There is a variety of things you can do to enhance your home security: new locks, alarm systems, and home lockboxes or safes for valuables, but these can only deter intruders, not make sure the intruder is caught so that they can’t try again. For that, we need to turn to cameras, and nothing can bring you peace of mind like an IP enabled camera.
These cameras are capable of sending you alerts directly to your smartphone or computer if they detect an intruder, remote streaming, and many can upload their footage via FTP to a storage solution of your choice, allowing you to not only potentially catch images of potential intruders, but also check in on children or pets well at work or out of town, so that you to never have to sit up at night worrying about them.
Top HD Wireless IP/Network Camera
First off is the Deecam D200 Wireless Camera, shooting in 720p at 30 FPS max. All of the best wireless cameras allow a certain amount of built in memory, so that it can save footage locally for later upload; the Deecam D200 supports microSD cards up to 32GB, and thanks to it’s motion detection functionality can be set to automatically send an alert to you, start taking footage, and saving it locally when tripped.
This is a very important feature, as the D200 is not able to send footage off itself over the network, meaning you are going to have to manually take it off the SD card yourself. It also features a night vision setting thanks to a set of IR LEDs, however due to the limitations of IR LEDs, attempting to record through glass will not work particularly well. That is a major issue as this camera is absolutely not certified for outdoor use, leaving it limited in where it can be placed.
User reviews praised it for ease of use and set-up in particular, saying that as long as you know the basics of networking (how IPs are assigned, how to find a new device on your network, etc), you could set it up yourself very quickly, and even if you didn’t, the setup CD it came with could do all of that for you quite handily.
A few cons that users mentioned were issues with switching from an ethernet connection to wireless seemed quite buggy, with several users losing the manual pan/tilt controls via browser when attempting it, and that the mobile app for it could only view live video. While not perfect, all of the user reviews of the Deecam D200 praised it as a low cost, simple to use, reliable wireless camera that they were overall happy with.
Best Wifi Camera for Home
Next we have the Amcrest ProHD, shooting in 1080p at 30 FPS with an impressive 90 degree viewing angle. Well more expensive than the D200, it is a major upgrade. It also supports up to a 32GB microSD card but more importantly, supports FTP, which makes the possibility of filling up it’s local storage at an inconvenient time much less likely.
The ProHD also includes IR LED night vision, motion detect alerts/recording, remote pan/tilt, and as an added bonus, a digital zoom feature.
Additionally, so that you don’t have to manage your own online storage space, Amcrest also offers access to their Cloud storage system, which gives you 4 hours worth of continuously recorded video saved away for free that can be viewed any time you want.
For a monthly fee, you can purchase additional Cloud storage space from Armcrest if desired. User reviews repeatedly spoke of ProHD’s incredible fidelity of picture, how useful it’s wide angle lens is, and the simplicity of set-up and configuration. Also spoken highly of was the mobile app support, which users loved as it allowed them significant flexibility in when and how they used their camera.
Best Waterproof Mini Bullet Outdoor Camera
Finally we have the Spy Tec AEON OT, shooting in 1080p at 30 FPS. The Aeon OT is a waterproof design, allowing you to place it anywhere, indoors or outdoors. It’s powerful IR LED suite allows it to shoot in night vision as well, monitoring up to 50 feet away without major degradation of quality.
It also supports local memory with microSD cards, this time up to 128GB, well also offering a variety of methods of uploading your footage elsewhere over the network. Another major feature is that there is built in support for networking up to 32 Aeon cameras together so that you can simultaneously record or view live footage from as many cameras as you desire.
You can also allow up to 16 live simultaneous users, with the obvious caveat of the more users watching, the slower the footage will play.
As a final useful bonus, so that you don’t necessarily have to run a power cord out to the camera, it can be powered via its ethernet connection allowing for a simple one cord hook-up. Of course it isn’t limited to a wired connection, and can connect via 802.11 or G network wireless as well, though you then need a different power solution.
User reviews raved that it took them only a few hours to set-up, and that once they had it going it provided easy desktop or mobile access to it’s footage, well also specifically talking about it’s rather sturdy casing, saying that it worked great outdoors.
Well not directly related to the camera itself, something users repeatedly mentioned was the excellent customer service from Spy Tec, with multiple users sharing stories of quick, painless interactions with their service departments. While expensive, every user seemed to believe the Spy Tec AEON OT was worth every penny.