Which is Better? Wi-Fi Streaming Technology That’s Viewable in Realtime, or Standalone Hidden Cameras That Record to an SD Card?
Having been in the business of hidden surveillance for some time we have seen a huge rise in wi-fi devices using apps that allow users to stream the feed from their hidden cameras. At the same time there has been a decline in demand for the traditional stand-alone devices that record captured video to a memory card for later review. Wi-fi technology (sometimes, and not always correctly, referred to as the internet of things) certainly seems convenient and flashy but sometimes value is in the eye of the beholder. Do stand-alone DVRs still have a place in the market and in homes? Let’s talk about a few of the pros and cons of each while determining how to spend that hard earned money.
Our battery powered stand-alone hidden cameras and AC powered hidden DVRs have been used reliably for over a decade. Its set-up is relatively simple, a few clicks with the included remote sets time and date, motion activation preferences, recording time. Simply remove the memory card, pop it into your computer and review your captured video as easily as surfing social media. If we’re making comparisons this hidden camera DVR is the 1989 Chrysler LeBaron that your parents let you drive in high school. Sure it’s a bit stripped down but it won’t leave you stranded wondering what your teenagers are doing down in the basement. And speaking of teenagers in the basement, this DVR is no Snapchat nightmare waiting to happen…. a hidden camera that’s not connected to the internet is almost impossible to hack.
Now we all want to grow out of that ’89 LeBaron at some point. And the shiny new Acura bought with our first grown-up paycheck sure looks nice sitting in the driveway. But in time we’re bound to find out that all its bells and whistles mean there’s more to maintain. The same principles apply to wi-fi electronics. While we want all our wi-fi gadgets to work without fail, a hidden camera is not an iPhone. For the best user experience we have a couple of suggestions: First, determine if you need Peer to Peer (P2P) or Peer to Internet (P2I) connectivity. Our Zone Shield and Xtreme Life cameras can work with either. For a P2P connection the camera’s own wi-fi module generates a signal that you can stream on an app as long as you’re in range of the camera. It’s great for checking on nap time while trying to get that last little bit of yard work done.
For a P2I connection the camera connects through your router using your network SSID just like any home automation device. Our wi-fi hidden cameras do come with 720p resolution but that HD resolution also means they have a pretty hefty appetite for bandwidth when connected via P2I. Think about how many wi-fi devices are plugged in at your house…. tablets, phones, TV receivers? Our wifi module has a strong signal but it’s only as good as your router signal. For the best results we recommend setting the camera to VGA 640×480, the higher the definition the more bandwidth your camera will chew up.
Fortunately our Zone Shield and Xtreme Life families have both stand-alone DVRs and wi-fi connected hidden cameras available. Refer to the table below to determine if your hidden surveillance problems can be solved with the hidden camera equivalent of a spiffy Acura or a reliable Chrysler.
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Zone Shield Wi-Fi cameras allow easy remote viewing anywhere on the free EZ-See app. Event notifications alert you when the hidden camera has noticed activity at your home or office. Connect multiple cameras and view live streaming video from all devices on your tablet, smart phone or PC.
The New Smoke Detector Hidden Camera with Wifi Remote Smart Phone and Internet Viewing Its motion activated sensor springs to life faster than any other covert system so there’s no chance of missing an intruder. Because you never know when someone in your home will harm your family or your property the SleuthGear Xtreme Life is the right product to have if you don’t know when you’ll need it.
Up to 30 days of operation in standby mode on a single battery charge. Because it can work without wires, it can be placed anywhere and the PIR (heat sensor) conserves energy so that there is little worry of battery failure. Its Just Like our Xtremelife Version, but Better!
The future of DIY surveillance is Wi-Fi enabled covert cameras
Over the past few years, several Wi-Fi enabled overt cameras have entered the market, making DIY home and business surveillance simple and offering greater flexibility over connected homes and businesses without having to enter into long-term contracts and subscription-based services. In fact, we launched our own Wi-Fi home monitoring system in mid-2015.
While these cameras are a cost-effective way to monitor what’s happening while you’re away – and can serve as a powerful deterrent for anyone thinking about doing harm to people or property – the mere nature of the cameras being unconcealed may not offer you a complete picture of what’s going on while you’re at work, on vacation, or even while sleeping with night-owl teenagers coming and going.
This is where our exclusive, American designed SleuthGear® brand of surveillance cameras comes in. We admit, it has taken us awhile to make our Zone Shield and Xtreme Life lines Wi-Fi enabled, and for good reason. We’ve worked hard to find the right technology to offer you the quality you’ve come to expect of the SleuthGear® brand. We weren’t going to settle for substandard technology and inconsistent performance. That’s why we are especially excited about these line extensions. Our Wi-Fi hidden cameras offer true live view, require no Ethernet plugs and can perform up to 200 feet line of sight (LOS) from the router.
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Its motion activated sensor springs to life faster than any other covert system so there’s no chance of missing an intruder. Because you never know when someone in your home will harm your family or your property the SleuthGear Xtreme Life is the right product to have if you don’t know when you’ll need it.
Up to 30 days of operation in standby mode on a single battery charge. Because it can work without wires, it can be placed anywhere and the PIR (heat sensor) conserves energy so that there is little worry of battery failure.
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Recently we introduced the SleuthGear Xtreme Life Hidden Camera product line which feature all-in-one hidden camera systems that can last for an entire year on a single battery charge. The response has been very exciting.…
Both feature PIR heat sensors long life batteries and invisible infrared sensors for reliable surveillance and recording in almost total darkness. Like Recluse Xtreme Life is part of KJB’s exclusively designed SleuthGear family.…
The SC7000 offers the convenience of a battery-powered camera KJB C7000 without the typical short battery-life constraints The KJB C7000 new XtremeLife camera KJB C7000 features the longest-life battery on the market.…
In fact it can standby for up to a year on a single charge or take videos continuously for up to 20 hours. xtremelife rock camera. To maintain its stealthiness manufacturer KJB Security didn’t even point out where the pinhole is.…
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Stun guns are small electrical devices that provide personal protection for those who carry them. They are non-lethal under most circumstances and are often carried by both men and women who want an extra measure of protection when they are alone.
In areas where stun guns are legal, there are generally no licensing requirements and no courses are offered in stun gun safety. This makes it important for each stun gun owner to take the time to familiarize themselves with the way stun guns work and how they should handle their stun gun for the most effective personal protection.
The first thing to do when a stun gun is purchased is to look over the device itself to become familiar with the important components. The button that activates the electric current should be located as well as the two contact probes that dispense this current. The probes are what will be held against an attacker in order to deliver the shock to them. Knowing exactly where they are will prevent the stun gun owner from accidentally shocking themselves when using it or testing it. Be sure to stay away from the contact probes, never touching them in order to avoid an accident.
Once these key parts are identified, the owner should make sure that the battery has enough power. Testing the stun gun periodically by holding it in the air and pushing the button will let the owner know whether the battery is still good. Having a stun gun with a dead battery can be dangerous for those who count on their stun guns for protection.
If a situation arises that calls for the use of the stun gun against an assailant, the stun gun must be close at hand in order to grab it quickly and use it. Plan out a place to keep it for just this type of emergency. Keeping it in a pocket or held onto the wrist with a strap will keep it close by. In a real emergency, there will be no time to dig through a bag to find the stun gun and prevent someone from committing violence.
Before discharging the electric current, make sure that your fingers or any other part of your body are not in contact with the current probes. The object is to shock the other person to allow the stun gun holder to get away. If both parties are shocked, the stun gun user may not get away safely.
The assailant holding on to the stun gun owner does not mean that the current will pass through both parties. Only direct contact with the probes will cause a shock. If the stun gun owners can’t shock the assailant without shocking themselves, they should wait for an opportune moment to do so instead of risking a shock to themselves. Some owners have scared away attackers simply by holding their stun guns in the air and activating the current. This may work in a situation where the attacker can’t be reached with the stun gun.
Are you more of a pepper spray person? If so, see our complete article on how to handle and use pepper spray properly against attackers.
Stun Guns in the News:
The bureau whose officers came under federal scrutiny in 2012 for a pattern of unwarranted use of stun guns has used a Taser model X26 since 2005 but the company discontinued making them at the end of last year.…
This cell phone-looking stun gun delivers 1,000,000 volts of lightning protection at the push of a button. Includes safety button extra-bright LED flashlight and case with belt clip. Requires three CR2 batteries included.…
“Among all of the hidden cameras I’ve reviewed, the Zone Shield AC Adaptor HD DVR is definitely one of my favorites.” – Tony Tran
As you can see from the Video above, the new Zone Shield C5500 has a great picture. What you may not know is that other versions of this camera have sold for more than $200 more!
Recently, Honest Reviews featured this product and had a lot to say. Here is a snippet of the review by Tony Tran:
Zone Shield AC Adaptor HD DVR Hidden Camera Review
Video Quality: 4.5 Stars
Features: 4 Stars
Design: 4.5 Stars
Ease of Use: 5 Stars
Reviewed By Tony Tran
GOOD Easy to use hidden camera disguised as a power adapter, High Definition Camera and no batteries are needed.
BAD Can only be used where an power outlet is available.
SUMMARY Although the Zone Shield AC Adaptor HD DVR hidden camera doesn’t have a ton of features, it has everything you need when it comes to a simple hidden camera for the right price.
The Zone Shield AC Adaptor HD DVR is a hidden camera disguised as a normal power adapter. All you need to do is insert the SD card into the “AC Adaptor” and plug it into an outlet to get started. It’s nicely designed and works well. I’ve been playing around with this little device for a couple of days and I’m loving it a lot.
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How to search for and find concealed weapons – Places to Hide
Looking for concealed weapons means being thorough. Here are some of the ways they may think they can fool you.
1. Jamaican Holster – Made from thin metal like a coat hanger
2. The Headrest Compartment
The FBI is finding more and more of these compartments, where the back of the headrest flips open like a glove box. Most handguns can fit inside.
3. Hidden Compartments
A kidnap victim pointed out this hidden compartment below in a 2000 Cadillac Seville STS. The gun was found in a compartment that was revealed by pushing down on the tilt steering wheel adjuster.
Other hiding spots include:
3. Book Bombs
On Sept 10, 2001, Colombian National Police discovered this book. It was to have been used to assassinate a prominent presidential candidate. 5 Lbs of plastic explosives were found inside that could be detonated via remote control or cell phone.
4. Shot Gun Shell Booby Traps
During a drug investigation in Tillonsburg, England, 3 of these traps were found protecting a marijuana patch. The barrels were directed at the ground, but could be aimed to injure or kill those who activated the trip wires.
This last example shows how staying vigilant not only gets more contraband off the streets, but also may save your life.
Do you have a story of your own you would like to share? Post it in the comments below. You just may help someone else who finds themselves in the same circumstance later on.
Don’t forget to check out our surveillance equipment for police interrogation rooms. Many of the custom built cameras can have audio added if the products are built for Law Enforcement.