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  • #16
    Originally posted by II Captain II View Post
    To hear snoring
    No my friend, the hotel is located in downtown Montreal & is very busy on the weekends. Another reason is because my daughter is now working at the front desk alone as Night Auditor some nights.
    I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by HotelSecurity View Post
      No my friend, the hotel is located in downtown Montreal & is very busy on the weekends. Another reason is because my daughter is now working at the front desk alone as Night Auditor some nights.
      Aha! This changes everything. When I discussed using LogMeIn, etc. I was thinking that you'd have to manage both "ends" of the connection remotely because your security office would be empty most of the time at night.

      Since your daughter is on the desk, you can simply use Skype (setting up a free account for both you and your daughter, install it at both ends and then make free voice calls - either she to you or you to her). For instance, you call her from home and it "rings" at her end. She answers, and then simply sets the headset down near a radio. You should be able to hear it without any problem, and can also see video from either computer's webcam if they are both equipped with such. You can use a mike and speakers on your own computer at home so you aren't tied to a headset for monitoring, or use a wireless USB headset (at both ends, in fact). Heck, with the right gear you could pipe the call audio anywhere in the house wirelessly.

      Call bonus - depending on the mike, you'll also be able to hear ambient room audio as well as the radio, which might actually be a desirable thing. A little experimentation with positioning of the radio and its volume setting might be necessary. No doubt, conversation would sometimes drown out radio and vice versa, but I'm sure this can be minimized by trying various positions, volumes, etc.

      Security bonus - Skype calls are encrypted.

      Cost bonus - FREE for Skype-to-Skype, $2.95/month for unlimited Skype-to-landline/cell phone calls, $30/yr for incoming landline/cell calls. You might need to purchase headset/mike/speakers or whatever but you can get pretty good quality gear very cheaply. I'd prolly pick up a wireless USB headset for her end and use speakers at your end, for starters. I'd go with the free Skype-to-Skype calls for starters, too, and add the $ services only if you think they are desirable.

      Connection bonus #1 - you can take your Skype setup with you on a USB stick, and there's even a USB stick that provides audio headset jacks with a tiny headset you can put in your pocket. This means you could do all of this from any computer with Internet access if you travel, etc. It also means that your daughter's Skype setup doesn't have to be installed on the front desk computer - she would just set up Skype on this USB stick and plug it in to a USB port when she goes to work.

      Connection bonus #2 - for $2.95/month (on either side or both) calls can be placed TO any regular landline phone. For an additional $30/yr, Skype will set up an incoming number for your account so you can get calls FROM any regular landline phone. This could potentially give you a good setup for emergency communications in certain circumstances. Skype also provides SMS text messaging.

      Caveat - I have no idea whether Skype has call time limits but I rather doubt it.
      Last edited by SecTrainer; 01-04-2009, 10:37 AM. Reason: To add "Caveat"
      "Every betrayal begins with trust." - Brian Jacques

      "I can't predict the future, but I know that it'll be very weird." - Anonymous

      "There is nothing new under the sun." - Ecclesiastes 1:9

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      • #18
        Originally posted by SecTrainer View Post
        Aha! This changes everything. When I discussed using LogMeIn, etc. I was thinking that you'd have to manage both "ends" of the connection remotely because your security office would be empty most of the time at night.

        Since your daughter is on the desk, you can simply use Skype (setting up a free account for both you and your daughter, install it at both ends and then make free voice calls - either she to you or you to her). For instance, you call her from home and it "rings" at her end. She answers, and then simply sets the headset down near a radio. You should be able to hear it without any problem, and can also see video from either computer's webcam if they are both equipped with such. You can use a mike and speakers on your own computer at home so you aren't tied to a headset for monitoring, or use a wireless USB headset (at both ends, in fact). Heck, with the right gear you could pipe the call audio anywhere in the house wirelessly.

        Call bonus - depending on the mike, you'll also be able to hear ambient room audio as well as the radio, which might actually be a desirable thing. A little experimentation with positioning of the radio and its volume setting might be necessary. No doubt, conversation would sometimes drown out radio and vice versa, but I'm sure this can be minimized by trying various positions, volumes, etc.

        Security bonus - Skype calls are encrypted.

        Cost bonus - FREE for Skype-to-Skype, $2.95/month for unlimited Skype-to-landline/cell phone calls, $30/yr for incoming landline/cell calls. You might need to purchase headset/mike/speakers or whatever but you can get pretty good quality gear very cheaply. I'd prolly pick up a wireless USB headset for her end and use speakers at your end, for starters. I'd go with the free Skype-to-Skype calls for starters, too, and add the $ services only if you think they are desirable.

        Connection bonus #1 - you can take your Skype setup with you on a USB stick, and there's even a USB stick that provides audio headset jacks with a tiny headset you can put in your pocket. This means you could do all of this from any computer with Internet access if you travel, etc. It also means that your daughter's Skype setup doesn't have to be installed on the front desk computer - she would just set up Skype on this USB stick and plug it in to a USB port when she goes to work.

        Connection bonus #2 - for $2.95/month (on either side or both) calls can be placed TO any regular landline phone. For an additional $30/yr, Skype will set up an incoming number for your account so you can get calls FROM any regular landline phone. This could potentially give you a good setup for emergency communications in certain circumstances. Skype also provides SMS text messaging.

        Caveat - I have no idea whether Skype has call time limits but I rather doubt it.

        Skype has a "fair usage" policy. 10,000 minutes per month.
        ATTN. SPECOPS AND GECKO45 my secret username is CIDDECEP and I am your S2. My authorization code is Six Wun Quebec Oscar Fife. Your presence here is tactically dangerous and compromises our overall mission parameter. Cease and desist all activity on this board. Our “enemies” are deft at computer hacking and may trace you back to our primary locale. You have forced me to compromise my situation to protect your vulnerable flank. This issue will be addressed later.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Minneapolis Security View Post
          Skype has a "fair usage" policy. 10,000 minutes per month.
          Thanks for the info, MS. That works out to 300 minutes a day, which should be enough for this monitoring project, I'd imagine.
          "Every betrayal begins with trust." - Brian Jacques

          "I can't predict the future, but I know that it'll be very weird." - Anonymous

          "There is nothing new under the sun." - Ecclesiastes 1:9

          "History, with all its volumes vast, hath but one page." - Lord Byron

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          • #20
            Communications Monitoring IP

            There are many different ways to monitor your radio communications via the internet. ROIP (Radio over Internet Protocol) is the most popular.

            Radio over Internet Protocol, or RoIP, is radio interoperability enabled through hardware devices and software that leverage the universal language of Internet Protocol (IP) to bridge voice communications media. RoIP enables interoperable communications among existing radios, between new and legacy radio systems, across frequencies, and with any other connected communications device


            We have several Choices for getting your Communication System working using a RoIP Radio Internet connection or your Private Nework. You Can uses a new Commercial Router type Product that VoiceInterop offers that does not require a dedicated Computer to get your Radio System up and working and uses Commercial Software they provide. Option two is use the RoIP B2 if you have a Router with E&M Signaling or the RoIP-B3 modules using a Computer. You can use a older version of EQSO Software that I have to offer for your use that is Free or if you have Wave or Twisted-pair software.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by pssradios View Post
              There are many different ways to monitor your radio communications via the internet. ROIP (Radio over Internet Protocol) is the most popular.

              Radio over Internet Protocol, or RoIP, is radio interoperability enabled through hardware devices and software that leverage the universal language of Internet Protocol (IP) to bridge voice communications media. RoIP enables interoperable communications among existing radios, between new and legacy radio systems, across frequencies, and with any other connected communications device


              We have several Choices for getting your Communication System working using a RoIP Radio Internet connection or your Private Nework. You Can uses a new Commercial Router type Product that VoiceInterop offers that does not require a dedicated Computer to get your Radio System up and working and uses Commercial Software they provide. Option two is use the RoIP B2 if you have a Router with E&M Signaling or the RoIP-B3 modules using a Computer. You can use a older version of EQSO Software that I have to offer for your use that is Free or if you have Wave or Twisted-pair software.
              Intriguing - would you please PM me with your contact info? Thanks!
              "Every betrayal begins with trust." - Brian Jacques

              "I can't predict the future, but I know that it'll be very weird." - Anonymous

              "There is nothing new under the sun." - Ecclesiastes 1:9

              "History, with all its volumes vast, hath but one page." - Lord Byron

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              • #22
                their are options

                PSS knows their stuff, I second him in as areliable resource. Public Saftey Specialists.

                Ham Radio Op, Here
                You can do it cheap via internet if PSS does not work out, via a cheap scanner and desktop or labtop with a sound card. Your choice. In any case, check out these feeds-

                http://www.scanamerica.us/index.php

                http://www.justin.tv/radioman911-might give you some more insight on the topic.

                Can always build out a repeater system as well if your relativity close to hear it. My business on the side.

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                • #23
                  If your radios happen to be old, and you are looking for a way to replace them as well. You can go to Discounttwo-wayradio.com and get a nice little set-up of 6 radios, repeater and telecom box. This box will allow you to call a telephone from one radio, or use the telephone to call one or all radios. This also allows all the radios to work indendently. What's also nice is the radios transmit digital, allowing for crisper, clearer radio communications (in theory).
                  Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. - 1 Corinthians 16:13

                  The cleanliness of our hearts, The strength of our limbs, and commitment to our promise.

                  My military contract is up and over. However, I never needed to affirm that I would defend the constitution, our freedoms, our way of life from enemies both domestic and foreign. Do not think that since I am no longer in the military, I will not pick up a weapon to defend my family, my home or my country. - Me!

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