It isn’t very difficult to understand the purpose of Y-Cam Studios’ new device, the HomeMonitor. Spoiler - it monitors your home. At first look, I was pretty baffled as to how it would work. Determined to figure it out for myself, I set it on the table and got to work.
Upon getting it out of the box, my concerns were quelled when the first thing I saw was a manual that was blocking me from seeing anything else inside the box. At first look, the manual looked rather daunting, as did the whole device itself, but I decided to get everything else out and figure it out from there.
Once I started using my head and read the manual properly, the actual device was easy to set up. It can either be placed with the stand, or you have the option to mount it to a wall somewhere in the house. As long as you have power going to it (and a network cable if you aren’t connecting to it via WiFi) it can be used anywhere.
By going onto their website, creating an account and entering the ID of your camera, which is shown on the manual and the camera itself, you can view a live feed of the cameras from online or through the use of their app. By giving your login details to others, they can also view it as well, even at the same time as you.
The quality of the camera is very good, considering its size and live-streaming capabilities. The audio and video never go out of sync and both are to an acceptable level of quality. Not only this, but there was only a very small delay on the livestream. Finally, the camera had a very clear Night-Vision mode which automatically activated when light-levels became too low
The camera can be rigged to start recording when something moves into a certain zone, acting as a sort of trip-wire. For example, I had it rigged to set off when movement happened next to the fridge, so I knew when someone decided to start raiding it when ‘no one was watching’.
Recordings from the past seven days are stored on the website, and can be downloaded to your PC with the click of a button. The quality of these videos are good as well, and can easily be uploaded to social networks or YouTube.
Overall, The HomeMonitor is a useful little tool that can be used in a casual, fun way, or a more serious way, such as keeping watch of an office building from home overnight or your own home if you’re burgled. An invaluable tool that can be enjoyable and could save you the money it costs.
The HomeMonitor is a useful little tool that can be used in a casual way, such as finding out steals your fridge supplies or a more serious way, such as keeping watch of an office building from home overnight or your own home if you’re burgled. An invaluable tool that can be enjoyable and could save you the money it costs.