When we are at home our pets are (more or less) under control, but what happens when we leave? A world opens up to explore: the sofa that they can’t get on, that forbidden room, our beloved plant that shouldn’t be mutilated… At Xataka we like technology and we also use it to keep an eye on our furry loved ones: these are the devices that Xataka editors use to monitor our pets.
“To monitor the cats when I’m not at home I use the Yi Camera 1080 (26 euros). I have it placed in their room (yes, my cats have a room of their own, what’s up?) so that I see both the feeders and the drinker and also the window through which they go out to the patio.
It is not the ideal solution because 99% of the time that I connect, I do not see them, but it is good for me to check if they have food left.
How do you have a mic?if I talk to them they usually come to the room to look for me, although I don’t do it much because they get stressed.”
YI Surveillance Camera, Wifi IP Camera 1080p Full HD Security System, Motion Detection, Night Vision, 2-Way Audio and Cloud with App for iOs and Android (White)
“Luckily, Toby is so well behaved that I don’t have to watch him when he’s alone. So when I lost my TP-Link TAPO camera (€25.49) in a move I didn’t go for anything else and I trusted everything to the camera that comes with my security alarm.
Camera of which, by the way, the model or details such as resolution are not specified, although I can assure you that it’s too low resolution.
Yes indeed, very good angle as one could not expect less from a security camera.
Unfortunately, offering very low resolution cameras is all too common among security companies. In my experience and that of other acquaintances, I believe I have the right to demand improvements in these cameras so that they not only safeguard our home, which is the main purpose of these services, but also serve as an extra to be able to watch over our pet at all times when we have to leave them in charge of the house. “
“Turns out we’ve been giving some classes with a canine educator because Kira sometimes barked when she was home alone, and most of all we wanted to know if something was wrong with her: if she had separation anxiety or something similar.
She is perfect, only if she hears noise on the other side of the door, then she barks, especially if they are puppies coming down the stairs.
The fact is that one of the first things we had to do is record her when she is home alone, and for that what I did was use my iPad Pro.
I lowered the resolution to the maximum to make good use of the capacity of the iPad and I leave it recording from a table where you can see the whole room to view it later. Since it also records sound, we were able to realize that what it actually does is “respond” to the noises it hears.
Another thing that has worked very well for us, although it is not specifically to “monitor” is leave white noise on an echo dot (27 euros).
You just have to download the skill on the Echo and launch it through voice or mobile. The idea is to create a kind of “empty room” that acts as a “border” between the living room, which is where Kira usually stays, and the front door.
We have a door that isolates the hall, so we leave it closed and with the Echo Dot placed there with white noise, and the truth is that it relaxes her a lot and she stays so calm inside the house. Something barks because he’s a dog (duh XDD), but much less than before; So mission accomplished!”
Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart Speaker with Alexa, Anthracite Fabric
“Since I adopted my dog almost two years ago, I have used this TP-Link camera (28 euros) to monitor what happens at home the few times that he has to be left alone. For the 28 euros that it cost me in his day It has given me a lot of peace of mind in all this time.
I can see the image in real time from my mobile at all times through the Tapo app. Also, as it is 360º, I can turn it both to the sides and up or downso I placed it in a high place to have more visibility of various rooms in the house.
Even I can talk from the mobile and he can listen to me from the camera’s loudspeaker, although I’ve done this a few times because the poor thing doesn’t quite understand where I am (I have to confess that I’ve done it more times as a joke on friends or relatives than with him).
Also has night visionprivacy mode so that it does not record when you want, and the option to subscribe to a cloud storage service for 30 days, which for practical purposes also serves as a surveillance camera in general (although it is not connected to the police like the usually offered by companies specializing in alarms).
Another useful thing: I get a notification on my mobile whenever there is movement on the part you are focusing on.
One day I got a good scare with this because no one was home. It turned out to be the shadow of some sheets that the upstairs neighbor had laid out, but I was about to call Iker Jiménez.For this price little more can be asked of the camerathe truth.”
TP-Link TAPO C200 – 360° WiFi IP Camera, FHD 1080p Surveillance Camera, Night Vision, Supports SD Card, Dual-Way Audio, Motion Detection, Remote Control, Compatible with Alexa, Multicolor
Eva Rodriguez de Luis
“Although I’m not a big fan of putting cameras in the house (right now I have an Echo Show 15 with the camera permanently closed, but it would be what I would use if I were in that situation right now), when we operated on Lola last year the vet forced us to a restriction for its recovery: move as little as possible.
When I was at home there was no problem, but things changed when I left. To prevent her from getting on the sofa, she set up the following device: she placed two chairs on top of her, she put the Elizabethan collar on Lola to prevent her from licking herself and at the same time hinder her agility and also I mounted two cameras next to the sofa to verify that it did not climb. That way, it sure won’t go up. Ha.
I had the two cameras in question at home, from a comparison for Xataka, so I didn’t choose them: the very compact D-Link DCS-8000LHV2 (53 euros) I placed fixed in the living room and the Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera 360 ( 34 euros) I was moving it, since being a 360 camera it offered me a greater field of vision. In any case and although the image quality was not to shoot rockets (HD), in this scenario of use they fulfilled perfectly, highlighting its night mode. If I had to recommend one, the Xiaomi one seems to me to be very good for what it costs.
On these lines you can see the graphic document of his damn ability to get between the chairs. Of course, since both have two-way audio, I had to give it a shout. I felt sorry for scaring her, but I managed to talk her out of her pleasure. Now Lola is gone, but her pranks and her infinite love will always remain. “
D-Link DCS-8000LHV2 Full HD WiFi Mini Camera for Alexa and Google Home (Person Detection, True Full HD 1080p@30fps, Night Vision, Free Cloud Recording, WPA3 Security/Encryption)
Xiaomi – Mi 360 ° Home Security Camera 2K, 2K Resolution -Human Detection with AI -6P Lens -F1.4 Aperture, White Color
I have three cats, each one more peculiar: one opens doors, another closes doors, sometimes they lock themselves in closets or rooms, sometimes they decide to dump the water… That’s why over time I’ve been buying cameras to keep an eye on them when I’m traveling.
I started with a Nest IQ Cam (349 euros), since I did the review for Xataka a few years ago and I liked the image quality it offered, especially at night, although the recognition of pets directly does not work. It does recognize faces well and is capable of notifying me, for example, when someone comes to my house to check on my cats when I’m not there, or when a noise sounds (doorbell, my cats throwing something on the floor…).
To that Nest IQ Cam I added two Nest Cam Indoor (123 euros), because in the end the IQ Cam is more expensive due to the “intelligent” functions it offers but, as I say, in my experience they don’t work that well either. The Indoor Cams have quality to spare for what I want and are cheaper. I have one controlling the sandboxes and the other the water source. Yes, I know it may seem like a big display, but again, you don’t know the ones that my three furry ones are capable of riding.
As bad things, and for what today perhaps if I started from everything I would decide on another ecosystem, it is the subscription part. Nest has already changed the plans several times, to the point that I don’t even know what the current one is, and to be able to see the video history it makes you pay a subscription of 10 euros per month.
like good things, the quality of the images (both day and night) and the reliability of the app and its recording services. Although, everything is said, the app no longer works as well as it did in the beginning, I don’t really understand the reason.
Starting right now and not wanting something so sophisticated, I would possibly opt for a TP-Link TAPO (25 euros). It is used by several family members of mine with pets and it works reasonably well, it does not have the same image quality but it is cheaper and also without a subscription.”
Nest Cam IQ – Indoor security camera
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