Must Be the Wind

Or is someone at the door?

by Lily Ferguson / Garnet & Black


Happy New Year!

I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but it’s been a crazy couple of weeks since I had family over for Thanksgiving and New Years. I haven’t had time to buy any new tech for a moment, but when my husband saw this home security system on eBay, I knew I had to try it out. Apparently, the system allows you to see and hear who’s at your front door through a monitor, and you can speak commands to open and close your door from a distance. I was really interested because the product was only $35. I’m wondering how well it will work out.

The security system came in the mail this morning in a rain-soaked cardboard box. Weird, because it’s been sunny for the past two weeks. I tried seeing where the product was being shipped from, but I couldn’t find it on the site. When I opened up the box, the parts themselves seemed in very good condition: there was a camera, a monitor and a microphone. According to the instructions, the camera and microphone were already connected to the monitor, but you needed to plug the monitor into the wall in order to control the front door. The manual didn’t say to do anything else.

At this point, I was pretty sure this was a scam and I’d wasted my time and money. How was the system going to open my door if there wasn’t even any wiring to connect to it? However, once my husband set up the camera outside and I connected the monitor to the wall, the screen flickered to life. I could see my husband outside our front door, and we made conversation relatively easily. He locked himself out of the house, and I spoke into the mic to open the door. To both of our surprise, our door unlocked and opened on its own. We tried this a few more times to make sure (sometimes I would go out and my husband would try the mic), and each time our door opened successfully.

I am shocked at how easy this system was to set up, and how well it seems to work. For the price, you're getting a really good product. I would definitely recommend this if you’re in the market for a home security system! I’ll keep you all updated in the next few weeks on how it holds up.


It’s been a few days since I bought the home security system, and it’s been working great. We’ve only really needed to use it twice (we don’t really get a lot of foot traffic into our house), but it’s definitely been much more convenient than needing to go to our door. I will say, though, that sometimes the monitor seems to glitch a little. If I’m looking at it out of the corner of my eye, I feel like I see some odd shapes moving across the screen. It might be something that can be fixed with some rewiring, though.


Hi! I know I usually don’t make more than two posts for a product, but I wanted to give a warning about the home security system. Be very careful when speaking near the mic. Today I was talking to my husband about going to the grocery store, and the microphone must have picked up my voice because the next thing we saw on the monitor was our front door open. I thought I saw something float in through the door, too, but that must have been another glitch. Or maybe there was a bug flying through the camera, even though they don’t come near the house in the winter.

Thankfully, since both of us were home nothing crazy happened, and Keith quickly went to shut the door. However, this is obviously a really big flaw in the system. You wouldn’t want your door to randomly open without notice. With that in mind, I can’t confidently recommend this product anymore. We will be disconnecting it tomorrow.


I’ve been having a hard time disconnecting the security system. Every time I unplug the monitor from the wall, the screen won’t turn off and our front door opens. The last time I unplugged it the door opened so harshly it left a hole in the drywall. It’s like someone is doing this out of spite.

Keith has been acting weird all day too. He’s been very standoffish and quiet, which is completely unlike him. Every time I ask him for help with the security system he gets angry and tells me there’s nothing wrong with it. I don’t understand why he’s fighting with me so much. When we first found this system on eBay he told me not to get it because he thought it was a scam. I don’t know why he switched up so quickly.

Anyway, I called our electrician because I’m not sure who else to reach out to. They said it would take 3-5 business days for them to come by our house. I guess I’ll just have to wait until then.


There’s been some weird static coming from the monitor. I don’t know what it is, but it almost feels like someone is saying something. I don’t like being near it, and yet I feel like I can hear it throughout the whole house. I know it doesn’t make sense, and this must be my imagination, but I’m getting very scared.

My front door keeps opening too, no matter how much I avoid speaking near the mic. I keep telling Keith, but he’s just claiming there isn’t a problem. Even though once the door opened on its own right as he was passing by. He didn’t even stop to close it.

I also keep seeing things on the monitor that aren’t there. Today they look less like amorphous shapes and more like people. Once I was passing by the monitor on the way to the kitchen, and when I looked over it seemed like there was a man standing on our front porch. Except he didn’t look quite like a person; I couldn’t really make out any defining features, but his head was definitely way too close to the camera for him to be of regular height. (For reference, my husband set the camera five feet above our door.) I think this thing turned its head to look at the camera, and I swear that it didn’t have a face. 

I screamed and turned away from the camera for a second. When I looked back, the creature was gone but our front door was open again. I told my husband about this but to no avail.

I don’t really know what to do anymore. Last night, I was passing through my front door again, and I got this chill like something was staring at me through the wood of the door. Like it could actually see me. 

I don’t really feel safe in my house anymore. I’m packing my bags and going to stay with my parents for a little while. They live about an hour away from me, so hopefully the distance will help until things die down. I’m not sure if I want to tell Keith about my plan; I’ve been feeling very wary around him. Will keep you guys updated.


Against my best judgment, I told Keith I wanted to leave the house because I keep seeing things. For a moment, he seemed to come to his senses. He said he doesn’t remember anything from the past few days; he feels like he’s being possessed.

Don’t buy the security system. Whatever's in that thing, it’s not hu


Apologies for the abruptness of my last post.

The front door had opened again. I was able to close it quickly, and both my husband and I are safe. As for the security system, we haven’t had trouble with it since that last incident. Both Keith and I are fine, and we have been able to get back to our routine as normal. We will be starting work again tomorrow, too.

I want to give some disclaimers about the security system. I fully endorse this product after keeping it for a few more days. When the electrician came around, I told him that they no longer need to worry about our wiring, and even invited him in and showed him the tech. He seemed very impressed and said he would buy a security system for his home as well.

Do not worry if you hear static from your system. It is most likely the wind. You also do not need to worry if you hear screaming. That is also, most likely, the wind. The monitor can be hypersensitive to changes in the weather. Also, if you are careful with how you position your mic, you will probably not have problems with the door opening against your will. 

And any creatures you may see on your monitor? Do not worry about them. Most cannot enter your home. You should, however, be concerned about the things that make it past your front door. Not that it will make much difference to you, though. Most people do not notice us until it’s too late.