Found me a nice deal in Amazon and made it one of the official House Gifts. Two way communication and 180 degree field of view.
And yes, the column is a bit of annoyance, but the house came like this. If you look at the upper left corner, you get a glimpse of the camera still installed which was doing the surveillance duty. I’ll probably remove it tomorrow and locate it to its new spot.
Since our house is not that big and nor is our land, the house coverage will be done with this door bell system, an old school doorbell (this particular brand is hard-wired for power) and 2 cameras for just under $200. I just checked and all priced have gone up about 25% but that is the way internet commerce goes. I just hunted till I saw a good price on the item I wanted and dropped the hammer. Also, I understand that although it may prevent crime (unlikely) it is only good for evidence collection and better yet, early warning: If we are home, we don’t need to break the house seal (door) to see what’s going on outside. Maybe it is Girl Scouts selling cookies, maybe our crazy next doer neighbor or maybe somebody with nasty intentions. Whomever it may be, I can tailor my response and assume the appropriate DEFCON level.