Spy Games: Keeping an Eye on Home From Afar

Spy Games: Keeping an Eye on Home From Afar

Mike Cave
Sep 28, 2011

Ever wanted to know what is going on in your place while you're away or you just don't want to get up to see the ruckus? You should spy! Setting up a home surveillance camera is easier than ever and the newest models are less intrusive looking than those big brother reminders many businesses have. Here are some options that won't break the bank or kill the style in your room while letting you monitor from your smart phone!

We've been toying with the idea of getting a wireless surveillance camera for our home so we can survey our place while on vacation. Also, recently my wife and I have decided that our little Houdini has reached the age where we need to see what he is up to when we aren't in his room. Two situations that can be solved with one product? Perfect! While you could use a baby monitor system and achieve the desired results, most don't have online accessible interfaces or can't be used with smartphones for easy app check-ins. We aren't really into pastels either, truthfully. Here are the three cameras we're considering. Each are notable for their specific strengths and some have more features than others:

Foscam FI8918W: This is probably the most feature rich of the three cameras, which can be overwhelming for some, but it has the best specs too. Eight meter night vision and pan/tilt ability make this a very flexible choice, although it is the largest of the three.

D-Link DCS-932L: This camera is marketed as the easiest to setup and maintain. It's not as full featured, but simplicity is the key here. Unlike the other two cameras, this one does not offer two way audio which might make the baby monitor usage pointless, but it does look the most streamlined and inconspicuous.

Trendnet TV-IP312: Small and full featured, the Trendnet is admittedly not too much of a looker in our opinion, but it is neutral enough to blend in. Like the other models, this cam offers a web interface, with smart phone access an option. If you don't need pan/tilt control this could be the one for you.

Check back to see our choice and the follow up review!

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