Writer stalks own home with iZON spy kit

A Crave blogger attempts to use the iZON Remote Room Monitor to catch a feline vandal in her living room. She tests out the live video access on her iPad and uses the motion sensor to trigger automatic YouTube video recordings.

iZON Remote Room Monitor
The iZON Remote Room Monitor camera keeps a watchful eye on my living room. Amanda Kooser/CNET

We covered the launch news of the iZON Remote Room Monitor from Stem Innovation on Monday. Now, I have my hands on an actual unit. We'll see if it's as easy to use as promised.

Here's a quick refresher. The iZON combines a camera with an iOS app to keep video and audio tabs on a room.

iZON live video on iPad
This is the live video view from my iPad. (Click to enlarge.) Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

I set the iZON up in my living room where an unidentified feline suspect has been clawing the couch. Dealing with the hardware is simple and the power cord was long enough to reach to the top of the bookcase where I placed the camera.

The next step involved downloading the free Stem:Connect app to my iPad and following the setup instructions to hook the iZON up with my home wireless network. Easy-peasy.

From there, I was up and running. My DSL connection in this old neighborhood is extremely pokey, so there was a slight delay in the video showing up on my iPad. Users with faster Internet connections shouldn't have this problem.

Stem Innovation recommends at least a 2Mbps upload speed. I wish mine was that fast.

The audio and motion alerts can be customized for sensitivity. I set mine to trigger with movement near the couch. The automatic upload of snippets to YouTube is very fast. You can check out the results below.

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The $129.95 iZON isn't going to blow you away with high-quality audio and video, but it gets the job done for simple security purposes or for checking in on your home while you're away.

I haven't yet figured out which of three potential cat suspects is damaging my furniture. They've been asleep all day. With my iZON motion detector alert turned on, I hope to soon apprehend the little vandal.

 

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