Logitech WiLife Online: And Digital Video Security Camera System Review

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This is a review of Logitech WiLife Digital Video Security, as well as the Logitech WiLife Online setup.

Logitech has created a home video security camera system which is, for the most part, plug-and play.  Setting up Logitech’s WiLife Digital Video Security Camera System doesn’t take a lot of technical know-how or expertise with setting up security or security cameras.

Logitech does exaggerate a bit when they say that it will  only take 15 minutes to set up the WiLife Digital Video Security system.   It will probably take you at least an hour because you’ll need to unpack the system and the cameras, get the software set up on your computer, and find places to put the various pieces of camera equipment you’ve purchased.

One nice thing about how the WiLife system works is that you can add on components over time,  So if you find additional areas where you want additional cameras, WiLife makes that pretty easy.

You probably can also get cheaper systems than WiLife, but if you’re looking for something that’s easy to integrate and gives you online access to your cameras, you’ll be pretty hard pressed to find something cheaper that works as well.  WiLife is a great system for anyone, but in particular people who just want their security set up to be really simple.

Purchase options:

Logitech WiLife has a few different starter kits and packages.  They are pretty much identical, and the biggest difference between them is the kind of camera you end up getting.

The three packages are:

  • Wilife hidden camera system
  • WiLife outdoor camera system starter kit
  • WiLife indoor camera starter kit

WiLife Set up

Why WiLife is a favorite security system for many people is because setting it up is simple.

As we’ve already eluded to, set up involves installing the software, plugging the camera(s) in, connecting it up using a USB adapter from the outlet and on your computer, and then just small changes in the system which you can do from your computer.

What is better about Logitch WiLife’s recording and camera system vs. other home camera systems:

  • Most spy cams that are commercially available today broadcast to a TV.  This means that in order to record or watch the video later, you need a TV/VCR or recordable DVR hooked up to your camera.
  • Buying different pieces of computer and video equipment and attempting to figure out how to connect all the pieces together is a bit challenging.  WiLife’s system is designed from the ground up to be simple and to connect to itself.
  • Some cameras used for covert recording are self-contained, meaning they don’t broadcast the video, but instead record the video to SD cards internally.  While this can be a good option for remote video recording, you get pretty limited on how much recording can be done.  You’ll also need to  manually remove the card and delete the camera recordings to free up space for more recording.
  • Most “wireless” cameras work on WiFi wireless connections.  This is great, but if you don’t have a wireless connection or if you’re concerned about the security of your footage being online, wifi video broadcasting isn’t necessarily the best option.  WiLife’s recording transmits the video footage through the electrical wiring already in place in your home or office.

Included in WiLife’s system is a website where you can view your camera online.

Overall, people are very happy with their Logitech WiLife camera systems.  However, here are some improvements that people have suggested for Logitech WiLife:

  • Wilife cameras only work on PCs (not macs )
  • Some aspects of the WiLife set up seem to confuse some people (but it is pretty simple, even for rank beginners)
  • Some features of WiLife are limited to the “platinum” version of the software.  Some people who don’t want to pay the minimal $80/year for Logitech Wilife’s Platinum service online have complained that these features are shown, but not useable, in the less expensive version of the program.
  • Some people have said that the camera is a great security option, but that you shouldn’t be expecting a high-quality, high resolution image from your video.  That makes sense for a security video system in this price range, but there are also many people who have said how pleased they are with the quality of the images they get from their WiLife video system.  The camera also gives you lots of options for recording quality, so perhaps the people unhappy with the quality didn’t try out the different settings on their cameras.
  • The camera isn’t 100% wireless. Because the camera requires a power outlet and transmits the video over the home or office electrical network, the camera needs to be close to a power outlet or extension cords need to be run.

Overall, WiLife video camera system users seem quite pleased with the results they’ve gotten from using Logitech’s WiLife system.

An additional nice feature:

It is possible to have the system contact you either via text message or via email if certain kinds of events take place, which is a really powerful feature as well.

Overall Review:
Logitech’s WiLife Video Security systems offer some affordable, user-friendly, and quite useful security applications for anyone looking to install security cameras and have online access to them.

WiLife is a good and affordable option (especially with the $80/year platinum service) for anyone looking at simple solutions for home video security camera systems.

From Logitech’s Marketing Materials:

Discreetly monitor your home and business with the Logitech Spy Video Security Master System, a revolutionary video security system you can install in 15 minutes.

Your spy camera is a fully functional digital clock.

  • Fits in with home or office decor
  • Easy to use command center software
  • Email and cell phone alerts
  • Motion-based recording
  • No network required
  • Remote viewing by PC and phone or PDA

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