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If you are a home owner or even renter, do you have a bit of worry in the back of your brain about leaving your home unattended? I bet you do because you are not alone. Especially over the holidays when burglaries are on the rise and package porch thefts are too common, leaving our home while we travel makes us feel vulnerable. We have a home security, but it doesn’t record. It will sound loudly if someone breaks in and immediately text us for an OK to call police or fire. However, I wish it wasn’t so expensive or a hassle to add monitoring by camera. It is 1 camera and we had to choose only 1 location to monitor which is our front porch. That all changed when our Vimtag equipment arrived.
Vimtag camera and cloud storage boxes gives you added office or home security with no monthly fees. Buy an S1 Vimtag Storage Box and store 60-plus days of digital video. It supports 4 Vimtag cameras at a time and offers local video playback via internal micro SD card. Connecting near my router was simple. I simply leave it plugged in and stores my monitoring. If you plan on getting a camera or two, I highly recommend the storage box for a free and easy-to access storage of all feeds. They do offer bundle deals also.
Connecting the camera and storage box was easy to do through the app. Tip- just be sitting near your home router if connecting wirelessly for a faster and seamless connection then you can take the camera to any end of your home and set it up. The camera will connect via bluetooth and you would set up the storage box on that same wifi.
As I type this post it is dusk outside and this is the image off my phone that my camera upstairs is picking up. I can set it to night mode automatically so it will change at dark. I can also take my finger and swipe on my phone-the camera senses that and the lens moves for you. It is the app pan and tilt function and I can also zoom in with my fingers on my phone to display a 4x zoom. From my phone app, I can also take a still photo or set it to record for different lengths.
The camera I have is the Vimtag P1 Smart Cloud IP camera. It also has 360 degree audio pick up and 2 way voice function if using as a nanny or child cam inside the home. If you want to place a camera outside, I would recommend the B1 Waterproof Cloud IP Camera from Vimtag. I have mine in my bedroom window looking out.
The set up I have which is the indoor camera and storage box will run you about $280 and there are no hidden fees after that. The bundle of these 2 items PLUS the outdoor camera will run you about $385. Such a deal for peace of mind when away (or at) your home. You can find Vimtag products at Walmart. Visit Vimtag to learn more.
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In a few weeks we will drive the middle son across state to move him into his College dorm room as a Freshman. It is scary to think he will just be dropped alone and we take the 6 hour drive back home without him. We have made lists and been checking them off buying everything we feel he’ll need in his new adventure. We know space its limited in his dorm he will share with a friend and fellow student, but we still want to pack him with the safety items that give us peace of mind.
“Guys, I won’t need that?” and you say “Honey, please take it. For me.” Sound familiar? Ease your mind by packing him or her the Max One. It is the emergency device that should be in every dorm or apartment. The Max One is a smoke alarm, emergency flashlight and motion sensor in one.
The Max One is so easy to set up. You simply plug it into an outlet. There are 4 modes-off, motion, security and nightlight. We set ours to nightlight and it did not turn on right away because it was daylight. Once the room got dark at night it came on but the night light kept blinking. I got it to stop by moving it to a new outlet. My youngest son still likes the hall light on and I tried it out in his room and since I had it facing the hallway it was competing in a light/dark atmosphere. It was not annoying at all to me to have to find the right spot due to its sensitivity to mirrors and outside light because sensitive is exactly what you want it to be when alerting your child of a fire or motion.
What does the Max One do? It searches out the high frequency pitch that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors emit and lets off a lower frequency alert. Why? Because many studies show that a teenager/college-age child may not respond naturally to the higher pitch. It takes a lower pitch for their maturing ears and if they are drinking (which of course your child is never going to do), the rate doubles to teens who will not wake to a traditional alarm. How do you know those sleeping logs will wake to a unit out in a dorm hall? The Max One will get them up.
The Max One is going off, now what? It will light your way. The emergency light kicks on illuminating and when grabbed from the wall becomes a flashlight from the top end to guide the way. When set to motion, your child will be alerted by the same flash and sound when motion is detected when none was expected. Peace of mind for all of you with daughters, I must say!
It is a no brainer and it’s as easy as heading to your local Home Depot for this life saving device. If the outlet situation is not convenient to plug it into, it does come with a stand so you can set on a table or desk and use a USB cord to keep charged from a computer or laptop. A few other features are it has a separate USB plug in so your student can still charge their device from the unit when the outlet is occupied by it. It also holds its own charge and lights up for a flashlight in a standard power outage. How much does this cost? $39.95. That’s it to save a life. Buy online at http://www.maxsmarthome.com/Products#HD1 or visit a Home Depot before move-in day.