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Home Security Sans Wires!

written by: Michael Dougherty•edited by: Aaron R.•updated: 8/28/2011

Crime does not only happen on the Internet. It happens at the one place where you should feel safest. Your home. Let the Internet help protect you from crime that happens off the Internet with these wireless home security internet cameras.

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    It used to be that if you wanted a wireless home security Internet camera to monitor your home and/or property you had to contact a professional security firm and have them install a very expensive and elaborate system in your home. These days this is no longer a requirement to get the peace of mind a wireless home security Internet camera will give you and your family. Lets take a look at the top 5 wireless home security Internet cameras that any do-it-yourself person can install.

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    Cisco WVC210 Wireless-G PTZ Internet Security Video Camera

    Wireless Home Security Internet Camera - Cisco WV210 This camera was formerly a part of the Linksys business series of cameras. Designed and priced for the business sector, this is a fairly expensive option for home security. That being said, this is a top-notch wireless home security Internet camera. With a WEP, WPA or WPA2 connection you can easily secure your video while the 2 way audio support allows you to communicate directly with anyone near the camera. Setup the camera to e-mail up to 3 people when your camera detects motion or sit and watch it live from any Internet web browser or smartphone. One of the better features you will see with this wireless home security Internet camera is the ability to control the camera remotely. With the click of a few buttons, you can reposition and even follow an intruder (within the cameras maximum field of view) using this handy remote control.

    Price

    This camera retails for around $400.

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    Panasonic BL-C230A Wireless Internet Security Camera

    Wireless Home Security Internet Camera - Panasonic BL-C230A The Panasonic BL-C230 wireless home security Internet camera has most of the features of the Cisco camera above. The only major feature the Cisco WVC210 offers that the Panasonic BL-C230 doesn't is the 2 way audio. You cannot hear or interact with anyone on the other side of the camera. The camera does come with the ability to activate itself on a timer, by a user set alarm, motion, sound or human presence (this setting is less likely to activate the camera when your cat walks by). In the end, this home security internet camera has all the options you need minus 2 way audio. If you have no need for 2 way audio this is the camera for you.

    Price

    $200

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    TRENDnet SecurView Wireless Day/Night Pan/Tilt/Zoom Internet Surveillance Camera

    Wireless Home Security Internet Camera - TRENDnet SecurView One camera that does have all the options of the above two cameras, including 2 way audio allowing you to hear and talk to anyone in the camera's viewing area, is the TRENDnet SecureView wireless home security Internet camera. This camera is packed full of all the options of the first two wireless home security Internet cameras, but is manufactured by a lesser name company. This does not mean that this camera is not a solid full featured security camera though. TRENDnet has a solid reputation and this camera received 3.5 stars on Amazon with 91 customers reviewing it. This is a solid camera with all the options you will need, but some users have complained about the included software and on rare occasion the quality of the images produced. If you want to get all the options possible, including 2 way audio, but do not want to spend the $400 for the Cisco WVC210, this is the way to go.

    Price

    $189.99

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    Linksys WVC80N Wireless-N Internet Home Monitoring Camera

    Wireless Home Security Internet Camera - Linksys WVC80N This wireless home security Internet camera is my personal choice for protecting my home office. The Linksys WVC80N is a top-notch camera at half the price of similar home security cameras. The video and audio quality are a bit lower than other wireless home security cameras costing twice as much, but I found both to be above average and they met my needs easily. This is a full featured home security camera costing under $100, you really can't go wrong.

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    $99.99

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    Foscam FI8918W Wireless/Wired Pan & Tilt IP Camera with 8 Meter Night Vision and 3.6mm Lens (67° Viewing Angle)

    Wireless Home Security Internet Camera - Foscam FI8918W Another wireless home security Internet camera for under $100 is the Foscam FI8918W. This home security camera comes with all the standard options, e-mail alerts, motion detection, remote viewing, the ability to control the camera angle remotely, and yes, 2 way audio. I personally don't have any experience with this wireless home security Internet camera but it has received 4 stars on Amazon so people appear to be having positive experiences with it. This wireless home security Internet camera will do all you want and then some for a reasonable price.

    Price

    $95.91

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    A wireless home security Internet camera is a must have these days. Whether you want to protect your house from burglars and/or damage, monitor your baby while he or she sleeps or check in on your cat while at work, any of these top 5 wireless home security Internet cameras will get the job done.

    As you can see, there is a vast selection of high quality wireless home security Internet cameras on the market today. These can vary in price from $100 - $400 or more.Which one is right for you depends on your personal needs. There is no need to spend $400 on a system if all you require is a single camera watching a specific space in your house. That being said, you can't adequately monitor a large house with a single camera and if you require things such as night vision you are going to pay more. The important thing here is that your home is protected at all times, which means buying one of these excellent wireless home security Internet cameras as soon as possible.