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Old 09-20-2004, 04:58 PM
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Got my HR.Com Security System

Was in Wal Mart today and decided to pick up an official "HR.Com Security System and Intercom" - or as some people call it, a Baby Monitor.

As my wife and I talked it over we figured why not get two of them (they were only $17) so we could set them up as a two-way intercom as well as a security system. Our garage is about 100 feet from the house and she gets tired of coming out to yell or walking up the hill to get me when there is a phone call, meal, or other need to get my attention. I'll get them installed tomorrow and let you know how they work. We'll leave the unit from the garage to the house on at night as an alarm. We will also leave both receiver units on at all times. Then during the day we can turn the sending units on or off as we need them to communicate from the garage to the house or visa versa. (Now all we need to do is repackage these things with the HR.Com logo on them and sell them at all the car shows.) Hey, the Radio Shack intercom alone is like $25 - and it doesn't work very well. With the HR.Com unit - you also get a $600 security system. Can't beat that for $34.

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Old 09-20-2004, 05:00 PM
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After all.................that is your "Baby" in the garage, right?
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Old 09-20-2004, 05:03 PM
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Oh, I forgot to mention, you ALSO get a "Bonus" baby thermometer with every unit - so you can also test your radiator every hour or so.....
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Old 09-20-2004, 05:11 PM
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Oh, I forgot to mention, you ALSO get a "Bonus" baby thermometer with every unit - so you can also test your radiator every hour or so.....

Do you slip it up the tailpipe?.....................lol
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Old 09-20-2004, 06:05 PM
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Yup, but don't forget the big glob of Vaseline first. Otherwise, baby doesn't like it very much.
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Old 09-20-2004, 07:10 PM
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Update------

Security System not working so good. Just got everything plugged in and things didn't work so well. Heavy static on the receiver units at all times and from all the channels. Tried it in various rooms and sections of the garage but still no luck. Discovered in the troubleshooting guide that the units don't like fluorescent lights...which my shop is full of. But even with the lights all off, the units still had very loud static at any volume setting above "Off". So they are going back to Wally Mart.

For those of you who do use this set up - what brand is your monitor? The one I had was labeled "Crystal Clear" (which was about as far from reality as you can get.)

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100 feet is asking a little much of a baby monitor, no?
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Did you try just one set? There's a possibility that both sets are on the same frequency and interfere with each other.
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Old 09-21-2004, 06:47 AM
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iiibdsiil - The box says it can be used up to 400 feet. But it does the same thing if we set it up right here in the house with the transmitter just 20 feet away.

julmer - We tried it in every possible combo you can imagine. But we never had more than one "set" on, or even plugged in, at a time and we alway made sure that both transmitter and receiver were set at the same frequency. What we could NOT eliminate is the possibility that someone in our area might be using some sort of intense radio waves, like CB or Ham, and causing the interference. But no matter what frequency we used (and there are only 2 on these units) they would not stop putting out pure static.

The other possibility is that they are just inferior (read cheap) units. Maybe some other units will work fine. That's why I asked for the brand name from someone who is having success doing this.
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Old 09-21-2004, 07:04 AM
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Well...shoot. I was hoping it worked as I was going to do the same thing after reading about it. Keep us updated.

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Cboy; I just viewed all of your garage pictures. Awesome, except you don't have NEAR enough 'stuff'!
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Old 09-21-2004, 05:56 PM
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It's not a lack of stuff. I just have lots of places to hide it, like the other half of the new garage (which I shrewdly didn't include in the pictures), a basement woodworking shop in our house, and a two car garage next door which belongs to my sister but she's only here about 6 weeks out of the year. So I've only been moving the stuff into the new shop that I really need. But once I get started on my newest project it will fill up fast.
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Old 09-21-2004, 08:21 PM
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The one we had was a Fisher-Price. I don't remember having trouble with the lights interfering. I do remember that i didn't turn it off once while in the garage and the wife could hear every word we said. She didn't meet me at the door with a frying pan so its all good.

Edit: Try it without the lights on, you turn them off at the end of the night, that stops the interference. It still might work as security.

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Old 09-21-2004, 08:34 PM
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I did try it without the lights on but still got total static. Also tried it in the house rather than the garage (no fluorescents) - still all static.

I think I might try the Fisher Price model like you have. The ones I got just might have been too cheap.
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Old 09-27-2004, 05:06 PM
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As a recent past user of said baby monitor I have to go with fat50 on this one. Buy the brand name, Fisher Price is good, the one we had was made by The First Years and worked really well. I believe Playskool also makes them.
BTW, I think your idea is awesome. I wish we would have thought of that when we lived in the country. Would've saved me a whole lot of truckin' back and forth to relay messages and such.

Moral of the story: You get what you pay for

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