I've outfitted my home with so many smart gadgets over the years, I feel like I can be there without necessarily having to be there. That's a wonderful feeling, especially when the unknown looms over you at a (small or great) distance from your base.
There are so many solutions on the market today to help you keep an eye on what's happening around your home, but few of them have the ability to keep you ever-connected without requiring a complete change in lifestyle. You've got a smartphone with you at all times (it's okay to admit it), and that's a powerful communications tool if you unlock it with the right apps and services.
One of the more frequent questions I'm asked is: what Internet-enabled cameras do you use? I'm a big believer in systems that are easy to install, easy to use, and easy to maintain. For remote monitoring needs, I've found Dropcam to be one of the best products to rely on for home security.
When I was doing research for solutions, it seems that many of these Wi-Fi video monitors are stuck in yesteryear with low resolution output, no two-way audio capabilities, a lack of motion detection, questionable security, lackluster smartphone apps, and (perhaps worst of all) non-existent night vision.
Dropcam addresses all of those needs as a home monitor – and more.
Nobody's ever complained about high resolution video output when viewing, so the Dropcam Pro supports up to 1080p / 30fps quality (it doesn't get much better than that today). And forget about just watching what's happening; you can listen and interact with the remote environment with bidirectional audio.
Field of view? Glad you asked, because 130 degrees (diagonal) is enough to never have to reposition the Dropcam Pro to get the find the perfect angle for live streaming what it sees directly to you – no matter where or how you happen to be connected to the Internet.
Security protocols and wireless bandwidth? Check. It's b/g/n supported (with WPA2 encryption). I cannot underscore just how important this level of support is, especially when it comes to keeping you feeling safe. What's the point of adding a device to your home network if it exposes you to more problems? And Dropcam Pro isn't just for your home (in general) – use it to keep an eye on your baby, your dogs (read: your other babies), or even your business.
You don't realize you need this until you actually need it – par for the course. What happens if you're away from home and you need to get ahold of someone there immediately and they're not picking up the phone because their battery died or they're sleeping? Yeah, that's where the bidirectional audio may come in handy. What if you're tucked away, warm in your bed and you hear a bump in the night and don't really feel like you want to go traipsing downstairs just to see that it was absolutely nothing. Okay, that's where the night vision in the Dropcam Pro will come in handy.
Even if you don't face these specific situations, I'm confident you're going to appreciate having the Dropcam Pro on your network. And why stop at just one? With automatic software updates, scheduling options, and cloud recording… you really can't top this option.