Set Up Motion Detection
You don’t have time to monitor your cameras 24-7 or watch hours of video, so make sure you get a camera with motion detection.
Some cameras allow you to set certain spaces in your camera’s field of view to monitor for motion. So, for example, you can get alerted when something comes to your door, but not when a cat runs through your yard.
Some smart camera systems also require a subscription for advanced features. Nest cameras, for example, can detect general motion, but with the Nest Aware subscription, the camera can tell the difference between a tree swaying in the wind and a person approaching your door.
Consider what kind of activity you want to monitor for and activate the appropriate feature on your smart camera after you connect it.