by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 10/06/2022
Nest recently unveiled its 2nd generation wired doorbell. The wired design will connect to your existing doorbell wiring, enabling it to work with all chimes rated for a 16-24 VAC, 10VA doorbell transformer. Google Nest Doorbell & Nest Wifi Pro Available in ash,
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 08/16/2022
The Nest Cam Wired is the latest smart home security camera from tech supergiant Google. Offering many of the same features as its wireless—but noticeably more expensive—sibling, the Nest Cam Battery, the Nest Cam Wired appears to be the perfect combination of value, convenience, and performance. To see whether it could live up to its own lofty potential, we took the Nest Cam Wired home for
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 04/05/2022
Surveillance systems run the gamut from complex and intricate NVR kits, with all the bells and whistles, to simple bundles that require little more than a hub with a camera or two and Wi-Fi connectivity. For me, the barometer for how well a simple surveillance system is designed is if I can get everything up and running in less than ten minutes, since a big part of simplicity is ease of use. In this category is the
by John Craig ·Posted 02/05/2019
Choosing the right cameras is only a small part of putting your surveillance system together. At least as important, in the long term, is deciding how you’ll record and store your video. The best solution will depend on your needs and how you anticipate them changing. While large deployments at government institutions or campuses will usually depend on server-based solutions, we’ll be focusing on household and small business needs. Long gone are the days when surveillance video was recorded to a video cassette. A surveillance
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 12/05/2018
Security surveillance for the home seems ubiquitous in 2018. It’s par for the course for many homeowners. With the steady influx of consumer-grade security cameras, video doorbells, and alarm systems, there certainly won’t be a shortage of devices designed for securing your home in the foreseeable future. Much like surveillance for the home, home automation continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Additionally, the proliferation of surveillance and home automation devices allows for myriad DIY applications. In this primer, we’ll go over how
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 07/20/2018
YI Technology aims to ensure that your home is always secure, with two new Wi-Fi camera packs. Conveniently coming in 2-pack and 4-pack configurations to suit your surveillance needs, each camera captures 1080p video at 15 fps in a wide 112° diagonal field of view. Onboard IR LEDs provide a night vision range of up to
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 03/28/2018
The surveillance-gear manufacturer Nest recently released some innovative surveillance and home security products that we think you should know about, starting with the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera, which captures 1080p resolution video at up to 30 fps, and offers night vision functionality. Additionally, it has a 130° diagonal
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 03/19/2018
Logitech recently released the Circle 2 security cameras and some accompanying accessories for them. Here’s a quick rundown of the goods. Up first is the Wire-Free Circle 2, which captures up to 1080p resolution video at 30 fps, and delivers up to 15' of night
by John-Paul Palescandolo and Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 03/16/2018
When it comes to providing security for your business, perhaps you’re more used to hearing about cybersecurity. While a cybersecurity breach can have far-reaching and long-lasting effects, it’s not the only aspect of security that should raise concerns. My father runs his own business and I can’t tell you how many times someone backed into the railing leading up to the main entrance. Was it a client… could it have been the UPS driver? Finally, he put up concrete posts next to the rail, so now anyone who backs into those will probably be
by Yael Kasnett ·Posted 11/21/2017
We’ve all seen the YouTube videos showcasing strangers driving around neighborhoods and stealing packages from random porches and driveways. What are you supposed to do if you are out all day? What if you don't have the time to spend jockeying for position in the shops and department stores? For those who work all day and don’t have a choice except to shop online (like 46% of shoppers in the US), an even bigger problem presents itself—how do you keep delivered packages safe when you're not at home? There are ways to watch the outside of your
by Ephie Mandel ·Posted 06/27/2017
Ezviz has released a new, fully wireless surveillance system, called the Mini Trooper. Unlike most other surveillance systems that require cables for power and network connection, the Mini Trooper system is a truly wire-free solution. No longer do you need to lay down long cable runs and drill through multiple layers of your home or office. The Mini Trooper system is simple: connect the Base Station to your router either via Wi-Fi or directly using the RJ45 Ethernet port, and then connect the Mini Trooper cameras via Wi-Fi to the Base Station
by Ephie Mandel ·Posted 04/06/2017
Picking out a full-blown surveillance system with NVRs, cameras, and alarms can be tricky. Luckily, iSmartAlarm, a leader in smart home security, has come to the rescue with some easy to use and easy to set up solutions. Whether you have a large mansion or a small, New York City apartment like mine, iSmartAlarm has the product for you. Take the Guard Package, for instance; with four contact sensors and three motion sensors. You’ll be able to keep an eye on up to four entrance points, such as doors or windows, and be notified in the event a
by Ephie Mandel ·Posted 02/20/2017
Motion detectors are typically associated with adrenaline-packed thriller movies in which an undercover spy tries covertly to scoot across a room guarded by nothing other than motion sensors. Infrared beams fragmenting the entire room, the agent must contort in awkward positions to reach the prized diamond or jewel and bring it back to a secret lair. However, motion detectors have a much more practical use—increasing the functionality of your surveillance system. Bosch’s new motion detectors offer a wide range of detection distances to meet