4 thoughts on “All eyes on security cameras in the CNET Smart Home

  • April 1, 2016 at 7:52 pm
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    These systems still do not compare to a proper IP camera system. With so much focus on these cloud reliant products, have you ever wondered why you don't see them in the enterprise setting? It is because these products are more expensive while offering less functionality.
    One aspect that is commonly ignored in the general consumer level, is total cost of ownership. Many people simply do not consider the long term cost of the products they buy, and then uend up with "smart" products which require subscription fees and other unnecessary limitations that will end up costing thousands over the life of the product.

    With an IP camera system and a dedicated NVR (or even a DVR in some cases), you start with a larger up front cost, but long term, you save money by having a system that maintains its full functionality without additional service charges, all while not giving up any functionality, or the option to leverage the cloud if you wanted.

    If you buy a product that is limited to a single cloud service, then you are in a bad position as a consumer as they can easily hold your initial investment for ransom by forcing you to make decisions that you would not otherwise make. For example suppose you spend $800 on 4 nest cams (stupid decision as it will cost you $100 per year per camera for only 10 day recording ($400 per year), or $30 per month per camera ($1200 per year). Anyway, ignoring that, what if by some magical reason a brain aneurysm causes you to accept that horrible deal, the company can decide a year down the line, to increase the price ($10 to $15 per month, and $30 to $40 per month), in addition to probably introducing a $5 per month service charge for the previously free viewing of the live stream. You would be either forced to pay, or accept the cameras becoming expensive paper weights.

    With a self contained system (no outside reliance), you have a guarantee of a specific level of functionality, and beyond that, since they are not locked down, there is competition in the market place for cloud recording, and if no cloud service offers the service you want, at the price you want for offsite archiving, then you can simply set up your own remote servers.
    The cnet smart home would be one of the worst places to live (if you were financially responsible for it), as there are far too many services siphoning money away from you.

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  • April 1, 2016 at 7:52 pm
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    I really like the EZVIZ Mini 720p HD Wireless Home Security Cloud Camera. It's an awesome tiny camera. Live view from phone from anywhere anytime, records motion events to cloud or local, can schedule motion sensor notifications.

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