Todd has built a WiFi based security system and he's been able to get reception at a distance of a half mile. Leo says that's incredible. But if you have an unobstructed view line of sight, it may happen. But any kind of metal in between can cause that range to lower, or the bandwidth quality to drop, especially when transmitting video. Leo says you could try moving the stations around to get a better line of sight connection.
Owen wants to know how he can protect his pro-level cameras. Leo says you can 1) never use the branded straps that come with the camera 2) buy a cheap leather case and wear it around your neck 3) place electrical tape on the white logos to make it harder to see what brand your camera is.
Susan has a fighting studio, and she needs some security cameras. Preferably something wireless. Recommendations? Leo says that battery-powered cameras wouldn't work because they are motion-controlled. So Leo recommends cameras that are wired for AC power. He recommends the Google NEST Camera. But the downside is, that they're expensive and the monthly fee is required for storage. A better affordable option is WyzeCam. They start at $20. Offer night vision. Have two-way audio. And you can view them online.
Dan bought a Lighthouse Security Camera and he likes it. But since the company has gone out of business, he wonders what's the best alternative? Leo says that while NEST IQ cameras are supposed to have the same features, Leo says he doesn't think they're as smart as the Lighthouse.
John bought two Wyze Cams for his security, and he's constantly being notified of movement. Can he fine tune it to be more selective? Leo says that because they are so economical, the software is fairly basic. He can go into the settings and limit notifications per hour though.
Sara is moving to Victorville, and she's concerned about how spotty the internet will be. Leo recommends Broadbandreports.com to get reviews and find out what the best internet service provider is for that area. She's also going to be getting wireless security cameras to access them from her mobile device. But she's concerned it'll eat up all her data and kill her upload speed. Leo says that can happen if the cameras are recording all the time. Leo recommends the WyzeCam v2.
George needs security cameras for his house. Leo says that the Wyze Cam is a good one, but a doorbell cam will stop package thieves dead in their tracks. There are two kinds: the Nest or Ring camera. They connect to the same power source as his doorbell, and he can get connected with his mobile device. The he can interact with the person on camera. It'll also record to the cloud. But he would need Internet.
Christina's sister has an issue with her security camera TV connection. The HDMI port is not working. Leo says that security cameras have become a consumer product these days, and she doesn't really need to have a pricey CCTV setup. Wyze Cam makes wireless 1080p security cameras for around $30 a piece. Nest is the next step up, and they're about $300. So she'd no longer need an expensive DVR recording security setup. The DVR recording is done in the cloud.
Jean wants to get a Wyze Cam, but she can't control it without a phone. So what's a good budget mobile device to buy for it? Leo says that any sub $100 Android phone or tablet should do the trick. But she'll also need internet access with a wireless router or wireless access point to be able to access it from anything. Or she can use a microSD card in the camera itself.
Brian wants a good doorbell camera. Leo says that Nest Hello has facial recognition, but Ring has a cool feature called Neighborhood Watch, so he could share videos with neighbors. The Nest Hello Video Doorbell is the really cool, though. But remember, they're all going to be charging for storing video in the cloud.
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