SpotCam connects you to your home, outside and in



When it comes to home surveillance cams there are two kinds of
cams – low-end, highly-motorized, wireless IP cams that are
(typically) fairly insecure and higher-end cloud service
systems like Dropcam that offer secure but more expensive
cameras. SpotCam seems to land squarely in the middle with
their SpotCam Sense Pro line.

I tested two models and found them more than acceptable for
home use. The indoor model records 24 hours of video that is
available, for free, via the app. It’s also senses temperature
and barometric pressure and you can even set it up to sound an
alarm if it senses motion at a preset time. The app itself,
while not at the cutting edge of aesthetic design, is
serviceable at the very least.

The $188.99 outdoor model is a little more interesting. This
model is weather and water proof thanks to a number of rubber
shields that protect the power ports and the various buttons on
the outside of the camera. To set it up you simply plug it into
an outlet – I have it connected to an outlet in my garage – and
screw the baseplate into a wall. You’ll want to put this thing
pretty high because it’s easy to pull off and steal but if
hidden in the right foliage you have an inexpensive,
unobtrusive Wi-Fi enabled camera that can see quite well in the
dark.

Who are these cameras for? Well, first they’re for the
price-conscious. If you know you’ll be buying a few of these to
install around the house the $200 SpotCam is about as much as
the aforementioned Dropcam but if you want extended recording
from the Nest product that costs $10 a month, adding quite a
bit to your final bill.

As I mentioned before I’ve seen plenty of wireless webcams over
the past few years and this one falls firmly in the “nicer, but
not that nice” camp. I’d honestly recommend this if you have a
garage you’re trying to keep an eye on and aren’t too worried
about the bells and whistles you get from better recording
services. It also doesn’t quite replace a high-end, secure CCTV
system but you could put one or two in your shop to keep a
record of the comings and goings. As a home security system I
worry that the app is a little too complex and hard to use but
you can simply set this thing and forget it and simply use it
as a way to watch your house when you’re away.

The SpotCams also work with IFTTT which means you can connect
it to your lights, your WeMo power devices, or simply get
notifications via other services. It’s a nice addition to a
standard webcam.

Can you get a better home webcam with better software? Yes. Can
you get a cheaper home webcam with a motorized gimbal and
security holes? Sure. Can you set up an outdoor SpotCam to keep
an eye on your shed? Absolutely, and that’s what I’d do.

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