Smart home cameras are important for home security. Linked to a smart home hub like Constellation Connect and controlled by your voice, mobile app, or web interface, they also offer you convenience.
A smart home camera is an electronic instrument that lets you see and record what is happening in and around your home. Some models transmit and record two-way audio so you can talk to people near the camera, as well. Smart cameras connect to your smart home hub via Wi-Fi so that you can control them from anywhere. You can also capture, download and store the imagery they collect. They are a valuable part of your home automation system.
Smart cameras work at your command and also by motion detectors. You can use an app on your phone that tells the camera to start collecting imagery and send it to your smartphone or cloud storage.
Alternatively, a motion detector can turn the device on if it senses the presence of a person, animal, or vehicle moving within its range. The camera will send you an alarm when its motion detector is triggered. Some models allow you to transmit audio and video files to law enforcement.
Now that you can answer the question, what is a smart home camera, and know generally how smart home cameras work, here are some common–and not so common–features. You can buy relatively low-cost, stripped down models or get all the bells and whistles at a higher price.
Beyond choosing from an array of features, you also have options that vary by application. Some types of smart home cameras are designed for outdoor use. Others are meant for use inside. In low-light situations, night vision and thermal cameras give you a good view of your property. Hard-wired cameras are still available, but you will also find wireless models that are easier to install. You can turn an older security camera into something of a smart device by connecting it to a smart plug.
To guide you through the best choice for various applications, here are common smart camera types and uses.
When it comes to the welfare of your child, a smart baby monitor and nanny cam provide peace of mind that is priceless. You can buy hidden models integrated into a book or a toy for surveillance. A visible smart camera can monitor a wide view range to capture the activities of your child. The higher the resolution of the image, the higher the price.
Also consider the viewing angle and how wide a shot you can capture. You will want to weigh the trade-off. Having audio is a plus and you will likely want a record option. Motion sensors turn the device on when someone is in the room and off when nothing is happening, saving energy.
Similar to baby monitors, smart pet cameras provide a sense of assurance for your fur babies. If you are dealing with pet behavior problems, a pet camera can catch the behavior as it happens, which can help with correcting the issue. The same trade-offs are involved as with nanny cams and baby monitors. Rechargeable wireless models with motion detectors will be the most energy efficient.
Smart garage cameras, especially when paired with a smart garage opener, can increase security in one of the most vulnerable entry points to your home. Thieves can target your tools, sports equipment, vehicle, and the often-unlocked door between the garage and your home.
Position a camera in the driveway to monitor activity outside and put one inside the garage, too. If you worry you might have forgotten to close the garage door, a quick look at your smart garage camera will let you know.
Smart home security cameras play an important role in home security automation, along with smart lighting. A home security camera inside lets you check on your family and pets. When you are away, you can see what is happening inside your home. Adding a smart home camera in strategic locations can help the police in the case of a break-in and will be useful for making insurance claims.
Knowing who is outside your home, especially when you are not at home, enhances your personal safety and the security of your home. You can also monitor package drop-offs and delivery personnel. A smart doorbell camera that gives you the ability to talk to people outside without opening the door is safer and more convenient.
Control who has access to your home, have a record of coming and going, and never worry about key copies that are out of your possession. Pairing smart door locks with video capture cameras gives you a visual record to go with the other data.
Lighting your home exterior gives criminals fewer places to hide. A well-lit home gives smart cameras clearer views and images. Linking them with your smart home hub allows you to automate when they turn on and off, saving energy. Bright lights can repel animals and protect your home from wildlife.
With so many choices, applications and features, choosing among the models and types of smart home cameras can be daunting. Many of the benefits of a smart home are enabled and enhanced by adding smart home cameras. They are definitely smart home devices worth getting. Here are things to consider when deciding among the options.
How many smart cameras does your home really need? More isn’t necessarily better. Too many smart cameras can tax your system and your wallet without actually increasing security. Consider:
When you set up your smart home with Constellation, you are getting a system with components designed to work well together. The smart home cameras are easily integrated and installed, whether using external or internal options. Used in conjunction with other smart home elements, like smart lighting and smart locks, they significantly enhance the safety of your home.
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