That makes it a little less useful for security purposes, but the perks make it perfect for keeping an eye on kids and pets.
I have written about consumer electronics for over 15 years and have tested smart-home products from remotes and security cameras to AV receivers and speakers.
However, after the first 30 days, you get no free video storage—it’s basically useful only for live viewing unless you pay for a monthly or annual subscription to the Nest Aware service.
And some of those useful subscription-required features come standard on our other picks.
We tried each of the cameras in multiple locations around the house, ranging from six feet from our house’s Wi-Fi router to 30 feet away.
A stand-alone Wi-Fi camera can help provide some peace of mind, let you track household activity while you’re away, and, in the event of an actual break-in, alert you of the situation—and possibly help end it sooner and catch the criminal.
None of the indoor cameras reviewed in this guide will actually make your home more secure, though; a home security system, such as the ones we recommend, may do a better job of that.
The router was connected to a Verizon Fi OS network, as well as an i Phone, an i Pad, and a Samsung Galaxy S6, when possible. Each camera has its own app, which walks you through the setup process.
This typically involves finding a spot for your camera, creating an account in the app, and connecting the camera to your Wi-Fi network.