This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
Smart Home: Manything makes home security free for all (all iOS users, that is)
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

Smart Home: Manything makes home security free for all (all iOS users, that is)

2:12 /

This free iOS app gives pricy security cameras a run for their money.

[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET. And this is a review of the Manything iOS app. So Manything is an iOS app that will convert your iPod Touch, your iPad, or your iPhone into a security camera in just a few minutes. It's really a great, convenient way for people interested in home security. To experiment with it without having to spend anything. And while it doesn't quite offer the video quilty with what we experience, let say. A Dropcam Pro. It has a ton of features and it's really, really easy to set up and use. I had a camera set up and running in probably less than 60 seconds. That's pretty amazing because the Dropcam Pro, the Samsung Smartcam HD Pro and the Belkin. Cam, HD Plus, all took a little bit longer. Not much longer, but enough to notice a difference. Manything doesn't have two-way talk. It doesn't have an official night vision mode. But it does have a low light mode. And it will still send you motion alerts when someone walks by. You can customize them in much the same way as you can with Drop Cam or any other IP camera we've tested. And it was very responsive and worked very well. The one problem I ran into with video quality, it basically went into the specs of your IOS device. So its not gonna be perfect, but its free, that makes it a fantastic way for IOS users to experiment with entry level home security. Say you're thing about getting a [UNKNOWN] but you don't want to spend 199 bucks. Just yet. Pull out that dusty old iPad and you can test the functionality to see if it's something you really want to use. So while it has some limitations as far as features and performance it actually offers if compatibility which is something none of the other IP cameras have, so that makes it unique. It also lets you customize motion zones. The Belkin Netcam HD plus doesn't have that functionality. So, considering that this is a free DIY security camera, that's pretty incredible. So there's really nothing bad to say about this. It's simple, it's fast, it's free, and I have no problem recommending this iOS app. Thanks for watching, I'm Megan Wollerton for cnet and this has been a review of the Manything iOS app. [MUSIC]

New releases

Talko and the evolution of phone...
2:58 September 23, 2014
The way we talk on phones may change with new messaging apps, half of Apple mobile devices upgraded to iOS...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,556: 'Gotham' review,...
37:03 September 23, 2014
Today we check out the pilot episode of "Gotham," get to the bottom of a recent titillating Internet hoax...
Play video
DIY decals for your laptop
4:14 September 23, 2014
Add some custom art to your laptop lid by printing out vinyl stickers in just a few minutes.
Play video
Upgrade your MacBook with an S...
4:29 September 23, 2014
Replacing your MacBook's hard drive with an SSD can give you a huge performance boost. Check out these simple...
Play video
Contour returns with the waterproof...
1:31 September 23, 2014
Its first new camera since announcing its return, the Roam3 picks up where its predecessor left off, delivering...
Play video
Leave your smartphone behind with...
2:19 September 23, 2014
The Wink Relay smartphone hub replaces a light switch and lets you control all your Wink-compatible devices...
Play video
Polaroid takes tiny cameras to...
1:18 September 23, 2014
It captures HD video and shoots photos and the whole thing fits inside the palm of your hand.
Play video
The SanDisk Ultra II is a new low...
2:44 September 22, 2014
Somebody alert the media -- while talking about the new SanDisk Ultra II solid-state drive, CNET editor Dong...
Play video