Security: The Best WiFi Security Cams
These devices link to a home network and make security and keyless entry simple.
No WiFi security camera can cover a room like Piper NV. It has a large 180-degree field of view, day or night, and allows you to remotely pan and zoom. You can install up to five units around the house and monitor footage through an app, which lets you view all the streams at once. There are temperature and humidity sensors in addition to those for light and motion. With Piper we felt confident we were getting a complete sense of what was happening at home when we were out. [$269; buy it at amazon.com]
Although it’s not the best security camera — it doesn’t have the ability to save HD video — the Home has the benefit of good looks and a cool bonus feature: The camera’s frame incorporates real wood, and its air-quality sensor can detect volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by things like cleaning products, which can irritate the nose, eyes, and throat. It’s a feature we found excessive until we started testing and realized it’s nice to be reminded to open the window from time to time. [$200; withings.com]
If you’re looking for basic security — or even a way to keep an eye on the dog — it’s hard to beat the reasonably priced DropCam Pro. Setup could not be easier — plug it in, join a WiFi network, and start watching live video from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. DropCam can also send alerts when it detects sound or movement. With an optional Cloud Recording Plan ($10 a month), you can save seven days of footage to the DropCam servers, which you can review at any time. [$197; buy it now at amazon.com]
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