Belkin Net Cam HD+
Belkin NetCam HD+
The idea behind an affordable home security camera is, of course, surveillance in your absence. With the trend of DIY home security on the rise, Belkin steps up once again with the NetCam HD+.
What we have here is a no-frills camera that captures footage at 720p HD resolution. There is a microphone at the front and speakers at the back, which complements its pushto-talk functionality, though it must be said that it is odd to place the speakers at the back, but we'll elaborate on this later. It also comes with a stand that can be converted into a wall mount.
Setting it up requires a smartphone app simply named NetCam, which can be used on Android and iOS platforms. The process is simple, as explained by the user manual. It takes power from a wall socket, and the power supply cable measures at three meters. You have some options when it comes to the placement of the NetCam. You can view what the NetCam is recording via the app itself or through a web browser.
Whether you are using the NetCam via the app or browser, the images are clear as you would expect from a 720p HD camera. There is a night vision mode as well, which turns on automatically when the camera detects that it is in the dark. It relays your video feed in real time, but you may get anywhere from five to over 30 seconds delay, depending on network conditions. The video feed also gets distorted when faced with rapid movement, but strangely this doesn't happen in night vision mode.
The push-to-talk functionality mentioned earlier also works quite nicely. Sounds are heard clearly going both ways, but with the speaker facing the back, they aren't heard as loudly if you position the camera in any way where the back is not directly facing a wall. The upside is that the sound does not suffer from latency as badly as the video feeds.
There are a number of other features as well, such as the ability store up to 14 hours of footage, as well as the motion detector function, which sends you a push notification when the camera detects movement, but these are all only available if you opt for the premium Cloud+ service.
If you are a budding home security enthusiast, then the Belkin NetCam HD+ is a good place to start. The features are pretty basic right off the bat, but you can still get the premium features with a subscription instead of changing your hardware entirely.