The Avaak Vue Personal Video Network is one of the easiest remote viewing camera systems we have had the pleasure of playing with. The Avaak Vue kit (SB2300, CM2040, CI2010) comes with a wireless gateway that plugs in to your router and two tiny wireless cameras. Once installed you register with the VueZone and can access your cameras from anywhere on the web or via your smartphone (there is an iPhone app as well). The Vue cameras are about the size of a golf ball and have a very cool magnetic mounting system, pictured below. Read on for full details.
One of our favorite and easy to use wireless camera systems is the Lorex LW2702, we only wish we could access it over the internet like the Vue system. With that said, neither system is going to replace a high end security system. Think of the Vue personal video network as a quick and easy way to peak into your home or office when you are curious about what is going on. I know I have said it before, but I have to say it again, this system is super easy to setup.
The Vue experience is handled via a web browser and allows you to view your cameras, check battery levels (supposed to last a full year), record video to the VueZone servers, share live and recorded clips, and authorize additional camera viewers (i.e. your friends/family).
The camera quality is decent but struggles in low light situations and the current version doesn't have motion sensors for alerts. The newest version with motion sensors is available for pre-order here. I wish the cameras had a microphone for listening as well, but they don't. Each camera uses a CR123 battery which should last about a year with an average 5 minutes per day viewing.
What other system has tiny wireless, battery operated cameras that are this easy to use? Long story short, we like the Avaak Vue system for checking in to see what is going on around the home while we are away, it is quite addictive in fact. You can get your hands on a Avaak Vue system for under $300 here and you can get additional cameras for about $85 here.