Yale sent us his latest indoor video camera, a solution that allows you to monitor your home via your smartphone, which can be easily positioned anywhere. The famous lock manufacturer is trying to make its way into a very crowded sector, where the choice is huge and so is the competition. Let’s see how our experience with the “Indoor Wi-Fi Camera – Pan & Tilt”, This is the name of the Yale product, which apparently has decided to save on the imagination, considering that all its cameras do not have real names to distinguish them, but a sort of description of their characteristics.
Aesthetically pleasing and well made, it is designed to be placed on any surface, but it can also be installed on a wall using the supplied bracket. The video sensor is full-hd and connects to the internet via Wi-Fi. It can detect motion and initiate automatic alerts, it has a microphone it’s a speaker, which is also used as an alarm siren. Do not miss the night vision, able to go up to approx 10 meters of distance.
The installation involves the use of the application Yale View and it is no different than many modern devices that need to connect to the home network to access the Internet. After starting the application, just follow the step-by-step procedure that will connect the camera to the wireless network (or even with cable) at home, and so it will then be manageable via smartphone, even from outside the home on the telephone network.
From the application you can start a flow video to see what is happening in the house, and to control its movement. Wheel of 360 degrees horizontally, while you can also shift the lens up and down. By inserting a SD card you will be able to record videos, especially useful if the surveillance mode is activated, which detects movements, saves the recording and sends a notice to the smartphone.
Multiple cameras can be connected to set up a complete video surveillance system. If you are at home and want total privacy, you can obscure the lens directly from the application. The presence of the microphone and the loudspeaker allows to start a two-way communication flow.
In practice, this surveillance camera is equipped with all the features that are often sought in a product of this kind. From the automatisms that allow you to monitor the house and send alerts to your smartphone, direct control, 360-degree movement, two-way audio communication and night vision.
Our test showed no particular problems or inefficiencies, were it not for the first failed configuration attempts due to a lack of response from the Yale server. It’s just a pity that Yale hasn’t unified the control of all its home automation devices under a single app, managing the cameras from a specific app. A negligible detail if you don’t have any other Yale devices. The price of approx 50 euro puts it slightly above the market average. The product is available on Amazon.