Smart Home Security – It’s easier than you think

By | February 22, 2018

In a world where technology is advancing all the time, the options to secure your home are ever-growing, as is our ability to remotely monitor our security systems using a smart device. Though full security system solutions are available and highly-effective, they are also expensive, and often not without subscription and installation costs. This is where individual security cameras come in, fitting into a more moderate budget and offering surveillance over a smaller area.

Below, we’ve listed out just a simple few solutions that can help to boost your home security with minimal investment. All these products can be integrated with mobile devices, empowering you to know that your home is protected even when you’re not there. What’s more, all of them can be installed easily without the need for a specialist.

Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera

The Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera is one of the best individual, indoor security cameras on the market at present. It connects to both iOS and Android mobile applications, which permit two-way audio to be sent through the device. Not only does this mean that you can scare off would-be intruders by speaking directly to them, but it also means that this camera could function as a baby monitor, increasing its cost-effectiveness.

Pros

  • Doubles-up as a baby monitor or pet companion
  • Two-way audio, so you can speak to guests or intruders
  • Free trial of parent company software ‘Nest Aware’
  • 1080p HD image removes the risk of grainy, unusable footage

Cons

  • For a single camera, this doesn’t come cheap
  • Video recording only possible with a cloud subscription
  • Slight audio delay when transmitting to the mobile app

Summary

The functionality on this camera is extensive; though there is a one or two-second delay in the transmission of audio, the fact that you’re getting a two-way audio stream is fantastic, as many competing products do not support this feature. The biggest drawback is the need for a subscription to ‘Nest Aware’ to be capable of recording and storing any video footage whatsoever. Still, a trial is available and you can make your own decisions over whether it’s worth the investment. This camera may not come cheap, but for the video quality and other features available, it’s worth considering if it falls within your budget.


Vimtag P1 ULTRA IP Wireless Network Security Camera

Vimtag cameras offer something that many other products do not; a 30-day moneyback guarantee that means you get to decide first-hand whether this is the system for you, with direct user testing. In terms of functionality, this camera has a full 360-degree range of motion and works with Android or Apple devices. It’s not the most conventional-looking camera on the market, but it’s not ugly, either, save for some flashing LEDs whilst operating that can become a little frustrating.

Pros

  • 360-degree range of camera motion
  • Integration with mobile applications for iOS and Android
  • Vimtag branded cameras all come with a 30-day moneyback guarantee if not satisfied

Cons

  • No mass-delete option for removing stored videos
  • The mobile application can sometimes be slow to connect
  • Green and red system LEDs cannot be hidden from view

Summary

If you’re not sure which camera is for you, or if you even like the idea of a security camera at all, the Vimtag guarantee will allow you to try one out for 30 days before you fully commit. This model could benefit from a mass-delete function, as clearing out old footage can be a painstaking affair, but it’s better to focus on the fact that it can indeed store footage without a subscription, just in case there’s ever a need for video evidence. The camera can also be purchased as part of a number of different setups, depending upon the needs of your home; indoor, outdoor, or with additional sensors.


Blink Home Security Camera System with Motion Detection

There are arguments to be made for both attention-grabbing and discreet security systems. Whilst the former type of cameras works well as deterrents, the latter are best for covertly capturing video evidence, without alerting subjects who may try to destroy or intercept a system. The Blink Home Security Camera falls into the more discreet category, being small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, and a cool shade of white that can easily fade into plasterboard or wallpaper.

Pros

  • Integration with Amazon Alexa smart home device
  • Small; fits in the palm of your hand
  • Simplistic white design blends in well with walls and furnishings

Cons

  • Two-way audio is not supported
  • Support for mounting this outside is limited
  • Indiscreet blue LED light flashes whilst video is recording

Summary

If your intention is to build a smart home network, then the Blink could well be the system for you. Working with Amazon Alexa, it can be hooked up to an existing network of smart devices, to keep you up to date on who is in your home at any one time, be they welcome or unwelcome guests. This camera could benefit from two-way audio, but this is trumped by the fact that video is accessible through the app, meaning that even if a criminal attempted to take down your security device, they’d still be caught on camera.


Conclusion

Individual home security cameras are ideal for homeowners or business owners who either don’t want to invest the money in a full security system, or have a small space to cover with surveillance. Thanks to the explosion of mobile technology, the majority of modern cameras now come with app connectivity, meaning all you’ll ever need to keep an eye on your premises whilst you’re away is your smartphone. With such variance in design, colour and size, you can essentially choose whether you want a camera that’s discreet and hidden, or one that’s going to command a domineering presence and deter intruders who spot it from a distance.

Have any questions about any of the above? Looking to install security at your home? Leave me a comment below, I’m here to help.

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