What they say…
A leader in smart home security, the Y-cam Protect Alarm offers a triple layer security system that’s designed to actively monitor your home. Combined with the Y-cam Evo HD Wi-Fi Security Camera, you have a 24/7 security system that you can manage through your smartphone.
What our reviewer thought…
I’m a bit of a technophobe, so the prospect of installing an alarm and camera system by myself was daunting. I needn’t have worried though, because the Y-cam systems are absolutely fool proof! To have this system you do need an internet connection, a compatible iPhone, iPad or Android device and to download the Y-cam App.
The Y-cam Protect alarm system comes with a hub, access sensor and motion sensor – both of which come with sticky pads so you can put them where you like – no tools needed. It features SIM card backup, Internet backup and 8-hour battery backup. This means it remains fully operational even if your internet connection is down or you have a power cut. When the sensor is activated an alarm is triggered. It isn’t very loud, but enough of a deterrent I’d imagine, plus an alert is instantly sent to your phone.
The Y-cam Evo comes with a small camera, which you just plug in, download the app and set up following the step-by-step instructions. When motion is detected it sends an alert to your phone instantly. I was impressed with the screen quality and liked that I could check the camera at any time and from anywhere. It’s also very handy being able to turn the camera on from your phone, because most mornings I forget to switch it on before I leave the house! I do find that sometimes it takes a while to load the camera – that’s my only negative though and on a whole the system is brilliant.
The added bonus is that we have the camera system set up in the dining room where our dog Milo stays in the day. This means at work I can check him and if he moves from his bed at any time, the sensor is motion activated and I get an alert on my phone. He does sleep most of the day (lazy bones!), so if he hasn’t moved for a while I can also look at the camera and see what he’s up to!
During the test one of our sensors on the alarm system stopped working. An email to Y-cam prompted a quick reply and a pre-arranged phone call, where a very helpful advisor figured out the problem. Within a couple of days a new sensor was sent and the system was up and running. The customer service is excellent.
Y-cam has a range of outdoor systems too and if you’re on a budget you can buy the camera and alarm Individually. While it isn’t cheap, the peace of mind it brings is priceless.