Keepin' An Eye Out
by Gary Woods
If you're looking for a way to keep an eye on your stuff even when you're not there I think I've found something that will do the trick.
A company called WiLife (www.wilife.com) has a very reasonable solution to the problem and it can be set up in a very few minutes. Their Indoor Camera Starter Kit ($300) and add-on outdoor camera ($230) can get you going quick as a bunny.
Each of WiLife's cameras uses HomePlug powerline networking, so you need only plug the cameras into wall outlets, hook a USB receiver to your PC and install the software. The interior camera comes with a desktop stands, a wall/ceiling mount, and a suction cup for mounting to a window. The exterior model mounts to a wall or the ceiling.
Both cameras are outfitted with an onboard 400MHz DSP (Digital Signal Processor) that compresses and encodes video to Windows Media 9 format before it's ever sent to your PC. The software can manage up to six cameras simultaneously with motion activated video recording. It can then send text or video-clip alerts to your smartphone or email address whenever it detects unexpected activity.
You can also establish up to 16 tracking zones for each camera, which enables them to ignore cars traveling on the street, but still monitor somebody approaching your front door. And the best part is that WiLife provides a free online account, so you can monitor your cameras from any web-enabled device. So stop worrying and start watching.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. You can hear Gary on the Radio at 1290 AM Monday 9-10 AM and he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc