Traditional home and business security camera systems require a significant financial investment that many homeowners and small business owners simply cannot afford. Apps like Alfred Security Camera and Wyze Cam provide a much more affordable option to keep your home and business secure.

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Alfred Security Camera

Alfred security camera is a free mobile app that turns your Android and/or iOS device into a security camera. You can use it to monitor your home, your newborn, pets and more of life’s most important things. Another bonus is that Alfred security cameras work on both new and old devices.

You have to install the app on two smartphones. One will serve as the Viewer, while the other operates as the Camera. After installing the mobile application, sign in with the Google Gmail account you used to purchase the app. The whole process should take about 3 minutes to set up.

Its motion sensor will send you an instant alert via email if it picks up any unusual activity. If you see a burglar breaking into your house, you can scare him off by speaking directly through the walkie-talkie. You can download the auto-recorded video from the cloud and present it to the police.

Premium Plan

You can upgrade to the Premium Plan anytime you want. Key features include ad-removal, motion events up to 120 seconds long, zoom, motion detection schedule and 30-day Event storage. The best part about the premium service is that you can connect as many devices as you want without having to pay an additional charge.

Features:

  • 3 Pricing Options: Free / $3.99 per month / $29.99 per year
  • Supports multiple languages
  • Supports family sharing
  • Batch download
  • 24/7 live streaming
  • Motion detection
  • Two-Way talk
  • Low-light filter
  • Siren
  • Instant intruder alert
  • Live stream
  • Night vision
  • Unlimited cloud storage
  • Video sharing
  • Video playback

Wyze Cam

Unlike Alfred, Wyze Cam is a physical camera that you can mount anywhere in your home. Its compact size and simple design makes it virtually invisible. Place it anywhere inside your home and position it for maximum coverage.

The camera installs in a minute or less and delivers crisp, clear footage to your smartphone via the Wyze App (iOS and Android compatible). The app allows you to livestream, record footage, view recordings for up to 14 days. Other features include push notifications, two-way audio communication, time-lapse video creation and screenshots.

Unfortunately, the app received mediocre ratings on Google Play and the Apple Store because the live-streaming failed to provide smooth coverage in full 1080p HD. The problem could stem from the customer’s internet setup.

Motion Detection

Motion Tagging technology detects and highlights motion, making it easier to identify moving objects in live stream and playback video modes.

Video Storage

You have two options for storing video recordings. The first is the Amazon AWS cloud, which allows you to store your recordings for up to 14 days. You can also use 8GB, 16GB or 32GB micro SD cards (sold separately) to store videos, enable continuous recording and use the 2-way audio for listening or talking through the app.

Multiple Cameras

You can use the Wyze App to manage, view and share multiple cameras, view alert videos and record/share photos and videos directly from the app.

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Works with Alexa

You can control the Wyze Cam with your voice by saying, “Alexa, show me the kitchen to view a live stream from your camera.

Indoor Use Only

The Wyze Cam is not designed to use in your backyard or front porch, by itself. You can either mount it on your windowsill to view the areas you need to monitor or purchase a protective cover from a retailer such as Amazon. People have had success with the covers, but there is a possibility that it can sustain damage from the elements.

Features:

  • Low cost and zero monthly fees required
  • Free local and cloud storage for 14 days
  • 2.8mm focal length
  • 110º wide angle lens
  • 1920 x 1080 (1080p) full HD video
  • 8x digital zoom
  • Night vision up to 30 feet
  • Motion and sound detection
  • Two-way audio
  • Delivers clear, crisp live stream footage to your smartphone, day or night, so you can see every detail, even at 8x digital zoom.
  • Alexa compatible

Conclusion

Both the Wyze Cam and the Alfred Security Camera are excellent solutions to low-cost security monitoring for your home and business. Wyze allows you to set up as many cameras as you need to achieve the coverage you want.

Alfred is a great option for the environmentally conscious because they can use their old smartphones to set up their security system. You can also download the app for free and upgrade to the premium services anytime you want.

Enjoy Full-Coverage Security For Your Home With Protect America

One of the biggest limitations to Alfred security cameras and Wyze cams is the basic level of protection they offer families. These devices aren’t capable of fully monitoring your home like a 24/7 professionally monitored system from Protect America. Our security packages don’t just include security cameras, but other devices that specialize in detecting suspicious activity. You can use our doorbell cameras for exterior protection and door and window sensors to secure your home’s most vulnerable entry points. Ready to learn more about monitored home security? Then click here to request a free quote today.