Home Monitoring Solutions Get Cheaper With More Features

Home Monitoring Solutions Get Cheaper With More Features

Range Govindan
Aug 17, 2010

Home monitoring systems can be really fun to have at home because they let homeowners check up on what's happening at home, while they're away or at work. This is really cool when you have pets and you wonder what happens when you're not at home. Granted, if you have kids, then they'll think that they are living under Big Brother, but in our book, it's better safe than sorry.

These types of systems are cool, but they don't replace a burglary alarm. If you goal is to heighten the security of your home, then this could be an interesting addition. I honestly would like to set something like this up to check up on my pets and see what they do when I'm gone. They probably just sleep, but you never know!

Logitech's new Alert home monitoring system has a few upgrades compared to their previous offerings. It's actually somewhat amazing what you can do with these kits. There are two systems, one indoor and one outdoor to monitor your home. The Alert system uses your existing electrical power lines as a network, so the cameras can just be plugged into a socket and relay their footage, which you can check out on mobile apps for the iPhone, Blackberry, or Android phones. The system can be set up to send you alerts when anything happens. There is also web access to your footage. The outdoor camera can see in total darkness. The cameras have 960 × 720 resolution (HD). The more cameras you add, the more expensive it gets, but the indoor system starts out at $300. The outdoor system starts at $350 and is weatherproof.

The SimpliSafe system is another alternative, but it's more of a home security system than a home monitoring system. The kit costs $300 and it comes with four door sensors, a panic button, and two motions sensors. Check out more home security systems here.

[via Crunchgear]

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