Smart security inside and outisde your home

2013-06-08 09:30

Burglar bars aren’t the only way to protect your property. Technology can keep you safe – and you can install it yourself.

NetgearWN3000RP wi-fi Extender

R1 000, www.incredible.co.za

Most Wi-Fi router producers make exaggerated claims about the range of their products.

Few deliver reliable coverage just 20m away, never mind the 100m claimed on the box.

This Wi-Fi repeater, the size of a soap bar, plugs into the wall power socket and virtually doubles the range of any Wi-Fi hotspot so you can place Wi-Fi cameras and sensors at the bottom of the garden and in outbuildings.

Bonus: stream music and video to your poolside bar, and use your iPad in the garage.

NetgearVuezone VZSM2700

R2 800, www.xpansys.co.za

Home surveillance cameras are nothing new, but Netgear’s simple mix-and-match VueZone system includes compact battery-powered cameras with built-in motion detectors, and a base station connecting the cameras to the home Wi-Fi network.

Place cordless cameras anywhere in the home, even suspended with stylish magnetic brackets.

Photos and videos from the cameras can be viewed online anywhere in the world, or emailed to your phone. The free smartphone app monitors and fine-tunes the system.

Rovio home surveillance robot

R2 000, www.amazon.com

Almost every sci-fi movie features a surveillance android in a dangerous situation.

Travelling quietly on three wheels, this shoebox-sized robotic watchdog can be programmed to patrol the rooms of your house in your absence and email you photos of what it finds along the way.

Once Rovio is connected to your Wi-Fi network you can manoeuvre it around the house from your smartphone or tablet, wherever you are in the world.

You can check your property with streaming video and audio from its built-in video camera and microphone, and a single button press will send it scuttling back to its charging station.

To see a demonstration of the Rovio robot, visit http://goo.gl/PpRbb

Smart security outside your house

Poolguard swimming pool alarm

R1 500, www.hitemp.co.za

It’s a grisly truth that more middle-class children under five die from drowning than from anything else.

This L-shaped device, about the length of an arm, holds a sensor bar which detects sudden movements on the surface of the pool water.

Alarms are then sounded on the device and also on a separate control unit positioned centrally in the house.

There’s no installation and setup required: just attach the 9 volt battery (lasts for one year) or plug into the mains, start the device and tip one end into the water.

Roboguard outdoor infrared beams

R3 550, www.roboguard.org.za

Invisible infrared beams can be a subtle but effective way to warn you of intruders approaching.

Roboguard’s half-meter long tubes hold two infrared sensors about 30cm apart. Powered by batteries that last for months, the tubes are weatherproof and can be mounted on outdoor walls, fence posts – even trees.

Warm objects breaking both the lower and higher beam anywhere in Roboguard’s 110° ‘field of vision’ would be human-sized, not pets, birds or plants, and would trigger an audible alarm on the cordless handheld remote control panel.

A few well-positioned sensor tubes, installed with no cabling required, can provide an in-house warning or trigger a full-blown siren that will endear you to the neighbours.

Detector-54 solar-powered led security light

R645, www.greenshop.co.za

Mounting floodlights on the outside of your house presents two challenges.

First, you’ll burn through your Eskom units in double-quick time and second, you’ll end up offending at least one of your neighbours by turning their bedroom into a prison yard in the early hours.

This outdoor solar-powered light charges its batteries by day and when its motion sensor detects movement in your yard, it floods a 10x10m area with white light.

It uses 54 bright LED bulbs, which never wear out or need replacing. Best of all, because it’s sun-powered you don’t need to run any cables.

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