2142FWD-I 4MP (about $120) and get it set up with a static IP address on your network.
(Axis is a non-Chinese brand, but a bit pricier, if that’s a concern)

Setup a browser to login (The HIKVISION uses IE11 with a plug-in, Axis works with any browser)
OR
Setup VLC Media Player (Free) with the network stream address – rtsp://<user>:<password>[at]<IP of camera>/(path to stream)

That’s it.  You can then have the camera in view, at all times, available on multiple screens. 

If recording is necessary, you can insert a microSD card in most new cameras and then recording and review can be done in-camera.
Other options: set up VLC to record, us any one of a number of free recording solutions, tie it into an existing recording system or buy / build one.

I just realized that my solution is a bit more technical than most, but it’s really not all that hard.  Mounting the camera and running the cable are probably the hardest parts, IMO.


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How far is the front door from the office?

You may be able to get away with something like a baby video monitor. Not necessarily as sleek, but who says the doorbell, camera, and intercom all have to be the same hunk of hardware?

(That said: Do the doorbell, intercom, and camera have to all be the same hardware? I’m assuming you already have an intercom and doorbell, so all you really need is a camera.)


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Might look up Ubiquiti, they have cameras too!

Do as AdmiralKirk​ said and have them connect to a SSID on a seperate VLAN that goes nowhere!


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Does it need to be a doorbell (I assume you want someone to push the button and have it ring) or can you just have a camera so they can see the front door?

Would something like this work? https://github.com/mattolan/RT_OD You could use any camera with a RTSP support and setup to have someone alerted if a person is detected in frame.  You can define to only alert if they walk into a specific area defined by a box in the video feed

Side note a lot of the consumer wireless camera’s rely on a could service to function and send the alerts. You could setup a separate wifi network as suggested, but you would need internet to get the alerts and view the video feeds.


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AdmiralKirk​, I will talk to the Network guy. It seems that will have to be the case the more I read in to this. Thank you for the advice!

It just occurred to me that your $800 per site price probably includes
installation and configuration….

I would think that it does not include anything but the hardware.

Mine is zwave instead of wifi.  It’s part of an alarm package.  The alarm panel is a wifi-zwave hub basically for the interface between smart home speakers and zwave devices.  So my google home can see my thermostat, doorbell, deadbolt, smoke alarms, window and motion sensors… there’s invisible rules in the panel so google can lock the door but cannot unlock it or disarm the system.  in theory I suppose it is plausible to be hacked somehow.  I guarantee someone at the alarm company knows how to send a command to the panel to disarm and unlock the door.  Actually, I think the police have checked my house for a false alarm once and had no problem entering the house without kicking the door down so I’m very certain the alarm company can let people in.


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If it were me, I’d look at this:

Even as a POC, which you could still use as needed elsewhere.

(NOT shilling for WM, y’all!!!  Just a handy link with a low price.)

If you really want to keep The Great Unmasked at bay, use this for your Audio Out at the camera:

And for added effect, just clamp one of these around the Tesla Coil:

Since you’re in a school, get the brighter STEM students involved.  And not just for the free labor!!!

ETA:  Sorry, I couldn’t find the price for that plasma speaker kit until *after* I posted that.  EEEEK!!  It’s quite spendy, for a toy gimmick!!!  Maybe get the schematic for $20 and turn your STEM students loose on it as a project…?

OTOH, everything I just listed, *including* the plasma speaker, still comes in under the $800 price you mentioned, so…?

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Think ahead 3-5 years.  Is the solution your considering going to account for the increasing nature of Internet Of Things.

Internet Of Things = This is why we have a separate SSID that’s isolated, on a separate Subnet & VLAN, with a one way road to the Internet. No network functionality.


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Vlan it off your main network, use a Dream Machine pro to store the video data. 

I understand your security concern, but keep in mind, some targets….are not worth the trouble. 

I was thinking along these lines too, but that would be a lot of hardware for a doorbell, and the cost gets to be a bit much. $200 for the doorbell, $379 for the UDMP, $100 for a drive for storage, small UPS and cabling…

That said, I do have a UDMP at home with a couple access points and a few UniFi cameras and it’s been a lot of fun to mess around with. I’m not a networking noob, but I’ve never had anything this nice to play with at home. Been thinking about getting the doorbell.


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I second the UniFi doorbell with the Dream Machine Pro.

molan​ yes, it definitely has to be an intercom with video capability. The intercom is the most important part, as they want to be able to asses whether or not they can help the individual with or without physical contact. The camera I feel is for their piece of mind, but also so they have a visual cue when someone is there. 

That makes a lot of sense. In our current set up, we are undermanned, and we have an outside vendor that has a person on site once a week for network related things. Our security cams are on a different VLAN as well. I do like the idea for even a separate IOT VLAN with very stringent communication. I am currently studying for my Network+ so I can stop being the question so much, and be a bigger part of the solution.

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Precision agriculture using AI and IoT to usher in the next revolution in food security

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Micromanagement of every aspect of the field being used for your crops is called precision agriculture. It includes mapping of the field in terms of disparities within the field or with other fields around it, the sun light variation across the year, wind patterns, rain predictions and other seasonal effects. To do that, feed from weather stations, Remote sensing equipment, GIS and GPS may be used.

Another key feature of precision farming is having a trained software module on the specific crop being planned in that field. This software module has an understanding about the growth patterns of that crop, possible diseases that are related to that crop, prescriptions of specific fertilizer or pesticides depending upon the disease pattern, and prediction of disease depending upon the growth of leaves or size or colour of the plant.

It uses feed sensors, weight sensors, soil sensors, temperature sensors, intensity sensors and multiple types of cameras. All these sensors may be deployed on a machine. This machine can be a low flying drone or a small robot moving through the field. Based on the crop and the size of the plants, the robot height and size can be manoeuvred. This robot or drone will have multiple compartments full of different ingredients required for the plants. One box may contain water, another may have pesticides, another may have fertilizer and so on. Based on the real feedback of different sensors, the software module will process that information according to the trained AI model installed on that robot or drone. Depending upon the necessary trigger, instructions will follow, and the robot will discharge specific amount of pesticides or fertilizer or water etc.

This whole mechanism may look like a complex process for small and medium level farmers, but that is not the case. Just like farmers currently hire big machines for sowing and cutting the crops, they will be able to hire different kinds of robots for their specific crops. Initially the cost will be high, but eventually, when this becomes a standard practice, the cost will come down with volume and scale.

The end user will not be required to understand or learn about these complex systems. They will just employ these systems like we use washing machines without understanding the mechanical engineering behind their working. The farmer will only need to follow some simple and clear instructions and press a few buttons.

While its execution will be simple, the advantages of precision farming are many and varied. End-to-end efficiency and decrease in wastage/loss of the yield due to disease etc will lead to an increase in crop-yield. Another advantage is the huge saving in inputs: currently, farmers waste a lot of water, pesticides, and fertilizers because these are thrown all over the field, a significant portion of which is not used by the plants. With robots in the field, only the required resources will be given near the roots of the plants, which will save a lot of resources. It will also result in a lot of data inputs across the fields, regions, and geographies, which will result in better policy decision regarding which crops to be promoted, pricing of the output, availability of markets for the produce, value enhancement products in the food chain etc.

Many people may be worried about the impact of such technologies on the job market for agriculture workers. It will result in net additional jobs in this sector. Many hands will be required for maintenance, operations, storage, production, marketing of these variety of robots and drones. The only challenge is that existing agriculture workers will be required to undergo training to work on these modern machines, which will require huge efforts on the part of the trainers as well as the farmers. So, in conclusion precision farming is going to be the next big thing in the domain of agriculture which will have significant impact on economy, food reliance and modern society.



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IoT Security In The Spotlight, As Research Highlights Alexa Security Flaws | Information Security Buzz

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Last week, IoT security was in the spotlight again as researchers warned that Amazon’s Alexa is vulnerable to malicious third-party apps, or “skills”, that could leave owners at risk of a wide range of cyberattacks.

Researchers analyzed 90,194 unique skills from Amazon’s skill stores across seven countries and found widespread security issues that could lead to phishing attacks or the ability to trick Alexa users into revealing sensitive information.

For instance, developers can register skills that fraudulently use well-known company names, and leverage these fake brand names to send out phishing emails that link to the skill’s Amazon store webpage. Attackers can also make code changes after their skills have been approved by Amazon, opening the door for various malicious configurations.

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Continued innovation in the Internet of Things technology has propelled us into the Fourth Industrial Revolution and is undoubtedly valuable for consumers and businesses alike.

However, as this research into Alexa’s vulnerabilities has shown, we can’t be oblivious to the security risks that go hand-in-hand with introducing such a large number of devices into the ecosystem. Left unchecked, this presents a huge security risk. While there are many potential threats to IoT devices, a common

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Continued innovation in the Internet of Things technology has propelled us into the Fourth Industrial Revolution and is undoubtedly valuable for consumers and businesses alike.

However, as this research into Alexa’s vulnerabilities has shown, we can’t be oblivious to the security risks that go hand-in-hand with introducing such a large number of devices into the ecosystem. Left unchecked, this presents a huge security risk. While there are many potential threats to IoT devices, a common thread in IoT security weakness is the lack of strong authentication.

As attack vectors continue to evolve, it is increasingly critical that organizations embrace security solutions that ensure the integrity and security of their IoT systems. Best-practices for IoT device security include strong authentication and secure software updates – ensuring only authentic code can be installed on the device. For a complex system such as Alexa’s Skills that involve the Alexa platform, third-party apps and third-party cloud services – a comprehensive approach to ensuring the security of the ecosystem is essential.

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Is Biden’s Peloton Bike an IoT Cybersecurity Risk? – Security Boulevard

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Is Every Connected Device in a Staffer’s Home an IoT Cybersecurity Risk?

Most folks are still working from home at least some of the time. That creates a number of challenges for IT departments around cybersecurity and smart devices. As our lives become ever more connected to the internet through everything from smartphones to smart bikes, it’s important to remember that even the most humble internet-connected device can be a security risk. Many business IT teams are still coming to terms with that increased Internet-of-Things (IoT) cybersecurity risk and how to mitigate it.

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IoT Devices (and Risks) Are Proliferating

During the last year, as we all spent more time at home, many folks discovered that they could make their home lives a little more pleasant with IoT devices. Experts estimate that more than 26.66 billion IoT devices are active in 2020, with 127 new IoT devices connecting to the internet every second. However, researchers also report that IoT devices face 5,200 attacks a month. That means that organizations need to keep IoT security top of mind as their security posture evolves.

Including the White House. The original work from home example, the President’s House is also home to one of the world’s most secure and sensitive networks. As new First Families with an increasing number of IoT devices move in, like President Biden and his Peloton bike, the White House cybersecurity team is faced with the same dilemma as many businesses: how to secure their IT environment against the potential risk.

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In the case of the President’s bike, the Secret Service and the National Security Agency (NSA) will make changes to both the physical structure and the IT capability as well as enacting strong access control policies and tools in order to mitigate the risk. Cameras and microphones will be removed, and a constant series of password changes will help blunt the possibility of foreign agents hacking into President Biden’s Peloton. This tracks with the advice given by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

But most companies don’t need to go that far when securing their environments against IoT risks. Businesses can keep their networks safe and employees can enjoy their IoT devices without taking drastic measures or spending a fortune. While cybercrime risks continue to climb across the board, by taking sensible precautions, organizations can secure their systems and data from many of the pitfalls that arise from remote working IoT cybersecurity risks quickly and affordably.

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Passly brings major weapons against intrusion to the fight with multifactor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO), and secure shared password vaults. MFA is a must-have in today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape – it has been proven to block up to 99.9% of common cyberattacks from getting through to business systems. Back that up with single sign-on that empowers your IT team to add and remove permissions fast in case of compromise and secure shared password vaults to make sure that your team can easily respond to emergencies remotely, and you’ve added a huge amount of security strength for a small price.

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