Surveillance system review - Netgear VueZone

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    Surveillance system review - Netgear VueZone

    Iggy Review of Netgear VueZone – Surveillance System

    I had been pondering some sort of a camera system for my house for when we’re away so I could keep an eye on things. I didn’t want a full blown alarm system, etc so I started looking around and I came across the VueZone (link provided at the end of this review) and I have to say I’m quite pleased with it.

    Pros:
    - Inexpensive, $180 from Amazon (I got mine for $140 with a coupon code at NewEgg)
    - Extremely simple to set up - Cameras are WIRELESS
    - Image and video quality is better than expected, even in lowlight (dark hallways) and depending on placement you could get very good images of someone’s face, but from a broader view you may not get that level of detail.
    - Can view from any computer or your smartphone
    - Can turn on motion sensors on the cameras and receive an email alert immediately if movement is noticed (with premium service package, more info below about that)
    - Cameras are very small and therefore aren’t obtrusive
    - Can add on more cameras if desired (with premium service package)

    Cons:
    - Not really a con, but I did have to buy a new WIFI router because the one I had couldn’t keep a solid connection to the cameras. But I had noticed connectivity issues in general with my laptop and needed a new router anyway. But I wanted to be sure to mention that a decent quality WIFI router is needed.
    - Again, not really a con, but the free service is very basic as you’d expect, you can view on any computer or smartphone, but with the Premier Service at only $50 a year you get the motion detection alert system, the ability to expand with added cameras and the ability to zoom in remotely. I did sign up for Premium primarily for the email motion alerts.


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    Anyway, I thought I’d share if others had been contemplating anything similar.
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    What about battery life? The specs say this:
    Battery life 6 months under normal use (5 min. per day)
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    Good question and I haven't owned it long enough to say. In comments I read on Amazon and other sites, most folks said that the camera batteries lasted about 6 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iguanadon View Post
    Good question and I haven't owned it long enough to say. In comments I read on Amazon and other sites, most folks said that the camera batteries lasted about 6 months.
    I would guess it will be less. Depending on your setup and everything. The spec is for 5 minutes per day. From experience that could be much more. For an in the house security system I prefer wired (power and video) for many reasons. But...every situation is different.
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    1. No sound?

    2. I need this so I can prove which of my 2 offspring "started it."
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