Logitech Indoor Video Security Master System *review and giveaway*

February 16, 2010 by  
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As a mom, worrying is what I do best, and my husband complains that I worry too much.  Since having the boys, I think that I am even more vigilant about their safety and the safety of our home in general.  I have always thought that a security system of some wort was always a good idea.  In particular having a security camera available in our home to keep track of the boys when they are in another area of the house, to monitor the house when we are away and eventually when we hire a babysitter.  To some it may seem like an extreme measure, but to me safety is greatly important.

I had always thought that owning an indoor security camera would be an expensive venture, so I never really considered having one, even though I felt it would be useful in many ways in our home.  Then, Logitech introduced me to their Indoor Video Security Master System.  Much to my surprise the cost of owning this system was quite reasonable around $200 for the base system!  I have seen many security systems that run in the thousands and do a lot of the same things.  Not only that, the Logitech Security System can be expanded to accommodate  6 cameras so you can place them throughout your home.

Video is transmitted through the electrical system in your house called   HomePlug technology, the Logitech Indoor Add-On Security Camera transmits encrypted video over existing electrical wires straight to your PC.  I think this in itself is a pretty cool concept. The camera is able to  detect motion, and record video directly to your PC for playback.   You can then view  video from the day, or past weeks.  You can also see all the views from each of the cameras that you have set up.  You can also receive Motion-activated text and e-mail alerts when the camera has been activated.

Logitech has WiiLife software, and you can easily get an account to remotely monitor your your cameras while you are away.  This is great for when you are away on vacation, or anytime that you want to check up on your home or your children even.   They even have a really cool Spy Add-On Camera (these look like an alarm clock) that can be combined with any Logitech Master System.   The camera can be easily mounted to the wall, or in the desktop stand, or even by a suction cup to your window.  The suction cup is perfect for keeping an eye on things outside of your home.  I would use it to keep track of the pesky deer that seem to like our yard!


Homeplug connectivity

You’ll be up and running in no time—no new wires to run, no network configuration. It transmits encrypted video over your existing electrical wires straight to your PC. Learn more about Homeplug.

Easy, 15-minute setup

You simply install Logitech® Command Center PC software, connect the USB receiver, and plug in the camera anywhere around your home or office.

Flexible PC-viewing options

You can see live footage or store it on your hard drive for later replay. The intuitive Windows interface makes it easy to navigate and set your preferences.

Motion-activated mobile alerts

Mobile-phone and e-mail alerts quickly update you when you’re on the go.

Free remote viewing

A password-protected, Web-based account lets you log in to view live video online—anywhere, anytime. It’s accessible from your Windows® Mobile phone too.

Support for up to six cameras

You can add Logitech® Indoor, Outdoor, or Spy Add-On Cameras in any combination to any Logitech® Master System.

Multiple mounting options

This indoor camera can be placed where you need it most—attached to a window (facing in or out), placed on a desktop, or mounted to a wall.

When my husband and I set up the camera, we initially had a little bit of difficulty, but nothing major.  It took only minutes to set everything up and we were viewing the downstairs playroom.  We decided this would be great for keeping an eye on the boys while they were playing down there. My only word of warning is to point the camera away from an existing window.  We had it on the opposite side of the room facing towards the incoming light and the view was a little less than clear.   Another thing I noticed was that the camera has blinking lights on it.  To some this may not be a big deal and it may just be unavoidable but without the lights it may make the camera much less noticeable.  If someone were doing something in my home, I certainly wouldn’t want to draw attention to my security camera.

Overall, the Logitech Indoor Security Camera is a really handy device for basic monitoring within the home.  It is easy to install and operate for the average person that doesn’t know much about how this stuff works.  I like that it is expandable and offers several options for mounting.  The video quality isn’t stellar on the camera but it is good enough for what the average homeowner would use it for.  And best of all, it won’t break the bank.

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