Vue Personal Video Network: Easy Home Security

Vue Personal Video Network: Easy Home Security

Range Govindan
Sep 25, 2009

It's always prudent to install some kind of security system in your pad or home. It's not just for rich or people with big houses. It's for everyone. For example, if you've got pets and you want to check up on them while you're at work, some kind of wireless camera would be great.

The Vue Personal Video network is comprised of a wireless video portal device and 2 battery-powered wireless cameras. They are easy to mount and install. The really great thing is that they can keep running for almost a year without needing new batteries, so they last really long. That's pretty interesting. Once they are installed, you can watch through them what's happening at your place, via any browser in real-time. The wireless cameras work within a range of 300 feet, so you've got a lot of places to install them. The batteries in the cameras are replaceable and you can schedule the cameras to work at specific times and intervals.

The kit will sell for $300. If you need extra cameras, they will cost you $100 each. That's expensive for the extra cams, but given the fact that they can last so long without any batteries, a lot of tech has to go in there to make this possible. It's an easy-to-use surveillance system that produces adequate video quality. What makes this system great is that it's really easy to install and configure. It's basically plug-and-play. You plug the base station into your router and you're good to go. If you know a bit about networks and port-forwarding, you could probably just hook up a few wireless webcams to your network and use those instead. The webcams would provide better video quality, however, for most of us, it's just easier to use a system like this. For this price, we would have liked it to come with more cameras, but it works well and has a long range, so it is pretty good.

[via Ubergizmo, photos 1 and 3 by Jason Chen, photo 2 by Vue]

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