We don’t all have a ton of money to sink into an over-the-top home security system. And, if we’re renting, we may not even have the permissions we’d need to install something that serious. But, there are plenty of affordable options on the market, like the $19 360 AC1C, that can provide a handful of useful features for enhancing your security around the house.
Secure remote connectivity
The first and perhaps most important thing to make sure your smart security camera offers is a secure connection to the internet. A home security camera will be far less useful if you’re not able to check in on it when you’re away from the home. And, since the camera will be providing a view into your private spaces, you want to make sure the camera is transmitting its data securely. That means connecting to a password-protected Wi-Fi network and encrypting the video data for transmission.
A wide field-of-view
Your security camera is only going to be as good as how much it can see. To that end, a security camera with a wide field-of-view is what you should look for. This way, you can set up a single camera in a corner and see almost the entirety of a room. You’ll avoid cluttering your space with cameras and save by needing fewer devices.
Just as the camera’s field of view is important, so too is its placement. Having the flexibility to put your camera where you need will help you get your money’s worth. Sticky or magnetic stands help, as do flexible mounts that let you adjust the camera’s angle once placed. This can let you more easily set up a camera to watch a door, observe a room from high up, keep an eye on pets, or serve as a baby monitor near a crib.
A security camera’s job is to watch over your house when you can’t. That means it needs to be able to see what’s going on just as much when you’re out of the house and when you’re asleep. Some degree of night vision is a must so that your security camera can keep on working even without the lights on. It’s all the better if the camera supports color night vision, which will let you get more detail out of your footage.
Plenty of security cameras have a microphone to record what’s happening around them, but fewer have a speaker. Those that do offer a convenient extra feature that adds to the flexible utility of the camera. With a speaker, you can use two-way audio, allowing you to communicate through the camera. This feature can let you check in with babysitters, house keepers, or even your pets.
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