Watch what you love while you are away…
When we were offered to review the Dropcam I was excited to try it. We have a video baby monitor in Ethan’s room, but nothing in Emma’s. Video monitors are nice, but you can only view what is happening right that minute and we were pretty sure she was getting up in the middle of the night. She had recently been extra crabby and tired and we kept wondering what was going on in her room while we weren’t watching.
The Dropcam arrived safely in a very nicely padded box. After unpacking it we headed to the computer to set it up. The website totes a 2 minute install. Could it really be that easy? It actually was! It’s a matter of plugging it into your router, doing a little computer setup and you are ready to go.
The Dropcam works over your Wi-Fi signal, so the only plug you have is the power adapter. The Dropcam does not accept batteries… and this was intentional. Batteries die quickly and it is easy to forget to change them. By having the Dropcam plugged in you’ll never have to worry about losing your video due to batteries dying out.
The Dropcam comes with free live video monitoring. Just log into your account you created while setting up the camera and you can view live streaming video (and audio if you have the Echo model). If you are on the go, they offer smart phone viewing as well.
Don’t have time to sit and watch the video 24/7? They also offer a DVR storage plan that basically stores EVERYTHING in the “cloud”. It doesn’t take up any space on your computer and all of your video is secure online and can be accessed from anywhere. Never worry about losing your video that is stored on your computer. Crashes and theft happen!
You can also set up email and push motion alerts to notify you if something is happening. The DVR will save up to 30 days of moment to moment video and tag any motion detected on the time line with big yellow dots. This was super helpful for us, because as I mentioned above… we wanted to see what was going on when Emma was supposed to be sleeping.
So it happened. Emma woke up extremely crabby one morning even though we thought she had slept about 11 hours. I sat down and logged into the system and scrolled through the DVR looking for yellow dots.
Nothing… until around 2am, then I found it.
You will see in the video what she was doing, but I wanted to tell you quickly how I got the video clip. You can choose a time frame and request a video clip sent to your email. Within minutes it processes and is available for your use! Not only do you have it on your computer, but it is still available for viewing online through your account.
So… why was Emma so crabby that day?
Nice huh? We caught her watching television at 2 am. N.I.C.E. Emma. At 35 seconds in you will see her getting up and readjusting her sheets. So we had a talk, and I showed her this clip. She now knows that we are watching and if she wants to keep her television… it stays off until the sun is up.
So what about naptime? She wasn’t sleeping at night, so she had to be exhausted during the day and sleep, right? Well… this particular day we were having our roof replaced (hence, the banging noises in the video) so it made it harder to focus on sleep… but take a look at 1 minute in. Notice right before that time she looks at the camera to “see” if we are watching.
So our “testing” time is over… what do we have planned for our Dropcam now?
Currently, it is still in Emma’s room… because I like that she knows we are watching.
The Dropcam is easy enough to move. We have plans to have it in the living area on occasion when we leave to see how exactly Emma and Ethan are behaving for their older brother (we have had some bad reports).
Would I recommend it?
Absolutely. It’s versatile, easy to move, has great picture quality during the day, picks up sound nicely and it’s super easy to use. The peace of mind it worth the price!
What are some other great uses?
You can purchase a Dropcam Echo for $279
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