With voice assistants such as Alexa becoming more mainstream in the home, it’s a great time to explore the features and benefits of additional products that make up the ‘internet of things’.  Gadgets in the home are wonderful for taking care of our entertainment needs, but you may be more cautious to hand the keys of your home over to technology.

There is no need to worry.  With the universal adoption of smartphones, HD video quality, fast Wi-Fi and user-friendly software it’s easier than ever to buy a robust smart-home security system.

New technology requires a simple approach, so let’s look at the three main things to consider when shopping for a good Wi-Fi Security Camera:

Quality of the footage produced

Most cameras will film in High Definition, but there could be a notable difference in picture quality between a 720p and 1080p Full HD device.  For example, in the unfortunate event of a break in, this could make all the difference to achieve a positive identification.

Also look out for face detection and facial recognition modes that will help increase the likelihood of the camera interpreting movement as that of a potential intruder.

Making video is most challenging in low light conditions so features such as night mode will help deliver the best possible results.  Recording can be triggered on some models through motion detection to really increase the sensitivity of lockdown around your house.

Don’t forget about audio recording where one-way audio lets you listen into the action or choose two-way audio for a full open line of communication.

Storage Options

There are two main ways to store your camera recordings to consider.  Video files are considerably large in size so understanding how much footage you wish to keep stored is important.

Cloud storage is a popular way to keep your precious photos and videos safe and security cameras have a similar option.  If you are planning on archiving continuous recordings over a number of days or weeks, then this is a clever solution.  You’ll be able to access your files from anywhere and they’ll be kept completely secure.  Be aware that there is usually a monthly subscription charge for larger storage plans.

Internal storage is a functional alternative with no on-going costs. and Your footage would be recorded on to an SD card, usually sold separately.

App control and connectivity

Your camera will provide an app for your smartphone that enable you to control your camera remotely.  You’ll also be able to view live or recorded footage.  Look for an intuitive app with plenty of settings to really fit your home security experience to how you want it.

Over time your smart-home will continue to expand, so check for great compatibility with other devices such as Alexa, lights, heating and alarms.  This will enable you to enhance your cameras with other gadgets and develop skills to maximise your home security system.  Getting this right is a sure-fire way to future proof your existing set up.

Total peace of mind when you are away from your home.  2018 is the time to beef up your home security and explore this year’s fantastic range of Wi-Fi security cameras.  As always I’m available to help if this is something you would like to discuss.

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