Nest Cam Offers Simplified Video Monitoring
Surveillance cameras and video monitoring systems can be expensive, and difficult to install. Now you can solve both of those problems with an innovative wireless camera that can do some pretty cool things. Here's the scoop on this clever, affordable gadget...
DropCam is now Nest Cam
In Elmer Fudd's dream about the year 2000, smellevision had replaced television. But in 2017, video is still king when it comes to sniffing out intruders. Why would you want a surveillance camera? Perhaps for the same reason as the inventor of the original DropCam. One of his neighbors was allowing their dog to use his yard as a dumping ground, and his solution became a popular product.
Video cameras seem to be everywhere these days. You might want to know who (or what) is on your property, get notified if there is a break-in, or catch wildlife in action. If you've ever wanted video surveillance for your home or business, but balked at the cost, Nest Cam might be just the ticket.
Back in 2013, I reviewed the very capable and affordable DropCam home surveillance system. DropCam was acquired by Google and folded into Nest Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent, Alphabet, Inc. The DropCam name is gone, replaced by the Nest Cam family of indoor and outdoor cameras.
There are three types of Nest Cam devices. The indoor Nest Cam retails for $199 and includes a magnetic mounting base. As of this writing, it is available from Amazon for only $165. The outdoor Nest Cam is also carries a $199 price tag. It is ruggedized for outdoor use and features Night Vision with a 130-degree field of view. It's also discounted at $165 on Amazon.
The Nest Cam IQ costs $299; it features better connectivity with 802.11ac and MIMO; 4K video resolution; a more powerful speaker so you can scare off intruders more easily; noise and echo cancellation so you can hear what’s happening at home more clearly. And guess what? You can get it on Amazon for $285.
Along with new name, there have been some nice upgrades in the product line. The resolution of Nest Cam is 1080p, full HD; DropCam was 720p, adequate but occasionally fuzzy. Like DropCam, the Nest Cam devices offer an optional cloud-based video recording service for a monthly fee. The service is called Nest Aware, and it's a lot smarter than before.
Nest Cam's Video Monitoring Options
There are two levels of Nest Aware service. The Basic service stores up to 10 days of recorded video at a cost of $10 per month. The Extended service stores 30 days worth of video for $30/month. With Basic service, you can carve out clips of video up to 2.5 minutes long, while the Extended service allows clips up to 60 minutes long.
A feature called Sightline, available only with a Nest Aware subscription, helps you quickly find activity of interest in the streaming video that’s recorded. It's smart enough to distinguish between human intruders and your dog or cat, so you won't get unnecessary motion alerts. Nest Aware can also learn to distinguish familiar faces from strangers, and alert you accordingly.
There is a Nest Cam app for Android and iOS phones, of course. It allows you to control your Nest Cam(s) remotely, and review video or still images stored in the Nest Aware cloud or in the Nest Cam device itself.
Nest Cam can send alerts to your phone or an email address if it senses motion or hears unusual sounds (like the crash of a window breaking) while you are not at home. It can send a “special alert” if it notices any suspicious activity in an important area, such as near a safe.
Each Nest Cam includes a microphone and speakers, so you can hear what’s happening at home and speak to people (or pets) in the home. Your dog may freak out when it hears, “Get off the couch!” A cat, of course, will just ignore you.
Nest Cam secures its Internet connections to your WiFi network and the Nest Aware cloud service with 128-bit AES encryption and TLS/SSL encryption. Two-factor authentication helps to secure Nest Cam against hackers.
Nest Cam cameras work with other Nest smart-home devices. If you are alerted to a prowler, a Nest Cam camera can turn on indoor or outdoor lights that are equipped with smart controllers. If your garage door opens while you’re not home, Nest Cam can snap a photo of who is entering or leaving. Nest Cam even works with Google Home and Amazon Alexa, so you can turn it on or off with a voice command, or stream live video to your Echo Show.
Are you interested in video surveillance? Have you tried Nest Cam or some other product? Your thoughts on this topic are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 31 Jul 2017
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