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random timer for light/radio

ReverseHandedJO 10,459 1,770 January 15, 2016 at 03:59 PM
so im looking for a truely (not pre-set) timer that will turn a lamp/radio on/off at random times.

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what exactly are you trying to do? Theres a WeMo Switch [homedepot.com] where you can control the on/off via a smartphone
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what exactly are you trying to do? Theres a WeMo Switch [homedepot.com] where you can control the on/off via a smartphone
parents old school mechanical timer went out. so, i want to get them something they can just plug the lamp into and it will randomly turn it on and off at truely random times. it needs to be self contained and not work with a smart phone or anything else.
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parents old school mechanical timer went out. so, i want to get them something they can just plug the lamp into and it will randomly turn it on and off at truely random times. it needs to be self contained and not work with a smart phone or anything else.
Not sure how 'random' these are:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Woods-.../203638972
http://www.walmart.com/ip/GE-1515...r/38250685
There are other similar products.
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what about this watchdog [amazon.com]

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Not sure how 'random' these are:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Woods-.../203638972
http://www.walmart.com/ip/GE-1515...r/38250685
There are other similar products.
first one says 'Pre-programmed settings, repeats weekly'
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what about this watchdog [amazon.com]



first one says 'Pre-programmed settings, repeats weekly'
ReverseHandedJO's find. Its so good I am going to get 1.
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Did you read the review on that watchdog thing? If I'm an experienced prowler, I would think it would be a 'red flag' to see the lights going on & off every 20 minutes at all hours of the night. No one who is home does that.

This looks better: FakeTV FTV-10 Burglar Deterrent [amazon.com]
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Did you read the review on that watchdog thing? If I'm an experienced prowler, I would think it would be a 'red flag' to see the lights going on & off every 20 minutes at all hours of the night. No one who is home does that.

This looks better: FakeTV FTV-10 Burglar Deterrent [amazon.com]

Indeed. anything that repeats reliably (on/off at certain hours) or does strange things (watching TV in the middle of the night randomly) would be a dead giveaway that it's programmed, not a real person. Supposedly those fake TV things work very well.

Apparently it has a light sensor and once activated will be on for ~ 5 hrs. One reviewer said they put it on a timer as well, just to give an added sense of "humanness".
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Did you read the review on that watchdog thing? If I'm an experienced prowler, I would think it would be a 'red flag' to see the lights going on & off every 20 minutes at all hours of the night. No one who is home does that.
I wonder how many burglars actually case a joint for days in order to determine the comings and goings of a building?

I'll lay odds it less than 1 in thousands & if this actually happens it is more likely the crook knows the victim.
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I wonder how many burglars actually case a joint for days in order to determine the comings and goings of a building?

I'll lay odds it less than 1 in thousands & if this actually happens it is more likely the crook knows the victim.
More likely (with a smarter thief): case/canvas neighborhood identifying targets potentially with advertisements or a survey in hand, look up owners of target houses, search for owners on facebook, linked in, twitter, refine target list, notice if they declare to the world i'm on vacation, disable alarm, break in / bypass locks or garage door opener. If they were going to case a house for days, these days they might as well hide a camera.

Not so smart thief: pick a house based on external appearance / cars / security, get in & out as fast as possible alarms be damned (before the police would be likely to respond).
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More likely (with a smarter thief): case/canvas neighborhood identifying targets potentially with advertisements or a survey in hand, look up owners of target houses, search for owners on facebook, linked in, twitter, refine target list, notice if they declare to the world i'm on vacation, disable alarm, break in / bypass locks or garage door opener. If they were going to case a house for days, these days they might as well hide a camera.

Not so smart thief: pick a house based on external appearance / cars / security, get in & out as fast as possible alarms be damned (before the police would be likely to respond).

No kidding. DW and I can never figure out what would possess someone to declare on Facebook that there is no-one in their house. I have a particular cousin that loves to do this so when they post shit like "on the way to the airport for the vacay" I respond "on my way to steal your TV". Dumbasses.
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No kidding. DW and I can never figure out what would possess someone to declare on Facebook that there is no-one in their house. I have a particular cousin that loves to do this so when they post shit like "on the way to the airport for the vacay" I respond "on my way to steal your TV". Dumbasses.
That should stir the pot some laugh out loud
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No kidding. DW and I can never figure out what would possess someone to declare on Facebook that there is no-one in their house. I have a particular cousin that loves to do this so when they post shit like "on the way to the airport for the vacay" I respond "on my way to steal your TV". Dumbasses.
pretty much. after all the news stories about this you'd think people would learn... I choose not to interact with most of my relatives on facebook/g+. I'm glad I've been able to keep my mom off of facebook so far (her g+ and linked in cause enough headaches).

+1 for the fake tv. A radio playing can be quite effective too (less so 24/7).
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pretty much. after all the news stories about this you'd think people would learn... I choose not to interact with most of my relatives on facebook/g+. I'm glad I've been able to keep my mom off of facebook so far (her g+ and linked in cause enough headaches).

+1 for the fake tv. A radio playing can be quite effective too (less so 24/7).

We have a "Family policy" that we don't advertise when we aren't at home (e.g. vacations) and don't post photos of vacations until we get back if at all.
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