PROS / The Wireless-N Internet Home Monitoring Camera has zooming capabilities.
CONS / The lack of a pan-and-tilt option is disappointing.
VERDICT / Monitoring security cameras is a job best left to professionals, but if you want to try it on your own, the Wireless-N Internet Home Monitoring Camera is a good choice.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Wireless Cameras here.
Forming a wireless camera system is a major undertaking that we do not recommend without a professional security monitoring firm behind you. If you are determined to attempt it, there are some high quality cameras out there, though, including the Wireless-N Internet Home Monitoring Camera from Cisco.
The first thing you may notice about this camera is its slender design. Combine that with the fact that it is wireless and you have a camera that can be positioned virtually anywhere in a room. It even comes with mounting equipment. Use it to get a view of exactly the portion of each room you need. Also, this camera will send you an email alert if it detects movement in the room, complete with a video clip of the activity. That is a step ahead of comparable cameras that just send you a photo.
This camera has a microphone for recording audio in addition to video, and we like that it is designed to be part of a wireless camera system when you add other Wireless-N Internet Home Monitoring Cameras. It also gives you the power to zoom in on targeted areas, and we think that will come in handy.
You will be able to view footage from your Wireless-N Internet Home Monitoring Camera from smartphones or other internet-connected devices. You can save footage to local hard drives or to a network storage device.
On the downside, similar cameras have infrared lights for recording at night, so it is a little disappointing to find that feature missing from the Wireless-N Internet Home Monitoring Camera. It also lacks the ability to pan and tilt, which is a pretty major drawback. The field of view is impressive, though, at 61.2 degrees, so you will already be able to see a major portion of the targeted room.
Professional monitoring services have become so affordable that we really see no reason to build and maintain your own network of cameras. If you prefer to give it a try anyway, we can recommend the Wireless-N Internet Home Monitoring Camera to get you started. This wireless security camera will offer a clear picture of what is going on in your home when you are not there.