Keeping Eyes and Ears on your Pets

Few things are as frustrating as home security investments that do not operate the way that you need them to. For example, take an alarm system that routinely mistakes your dog for an intruder... and wastes no time alerting you and the entire neighborhood by sounding an intrusive and obnoxiously loud siren. You purchased the system to protect your family and all of its members, not to discriminate against the four-legged ones, right?

What you should probably consider instead is a home security system designed specifically to address these common false alarms triggered by free-roaming pets and their innocently wagging tails. Additionally, wouldn't it be great to also see and hear your pets during the day? Fortunately, there are many new developments in home automation that can help you do just that.

Dropcam Pro 1080p HD Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera

Dropcam Pro 1080p HD Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera

Security cameras have been used for years for people to keep eyes and ears on their babies. Because many people consider their pets to be their babies, why should keeping visual and audial tabs on them be any different?

The folks at Dropcam believe that a desire to watch and listen to your furry babies is just as valid as if they were humans! To prove it, they designed the "Dropcam Pro 1080p HD Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera" as a cloud-based Wi-Fi video monitoring service that allows you to stay connected to your entire family.

For under $200, you can enjoy smartphone, tablet or computer alerts whenever the system detects activity within its 130-degree field of view. And with 8x zoom capability in premium HD video, you can truly feel like you are right there in the room with your pets even if you are miles away!

The time of day is also irrelevant, because the camera is equipped with night vision. And with the ability to interact via two-way talk, your pets can feel as if you are right there in the room with them, as well! Imagine how comforted you would both feel if you need not interrupt your nightly lullaby just because you've crossed state lines!

But the true brilliance of this system may lie in its optional cloud video recording capability. With this component, you can review footage, record it and make clips to share with friends, family and even the internet. Did you ever think your pup could be the next YouTube sensation?

Intellinet CMOS IP Bullet Shaped Surveillance Camera

Intellinet CMOS IP Bullet Shaped Surveillance Camera

If you want to spend less than $100, you can still feel safe and secure in your home as you monitor your pets from afar.

With the "Intellinet CMOS IP Bullet Shaped Surveillance Camera," you still enjoy the ability to see your home via the camera's remote viewing capability that provides excellent image quality using a progressive-scan image sensor. And with integrated multi-window motion detection, you'll always know who's wandering around your home when you're not there.

The only potential drawback here is the lack of a two-way talk component, but you can still hear what's going on in the room you're monitoring. But at the same time, the ability to connect to your home within your budget is a great thing and for around $90, this system has much to offer!

With summer vacations and more out of town trips scratching at the door, you can also leave your pets in the capable hands of an in-house pet sitter without fear of a complicated alarm system getting in the way of you enjoying your trip. Plus, with a hassle-free system, you can be sure your sitter will gladly volunteer for a repeat engagement rather than run screaming for the hills the next time you ask them to stay with your dog.

What other benefits can you see with getting an updated pet-friendly security or monitoring system for your home?

 

Rheney WilliamsAs a pet loving DIYer, Rheney Williams, often writes for The Home Depot about fun projects and solutions for your pets which include electrical topics such as home automation. Visit homedepot.com to find out more info on the Home Automation devices that Rheney mentions in this article.

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