Connected Video

Connected to the Internet, smart video cameras let you watch live feeds from home on your phone, tablet or computer, no matter where you are. These popular connected devices let you check in on the daily things that you would otherwise miss, like the kids coming home from school or a new pet at home.

Buying the Right Smart Camera

Connected video solutions create a completely new way to keep up with what’s happening at home.

High Definition cameras are getting smaller and more powerful, and give you a live view anytime through a mobile app. Most include motion detection features to record clips of activity. Some will even alert you and send clips to your smart phone, and more advanced solutions can be a powerful part of a security system as well.

To make an informed choice, consider these points:

Know What You Want to Keep an Eye On

With the big range of features available, this is a good way to narrow your choice of cameras. If you want to simply peek in on your home from time to time, just make sure the one you choose includes access through a mobile app. You don’t want to be tethered to a computer to see what’s happening.

However, if you want something that will help you monitor what’s happening at home, you’ll need some more advanced features like motion detection, smart clip recording and video alerts.

The camera will alert you that it detected motion, then send you a clip of what caused it. Now you can keep up with anything that’s happening around your home.
Automatically record based on your preferences. If your video cameras are integrated into your smart home, you can use activity like the front door opening or the garage door opening to trigger a recording.
If something does happen, your video solution should be able to instantly alert you. An alert can be sent to your mobile phone and/or email with a video clip so you can see what’s happening - whether it’s your dog jumping on the couch, your kids coming home or contractors arriving.

Know Where You Want to Put the Camera

It’s easy to set up a connected camera on a bookshelf or table, but that doesn’t always give you a view of where activity happens, like a door or hallway.

For more flexibility (and to make your camera less conspicuous), have your video cameras professionally installed. Wall mounting ensures your camera won’t draw too much attention, but this can get tricky. Even though most cameras connect via Wi-Fi, they still need power. If you want one for outside use, you need a special camera, and the wiring and mounting can be more challenging.

Your local security professional can offer great smart home solutions, all professionally installed. When you connect your video solution with your security system you get more advanced features and capabilities that will make it even easier to keep up with what’s happening around your home. Click here to find professionals in your area.

Your Camera Is More Powerful As Part of a Smart Home

The most important thing to consider before you buy a connected video camera is how it communicates with other connected devices around the home.

Working with your security system, a smart video solution will do more than just tell you when it detects motion. It knows the difference between your dog barking at the mailman and your kids arriving home safely from school, and it can look out for the specific events that you care about. You’ll get HD clips of all the important moments, and have peace of mind knowing that if there’s an emergency, you’ve got protection.

A Smart Home Camera is Better for Security

When it comes to security, a smart home powered camera has several advantages over a standalone device.


A single device has a single point of failure: if the power goes out, the broadband goes down or there’s an issue with the camera, you will be left exposed.

A common vulnerability of older security systems is that the phone line can be cut from the outside and disable the signaling. That’s one of the reasons that modern security systems use a dedicated cellular connection for signaling. Standalone video cameras have the same security vulnerability: if the broadband line is cut from the outside, the video camera is disabled.


A standalone device sits in one room and has limited information about what’s happening around the rest of the home. Better solutions connect to a smart home solution, where sensors throughout the home make it smarter.

The most common advanced thermostats are integrated into a security system, which knows when a door opens, motion is detected and when a panel is armed and disarmed. This gives a more accurate pattern of activity in the home that can optimize the thermostat schedule to reduce energy waste.


Video is becoming a meaningful input to help assess risk when an alarm goes off. With the permission of the homeowner, the security professionals who monitor smart security systems can share a video clip with emergency personnel such as police. This helps reduce false alarms and can increase response times.

There Are Lots of Connected Video Cameras to Choose From

There are a lot of different camera types and features. Make sure you understand your options and needs before you buy. Here are some of the most common types and feature considerations:

  • Indoor
  • Pan and Tilt
  • Night vision with Infrared
  • Wireless
  • Outdoor
  • HD Recording
  • Motion Capture
  • Local recording
  • Retro fit*

*If you have an old analog system, you can connect those cameras to a state of the art service to give you mobile access and remote recording.

Indoor Wireless
Fixed IP Camera

Indoor Wireless Fixed IP
Camera with Night Vision

Outdoor Wireless IP
Camera with Night Vision

Outdoor Day/Night
IP Camera

Indoor Wireless
Pan/Tilt IP Camera

Indoor PoE
Dome IP Camera
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