Y-Cam HomeMonitor - A Secure Home Security Camera System

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Monitor your home with this excellent surveillance camera

You're on holiday, thousands of miles from home and someone breaks into your house, stealing your most valuable possessions. The Y-cam HomeMonitor home security camera can't prevent such a calamity, but it can record high- quality color footage of the burglary that you can give to the police. You can even see the camera's Iive footage through a web browser or mobile app.

Setting it up is simple and we didn't need to install any software on our PC to get started. Instead, everything is managed using a web interface which worked flawlessly on our PC and tablet. Every step is clearly explained and illustrated in the instructions.  

Monitor your home with this excellent surveillance camera

By far the best thing about this camera is its motion detection feature. Whenever something moves in front of the camera, it starts recording and saves the footage to an online Y-cam account for seven days before its deleted.            

Setting up motion detection is easy using the Y-cam's web interface. You can select two areas for the camera to detect motion - by a door and window. For example - and there's a sensitivity setting to adjust how big a movement needs to be to trigger the camera. You can also change when motion detection is turned on, so it can be activated only at night or during the day when the house is empty.     

Setting up motion detection is easy using the Y-cam's web interface

When the camera detects something moving it sends you an email containing a link that takes you to footage online. This happened instantly when we tested it. This video can be downloaded to your computer if you need to keep it. If you want to keep it online for longer, an extra 30 days of storage costs $45 per year, per camera.

Despite the low resolution of 640x480 pixels, video quality is excellent and sound clearly audible. The Y-cam can also record at night. While night-time video quality isn't as good as in daytime, it still gives a clear view of people's faces if they are within around five meters of the camera.

The Y-cam justifies its high price with ease of use and good- quality footage stored online

Watching live video on a smartphone or tablet is easy using apps for Android and iOS. However, the apps are more limited than the web interface because you can't use them to change the camera's settings or download footage.             It's a little expensive at $225, but the Y-cam justifies its high price with ease of use and good- quality footage stored online. If you want peace of mind away from home, abroad or in the UK, then it's a good choice.

Our Verdict

Although it's not the cheapest security camera available, the Y-cam is a doddle to use and comes with online video storage at no extra cost.

Key points

Easy to set up • No extra software required • Motion detection • Night vision • Android and iOS apps for watching live and archive footage

Best price online


Price: $225


D-Link Wireless N Day & Night Camera

Price: $100

A great-value security camera with excellent night vision, but the My D-Link interface is poor

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