Home and Garden June 2, 2022
What is a ‘Wifi Camera’ exactly? Well, put simply, it’s a camera that has no storage capacity by itself and relies on connection to an external storage system (in this case the ERA Cloud) via Wifi. Simple. The advantage being that there is no way for an intruder to tamper with, or steal the recording and you don’t have to worry about keeping the recordings unless you want or need to. The recordings stay on the ERA Cloud for up to 30 days if you upgrade (although you do get 3 months free when you purchase and it only costs about £2.50 a month after that) and will only take up precious space on your hard drive if you download them. So far, so good.
The ERA Protect Indoor Wifi Camera itself has a ‘walkie-talkie’ function allowing two-way communication between whoever is accessing the live feed via the App (yourself, one would hope!) and whoever is the subject of the recording. The image is a decent 1080p resolution and the night vision is good for up to 6 metres away. As well as this, it also has inbuilt PIR (Passive Infrared Sensor) that automatically triggers a recording when motion is detected. The recordings themselves are transferred to the Cloud using encrypted 128 bit SSL technology – equivalent to bank-grade security so you can be assured your recordings are safe.
All sounds good! The only issue I have with this system is the fact that there is a relatively short range between it and the router it’s going to connect to (they recommend 10 metres maximum but this can be reduced when walls are taken in to account) and if you have a large home, this could be restrictive, although as it’s an indoor camera, this is less of an issue. As well as this, it’s powered by a standard adapter in a wall socket. It can’t record if it gets unplugged… RRP £44
- Small, easy to install
- Uses the same App as other ERA products
- No storage on the device itself
- Not fool-proof
- Relies on the Wifi working