We thought it would be nice to be able to monitor the security of our house when we are away, or alternatively spy on the cats while we are out of the house, so we very much liked the idea of HomeMonitor HD. The set up process is fairly simple. You need to plug your monitor into the wifi to create your account and set things up. You’ll get a network cable to link between your router and the monitor for the purpose of set up (you don’t need to keep it connected). There’s also a power cable to connect for set up and obviously you’ll need that on an ongoing basis. If like us your computer and your router aren’t in the same place, I suggest taking a picture of your camera ID (on the back of the HomeMonitor) and of your router’s password, otherwise like me you’ll be up and downstairs getting them to help with set up. Alternatively use something other than the desktop computer to set up your account on.
Setting up an account was very easy and theHomeMonitor site takes you through step by step. I set the camera up in a position where it could spy on the cats in their usual sleeping position, so I could give it a try. When you’re happy with where you want the camera to film you can secure it more permanently using the clamp that it comes with the monitor. You can easily attach the camera itself to the stand by easily screwing in by hand, but to fix the clamp to your wall or furniture, you’ll need to get the drill out. The camera is adjustable within the holder, so you can make finer adjustments once you’ve got it all set up.
Now we have been using our to keep an eye on our cats (and it’s the view pictured here that we are hoping to capture), especially when we aren’t around, but you can also set things up so you are alerted on your phone when there is motion or you can have that motion recorded (stored in your free cloud based account for 7 days and there’s no annual or monthly fee for this service). That will let you use it as a home security device and let you keep an eye on your property when you’re away from home. You can add cameras too so that you can cover whatever areas of your house, you want to cover.
The Y-Cam HomeMonitor was recently awarded Best Buy Award by The Sunday Times. http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/ingear/Tech___Games/Test_Bench/article1658626.ece
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