When we bought our home, we knew we wanted to make it as high tech as possible. That meant automated lights, synced up locks on the doors; and I even thought about adding security cameras. When Snug offered us one of their Wifi Baby Monitor Security Cameras, we took the opportunity to add the camera we wanted to our home.
After unpacking the camera from the box and setting up in our living room when I wanted it, I thought set up would be easy, but I could not get my phone to connect to the device. Like many wifi security cameras, the Snug Camera uses a free iPhone or Android app to allow you peek in on your home or baby’s room at any time. While my phone was recognizing the camera, I could not connect to it. It turns out that, in typical guy fashion, I didn’t read the directions correctly. While the Snug camera can work on wifi, it needs to be hardwired to your router for the set up process. Once I did the initial setup, it was smooth sailing from there. I put the camera in an inconspicuous spot and now you can barely see it unless you are looking for it.
Once you’re connected to the camera, you have essentially full control of what you’re seeing. By swiping your finger left or right, up or down; you can control the pan and tilt of the camera. The camera spins around 360 degrees so you can see every inch of the room it’s placed in. When it’s dark the camera automatically switches over to night vision. Within the phone app, you can also zoom in to the picture to take a closer look, as well as take snapshot pictures or record video, which will be saved to the micro SD card you can install into the Snug camera itself.
If you are planning on using the Snug camera as a security camera, it also has a motion detect feature that can send a notification directly to your phone to let you know something is going on. From there you can quickly open up the app and see what’s going on. When using the Snug camera away from home it’s best to be connected to a wifi network. While you can still check in while on your cellular network, the response time is slow. You cannot quickly move the camera, as you would be able to on wifi. Instead there is a decent delay between when you send a movement command from your phone, to when it actually moves.
For $70 on Amazon, the amount of control you get over the Snug camera makes it a pretty decent buy, considering the price of other security cameras which may be stationary. But while doing my research it looks like the hardware of the Snug camera is also used by other companies seen here and here. I know that can sometimes seem like a deal breaker, but if you are looking for a budget way of keeping an eye on your home, this may be a safe bet.
Another thing to be mindful of is the fact this is not like your traditional baby monitor. Dedicated baby monitors can essential stay on the entire time, making it easy to peek in on baby. Since this is app driven, you would not want to keep your phone on the entire time; leaving you to have to open the app each time you needed to check in. Also, if you use the ‘do not disturb’ function on your phone at night, you may not get the notifications from the snug app. The camera can also only be monitored through the app. You cannot use a computer to view or control the camera. This feature would definitely go a long way and is something I wish they would include.
While a baby may not move much in a crib, as they grow older and maybe get a play room, the snug camera would be great way to keep and eye on your kids when you’re at work on enjoying a date night. If you’d like to get one yourself, you can order one directly from Amazon.