What is a smart home camera and smart home monitoring?
Discover the uses and benefits of home security cameras
Smart home monitoring devices keep an eye on your home when you’re away, so you can check in and control your home remotely. Smart monitoring products are quick and simple to set up, plus you can control them easily from your smartphone or tablet.
What is a smart home camera?
Smart cameras are designed to give you peace of mind by keeping an eye on your house around the clock. You can choose from a smart indoor camera or smart outdoor camera - they’re very similar but are designed to live in or out of the home. Both cameras will pick up motion and notify you when they detect someone in the area. You can check in any time you like with the live streaming feature.
Hive View, our smart indoor camera, automatically starts recording if it detects motion or sound. You can also set Hive View to only detect people and ignore pets, so if your dog is at home during the day, he won’t set off any alerts. Hive View can even send a snapshot image straight to your phone when it records a person.
Why should I buy a smart home camera?
A smart camera is a fuss-free solution, allowing you to check at the tap of a button that your home is secure. Smart cameras let you know what’s going on in your house, or notify you when someone walks through the front door, perfect for people who work late, or who aren’t at home during the day.
You can even use your smart indoor camera to capture life’s precious moments and watch the footage back on your phone. For example:
- Peace of mind – Check that all is well at home and that everything is as it should be
- Post – If the postman leaves a parcel outside your house, you can check where it is on your smartphone
- Pets – Make sure the dog isn’t jumping up on the sofa, or the cat isn’t clawing the curtains
- Children – Check the kids are safely home from school
- Family – Relax knowing that your loved ones are safe at home
You can also install Hive motion sensors, which recognise movement in the home and send a notification directly to your smartphone, so you can check the status of activity in the app. You can also install Hive Window or Door sensors to notify you when a door or window is opened.
How does the Hive smart camera work with my smartphone?
To set up your Hive smart camera, all you have to do is download the relevant app to your smartphone, follow the install instructions and you’re ready to go. You can also use a tablet or a computer to control your smart camera.
Is a smart camera easy to install?
Yes – all you need is an internet connection and the relevant app downloaded on your smartphone. Please bear in mind that Hive has certain requirements for the OS version and Bluetooth setup, which you will need to check first.
You may also need a smart hub which connects to your WiFi. Usually smart home hubs only work with your chosen brand’s products, so if you’re looking to buy something from a new brand, just bear in mind you may also need a new hub.
There’s lots more to know and learn about the smart home. Check out our other guides for a more in-depth look at some popular products and features…