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Y-cam Home Monitor Outdoor

24-hour surveillance monitor for the outside of your home

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    With mount and antenna

 

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by Woody Sherman
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Banish home security worries

The Y-cam Home Monitor keeps an eye on your home when you're away.

The Y-cam Home Monitor keeps an eye on your home when you're away (tablet not included).

Worrying about your home when you're away can really put a damper on your vacation. That's why the Y-cam outdoor home monitor is a must-have for peace of mind while away from home. Sophisticated motion detectors activate the Wi-Fi®-equipped video camera, and the video clips that result are saved online in the cloud (for free — no subscription necessary) for seven days for easy retrieval and download. You can watch live if you desire, and you can even have the camera send you email alerts when it detects motion. Viewing is easy on a web-connected PC, or via free apps for your Apple® iOS® and Android™ devices. You can even watch on your TV with a connected Roku® streaming box or an Apple TV® via AirPlay®.

It watches when you want it to

Don't worry that this will be a bandwidth hog for your Internet connection: the Y-cam home monitor only activates when you need it to, either via a predetermined schedule, or by motion occurring in the detection area. 12 powerful infrared emitters invisibly illuminate an area up to 15 meters away from the camera at night, and they switch on automatically when it's dark. This outdoor model is waterproof and rated for regular use in all weather. Plus, you can easily add additional cameras to your online account and control/monitor them jointly.

Secure and safe

Because the signals operate over your home's Wi-Fi network, the video streams are multi-layer-encrypted and secure from prying eyes. Setup is easy — just connect your camera to a web-connected PC, create your account and you're off to the races in minutes.

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Highlights:

  • view your home live from almost anywhere over devices you already own
  • camera records to your secure personal account, saving unlimited clips for seven days
  • PC and wired camera connection to home network router necessary for initial camera setup
  • bandwidth-friendly system only streams data when you need it to
  • SmartBuffer™ is always running in the background so you won't miss a moment when motion is detected — the recorded clip will begin before the detected event
  • high-quality infrared night vision mode kicks in when darkness is detected
  • doesn't disturb your Wi-Fi® network like other security systems can
  • add extra cameras to your account anytime
  • alerts can be sent to your computer, tablet or smartphone over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G by using free available apps for iOS®, Android™ and Roku®
  • full-color images
Specifications:
  • 12 powerful infrared LEDs provide invisible illumination for night vision over a 15-meter range
  • waterproof (IP66 rated)
  • 1/4" 310k-pixel CMOS sensor/lens combo
  • wide viewing angle: 50-degrees horizontal, 40-degrees vertical
  • 100-240V AC power supply with US/UK/EU attachments
  • power consumption: 4.5 watts
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi® connectivity
    • Wi-Fi security: WEP(64-/128-bit), WPA-PSK (AES/TKIP), WPA2-PSK (AES/TKIP)
  • wired Ethernet
  • 3-3/8"W x 4-3/8"H x 4-9/16"D
  • 25 ounces
Included accessories:
  • stand/wall mount
  • Ethernet cable
  • combined power/network cable with Ethernet extension adapter
  • quick start guide
  • 100-240V power supply with 10-foot cable and US/EU/UK receptacle plugs

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What's in the box?

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  • HomeMonitor outdoor camera with attached 39" cable (male 12-pin plug terminal)
  • Mounting bracket
  • 7.5" Wi-Fi antenna
  • AC adapter with 9.75' DC output cord (DC output: 12V 1000mA)
  • US AC power plug adapter (installed on AC adapter)
  • UK AC power plug adapter
  • Euro AC power plug adapter
  • 40" Ethernet cable (RJ45 plugs on both ends)
  • Power/network cable Y-adapter (female 12-pin plug on one end and male RJ45 plug and power barrel connector on other end)
  • 2 RJ45 Ethernet/network cable extension adapters
  • 5 Flat head mounting screws (1-3/16" length)
  • 5 Plastic wall anchors
  • 4-pin Wiring adapter
  • 5mm Hex key
  • Quick Start Guide

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Features

Overview: The HomeMonitor outdoor camera, made by Y-Cam Solutions, is a network-connected security camera that allows you to monitor what's happening around the exterior of your home using an internet-enabled computer or your smartphone. It is equipped with a wide angle lens, infrared LEDs that allow you to monitor in the dark, and a microphone. It sets up in minutes, and because HomeMonitor is network-compatible, you can monitor at home or away from home.

Video Camera: HomeMonitor has a wide-angle lens with a viewing angle of 50° horizontal and 40° vertical. The 310,000-pixel 1/4" CMOS image sensor outputs a video signal with 640 x 480 resolution at 30 frames per second. The built-in microphone picks up any sound in the vicinity. Surrounding the lens are 12 large infrared LEDs that provide a viewing distance of up to 15 meters (49 feet) in total darkness. The camera includes a sunshield, and is waterproof to IP66 standard.

Network Connection: You can connect HomeMonitor to your home network, either with Wi-Fi or plugged into your router with the supplied network cable. You will need to connect the camera to your router for the initial setup, even if you plan on using it wirelessly. HomeMonitor will work with HomePlug/Powerline technologies, so you can use it in areas in the home where Wi-Fi isn't available.

High Speed Internet: HomeMonitor will work with virtually all forms of high-speed internet, including Broadband, ADSL, DSL, Cable, FiOS, and if you have a suitable router, 3G and 4G. A minimum upload speed of 256kbps and 0.2Mb per second per camera is recommended. Download speed will only matter when watching or downloading from the HomeMonitor portal.

Smartphone Compatible: There are apps available for iOS (5.1 and higher), Android (2.3.1 and higher), and Roku. You can access HomeMonitor with your smartphone, tablet, or SmartTV. In addition, you can turn the camera on or off, control recording and notification email settings, or watch recorded clips or live video and audio over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G. Archived clips stored on your iOS device can also be transferred for viewing on your Apple TV via Airplay.

Online Account: Once you have connected the camera to power and your home network, you will need to set up a free personal online account (no subscription required). The camera records audio and video automatically to your your own secure account in the cloud. An unlimited number of clips is stored on your account for 7 days at no charge. You can access your account from anywhere on your PC or smartphone. You can add multiple cameras, including cameras at different locations, onto the same account.

Motion Detection Alerts: When HomeMonitor detects motion, it triggers recording, and, if desired, can send you an email alert. You can adjust the sensitivity of the motion detector to prevent false alerts caused by active pets or children, moving cars or headlights, sunlight, or reflections of light.

Mounting: HomeMonitor comes with a versatile mounting bracket that allows you to mount the unit on a shelf or mount it to a wall. It can also be inverted and mounted under the eaves of your house. Once the monitor is mounted, you can adjust the camera angle and tighten the ball joint to lock it into position.

 
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Written By RiverRat, EasternShore, MD on Sunday, November 10, 2013
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Camera works as advertised. Requires viewing camera via the Y-Cam website. The website is not totally reliable, but is improving, The camera image is OK. There is noticeable compression effects on moving images. WiFi has very good range.
Pros:
Clips on detected movement available from external website. Live view works well.
Cons:
Y-Cam website that controls camera and stores clips could be more reliable. Moving images sometimes blurred by compression techniques.
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