Belkin’s NetCam uses your smartphone for home security
After Belkin revealed a baby monitor that connects to iOS devices just a few weeks ago, it was only a matter of time before they took that concept up a notch with a full security camera. The company recently revealed the new NetCam Wi-Fi Camera, which uses night vision and connects to a smartphone or tablet, so you can monitor your home remotely.
The camera itself is equipped with a wide-angle lens for capturing a much larger view of the room it's placed in and can also record digital audio. It's also equipped with infrared night vision, which allows for a clear view even with little or no light.
Belkin's new security cam was designed to make home security much easier and portable by connecting directly to your Wi-Fi router without the need for a computer. Instead, users just download a free app on any iOS or Android device, which lets them monitor the camera live and even save video on their smartphone or tablet. The NetCam can also be set to send out email alerts and automatically take still shots if it detects any movement in the area.
Compared to some of the other smartphone-enabled security camera's out there (iZON's Remote Room Monitor, for example), Belkin's NetCam does seem to come with a few extra features without spiking up the price. It certainly should be an enticing device for anyone who wants to remotely check up on their house while they're on vacation or just make sure the kids got home from school alright.
The device supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and captures JPEG stills and video in MJPEG format at resolutions of 160x120, 320x240 and 640x480 at up to 30 fps. With a F2.6 lens with focal length of 3.1 mm, the camera boasts a viewing angle of 64° horizontal, 48° vertical and 80° diagonal. It measures 3.8 x 8 x 7.1 inches (9.6 x 20.3 x 18 cm), and weighs 15.2 ounces (431 g)
Currently, the NetCam WiFi Camera is available through Belkin's website and Amazon.com for US$129.99, with other retailers set to receive it in the coming months as well.